With the support of our donors, we are working together with the Lao government, as well as private and civil society partners, to address these challenges. We believe that private initiative is a key driver of innovation, change and economic development. On the one hand, we address economic challenges by strengthening the skills of young people to enter the labour market or start small businesses to create local jobs. Moreover, we address environmental challenges by supporting small and medium enterprises in their green transition and strengthening the urban waste management system.
A major success over the past 10 years has been our work in supporting the tourism development in Southern Laos through a destination branding strategy taken up by local stakeholders. Another highlight is the innovative coaching cycle approach that we introduced as part of the SDC-funded Skills Development project VTESS to support the labour market insertion of 1,000 disadvantaged youth. Eventually, we began to address environmental challenges in the country in 2022 with our new project Waste to Value, introducing innovative solutions to food and plastic waste management in the hospitality sector and supporting informal waste pickers.
Over the past 10 years, we had the opportunity to build strong relationships with public partner from the Ministry of Education and Sports (MoES), the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MoNRE) and other ministries. We also cooperate closely with the TVET colleges in our target provinces and engage with the private sector, social enterprises and civil society partners in the Lao PDR to implement project activities. These partnerships have been crucial for the success of our projects.
With the support of our donors and in cooperation with our public and private partners, we are looking forward to further support the development of the country by strengthening the labour-market relevant skills of young people and to further address environmental challenges, by improving waste management and creating green jobs and income in the Lao PDR. In addition to our ongoing activities, we are looking forward to new initiatives in the coming year around digital literacy and coding classes for upper secondary and TVET students, as well as working with Civil Society actors to strengthen sustainable consumption and production in the Lao PDR with support from the EU and SDC.