Hand over ceremony for UXO Lao National Programme Director between Mr. Wanthong Khamdala, Acting UXO Lao Director and Mr. Thiphasone Soukhathammavong, New UXO Lao National Programme Director at Donchan Palace Hotel on 24 July, 2013.
The Hand over ceremony of vehicles and UXO clearance equipment from Japan to UXO Lao was held on 11 October, 2013 at UXO Lao Training Center, Ilay village, Naxaithong district, Vientiane capital between H.E. Ms. Junko YOKOTA, Ambassador of Japan to Lao PDR and H.E. Mr. Bounheuang DOUANGPHACHANH, Minister to the Government Office, Chairman of National Steering Committee on Rural Development and Poverty Eradication and also Chairman of NRA by participation of Mr. Thiphasone Soukhathammavong, the National Programme Director of UXO Lao, Mr. Koichi TAKEI, Chief Representative JICA Laos Office, the representatives from NRA and concerned ministries. The grant Aid sum, 900 million Japanese Yen or over 9 million US Dollars. The equipment to hand over this time included 97 vehicles, 50 Motobikes, 406 UXO Detectors, 55 Desktop computers, 36 Notebook computers, 25 Digital Cameras, 43 Generators, 10 Scanners, 25 Photocopy Machines, 52 Printers, 19 Facsimile Machines, 197 Handheld Radios, , 100 GPSs, 10 Projectors and 54 Grass Cutters.
His Excellency Lieutenant General The Right Honourable Sir Jerry Mateparea GNZM, QSO Governor- General and Commander - in - Chief in and over the Realm of New Zealand with his wife and delegation have visited UXO Lao field operation in Xiengkhouang province on 13 August, 2013.
H.E. Senator the Hon. Bob Carr, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Australia and his delegation has visited UXO Lao fiels opration in Luangprabang province, Lao PDR on 20 February, 2013.
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.