SEAFDEC attended the National Fish Releasing Ceremony, hosted by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry of Lao PDR, in Vientiane on 13 July 2017. The Ceremony was officiated by the Lao PDR Prime Minister, H.E. Mr. Thongloun Sisoulith, with the participation of government officials, private sectors, organizations, and school children, to release fish fingerlings and birds to the natural environment signifying the importance of the works on livestock and the conservation of wildlife and aquatic animals, and enhancing and sustaining food sources of the country.
During the same day, the Secretary-General of SEAFDEC, Dr. Kom Silapajarn, together with Assistant Policy and Program Coordinator Dr. Worawit Wanchana, SEAFDEC-Sweden Project Manager Ms. Pattaratjit Kaewnuratchadasorn, paid a courtesy call to the Director-General of the Department of Livestock and Fisheries (DLF) and concurrent SEAFDEC Council Director for Lao PDR Mr. Somphanh Chanphengxay, and the Head of Fisheries Division Mr. Sommano Phounsavath. Their discussion mainly touched upon the SEAFDEC-Sweden Project activities to be undertaken in Lao PDR focusing on promotion of fishery resources management, particularly on bilateral dialogue between Lao PDR and Cambodia in Champasak Province and capacity building on Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management (EAFM) for fisheries officers of Lao PDR. SEAFDEC also provided an update on the establishment of MOU for collaboration between SEAFDEC and Mekong River Commission (MRC) and sought support from Lao PDR to assure the effectiveness and coordination toward improved fishery resources management in Lao PDR and the Mekong River Basin sub-regional area.