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Laos, China ink deal on silk research centre

Updated:2017-12-05 10:27:25   vientianetimes.org.la

Lao and Chinese sectors have agreed to cooperate in developing sericulture and quality silk derived products by building the Research Institute of Organic Silk in Laos.

An agreement to build the centre was signed in Vientiane last week between the Vice-President of China’s Chujo University, Ms Lu Jianmei, and a representative of Laos’ Ministry of Science and Technology, Mr Latsamy Phanthavong.

The signing was witnessed by Minister of Science and Technology, Prof. Dr Boviengkham Vongdara along with officials from both sides.

Mr Latsamy said the two parties will implement the agreed areas of cooperation by joint participation in research projects, creating a model sericulture garden, and the development of silk farming over a three year period.

Construction of the research institute is expected to begin this month.
“Under the agreement, both sides will share theoretical and practical experience relating to the development of the field while assisting each other with personnel training and joint projects on their shared borders,” Mr Latsamy said.

“The new institute will serve as a hub for resource development and facilitate cooperation between Lao and Chinese technicians with regard to laboratory services and field sericulture research,” he added.

The facility will have modern equipment and highly qualified staff who can ensure consistent sericulture product quality.

The project will import modern mulberry tree varieties and techniques as well as use the latest technical equipment from China, with research results to be presented to the Lao government.

Another goal is to seek cooperation with regional and international bodies for assistance with funding and personnel exchanges in the areas of crop science to guarantee and improve the quality of all aspects of sericulture.

Laos currently lacks sufficiently skilled personnel compared to neighbouring countries, including China.

China will assist with Laos’ requests for development assistance and the two countries will continue to publish their research.  

Keywords:   Laos China silk research centre
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