The Embassy of Japan held a send-off reception on Nov 28 at the Japanese Ambassador’s residence for 20 government officials and 10 private entrepreneurs who are departing for Japan to participate in a study tour under the “JENESYS 2016 Program (theme: economics)” supported by the Japanese Government.
The study tour will focus on the theme of “food” and participants will have the opportunity to enhance their knowledge and get ideas for food processing, quality control and services based on lessons learned from Japanese business experiences. In addition, the participants will deepen their understanding of Japanese traditional and contemporary culture.
The twenty government officials were selected in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, the Ministry of Industry and Commerce, and the Lao Youth Union, and the ten entrepreneurs were selected in collaboration with the Lao National Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
At the send-off reception, Mr. Kazunori KAWADA, Minister Counsellor of Japan to the Lao PDR, emphasized in his remarks that participants shall be messengers for what they find attractive about Japan, such as beautiful and delicious Japanese food, the coexistence of high technology and tradition, care for nature and the environment, etc.
Following the Ambassador’s remarks, Ms. Alounni SISAVATH, a representative of the participants, who is an official of the Ministry of Industry and Commerce, expressed her appreciation to the Japanese Government and her determination to study Japanese food industry activities and make use of this experience to promote the food industry in the Lao PDR.
The participants, together with participants from Brunei, Thailand and Myanmar, will visit Hokkaido, the largest and northernmost prefecture in Japan. Besides visiting local industries and enterprises, they will also experience aspects of Japanese culture such as the making of ceramic brooches and rice-cakes, and join an exchange meeting with local residents.
JENESYS 2016 is a people-to-people exchange program between Japan and countries of the Asia-Pacific region, and will succeed JENESYS 2015. The Japanese Government will invite about 340 young Lao people to Japan in this fiscal year. The program is expected to promote mutual trust and understanding among the peoples of Japan and the Asia-Pacific region, and build a basis for future friendship and cooperation.
Source: Lao News Agency