Luxembourg continues support for Laos’ development priorities

LAO PDR (Vientiane Times) - Luxembourg will continue to assist Laos in its transition to smart socio-economic development through various projects as the nation strives for integration within the region.

Mrs Sengdeuane Lachanthaboun (right) and Ms Paulette Lenert shake hands after their talks. --Photo Somxay

Minister for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Affairs and Foreign Affairs and Delegation Head of Luxembourg, Ms Paulette Lenert conveyed the intentions in her talks with Minister of Education and Sports, Mrs Sengdeuane Lachanthaboun on Tuesday.

Ms Lenert is visiting Laos to gather first hand information about development projects, for which the government of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg has offered to support. The support is focused mainly on health, education and vocational training, governance, tourism and hospitality training.

Maria Teresa Hospital in Vientiane province, a vocational training centre in Khammuan province, Lao National Institute of Tourism and Hospitality (Lanith) and the Mahosot Hospital cardiovascular unit are some of the well-known projects supported by the government of Luxembourg.

Luxembourg is also supporting the development of a state governed by the rule of law, with the Law and Political Science Faculty of the National University of Laos the target of assistance. Ms Lenert noted that the development of young people in legal studies and political science was an important part of developing a state governed by the rule of law. She also mentioned the vital work at Lanith and its development of human resources to support the tourism and hospitality industry, which are significant contributors to the Lao economy.

In her address, Mrs Sengdeuane Lachanthaboun thanked the government of Luxembourg for the support and proposed continuing assistance for the Lanith and Law and Political Science projects, which she said were particularly useful for the country’s development.

The newly established community education centre was a new project tabled for discussion by Mrs Sengdeuane with the Luxembourg minister with the hope of receiving support. According to the Lao minister, the centre was established as a mechanism of exchange with the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organisation. Ms Lenert said she would consider the proposal, and review the cooperation with the Ministry of Planning and Investment. In conclusion, she stressed the support for Laos using new technology, which she said would help in service delivery for all.