Handover of ROK’s 1,000 MT-rice to flood-affected people in Lao PDR
The APTERR Secretariat led by General Manager Mr. Chanpithya Shimphalee attended the ceremonial handover of 1,000 MT rice contributed by the Republic of Korea (ROK) through the APTERR Tier 3 programme to help people affected by tragedy floods following dam collapses in Attapeu province.
The ceremony was organised on 4 January 2019 at the Vientiane warehouse (KM17). There were honorable representatives from Lao government consisting of Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF) Dr. Boonkhuan Kamboonheung, Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Welfare (MLSW) Ms. Baikam Kattiya, Deputy Director of Department of Planning and Finance of MAF and APTERR Council Mr.Savanh Hanephom, Acting Director General of MLSW Mr. Vilayphong Sisomvang and Vice governor of Attapeu province Mr. Boonla Kamboonheung, the ROK embassy led by Ambassador Mr. Shin Sung-soon as well as the World Food Programme (WFP) participating in the ceremony.
Dam collapses in Attapeu province last year caused massive losses and damages. Thousands of people still have been displaced and stayed at the temporary camps since the disasters. The distribution of APTERR rice will ensure those affected the sufficient rice assistance and enhance the government’s capacity on strengthening food security in the country.