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Lao waterworks officials make a splash with training in Japan

Lao government officials have completed a training course in Tokyo, Japan, on administration and the division of roles as part of the Project for Improvement of Management Capacity of Water Supply Sector (MaWaSU 2).

Lao officials with their certificates after finishing the training course in Japan recently. 

To accelerate activities, MaWaSU2 held a customer-made training course in Japan from August 17-24 for project counterparts in the Lao Ministry of Public Works and Transport representing the central government, departments of Public Works and Transport representing provincial governments, and water supply operators, according to a project press release.
Director General of the Department of Water Supply under the Ministry of Public Works and Transport, Mr Phomma Veoravanh, led the trainee delegation.
In Japan, participants visited the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare; Japan Waterworks Association, Saitama City Waterworks Bureau, Saitama Prefectural Government, Waterworks Bureau, City of Kawasaki, Kanagawa Water Supply Authority and Yokohama Waterworks Bureau to learn about administration and the roles of central and provincial governments, supply operators and the waterworks association.
The training is part of a 5-year (May 2018 to May 2023) technical cooperation project supported by JICA to strengthen the management and operations of Water Supply State Enterprises (WSSEs) in Laos.
The MaWaSU2 Project is composed of four Outputs. Output 1: Transparency, accountability and governance to enhance water supply sector institutions by improving their administration. Output 2: Improving WSSEs capacity for planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of water supply projects. Output 3: Developing technical standards necessary for water supply services. Output 4: Enhancing operational capacity essential for the WSSEs to implement water supply services.
Japanese media showed interest in the training course with Nihon Suido Shinbun, a newspaper specialising in water issues, interviewing participants about the results of the training, future roles of water supply operators, and expectations of future support from Japan. The article will appear in the newspaper sometime next month.

By Phomphong Laoin
(Latest Update August 28, 2019)

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