Japan Handed Over Training Center’s Buildings to UXO Lao to support UXO Lao Operation
In the morning on October 12, 2017, Lao National Unexploded Ordnance Programme (UXO Lao) held Hand Over Ceremony of UXO Lao Training Center Buildings under the project of technical transfer to UXO Lao and rebuilding the training center supporting UXO Lao operation supported by the government of Japan through Japan Mine Action Service (JMAS) totaling value of US $2.6 million in Vientiane.
Handed over by H.E. Mr. Takeshi HIKIHARA, Japanese Ambassador to Lao PDR and received by H.E. Dr. Khampheng Xaysompheng, Minister of Labour and Social Welfare with attendance of representatives from Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare, Ministry of Planning and Investment, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, US Embassy in Lao PDR, UNDP,JMAS, JICA, Naxaythong district authority, Elay vill age authority, Construction Company, UXO clearance operators and UXO Lao.
For this support, the government of Japan granted totaling value of US $ 2.6 million under the project of Rebuilding the UXO Lao Training Center and Technical Transfer to UXO Lao through JMAS.
UXO Lao and JMAS started cooperation since 2006 and there were total of 4 projects were implemented together, totaling value of more than US $10 million.
Especially for cooperative project between UXO Lao and JMAS during 2014-2017, UXO Lao was support for rebuilding including: 1 class room building, 1 dormitory, 1 office, 1 kitchen and dining room, and 1 toilet and other facilities totaling value of US $2.6 million. Besides that, under this project, UXO Lao 235 field staffs had been trained on bomb cutting with electric saw course. This contributes directly and importantly to UXO Lao operation and creating good environment for training and capacity building for UXO Lao staff. By using this technique, it will enhance efficiency and speed-up on UXO clearance operation to aim at contributing to achieve development goals of the Lao government and international convention that Lao PDR is a state parties.
Besides implementing this project, UXO Lao and JMAS also implement using cluster munitions destroying machines together that has been implementing in Xiengkhuang province for 2 years. This technique is modern and being used to destroy cluster munitions.
This support from the government of Japan will help UXO Lao to be able to operates UXO clearance more efficiently and also support rural development and poverty eradication in Lao PDR step by step.