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Laos, Luxembourg further strengthen cooperation

The governments of Laos and Luxembourg have agreed to continue to strengthen the friendship, relations and cooperation between the two countries.
To support this vision, Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr Saleumxay Kommasith met with Luxembourg’s Minister of Foreign and European Affairs Mr Jean Asselborn in Vientiane yesterday.
The meeting reviewed the progress of cooperation in past years and discussed plans to support future cooperation, including economic, trade and investment cooperation.
During his official visit to Laos from June 12-13, Mr Asselborn also paid a courtesy visit to Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith and met with government officials and staff of Luxembourg’s support projects in Laos.
On his previous visit in 2010, he attended the first meeting of State parties to the Convention on Cluster Munitions.
Since 1997, grant assistance from the government of Luxembourg to Laos has been steadily increasing year on year. Projects under implementation include the health, rural development and human resource development sectors.
According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the first Indicative Cooperation Programme (ICP) between Laos and Luxembourg from 2003-2006 had a budget of 18 million euros. The budget for the ICP from 2007-2010 was increased to 35 million euros, and the ICP for 2011-2015 received 50 million euros.
The budget for the ICP from 2016-2020 was increased to 75 million euros, with development assistance focusing on the priority sectors of health, rural development, vocational training in tourism and hospitality, and good governance.
The main objective of the Indicative Cooperation Programme is to contribute to poverty reduction in Laos and to support the efforts of the Lao government to realise the Sustainable Development Goals, with a particular focus on assisting the most vulnerable groups and populations in poor and remote areas. It is aligned with the 8th National Socio-Economic Development Plan for 2016-2020.
Luxembourg is one of the most important development partners of Laos and plays a leading role in joint European Union programming and also co-chairs the sub-sector working group for rural development. Seven Luxembourg NGOs, whose projects are co-financed up to 80 percent by the development cooperation programme, are currently active in Laos in the development arena, in particular health, rural development, education, food security and legal training.

Certain NGOs have provided humanitarian support which is 100 percent financed by the development cooperation programme, according to the Luxembourg government.

 

By Times Reporters
(Latest Update
June 14,
2018

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