The training workshop on management of the contraction, repair and rehabilitation of irrigation project took place on 12-13 January 2021, at Vangvieng, Vientaine Captial. The meeting was chaired by Mr. Bounkham Sidavong, Director General of the Department of Irrigation, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry. The workshop attended by more than 75 participants from the Central and Provincial Project Coordinating Committee, the Technical Officer of the Irrigation Department, the Provincial Irrigation Technical Officer and consultant from the national project management official. The main purpose of the workshop is to upgrade the value chain of commodity production in the target area of the project that cover 05 provinces: (1) Khammouane, (2) Bolikhamxay, (3) Vientiane Capital, (4) Vientiane and (5) Xayaburi. With a project implementation area of about 30,000 ha, in promoting commercial agricultural production, the main crops are rice, vegetables and maize, Bolikhamxay and Khomouane provinces are rice, Vientiane Province and Vientiane capital are rice and vegetables, Xayaburi are rice, vegetables and maize. Irrigation work is a sub-component of the project, called component A3 to rehabilitate the irrigation system, supply irrigation water in the project area and strengthen the irrigation water use group to manage and use the irrigation system, which has 71 projects covering an area of 15,000 ha and using the project budget of about 5 million US dollars and divided into 3 phases.
- Phase 1 (Batch-1A) covers 6 target irrigation projects (FY 2020-2021);
- Phase 2 (Batch-1B) covers 21 target PPP projects (FY 2021 – 2022);
- Phase 3 (Batch-2) covers 44 target PPP projects (FY 2022-2023).
Until now Phase 1 of the six irrigation projects is being approved by the World Bank and is being prepared and rehabilitated. Therefore, it is necessary to strengthen the staff from the relevant departments involved in construction management to receive training, exchange lessons, and conduct supervision in the same direction in accordance with the donor regulations.