Japan Funds Community-based Bridge Construction in Savannakhet

The Japanese government provided a grant of US$ 76,894 supporting a community-based bridge construction project through its Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGPs) programme.

The grant contract was signed at the Ministry of Public Works and Transport on March 24 in Vientiane between Mr. Kazunori Kawada, Minister-Counsellor of Japanese embassy to the Lao PDR, and Mr Khamtanh Mandala, Director of Public Works and Transport Office, Xonnabouly District, Savannakhet Province, while Ms. Vilaykham Phosalath, Vice Minister of Public Works and Transport, and other officials witnessed the signing event.

The project site is located in Xonnabouly District, Savannakhet Province. The village road on which the bridge will be constructed is used by all residents of the area for access to the center of district, especially for public facilities and goods transport.

However, the water level of the Sewang River, which the village road crosses, rises significantly during the rainy season, making access difficult for local residents.

This project, therefore, aims to improve the traffic access of residents and facilitate the movement of goods and services by constructing a concrete bridge across the river. As a result, nearly 5,500 residents in seven villages, who depend on this bridge, and about 70 students commuting to school by crossing this bridge, will greatly benefit.

In his remarks, Minister-Counsellor Kawada emphasized, “The project will contribute significantly to the empowerment of vulnerable and marginalized people in need and to the economic and social development of the community.”

“It is also critically important that the benefit of the project should be enjoyed by residents in the community as this is the most significant characteristic of GGPs,” he continued.

Japan has supported the Lao government’s efforts to improve infrastructure for many years. Through this GGP scheme, Japan has implemented 505 projects in the Lao PDR since 1989, including 36community-based small infrastructure projects.

Source: Lao News Agency