Luxembourg Seals Aid Partnership Deals with Vietnam, Laos

Luxembourg has signed separate, multiannual partnership agreements with the governments of Vietnam and Laos.

Luxembourg Minister for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Action Marie-Josee Jacobs and Vietnamese Minister of Planning and Investment Vo Phuc Honhai signed the third indicative cooperation program between their two countries on March 2 in Hanoi. The two met in mid-February in Luxembourg to discuss the progress of their nations’ cooperation. The 2011-2015 program has a budget of €42 million ($58.7 million) and will focus on health, local development, and technical education and vocational training.

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On March 4, Jacobs and Laotian Minister of Planning and Investment Sinlavong Khoutphaythoun inked the third indicative cooperation program, worth €50 million ($69.9 million), between Luxembourg and Laos. The 2011-2015 program supports efforts to improve health and education, as well as promote human resource development and integrated local development.

Also while visiting Laos, Jacobs entered into a partnership with the World Health Organization, UNICEF, World Food Program and United Nations Population Fund for the implementation of a maternal and child health scheme.

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