Govt approves laws for further debate at NA
Cabinet members have discussed and approved various laws at the government's monthly meeting before submitting these pieces of legislation to the upcoming session of the National Assembly for debate.
The meeting held on November 24 was chaired by Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong and attended by other cabinet members.
Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong.
During the proceedings, four draft amended laws were endorsed in regards to the state investment, state budget, taxation and the government.
But the cabinet members did not approve the draft amended Law on Local Administration because it was still unclear and not comprehensive enough to reflect the reality of the nation in the new era.
The Law on Local Administration was promulgated in 2003, but the government thought that it was necessary to amend it in order to better define the roles, structures and styles of working by local authorities to strengthen local administration while ensuring transparency and the continued growth of the country's economy.
The amendment of the State Investment Law aimed to oversee the investment of state development projects to ensure the efficiency, effectiveness and transparency of the projects while responding to socio-economic development and the improvement of the livelihoods of local people.
Meanwhile the amendment of th e Law on the State Budget is aimed to ensure the proper collection of national revenue while the expenditure of the budget must be made in a transparent and effective fashion.
The taxation law aims to oversee business operation and push for the business sector to further grow and pay its proper tax obligations to the government.
The law on the Government of the Lao PDR aims to better define the roles and working styles of the government to manage the state and socio-economic development while protecting the environment.
This law was promulgated in 1995 and used it as a tool for overseeing socio-economic development in Laos.
The government meeting asked the relevant sectors to further amend the above draft amended laws based on the recommendations from cabinet members to ensure that the draft amendment of the laws are comprehensive before submitting them to the NA session for debate.
During the meeting, PM Thongsing called for the relevant sectors to prepare for various significant events to be held in December.
These include the celebration of the 40th anniversary of the foundation of the Lao PDR, a high-level roundtable meeting and the National Assembly session.
The preparations for the event are now fully-fledged as the date for the official celebration draws closer.
All sectors are urged to contribute to keep the city clean and maintain order and security for the celebration.
Concerning parades and performing programmes for the celebration of National Day, all sectors have concentrated on practising their parades and programmes so that they will be ready before the event.
By Times Reporters
(Latest Update November 26, 2015)