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Japanese volunteers bid fond farewell to Laos
Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers (JOCV) Ms Chiaki Kinjo, Ms Natsuki Kubo and Ms Yuka Hasuike bid a fond farewell to their counterparts and host country of Laos before returning to Japan on March 20. The JICA Laos Office led a delegation including the three volunteers to make courtesy calls to the Ministry of Planning and Investment, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Education and Sports on March 16. Speaking in Lao, the volunteers gave a briefing on their voluntary work and cooperation activities undertaken alongside the Lao staff of their host organisations. The trio expressed gratitude and appreciation to everyone involved, including to all their counterparts, for support during their assignments in Laos. Deputy Director General of the Department of Asia-Pacific and Africa, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr Pongdong Paxaphacdy, praised the noteworthy contributions of JOCV to various organisations amid the limitations of time and resources. The government and people of Laos will continue to give due recognition to the JICA Laos Office for the long history of cooperation through the JOCV programme and will continue to support the provision of more volunteers in the future, he said. JICA has 17 volunteers in provinces across Laos, including four senior volunteers serving in Vientiane and Vientiane province.
A group of almost 500 students from the National University of Laos, together with officials from ministries and various organisations, on Friday give blood to mark the 68th anniversary of the founding of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party and the 68th anniversary of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Youth Union. The blood donation drive was organised by the Lao Youth Union, the Lao Red Cross’s National Blood Transfusion Centre, the Youth Union of the Ministry of Education and Sports, and the National University of Laos. About 500-600 tourists, particularly those from China, the Republic of Korea, Japan and Thailand visit Vientiane Museum of Contemporary Arts in Xaythany district’s Xangkhou village daily. The museum was established by Mr Phisith Xayathith who revealed he has collected more than 3,000 exhibits over the past 20 years.



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