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Japan grants over 123 billion kip for Covid-19 response

The Japanese government has provided grant aid worth over 123 billion kip (JPY 1.5 billion) for the purchase of medical equipment to support Laos’ efforts to cope with a further outbreak of Covid-19.
An Exchange of Notes for the grant aid project titled “Economic and Social Development Progamme” was signed at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Vientiane on Friday.

The notes were signed and exchanged by Laos’ Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Thongsavanh Phomvihane, and the Ambassador of Japan to Laos, Mr Takewaka Keizo, witnessed by representatives from Lao line ministries.
The grant aid of JPY 1.5 billion (US$13.7 million) will be used to provide the Lao government with equipment such as ambulances and hospital beds.
While Laos has managed to contain the spread of Covid-19, it is critical to strengthen the health system nationwide in preparedness for a possible second wave of the virus.
The global spread of Covid-19 poses a profound threat to both the economies and people of all nations, including Laos and Japan, so it is essential to make a concerted effort to minimise the impacts of the deadly disease.
Japan has been making a continuous effort towards the realisation of Universal Health Coverage as part of the Sustainable Development Goals. In line with the concept “No One Left Behind”, the medical equipment provided under this project is expected to be utilised effectively throughout Laos, especially in local communities where the healthcare system is particularly vulnerable.
This year marks the 65th anniversary of Japan-Laos diplomatic relations and the 5th anniversary of the bilateral strategic partnership.
Speaking at the signing ceremony, Ambassador Keizo said “Japan, as a strategic partner of Laos, pays respect to and supports the efforts of the Lao government to overcome this difficult situation. Through this grant aid, we wish to go forward hand in hand beyond the current difficulties.”

By Times Reporters
(Latest Update June 8, 2020)

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