(KPL) The Laos-Singapore Cooperation Centre (LSCC) was officially opened on Jun 24 with an aim to promote partnership with other stakeholders to bring added expertise and new insights to development challenges.
The centre is located on the 7th floor of the Toko Insurance Building, Beuangkhangong village, Sisattanak district, Vientiane Capital.
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Thongphane Savanphet, and Singapore’s Senior Minister of State for Defence and Foreign Affairs Maliki bin Osman officiated the opening ceremony.
Last year, as part of Singapore’s ASEAN Chairmanship deliverables and next phase contribution to the Initiative for ASEAN Integration, Singapore had pledged to enhance the IAI Training Centres at CLMV countries to Singapore Cooperation Centres which aims to serve as an integrated platform for Singapore to coordinate and deliver capacity building programmes holistically in the CLMV countries.
Besides running training courses that are aligned to the strategic framework of the IAI Workplan II for Lao government officials, the LSCC aims to support Singapore entities to deliver their capacity building programmes in Laos, according to the Singaporean Ambassador to the Lao PDR Dominic Goh.
The LSCC is also working closely with other Singapore NGOs such as the Singapore Red Cross and the Singapore International Foundation to collaborate on Disaster Risk Reduction workshop and other educational training programmes and exploring collaboration opportunities with potential partners such as the Embassy of Australia, the Asia Foundation and the European Union on joint-training programmes in English Language, dispute resolution and mediation and the tax system.
We welcome collaboration opportunities with potential partners to provide more targeted joint-training programmes for Lao government agencies.
Apart from the Singapore Cooperation Programme, Singapore also provides a lot of assistance through Temasek Foundation International, Singapore International Foundation and the National Youth Council – Youth Engagement Programme. Each year, more than 600 student volunteers conduct rural development project in villages all around Laos. Also, during the dam disaster last year, Singapore sent a lot of aid and assistance as well as two Search and Rescue teams to Laos.