UNICEF Provides IT Equipment to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to Support Lao PDR’s COVID-19 Response
The teleconference equipment was provided by UNICEF with the support of DFAT and will help to ensure that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs can continue working effectively during the pandemic.
Vientiane, 18 August – UNICEF Lao PDR yesterday handed over equipment to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) to further strengthen UNICEF’s cooperation with the Government of Lao PDR in promoting children and women’s rights and wellbeing in the country during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as contribute towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals in Lao PDR.
The equipment, which consist of three sets of teleconference equipment, was handed over in an official ceremony held at MOFA and was attended by H.E. Mr. Maythong Thammavongsa, Director General of the International Organization Department and Dr. Pia Rebello Britto, UNICEF Representative to Lao PDR.
“With the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic globally, the need to provide information and raise awareness about COVID-19 prevention and control measures and hygiene practices has become increasingly vital in addressing the impacts of the pandemic on both children and women. The equipment provided will therefore contribute towards strengthening the coordination of work between the Government of Lao PDR and UNICEF, alongside other development partners within the country as well as internationally. Moreover, the equipment will also help adapt our working partnership to the new-normal conditions imposed by the pandemic,” said H.E. Mr. Maythong Thammavongsa, Director General of the International Organization Department.
In addition, three sets of teleconference equipment will each be provided to the Lao Front for National Development (LFND), the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism (MICT) and the Lao National Radio (LNR).
Furthermore, UNICEF will also provide MOFA, LFND, MICT and LNR with Zoom licenses to enable them to use the cloud-based video conferencing service to host large-sized online meetings as a means of addressing the social distancing challenges associated with organizing large-scale in-person meetings.
All of the equipment provided were procured by UNICEF with funding support from the Australian Government via the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).
“It is my sincerest hope that Australia’s contribution will help ensure MOFA can continue the vital work they are doing despite the challenging conditions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has made face-to-face meetings and conferences especially difficult to organise. We will continue working closely with UNICEF and our partners to support the Government of Lao PDR’s COVID-19 response,” said Ms. Anna Dyason, First Secretary, Australian Embassy, Lao PDR.
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