Laos, Luxembourg review key cooperation milestones
The governments of Laos and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg have achieved a number of key milestones on development cooperation over the years, a meeting in Vientiane highlighted.
Representatives from the two governments met yesterday at the 10th meeting of the Bilateral Partnership Commission to review the implementation of bilateral cooperation programmes.
The meeting was co-chaired by Deputy Minister of Planning and Investment Dr Kikeo Chanthabouly and Director General of Development Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, Ms Martine Schommer.
“This high level meeting which follows the tradition of Lao-Luxembourg bilateral cooperation aims to further strengthen our policy dialogues, cooperation and partnerships,” Dr Kikeo said in his opening remarks.
Laos and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg have maintained strong diplomatic relations and bilateral cooperation since 1997.
“The government highly values and appreciates the support and assistance from the Luxembourg government in various areas for the development of Laos and especially for improving the living standards of people across the country,” he said.
Since the last development cooperation and joint commission meeting took place in Luxembourg in 2015, a number of key milestones have been achieved.
These include the signing of a Cooperation Strategy Document between the Lao and Luxembourg governments regarding the 4th Indicative Cooperation Programme (2016-2020), and Luxembourg had taken an active role to further strengthen the collaboration agenda under the Vientiane Declaration on Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation. This was a vital role supporting the Lao government in striving for balance, inclusive and sustainable growth and development, Dr Kikeo said.
Over the years, Lao-Luxembourg cooperation has played a significant role in supporting the implementation of various National Socio-economic Development Plans.
Luxembourg has provided support and assistance to Laos in different sectors such as health, local development, vocational training in tourism, and governance.
As of today, the government of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg has provided assistance to Laos totalling 60 million euro (Indicative Cooperation Programme 4, 2016-2020) to implement prioritised development programmes, he said.
“Compared to previous programmes, the amount of assistance has increased,” Dr Kikeo added.
Alongside the successes to date, challenges and opportunities remain for accelerating achievement of the 8th National Socio-economic Development Plan, the Sustainable Development Goals and enabling Laos to graduate from Least Developed Country status by 2020.
Some of the issues involved economic transformation, unfinished Millennium Development Goals, improving equality and the business environment, implementation capacity, and strengthening human resources, Dr Kikeo said.
By Times Reporters
(Latest Update January 11, 2017)