PM demands proper revenue collection, effective spending
Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong has instructed central and local state organisations to exert every effort to ensure revenue collection meets targets, while managing spending in line with plans.
Speaking at the monthly government meeting on Thursday, the prime minister issued the instruction after Laos failed to meet revenue targets for the last two fiscal years, causing financial difficulties for the country.
Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong.
Other items tabled at the January meeting included measures to boost socio-economic development and an explanation of the removal of an old Buddha image from Vat Ongteu, one of the oldest temples in Vientiane.
PM Thongsing asked the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism and other relevant sectors to explain the facts surrounding the removal of the Buddha image.
The meeting, chaired by PM Thongsing, approved in principle an amendment to the presidential ordinance on vehicle tax, aiming to generate additional revenue for the state budget.
An amendment to the prime ministerial decree on rewarding those having done good deeds and being virtuous in carrying out revolutionary tasks was also approved in principle.
The meeting approved in principle a prime ministerial decree on museums, which will provide guidance for museum operation and related activities.
The meeting received a report on official development assistance (ODA), which showed that Laos has received US$2,020 million of ODA over the past four fiscal years accounting for 65 percent of the target set in the 7th national five-year socio-economic development plan for 2011-2015.
PM Thongsing asked all state departments to ensure that the ODA is put to the most effective use, while attaching great importance to the effective implementation of ODA-funded projects.
The premier told the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry to work with the relevant sectors and local authorities to boost agricultural production during this dry season so that production targets are met.
Ministries were asked to place greater emphasis on improving the quality of education and human resource development. The Health Ministry was told to remain on the alert for communicable diseases and to ensure doctors and other medical staff carry out their work ethically.
PM Thongsing also asked meeting participants to regulate foreign workers and expatriates in Laos in accordance with regulations and laws. Finally, he called for more to be done in the maintenance of security and social order.
By Times Reporters
(Latest Update January 24, 2015)