The Secretary-General of SEAFDEC, Dr. Kom Silapajarn together with Senior Advisor to SEAFDEC, Dr. Magnus Torell; Assistant Policy and Program Coordinator, Dr. Worawit Wanchana; SEAFDEC-Sweden Project Manager, Ms. Pattaratjit Kaewnuratchadasorn paid a courtesy call on the Director-General of the Department of Livestock and Fisheries (DLF) in Vientiane while concurrently serving as the SEAFDEC Council Director for Lao PDR, Mr. Somphanh Chanphengxay; and SEAFDEC Alternate Council Director Mr. Bounthong Saphakdy, together with the Head of Fisheries Division, Mr. Sommano Phounsavath, on 17 June 2016. The discussion mainly touched on key programs of SEAFDEC that support Lao PDR, i.e. on inland fisheries resources management and capacity building on related fisheries issues. While expressing his appreciation of the outstanding relationship between SEAFDEC and DLF, Mr. Somphanh agreed that there is a need to strengthen such relationship in order to achieve several key targets, such as poverty reduction and improvement of the effectiveness and coordination of fishery resources management in Lao PDR and the region as a whole.
Meanwhile, SEAFDEC also visited the Office of the Secretariat of Mekong River Commission (MRC) in Vientiane to discuss several key common issues on inland fisheries management. The discussion focused on the possibility of strengthening the collaboration and cooperation between SEAFDEC and MRC on inland fisheries matters.