Seven provinces in Laos have received trucks for transportation of clean water as part of donations by the Japanese government.
A handover ceremony was held on Saturday at the Center of Water Supply and Environmental Health (CWSEH), attended by Deputy Minister of Health, Dr. Phaivanh Keopaseuth, and provincial health officials.
The Japanese government provided trucks for Oudomxay, Luang Prabang, Savannakhet, Salavan, Sekhong, Champasack, Xaysomboun, and the for the CWSEH.
The trucks are valued at more than JPY 60 million (USD 457,000), and each truck can transport 4,000 liters of clean water.
The trucks will be used to combat natural disasters, provide clean water, and assist in prevention of Covid-19.
Lao Prime Minister Phankham Viphavanh called for concerted efforts to ensure the effective and sustainable use of water resources while addressing the fourth Asia-Pacific Water Summit in Japan.
Mr. Phankham led a delegation from Laos to the Summit, which was held in Kumamoto, Japan, from 23-24 April under the theme of, “Water for Sustainable Development – Best Practices and the Next Generation.”
“There is a need for us to urgently take action to manage water and water resources effectively and sustainably,” PM Phankham said.