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Mr Khonepheng Thammavong last week presents his credentials to the President of the Slovak Republic, Ms Zuzana Čaputová, at the Presidential Palace in Bratislava, accrediting him as the new Ambassador of the Lao PDR to Slovakia. Mr Khonepheng is based in Vienna, Austria. Laos and Slovakia enjoy close ties and established diplomatic relations in 1962.

Minister of Education and Sports, Associate Prof. Dr Phout Simmalavong; Corporate Relations President of Samsung Electronics, Mr Seunghee Park; Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Laos, Mr Yung Soo Jung; and other officials representing the two parties on Tuesday visit the National University of Laos where the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Samsung signed a Memorandum of Agreement to improve technological innovation among students at the university.

A delegation led by Deputy Minister of Planning and Investment Mrs Phonevanh Outhavong and Deputy Country Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP), Mrs Jacqueline De Groot, visit Oudomxay province to meet officials from various ministries. During the visit, from March 15-17, the delegation, together with staff from the provincial Planning and Investment Department and other departments visited various projects, including the Agriculture for Nutrition project supported by WFP, and World Bank funded-projects. They also met with village authorities and community members receiving support from the projects. Additionally, they visited the Farmer Nutrition School in Hatnik village, Lah district.

Lao Ambassador to the Republic of Korea, Mr Songkan Luangmouninthone (right), representing the Lao government, on March 17 presents a special relations medal to former Korean Ambassador to Laos Mr Im Moohong, who completed his mission in Laos last September. The medal presentation ceremony was attended by officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Mr Im succeeded in expanding relations between Laos and Korea, and sourced funding from the private sector and the Korean government to support Laos’ response to the Covid-19 pandemic. He supported the social and economic development of Laos and took relations and cooperation between the peoples of the two countries to new heights.

High ranking Party and State leaders led by the Secretary General of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party Central Committee and President of Laos, Thongloun Sisoulith (front), on Wednesday morning gather to lay a wreath at the Unknown Soldier Monument and place a basket of flowers at the statue of President Kaysone Phomvihane, to mark the 68th anniversary of the founding of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party on March 22, 1955.                          --Photo Lao National Radio

The US Ambassador to Laos, Dr Peter M. Haymond, visits Minister of Public Works and Transport, Mr Ngampasong Muongmany, to congratulate him on his appointment to the ministerial post and discuss areas of cooperation. The United States is providing technical assistance to strengthen the ministry’s personnel through training and seminars on various topics relating to transport, planning and finance.

A delegation led by Deputy Minister of Planning and Investment Mrs Phonevanh Outhavong, and including Country Director and Representative of the UN World Food Programme (WFP) in Laos, Mr Jan Delbaere, and representatives of various ministries, visit Phongsaly province from March 13 to 15 to monitor project activities and attend the 2022 annual review and strategic planning meeting between the government and WFP. The delegation visited Gi-goh Primary School to observe the school lunch programme in practice and discuss the scheme with the Village Education Development Committee and schoolteachers. The visitors also observed lunch preparation, spoke with school cooks and planted fruit trees, as well as visited farmers participating in nutrition projects and community asset creation, including gravity-fed water systems and rice banks. Additionally, the delegation visited households in Khounnoumluang village who had received agriculture grants.

Researchers, experts and policy makers as well as development partners from eight countries in Asia and Europe on March 16-17 gather in Luang Prabang city for the r4d Regional Science Fair South-east Asia, with the theme of Role of Development Research during Global Socio-Economic Uncertainty. The event was attended by Vice President of the Lao Academy of Social and Economic Science Dr Kikeo Chanthaboury, Deputy Minister of Planning and Investment Dr Sthabandith Insisienmay, and Deputy Director of the Swiss Development Cooperation Agency, Dr Aurelie Righetti. The objective of the science fair was to create awareness and enable learning about evidence-based solutions to address global challenges and their take-up potential in development projects, business activities or civil society initiatives. The event was organised by the Macroeconomic Research Institute of the Lao Academy of Social and Economic Sciences with support from the Swiss National Science Foundation. Fifty participants from Switzerland, Kyrgyzstan, Nepal, India, Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos attended the science fair.


The Department of Agriculture and Forestry in Xieng Khuang province, in partnership with the French Embassy in Laos, the French research organisation Cirad, and the French NGO of international solidarity GRET, last week hold a workshop in Xieng Khuang to develop synergies between the many agricultural development projects implemented in the province. The workshop brought together officials from the province and its districts, and members of the six associations in Xieng Khuang and Huaphan that implement sustainable agricultural development projects. Participants discussed their experiences and identified convergences so they could enhance collaboration.

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