Japan donated 33 Toyota Camry Hybrid sedans and IT equipment, with a total value of JPY 500 million (over USD 3 million), ahead of the Laos ASEAN chairmanship in 2024.
The vehicles are earmarked to facilitate the diverse array of activities and meetings integral to Laos’ tenure, while the IT equipment is set to bolster the overall efficiency and efficacy of the country’s role during its ASEAN chairmanship.
On 13 November, Lao Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Saleumxay Kommasith received aid from the Japanese Ambassador to Laos, Kenichi Kobayashi.
In his remarks, Saluemxay expressed his gratitude and appreciation for the cooperation and assistance of the government and the people of Japan. He said that the donation is a significant contribution to the enhancement of Lao-Japan bilateral relations and also demonstrates Japan’s commitment to supporting Laos in the framework of ASEAN.
Japanese Ambassador Kobayashi further emphasized continued collaboration to prepare for Laos’ ASEAN chairmanship in 2024 and to fortify the enduring friendship between the two countries.
Laos and Japan have had a close relationship since they established diplomatic relations in 1955 and upgraded their ties to a strategic partnership in 2015. Japan has funded many development projects in Laos, including infrastructure, education, and healthcare.
During his latest visit to Japan, on 10 November, Saluexay signed a cultural grant agreement from Japan for the renovation project of Chao Anuvong Stadium in Vientiane Capital, worth JPY 4.171 billion (over USD 27 million).
This project aims to enhance the stadium’s infrastructure, including buildings, facilities, and essential equipment, to improve accessibility for people with disabilities, bolster safety, and promote inclusion across Laos.