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Govt, partners detail Round Table Meeting preparations 

The government and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) announced in Vientiane yesterday details of the Annual Round Table Meeting to held in November under the theme ‘Mid-term Review of the implementation of the 8th NSEDP - Progress in Sustainable Development and Effective Development Cooperation.’
The meeting will take place in Vientiane at the end of November and report on key progress made in terms of the mid-term review of the 8th National Socio-Economic Development Plan (NSEDP), along with integration and localisation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) based on Laos’ first National SDG Voluntary Review presented at the High Level Political Forum at the United Nations Headquarters in New York in July.

The results of the Least Developed Country (LDC) review in March and the implementation of the Vientiane Declaration on Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation and its Country Action Plan (VDCAP) will also be covered.
Deputy Minister of Planning and Investment, Dr Kikeo Chanthaboury said, “The round table process is an important forum that brings together government officials and the development community including all stakeholders concerned at both central and provincial level in order to take stock of recent implementation and share related issues.”
“This aims to create mutual understanding and commitment toward the NSEDP achievement while promoting the national ownership,” he added.
Dr Kikeo also reiterated that 2018 is an important year for the nation, not only for the promotion of Visit Laos Year but it also includes important milestones such as a mid-term review of the 8th NSEDP, LDC review, and preparation of the SDG Voluntary National Review.
Representative of UNDP, Ms Kaarina Immonen said, “UNDP, as co-chair of the Round Table Process, is convinced that maintaining such regular dialogue is an excellent investment, as we keep strengthening partnerships and jointly move towards our common objective of supporting Laos’ sustainable development - in particular addressing the needs of those most left behind.”
In addition, the meeting will also identify concrete actions, especially on financing for development and capacity development to address key challenges for the remaining period of the 8th NSEDP and potential main topics for the formulation of the 9th NSEDP (2021-2025). 

By Times Reporters
(Latest Update
June 29,

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