German Ambassador to the Lao PDR, Dr. Peter Wienand, signed on 5 August, 2010 an agreement on grant assistance with UNDP Resident Representative, Ms. Sonam Yangchen Rana. The event was witnessed by Director of the National Regulatory Authority for Unexploded Ordnance and Mine Action Sector in the Lao PDR, Mr. Phoukhieo CHANTHASOMBOUN, and officials of parties concerned.
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 Attapue 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 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 Attapue 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 and Social Welfare Mr. Laolee Faiphengyoua and UNDP Resident Representative Assistant Mr. Iori KATO.. The grant will be channelled through the UXO Trust Fund for Lao PDR managed by UNDP.
The Handover Ceremony of 4 Vallon UXO Detectors from Polish Government to UXO LAO was held on October 16, 2009 in UXO Lao Sepon 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.