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The Government of Japan has provided grant assistance worth US$403,768 for two health projects in Luang Prabang and Vientiane, two bridge projects in Bokeo and Champasak and one education project in Champassak through its Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP). The grant contracts were signed on Dec 18 at the Japanese Embassy in Vientiane between Ambassador of Japan to the Lao P.D.R Takewaka Keizo and representatives of the respective district and provincial authorities where the projects are implemented. One of the projects in the health sector is to provide equipment such as plasma rapid freezer and transportation boxes to the Lao Red Cross National Blood Transfusion Centre in Vientiane. The project aims to strengthen the cold-chain for blood by making proper temperature conditions employed between the Centre and the provinces. This project will be implemented under Public-Private-Partnership in collaboration with a Japanese private company, Daido Industries, Inc. which manufactures a wide range of medical products. Another health project to construct a health centre in Nonsavan, Luang Prabang aims to improve the quality of medical treatment by supplementing the current old facilities. The two projects for the construction of bridges will be implemented in Namitin village, Bokeo and Bok village, Champasak respectively, where access to public facilities including local markets is limited especially during the rainy season. The education project constructs facilities at the Dondaeng Secondary School in Champasak aiming to improve the educational environment by constructing a new school building and facilities. At the 13th Mekong-Japan Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in July 2020, the Government of Japan announced Grant Assistance worth 1 billion yen for Grassroots Human Security Projects by the end of March in 2021, as KUSANONE (grassroots) Mekong SDGs initiative, aimed at supporting the social and economic development of local towns and villages across the Mekong region including the Lao P.D.R. “In order to ensure “no one will be left behind” through rectification of regional disparity, the Government of Japan will continue to support the Lao government to improve the basic standard of living at grassroots level in Laos,” emphasised Ambassador Takewaka. Source: Lao News Agency The Government of Japan has provided grant assistance worth US$403,768 for two health projects in Luang Prabang and Vientiane, two bridge projects in Bokeo and Champasak and one education project in Champassak through its Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP). The grant contracts were signed on Dec 18 at the Japanese Embassy in Vientiane between Ambassador of Japan to the Lao P.D.R Takewaka Keizo and representatives of the respective district and provincial authorities where the projects are implemented. One of the projects in the health sector is to provide equipment such as plasma rapid freezer and transportation boxes to the Lao Red Cross National Blood Transfusion Centre in Vientiane. The project aims to strengthen the cold-chain for blood by making proper temperature conditions employed between the Centre and the provinces. This project will be implemented under Public-Private-Partnership in collaboration with a Japanese private company, Daido Industries, Inc. which manufactures a wide range of medical products. Another health project to construct a health centre in Nonsavan, Luang Prabang aims to improve the quality of medical treatment by supplementing the current old facilities. The two projects for the construction of bridges will be implemented in Namitin village, Bokeo and Bok village, Champasak respectively, where access to public facilities including local markets is limited especially during the rainy season. The education project constructs facilities at the Dondaeng Secondary School in Champasak aiming to improve the educational environment by constructing a new school building and facilities. At the 13th Mekong-Japan Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in July 2020, the Government of Japan announced Grant Assistance worth 1 billion yen for Grassroots Human Security Projects by the end of March in 2021, as KUSANONE (grassroots) Mekong SDGs initiative, aimed at supporting the social and economic development of local towns and villages across the Mekong region including the Lao P.D.R. “In order to ensure “no one will be left behind” through rectification of regional disparity, the Government of Japan will continue to support the Lao government to improve the basic standard of living at grassroots level in Laos,” emphasised Ambassador Takewaka. Source: Lao News Agency Gov’t appreciates achievements in building Vientiane-Vangvieng Highway

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Planning and Investment Sonexay Siphandone has lauded the successful building and opening of the Vientiane-Vangvieng Highway.

The highway, the first part of the Vientiane-Luang Namtha Highway was opened on Dec 20 by President Bounnhang Vorachit in the presence of other senior officials and representatives of relevant authorities and contractors.

“The highway is a priority project of basic infrastructure development of the Lao PDR and represents the cooperation under the Belt and Road Initiative of Chinese President Xi Jinping and the Landlinked country strategy of the Lao PDR ,” said the vice premier, adding that the highway is a landmark of comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership between the two countries.

He also appreciated relevant authorities for the great physical and mental efforts they have made in building the expressway resulting in earlier than expected completion of the construction.

“This highway constitutes a priceless gift for the Party, government and people of the Lao PDR for celebrating the 45th founding anniversary of the Lao PDR and the 100th birth anniversary of beloved President Kaysone Phomvihane. Specially, this is creating a welcoming atmosphere for the coming 11th National Congress of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party. The implementation of this project demonstrates the concrete result of the Laos-China cooperation” under the Belt and Road framework,” said the deputy prime minister.

The deputy premier expressed his confidence that under the leadership of the two Parties and governments and with cooperation from the Lao and Chinese people, the building of the Laos-China community of shared future will be promoted nonstopably and increasingly fruitful thus bringing prosperity to the two countries.

Stretching between the capital city Vientiane and touristy Vangvieng, Vientiane province, the Vientiane-Vangvieng Highway is 109.11 km long and has four lanes including two for inbound travel and another two for outbound trip.

The construction has been estimated at over 1.3 billion US dollars. It is designed to accommodate a speed limit of 80-100 km per hour.

Source: Lao News Agency