The United States is giving Laos more than 26-thousand dollars to help preserve the collection at the Southeast Asian country's national museum.
Ambassador Ravic Huso signed the agreement on September 27 in a ceremony in Vientiane. Mr. Thongsa Sayavongkhamdy, Director General of the Museums and Archeology Department, signed the agreement on behalf of Laos Ministry of Information and Culture. Mr. Boua Ngeun Xaophouvong, Vice Minister of Information and Culture and invited guests from the cultural community also attended the signing ceremony.
An embassy statement says the aid will be used to provide the Lao National Museum with secure storage and improved conservation facilities, and a department for documenting artifacts.
Museum employees will also receive training on the use of new equipment, and on international inventory standards. The national museum houses exhibits detailing the history of Laos from prehistoric times to the present.
In another development, Ambassador Huso recently officiated at the opening of the American Section at the Champassak library, in Pakse.
The American Section is a small part of the library designed to serve the general public, especially children, to access information about the United States and the American people, including their culture, history and society, literature and performing arts, and economy. This corner of the library also contains information on issues of global concern, such as narcotics trafficking, protection of the environment, and terrorism.
This is the third location supported by the U.S. Embassy to provide
books and educational materials about the United States and global issues to the people of Laos. The first opened in January 2004 at the American Center, located on the campus of the Lao-American College. The second, the Lao-American Reading Center, opened in April 2006 inside the Luang Prabang library in Luang Prabang province.
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