Portfolio review Meeting - English version
The Ministry of Planning and Investment and a French delegation met on Thursday, May 30, to review the Franco-Laotian bilateral cooperation.
Co-chaired by H.E. Somchit INTHAMITH, Vice-Minister of Planning and Investment, H.E. Mr. Yves CARMONA, Ambassador of France to Lao PDR, and Mr. Yves GUICQUERO, AFD Deputy Regional Director for Asia (Agence Française de Développement), the meeting was attended by all heads of cooperation projects between the two countries.
France is a major contributor to Laos with a bilateral annual aid of more than $ 15 million. Many regional and multilateral aid projects are also widely mobilized in Laos through funds such as the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
Cooperation between France and Laos relies on a large institutional system based in Laos in order to promote local cooperation : Institut pour la Recherche et le Développement (IRD), Ecole française d’Extrême Orient (EFEO), Centre International de Recherche Agronomique pour le Développement (CIRAD), Institut Français du Laos, Lycée Josué Hoffet…
The authorities of both countries addressed the major contributions of their joint action in the areas of health, agriculture and rural development, infrastructure and governance. Moreover, this historic and rich cooperation between the two countries is marked by recognized achievements within the higher education and research, culture, Francophonie and heritage fields.
In recent years, French cooperation has enabled the restoration and enhancement of heritage sites of Luang Prabang and Wat Phu in Champassak, the development of the organization of Bolovens Plateau coffee producers or the trainings for specialised doctors.
The Laotian and French authorities are committed to continue their cooperation. Partnership for development is marked by a strong commitment to achieve the Millennium Development Goals and to graduate Laos from the list of least developed countries, as provided by the 7th Socio-Economic Development Plan. The commitment of both countries to their iconic cooperation in the heritage, Francophonie and culture fields has also been reaffirmed.