Mr Thongsing Thammavong chairs the government meeting yesterday.
Govt approves development strategies
The government has approved a set of documents on future development, and will seek more appropriate mechanisms for the implementation of its plans.
The approval came during the government's monthly meeting for January, which took place on Thursday.
The documents include a national strategy on human resources until 2025, a national action plan on development for the next five years (2016-2020), a strategy on rural development and poverty reduction for 2016-2020, and a vision for development over the next 15 years.
Following opinions expressed at the meeting, the strategies and plans will be improved to take into account the achievements and shortcomings of past years. Human resources development will be reprioritised to meet the needs of socio-economic development.
Meeting participants also agreed that people should be encouraged to read and learn with greater devotion, while every sector should take more responsibility for improving the skills of personnel.
Concerning rural development and poverty reduction, the meeting wanted the main focus to be on poor people and families, with efforts made to encourage them to be more industrious in raising themselves out of poverty based on the circumstances and potential of each family.
With regard to the implementation of these plans, it was agreed that appropriate mechanisms, clear devolution of management and responsibility at each level, and appropriate budgetary allocations should be applied.
The meeting also saw the government approve the final report on the implementation of the Socio-Economic Development Plan for 2014-15.
The meeting agreed that the final year of the implementation of the seventh Five-Year National Socio-Economic Development Plan had benefited from a positive domestic and international environment which facilitated socio-economic development.
Meanwhile, the government noted the deficiencies in implementing the socio-economic, budget, and currency plans over the past year.
The meeting's chairman, Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong, stressed that ministries and other government agencies, along with local administrations, should devise clearer and more detailed plans for revenue collection.
Looking ahead to next month, Mr Thongsing called for political strengthening at the grassroots level, the implementation of national defence and security policies, efficient revenue collection, the completion of certain economic issues, and dedication to dry season farming activities.
He asked the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment to monitor the climate and to give timely warnings of weather changes so that people could be prepared.
He asked the related sectors to help people recover the losses suffered from crops and livestock that had been affected by the recent cold weather.
The prime minister also touched on preparations for the National Assembly elections, the Asean-US Summit, and the Chinese and Vietnamese New Year.
By Times Reporters
(Latest Update January 29, 2016)