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PM stresses need for continuous development

Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith has stressed the need for government members, the Mayor of Vientiane, provincial governors and all government officials to maintain political stability and public security, saying this was essential for continued socio-economic development.
Mr Thongloun made the call last week when addressing the government’s first open session in Viengxay district, Huaphan province.
The prime minister reminded meeting participants about undesirable activities that harmed public security and development, especially drug trafficking and the trade in illegal weapons.
“These issues of drugs and illegal weapons, which you have raised at this meeting, must be addressed,” Mr Thongloun said.

“The Ministry of Public Security must do more and enforce tougher measures to combat drug trafficking and the illegal weapons trade,” he added, saying that these two crimes were often inter-linked.
The prime minister also reminded those present about public support for the government’s crackdown on corruption and other illegal activities that threatened people’s livelihoods.
“Harsh penalties must be meted out against those who are arrested. People have questions about this,” he said, suggesting that ring leaders be brought to justice and publicly named and shamed.
He asked the government and related sectors to join forces to address these issues, saying this would bolster public confidence and trust in the government.
“This will build public confidence. We have to show people that we are serious about this,” he said.
After the close of the meeting on Friday, Minister to the Prime Minister’s Office and Government Spokesman Dr Chaleun Yiapaoher held a press conference to inform the media of the outcome of the talks.
Dr Chaleun said the government had been urged to collect more revenue in the second, third and fourth quarters of this year to compensate for the shortfall in the first quarter.
Twenty wood factories located in protection forests and protected areas, and more than 1,100 sawmills and wood processing plants, were closed under Prime Minister’s Order No. 15.
“This achievement confirms and signals to offenders that the government is serious about its stated intention to protect forests and valuable natural resources,” Dr Chaleun said.
The prime minister stressed the importance of the continued enforcement of Order No. 15, which involved a prohibition on unprocessed wood exports, stringent inspections, punishment of violators, tree planting, and imbuing children with a love of nature, he added
The government also discussed a report on its activities, which will be submitted to the ordinary session of the National Assembly in May.
Prime Minister Thongloun called on provincial authorities and the Vientiane administration to coordinate with officials at the central level in fulfilling the resolutions, decrees and regulations under the Sam Sang (Three Builds) directive to build socialism at the grassroots level.
Last year the economic growth rate was 6.9 percent (98 percent of the figure targeted), which the government pointed out was better than in 2016.
Revenue collection amounted to 22.6 trillion kip, accounting for 94.7 percent of the target figure for 2017, while expenditure was 30.6 trillion kip, accounting for 94.6 percent of the planned figure.
In general, development efforts in various areas and in local communities were successful and yielding good results.


 

By Somxay Sengdara
(Latest Update
March 26,
2018)


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