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US supports a new three-year Laos Counter Trafficking in Persons programme

The United States has decided to support a new three-year Laos Counter Trafficking in Persons (CTIP) programme.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the project was signed in Vientiane on Monday.

The MOU was signed by the Director General of the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare’s Social Welfare Department, Mr Vilayphong Sysomvang, and Chief of Party for the USAID-funded CTIP programme, Dr Xoukiet Panyanouvong.

Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Welfare, Mrs Baykham Khattiya, and the US Ambassador to Laos, Ms Rena Bitter, witnessed the signing.

The programme costs about US$2.3 million, which is funded through the US Agency for International Development (USAID). Ambassador Bitter said that ending human trafficking was a top priority for the United States, and a goal that is shared with Lao counterparts.

We are proud to support the Lao government in its effort to prevent human trafficking and we continue to invest in our commitment to a strong, prosperous, and independent Laos, she added.

The Laos CTIP programme complements the Lao government’s counter-trafficking in persons efforts by strengthening authorities’ response to human trafficking cases, reducing the vulnerability of women, children and marginalised people to trafficking, and improving trafficking victims’ access to services and economic opportunities.

The project will be implemented by Winrock International, and carried out in Vientiane, and Savannakhet, Champassak, and Saravan provinces.

Source: Lao News Agency