Move forward: EU- Laos sign a memorandum of understanding to boost cooperation on freight transport

General Press Releases Monday July 16, 2018 14:30
Bangkok--16 Jul--GIZ

GIZ's project on Sustainable Freight Transport and Logistics in the Mekong Region organised a national seminar titled "Green Freight: Enhancing Transport and Logistics Business Performance in Lao PDR" on 11 July 2018 in Vientiane, capital of Lao PDR.

The seminar saw the official signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Ministry of Public Works and Transport and GIZ, and included a presentation of the project background and the introduction of upcoming training activities, as well as the sharing of knowledge and experience on improving the freight transport business. Dr. Bounta Onnavong, the Director General, Department of Transport, Ministry of Public Works and Transport (MPWT) and Mr. Koen Everaert, of the European Union (EU) delegation to Lao PDR presided over the event.

Mr. Koen Everaert, of the European Union (EU) delegation to Lao PDR said: "The freight transport and logistics industry is one of the most important sectors for economic development worldwide. Transport is a cornerstone of the European integration process and is firmly linked to the creation and completion of the market, which promotes jobs and economic growth. In Lao PDR, the average age of trucks is around 15 years, leading to low fuel efficiency and high maintenance costs. Driver training is not extensive and this, combined with poor road conditions, has led to generally inefficient driving practices. Against this background, the efficiency, environmental performance and safety of dangerous goods transport have become important to ensure countries continue to grow, increase welfare conditions, maintain their economic competitiveness, and reduce environmental and social impacts. GIZ's project on Sustainable Freight Transport and Logistics in the Mekong Region, which is financially supported by the European Union (EU), supports the Lao PDR to improve sustainable freight transport and the logistics sector."

The Eco and Defensive Driving training, which is being implemented in collaboration with SCG Skills Development Co., Ltd. Thailand, will be designed to increase the competence of local trainers in Lao PDR and will be adapted to the Laos driving context. During the seminar, Mr. Nont Bhuprassanon, the supervisor on Education and Training, SCG Skills Development Co., Ltd. Thailand gave a presentation on the training course, saying: "Thailand has been considered as a logistics hub due to its connection to several major roadways reaching several countries in ASEAN. This will be achieved through efficient logistics management that results in a minimal impact on the environment as well as cutting down fuel consumption. Our SCG Skills Development School provides "Eco-Driving module" to the drivers. Firstly, we provide the Multimodal Transportation Management allowing goods transported via land, sea, and rail transportation modes. As a result, the goods are delivered in the most efficient and lowest energy consumption manners. Secondly, we emphasise on the application of Deadhead Reduction (reducing travelling with empty load) by focusing on Backhauling Management. Thirdly, we regularly implement a Consolidation Management System to consolidate multiple shipments into a single trip by using large trucks to deliver goods to distribution centers, then having smaller trucks to deliver the goods to their final destinations. Lastly, we have an idling time management. For example, Geographical Positioning System (GPS) is used for tracking fleet status and ensuring that the deliveries will reach their destinations on time."

Participants of the seminar learned about the options to improve efficiency in freight transport and the logistics business and expect to attend the training to develop their skills, leading to development of freight transport in Lao PDR.

Further discussions on the plans and next steps followed on from the presentation of the training. Dr. Bounta Onnavong, the Director General, Department of Transport, Ministry of Public Works and Transport (MPWT) said: "Road safety is what we are concerned about. Currently, we are working on the strategies for security. We will cooperate with GIZ and relevant organisations to improve freight transport operations and capacity in Vientiane by improving road safety management, vehicle registration and regulations as well as supporting the training. Vientiane's growth is so recent that it's still manageable. Enforcement of existing and more formal adapted rules will also require changes in drivers' attitudes. Under the plan, fuel consumption reduction and road safety will be monitored by the project. It is a new concept but if it proves to bring safety, a better system, and cost reduction, then people will be happy later."


Latest Press Release

Taiwan Expo 2018 in Thailand kicks off 30th Aug

Bureau of Foreign Trade (MOEA), Taiwan External Trade Development Council, Thai-Taiwan Business Association and Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) are launching Taiwan Expo 2018 under the theme "Let's Tie Together" to present smart living...

SUPERB SOUTH AMERICAN BBQ ON THE BEACH AT CENTARA GRAND BEACH RESORT VILLAS HUA HIN

Spice up the evening Latin style this August as Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin presents to you Superb South American BBQ, serving up a barbecue feast, grilled to perfection using the best South American recipes, alongside a superb...

DEEP-SEA ROCKFISH KATSUO TUNA BLACK CATTLE WAGYU TAKE KISSO JAPANESE RESTAURANT BY STORM

Living up to its renown for exemplifying the spirit and special produce of each season in Japan, Kisso Japanese Restaurant showcases two fish and one meat for its September-October special a la carte menus: the finest, freshest rockfish, Katsuo tuna and...

กระทรวงการต่างประเทศและกองทุนประชากรแห่งสหประชาติร่วมจัดกิจกรรม TICA Connect ครั้งที่ 4

กรมความร่วมมือระหว่างประเทศ กระทรวงการต่างประเทศและกองทุนประชากรแห่งสหประชาชาติ (UNFPA) ร่วมจัดกิจกรรม TICA Connect ครั้งที่ 4 'The 4th TICA Connect: Five Decades of Thailand and UNFPA partnership: Advancing towards Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)'...

Savor Spider Crab Specialties this September at CHAR Restaurant

CHAR Restaurant at Hotel Indigo Bangkok Wireless Road is excited to offer Honshu spider crab specialties for limited time in September. From September 14 to 28, diners can indulge in a three-part serving of this Japanese delicacy. On the main island of...

Related Topics