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Laos’ flurry of diplomacy

Updated On: Dec 22, 2008

Laos is seeing flurry of diplomacy this week into Northeast Asia and Europe.

Since the establishment of diplomatic ties between the two countries in 1962, Laos and Mongolia have retained good ties and this reaffirmed by the meeting between the Chairman of the State Great Hural (Parliament) of Mongolia Damdin Demberel and the President of the Lao National Assembly Thongsing Thammavong on 16 December 2008 Tuesday.

The two countries are looking at the areas of health, education, agriculture and legislation for possible cooperation and agreed to inform each other of the socio-economic developments in their respective countries.

Laos also extended its diplomacy to Germany which will continue support for education, rural development and natural resource management in the land-locked country.

A memo of understanding for the assistance was signed in Vientiane, capital city of Laos, by Lao-German Friendship Association President Som-ok Kingsada, and German-Lao Association for Development (GLAD) representative Wolfgang Schunke.

The German-Lao Association for Development is also funding and helping out community-based infrastructure, youth activities and income generation projects. It specially targets the disadvantaged communities in the national development.

A cooperation agreement will be implemented through the German Development Service (DED) which will provide assistance in the form of non-profit support in the areas of economics, science, cultural activities and exchange visits between the two countries while the German-Lao Association for Development will provide technical and management expertise for capacity building at various institutes throughout Laos.

Sources:

Xinhua, "Laos, Germany to further cooperation" dated 16 december 2008 in the Chinaview website [downloaded on 21 December 2008], available athttp://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2008-12/16/content_10513695.htm  

Xinhua, "Laos, Mongolia further relations(Xinhua)" dated 17 December 2008 in the China Daily website [downloaded on 22 December 2008], available at 
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/world/2008-12/17/content_7314995.htm







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