Since 2004, the Swedish government has spent more than 60 million USD (423 million SEK) on various development projects in Laos. This year, Sweden has committed to another 21.5 million USD (151.5 million SEK), which will be spent on programmes under a bilateral cooperation framework. The amount was recently approved by the Swedish government.
The programmes scheduled for 2007 include the improvement of people’s living conditions in mountainous areas, human resources development, environmental preservation, basic education system and upgrading capacity building for Lao staff, reports Lao News Agency.
The programmes are also supposed to provide permanent jobs for farmers and promote gender equality, human rights, good governance and other works related to the country’s development process.
You can read more about Sweden’s aid and development activities in Laos by searching SIDA’s website.