January 4, 2019
JICA Knowledge Co-Creation Program is the one of the JICA's activities to invite governmental officials from developing countries to a training course in Japan for supporting their development activities by sharing Japan's experience and knowledge in various sector areas.
As one of the training courses in the governance sector, there is a course of "National Government Administration for Senior Officials". The course aims to share a history and details of public administration activities in Japan with participants so that they will be able to have valuable ideas for formulation and implementation of effective policies.
Nine participants in this course in 2018 not only joined the course but also had an opportunity to be granted an audience with His Imperial Highness Crown Prince Naruhito at the Crown Prince's Palace on Oct. 23.
JICA received a message from Mr. Thongsavanh PANYAVICHITH, Deputy Director General, Department of Public Administration Development, Ministry of Home Affairs, who is one of the participants, on the occasion of the audience with His Imperial Highness the Crown Prince of Japan and the participation in the training course in Japan. We would like to introduce this message.
Mr. Thongsavanh PANYAVICHITH
Deputy Director General, Department of Public Administration Development, Ministry of Home Affairs, Lao PDR
As one of the participants of the JICA Knowledge Co-Creation Program "National Government Administration for Senior Officials for 2018", it gave me great honor and privilege to have such a rare opportunity to pay a courtesy call on His Imperial Highness the Crown Prince of Japan. The conversation with His Imperial Highness the Crown Prince was so impressive and inspiring, which still remains vivid in my memory.
With regard to the training course, I found it was interesting and very productive as it helps improve participants' capacities in policy formulation and development. Apart from learning Japan's policy-making experience, the course was also effective in a way that it facilitated exchange of sharing the experience among participants as well as among the participants and Japanese, which is complementary to the course.
What I should not forget to mention about throughout my stay in Japan was my impression and appreciation to Japanese people and culture. They are very polite, kind and helpful. They were always ready to offer helps and show me directions when I got lost.
Overall, I think the program is of great significance and offers huge benefit in learning and exchanging experience in the field of policy formulation, mostly particularly for participant from least developed country like Laos, who needs to learn more from Japan in terms of policy making and development strategies.
Once again, I would like to express my deepest gratitude and appreciation to the government and the people of Japan for conducting and supporting such important training course to Laos, without their support, it would not be possible.
Mr. Thongsavanh, Deputy Director General is in the back row on the far right