Between May 5th-6th, 2015 Mr. Masayuki NAOSHIMA, member of Diet and former Minister and Mr. Teruhiko MASHIKO, Former Senior Vice Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry had visited Lao PDR as a part of the mission of the Federation of Multipartisan Diet Members Supporting Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia.
Over the 2 day visit, Mr. NAOSHIMA and Mr. MASHIKO paid a courtesy visit high ranking officials of Laos PDR, including Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Industry and Commerce and Minister of Planning and Investment. Both sides agreed to deepen their cooperation to facilitate the fruitful outcomes of their strategic partnership. They also agreed to work closely on the human resource development and the facilitate the direct flight between Lao PDR and Japan.
Lao side expressed wholehearted thanks to the supports from Japanese people and the Japanese government in various areas which have brought Japanese as the top donor for many years. Lao side also urged for the continuation supports from the Japanese government.
Lao side encouraged more Japanese investment into Lao PDR given the reputation of their high quality investments. Up till now, there are over US$400 million of Japanese investments made in Lao PDR and Japan is ranked as number 7.
In 2015, Lao PDR and Japan mark the 60th anniversary of the diplomatic relation and also celebrate the 50th anniversary of dispatching the first Japanese volunteer to Lao PDR.