NEWS UPDATE IN 2013
Hand-Over Ceremony of vehicles and equipment for UXO clearance from Japan to UXO Lao
The Hand-Over Ceremony of vehicles and UXO clearance equipment from Japan to UXO Lao was held on 11 October, 2013 at UXO Lao Training Center, Ilay village, Naxaithong district, Vientiane Capital between H.E. Ms. Junko YOKOTA, Ambassador of Japan to Lao PDR and H.E. Mr. Bounheuang DOUANGPHACHANH, Minister to the Government Office, Chirman of National Steering Committee on Rural Development and Poverty Eradication and also Chairman of NRA by participation of Mr. Thiphasone Soukhathammavong, the National Programm Director of UXO Lao, Mr. Koichi TAKEI, Chief Representative JICA Laos Office, the presentatives from NRA and concerned ministries. The grant Aid sum, 900 million Japanese Yen or over 9 million US Dollars. the equipment to hand-over this time included 97 vehicles, 50 Motobikes, 406 UXO Detectors, 55 Desktop computers, 36 Notebook computers, 25 Degital Cameras, 43 Genarators, 10 Scanners, 25 Photocopy Machines, 52 Printers, 19 Facsimile Machines, 197 Handheld Radios, , 100 GPSs, 10 Projectors and 54 Grass Cutters.
Governor- General of New Zealand visited UXO Lao field operation in Xiengkhuang province
His Excellency Lieutenant General The Right Honourable Sir Jerry Mateparea GNZM, QSO Governor- General and Commander – in- Chief in and over the Realm of New Zealand with his wife and delegation have visited UXO Lao field operation in Xiengkhuang province on 13 August, 2013.
Visit of the Minister for Foreign Affarirs of Australia to UXO Lao Luangprabang province
H.E. Senator the Hon. Bob Carr, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Australia and his delegation has visited UXO Lao fiels opration in Luangprabang province, Lao PDR on 20 February, 2013.
Visit of the Norwegian Ambassador to UXO Lao Xiengkhuang province
H.E. Mr. Stefen Kongstad, the Ambassador of Norway and his delegation has visited UXO Lao fiels opration in Xiengkhuang province, Lao PDR on 27 January, 2013.
NPA Support to UXO LAO
Handover Ceremony of vehicle, Motobike, computer laptop and printers from NPA to UXO LAO was held on June 17, 2009 at UXO LAO Head Office in Vientiane between Mr. Charles FRISBY, Country Programme Manager of NPA Laos and Mr. Bounpone Sayasenh, Lao National UXO Programme Director, by witnesses of the TA and UXO Lao staff.
Polish Government supports UXO LAO
The Handover Ceremony of 4 VALLON UXO Detectors from Polish Government to UXO LAO was held on October 16, 2009 in UXO LAO Sepone District, Savannakhet Province between Dr.Jerzy Bayer, Polish Ambassador to Lao PDR and Mr. Bounpone Sayasenh, Lao National UXO Programme Director, as witnessed by the staff of both sides. The 4 VALLON UXO Detectors, worth EUR 10,729 will be used by UXO LAO Clearance teams in Savannakhet Province to replace some old detectors. This is the second time that the Polish Government provided direct support to the Lao Governments efforts in reducing the number of unexploded ordnance ( UXO ) in the country.The Vallon UXO Detectors now are UXO LAOs latest tools use to clear UXO from the country. These detectors help UXO Lao deminers to work faster with high quality and efficiency. UXO Lao currently receives support from Australia, EU, Germany, Japan, Irland, Luxembourg, Norway, Switzerland, UK, USA, Poland and it also receives support from private foundation such as World Without Mines and Ito Supporting Comity ( ISC ).
Japaness Government supports UXO LAO
The Government of Japan has agreed to provide a grant totaling US$ 679,611 in support of UXO Lao operations in the provinces of Sekong and Attapeu for 2010. The Grant Contract of the project was signed on 25th January 2010 in Vientiane Between Lao National UXO Programme Director Mr. Bounpone Sayasenh and Ambassador of Japan to the Lao PDR H.E. Mr. Masaaki Miyashita, witnessed by Vice Minister of Labour amd Social Welfare Mr. Laolee Faiphengyoua and UNDP Resident Representative Assistant Mr. Iori KATO.. The grant will be channeled through the UXO Trust Fund for Lao PDR managed by UNDP.
Japan – Asean Integration Fund ( JAIF ) supports UXO LAO through Japan Mine Action Service ( JMAS
The Japanese Government, through the Japan – Asean Integration Fund ( JAIF ), provided funding to the Japan Mine Action Service (JMAS) to support the Lao National Unexploded Ordnance Programme (UXO Lao) operations in Attapeu province in Lao PDR. The amount of US$725,000 will be used to support unexploded ordnance (UXO) removal from April 2010 to March 2011. The Service Agreement was signed on 10 February 2010 between Lao National UXO Programme Director Mr. Bounpone Sayasenh and JMAS Representative Mr. Tomayasu Tagawa, witnessed by Vice Minister of Labour amd Social Welfare Mr. Laolee Faiphengyoua, Japaness Embassy representative Mr. Shigeru Omiri, UNDP Representative and NRA Deputy Director Mr. Somneuk Vorasanh .
Germany gives EUR 250,000 to support UXO Lao operations in Louang Prabang
German Ambassador to the Lao PDR, Dr. Peter Wienand, signed on 5 August,2010 an agreemant on grant assistance with UNDP Resident Representative, Ms. Sonam Yangchen Rana. The event was witnessed by Director of the National Regulatory Authority on Unexploded Ordnance and Mine Action in the Lao PDR, Mr. Phoukhiao Chanthasomboun, and officials of parties concerned. “This will help not only save lives and increase human wellbeing, but also preserve the area around the UNESCO’s World Heritage listed town of Louang Prabang and thus contribute to tourism development in the city,” said Ms. Sonam Yangchen Rana. Germany is the one of the leading donors to the UXO Lao programme. Since 1998 the German Government has provided US$ 2,5 million for the programme to fund its UXO resolution. as a result, almost 2000 ha of land have been cleared from UXOs and approximately 356,000 people have benefited from risk awareness activities.