Villagers in Luang Prabang province who were required to relocate to make way for the Laos-China Railway are moving into new homes built with Chinese aid.
The China-funded resettlement project is located in Buam Or village, Xiengngeun district, about 220km north of Vientiane.
The new community comprises 107 houses built to accommodate 459 people, a village office, clinic, kindergarten and primary school, public toilets and landfill site, as well as access roads, water supply and electricity.
A ceremony to mark the villagers’ relocation, together with a calligraphy and drawing competition themed “For a Shared Future”, took place last week in Buam Or village.
Lao Minister of Public Works and Transport, Viengsavath Siphandone, said the resettlement village not only provided people with better living conditions but also gave children a new school, which brought true well-being to the community.
“China and Laos are friendly neighbours that share the same breath and share the same destiny,” he said.
“Children represent the future of Laos and the calligraphy and drawings they have produced reflect the profound friendship between our peoples.”
Chief Representative of the China Project Management Company, Jin Guofeng, said the people who had been resettled and relocated were enjoying a happy life.
He said the China aid project would greatly improve local infrastructure, education, medical care and living conditions, help foster economic development in the area, improve the quality of life of the Lao people, and spur the development of Laos. — Vientiane Times/ANN