PM advises Savannakhet on development
Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith has advised Savannakhet province to make appropriate development plans that can be implemented effectively and efficiently.
Mr Thongloun gave the advice during his address at a ceremony on May 6 to hand over the post of Governor of Savannakhet province to Mr Santiphab Phomvihane. He replaces Dr Souphanh Keomixay, who has become the Minister of Planning and Investment.
Mr Thongloun praised the achievements of the province under the leadership of Dr Souphanh, citing its economic growth rate of 12.7 percent, increased revenue collection, and growth in investment.
The prime minister also advised the new governor and pro vincial leaders to improve the province's organisational structure, adhere to democratic principles when working as a team and ensure that everyone shoulders responsibility, and to work closely w ith grassroots groups.
He pointed to the importance of maintaining solidarity and unity in responding to people's requirements and wishes.
During his visit, Mr Thongloun toured businesses in the Savan-Seno Special Economic Zone, the Daehan Company factory, and the Thasano Rice Research and Seed Multiplication Centre.
Various changes have taken place in the government cabinet as follows: Mr Somdy Duangdy is now Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, replacing Dr Lien Thikeo, who is now Minister of Agriculture and Forestry.
Lieutenant General Chansamone Chanyalath has become Minister of National Defence, replacing Lieutenant Sengnouan Chanyalath who is now Vice President of the National Assembly.
In addition, Dr Phet Phomphiphak has become Minister to and Head of the Prime Minister's Office replacing Dr Sonexay Siphandone who is now Deputy Prime Minister.
In other changes, Prof. Dr Soukkongseng Xayaleuth has moved from his post as President of the National University of Laos to become Head of the National Institute of Social Science, replacing Dr Chaleun Yiapaoher who is now Minister to the Prime Minister's Office.
By Times Reporters
(Latest Update May 12, 2016)