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President extends Lao New Year best wishes to all

President Bounnhang Vorachit yesterday wished Lao people living in the country and abroad as well as foreign expatriates in Laos happiness, joyfulness and greater success on the occasion of the incoming Pi Mai Lao (Lao New Year).


The president extended his best wishes on the occasion of saying goodbye to the outgoing year 2559 – the Year of the Monkey and welcoming the New Year 2560 – the Year of the Rooster.

Pi Mai Lao falls on April 14-16 and the government this year announced April 13 and April 17 as additional holidays making it a five-day holiday.

President Bounnhang recalled the outgoing year was significant as the first year in implementing the resolution of the 10th Congress of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party and the 8th five-year National Socio-Economic Development Plan (2016-2020).

Although circumstances in Laos, the region and world had posted some difficulties, challenges and tests, the Lao people had been able to protect and develop the country progressively, the president said.

He added that Laos continued to enjoy firm political stability, social security and order. The national economy enjoys steady growth with annual income per capita reaching US$2,027.

These achievements have been made possible thanks to the cohesive solidarity and endeavour of the entire Lao people under the leadership of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party and the government stimulated by the support and assistance extended by friendly countries and international organisations.

Over the year, Laos succeeded in its role of the rotating Asean Presidency and successfully hosted the 28th and 29thAsean Summits and other related summits and meetings.

“All the achievements have improved the livelihoods of the Lao people and elevated the role and influence of the Lao PDR in the regional and international arena,” President Bounnhang said, as he delivered his well-wishing message.

The Head of state said the Party and government had duties to continue leading the entire people to pursue development agendas set at the resolution of the 10th Party Congress and the 8th five-year National Socio-Economic Development Plan, development strategy until 2025, and development vision until 2030, while striving to graduate Laos from least developed nation by 2020.

To pursue such targets, the President called for the entire Lao people to enhance their traditional cohesive solidarity under the leadership of the Party to overcome any difficulty, challenge and test that may occur throughout the incoming year.

The President also urged people to further enhance achievements gained and address shortcomings of the year 2559.

“These are to have our beloved nation enjoying prosperity and strength; the people enjoying prosperity and happiness; the society enjoying solidarity, conciliation, democracy, justice and civilisation,” the president said.

On this auspicious occasion, President Bounnhang, who is also Party Secretary General, on behalf of the Party and government's leadership and on his own behalf wished the party cadres, officials, soldiers, police officers, the Lao people living in Laos and abroad as well as foreign expatriates in Laos happiness in their personal lives and families and greater achievements in the incoming year.

The President extended his special warm greetings, considerations and best wishes to those officials, soldiers, police officers and security forces who are carrying out tasks protecting the territorial integrity and sovereignty of the nation.

The best wishes were also sent to retired officials, disabled people and patients wishing those being treated a speedy recovery.





By Times Reporters
(Latest Update April 12, 2017)

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