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Thailand Strengthens Ties with Lao PDR

Secretary-General of the RDPB Welcomed Delegates from Lao PDR

On 16 June 2010, Governors of Salavan and Xekong Provinces and representatives from Department of Agriculture and Forestry, Department of Industry and Commerce, and Department of Education, from the Lao People's Democratic Republic (Lao PDR) visited the Huai Sai Royal Development Study Centre in Phetchaburi Province.

The visit was a part of the activities of the 7th Experience Exchange Programme for the Development of the Quality of Life which was organized for the Laotian Governors according to the royal initiative of Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand.

After several and continual visits to Lao PDR, Her Royal Highness recognized the important role of the Laotian Governors in developing the quality of life of the Laotian people. Accordingly, Her Royal Highness graciously initiated to organize this programme for the Laotian Governors to enhance their knowledge and experiences which can be applied in Lao PDR in uplifting the quality of life of the Laotian people. The programme commenced in 2003 with the invitation made to the Laotian Governors to take study visits in Thailand for exchanging experiences in the afore-mentioned aspects.

On this occasion, Mr. Chalermkiat Sanvises, Secretary-General of the Royal Development Projects Board welcomed and briefed the delegates on the royal initiatives regarding the establishment of the Royal Development Study Centres, as well as the development and cooperation projects between the two countries in setting up the Huai Sonn - Huai Soie Agricultural Development and Service Centre (Km 22), at Na Yang Village, Nasaithong District, Vientiane, according to the royal initiative of His Majesty the King of Thailand.

At the Huai Sai Royal Development Study Centre in Phetchaburi Province, the delegates were welcomed by the Director and officials of the Centre and briefed on the implementations of the Centre including observing the study of the efficiency of vetiver grass for improving hardpan soil and the agricultural plot of Mr. Samrong Taengplub, the Centre’s model farmer who practices the New Theory farming.

Source: Siamrath, dated 26 June 2010