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Planning authorities roll out SDG support in four provinces

The Department of Planning under the Ministry of Planning and Investment has continued to provide facilities for four provinces in reaching the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) aligned to the 8th National Socio-Economic Development Plan.
The department held a meeting on Tuesday to support the implementation of the Local Development Programme in the provinces of Bokeo, Borikhamxay, Khammuan and Vientiane, which is running from 2017-2021 and supported by the government of Luxembourg with 23 million Euros.
The implementation was discussed among provincial agencies and concerned stakeholders at a meeting convened to discuss the progress achieved in 2017 and implementation arrangements for 2018.
The Local Development Programme will continue to focus on supporting provincial goals by alleviating poverty, and promoting nutrition and good land governance.
Department Deputy Director, Mr Kalouna Nanthavongduangsy, said the programme had played a significant role in reducing poverty in these four provinces, covering about 160,000 beneficiaries.
Mr Kalouna added that survey, data collection and development needs analysis were carried out in villages last year based on the findings and several consultations at all levels.
Consequently, the primary development plan for this year would include essential small-scale construction projects, the set-up of village development funds to enable credit access and promote income-generating jobs for better livelihoods, and capacity building in good government. According to a World Bank overview update, in 2017 Laos made good progress on a number of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), including halving poverty, reducing hunger, and improving education and health outcomes.
However, some MDGs remain off track, most crucially nutrition, with an estimated 44 percent of under-five children being stunted. Total fertility rates are high, with a high unmet demand for family planning.
Laos still has a high maternal mortality rate and limited skilled birth attendants and could also do more to place gender equality at the centre of its national development plans.
The Sustainable Development Goals provide a framework for the government to monitor and evaluate progress in its development plan implementation and commitments. Laos is one of the first countries in the world to localise the SDGs into the national development plan.


By Times Reporters
(Latest Update
March 23,

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