Ministry News

Road Upgrading Construction Project: Ban PhonhsaAd-BanNamLa-Ban Khong , Nam Bak District, Luangprabang Province

On 22 January 2013, at the MPWT meeting room number 2, a ceremony was held for signing the contract for the “Road Upgrading Construction Project: Ban PhonhsaAd-Ban to NamLa-Ban Khong , Nam Bak District, Luangprabang Province. Signatories to the contract were H.E Ms. Yulko Yokota, Japanese Ambassador to Lao PDR, and Mr. Phopsavath Senhduangdeth, chief of PWT Office Nambak District, Luangprabang Province. The signing ceremony was honored by the attendance as witnesses, Mr.SommadPholsena, Minister of MPWT Laos, H.E Mr. Yosuke Tsuruho, Minister of Ministry of Land Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism in Japan, and Mr. Khamdua Yeakoinorhervang,Vice Governor of Luangprabang Province. Concerned line staff and project managers also attended.

The length of road from Ban Phonhsa Ad-Ban NamLa-Ban Khongis 3 kilometers and the total cost of construction is $111,192 US dollars. At present the road is not in good condition and travel is difficult. Ban Namla and Ban Khong are known for producing oranges for export and the majority of the local villagers are farmers.The improved road link between the two villages will link these with surrounding villages and make travel easier and more convenient for the local communities to travel and also transport their produce. The two villages have a combined population of 2,453 inhabitants, and including people in nearby villages, around 10,500 persons in total will benefit from the improved road.

​As well as benefits from linking with outside villages and providing improved transportation of agriculture products to market, the road will allow quicker access to hospitals, schools and other services. At the present, the Government of Japan is providing assistance for upgrading village roads through the GGP project, covering some 17 sub-projects with a total value of $1,249,803 US Dollars

Deputy Prime Minister advices the Public Works and Transport Sector

On 7 January 2013, H.E SomsavadLengsavat, the Deputy Prime Minister, and Adviser for the Economic Sector, attended a meeting and contributed advice for the Public Works and Transport Sector, at theMPWT’s International Cooperation and Training Center. The meeting was attended by Mr. SommadPholsena, Minister for Public Works and Transport, the director and deputy directors of line departments andthe Training Center, Institute, Science and Technology Assembly, as well as heads and deputy heads of divisions, senior and retired staff and also representatives from State Enterprises.

On this occasion, the Deputy Prime Minister reiterated some lessons learned from the former President, Mr.KaisonePhomvihane, initially provided at the First National Conference of Communication, Transport, Post and Construction, on the 11th-15thFebruary, 1991. Those lessons are a reference for implementing works. Mr. BouathongVonglorkham, reporting on communication transport post and construction achievements, said that “in the last 15 years, the government allocated significant budget and labor resources to develop communication works. The government aims to make this sector as the base for developingnational basic infrastructure. The sector has achieved great results and made an important contribution to national socio-economic development. Those results include strengthening staffs’ capacity, labor, technical skills from real implementation experience and these are highly valued lessons that serve as examples in moving forward and increasing efficiency”.

The Deputy Prime Minister also raised other issues concerning land transportation, water ways, air ways and road construction, as roads Number 9 and Number 13 from Done Noune junction to Ban Hai, which are substandard, broken and are the subject of many complaints from people.

Participants from all areas gave comments on seeking solutions to solve problems in the past and future, and this will be a benchmark tobeginimplementing work in 2013.

The fifth meeting, third semester of the Revolutionary Party Committee Board of the Ministry of Public Works and Transport

On 14 January 2013, at meeting room Number 3 of MPWT, there was a fifth meeting, third semester of the Revolutionary Party Committee Board of the Ministry of Public Works and Transport, chaired by Mr. Sommad Pholsena, Minister of Ministry of Public Works and Transport. This meeting was very important a sit aimed to evaluate the implementation of commitments accepted in the previous fourth meeting, third semester of  Revolution Party Committee Board of Ministry,which were planned to be implemented over the next 3 months. The meeting also discussed important issues in continuing to apply the 4 aims of the Agenda of 9th Conference National Revolution Party,and Agenda of the 3rd Conference of Ministry Revolution Party into practice efficiently, and continue implementation of the 7th Social - Economic Development 5year plan, together bringing Lao PDR out from least develop country status by 2020.

In this meeting, the attendees reviewed and evaluated, and approved action unimportant issues such as: 1) summary of works implementation in last 3 months 2012 and plans of  Revolution Party Committee Board of Ministry for next year, 2) summary of works implementation of Revolution Party Executive Committee Board of Ministry, 3) the report on advising of Department of Housing and Urban Planning Revolution Party Unit, 4) the report on advising of Water Ways Department Revolution Party Unit, 5) the report on the performance of different departments and those deserving official recognition for their work in the Ministry throughout 2012.

High delegations of the Ministry of Public Works and Transport of Lao PDR visited Myanmar Union

 At the invitation of H.E Mr. Cho Line, Minister, Ministry of Construction of Myanmar Union, Mr. SommadPholsena, Minister, Ministry of Public Works and Transport of Lao PDR and an accompanying delegation visited   Myanmar Union on the 8thto 10thJanuary, 2013. The visit aimed to discuss the implementation of a project for construction of a Lao-Myanmar Mekong Friendship Bridge, between Xiengkok (Luangnamtha Province, Lao PDR) and Keng Lab (Myanmar Union). The meeting of both parties washeld  at 1:00 pm on 9 January 2013, at the Myanmar Ministry of Construction meeting room, in Nay Pyi Taw New Capital. Both parties discussed and exchanged ideas and commitment on technical construction issues, procurement and control of construction and contracting companies, and construction areas. The date fora ground breaking ceremony for construction the Bridge was planned for this 16thFebruary 2013.

On the same day, the Lao delegations of Ministry of Public Works and Transport visited the President of Myanmar Union,H.E TheinSein. On this occasion the president gave high value to Lao-Myanmar friendship and cooperation, as both countries are neighbors and have maintained good friendship and relationsfor a long time. H.E expressed appreciation to the visitof the Lao delegation and gave high meaning to the Bridge Construction Project. The Bridge will provide better facilities for communication and transport, such as easy crossingto both Lao and Myanmar mainly, and also providing links to neighboring countries such as Vietnam and China for encouraging Trade, Investment and Tourism together. H.E also called for good cooperation to encourage the completion of the Bridge construction soon, as planned. The Lao delegation expressed its sincere thanks to the President, H.E TheinSein, for the warm welcome and special advice for the Bridge project, and also reported to the leadership of Myanmar on the results of discussions with Ministry of Construction aboutimportant issues discussed, and preparations for ground breaking ceremony on 16thFebruary 2013. (Unofficial Translation)

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