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Govt, Sector Working Groups discus s future development strategies

The Lao government and its development partners, especially the Sector Working Groups is now gearing up to boost development strategies to ensure that development targets are effectively implemented as planned.

The meeting of the chairs and co-chairs of the Sector Working Groups was held in Vientiane yesterday under collaboration between the Ministry of Planning and Investment and the UNDP Laos Office.

In his opening remarks, Deputy Minister of Planning and Investment, Dr Kikeo Chanthaboury said the meeting was to brief each other on all the preparations completed so far.

“At the same time, we also share a common understanding on the Round Table Implementation Meeting (RTIM) to be organised towards the end of November,” he said.

Dr Kikeo added that the National Steering Committee on the Round Table Process approved the 2016 RTIM concept and roadmap, and endorsed the key recommendations of the RTP review and assessment.

Representatives from line ministries, national and international development partners participated in the meeting. During the meeting, national and international officials in charge of various Sector Working Groups expressed their recommendations and shared ideas on what to do in the near future to fulfill the development plans in relations to the guidelines of the Lao government.

“I'd like to encourage all of us who are here today and those whom you will consult with after today's meeting to provide recommendations and suggestions for the thematic focus of the RTIM this year,” Dr Kikeo said.

The government also encouraged the Sector Working Groups to have clearer indicators and targets to support the 8th National Socio Economic Development Plan (NSEDP).

In addition, the Vientiane Declaration on the Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation was signed by the government and its development partners recently. It will be a key element to ensure greater development results in Laos.

Most importantly, the chairs of the Sector Working Groups from assigned line ministries and their co-chairs from national and international partners will be able to work together more effectively in the years to come.

The Vientiane Declaration will play a crucial role in representing a shared ambition and recognition between the Lao government and the diverse partners on how development work is managed in the country over the next decade for better and more sustainable development results.

The government expected that a number of signatories to the declaration including national stakeholders and development partners will positively support the nation to graduate from Least Developed Country status by 2020.

By Times Reporters
(Latest Update June 30, 2016)

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