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Revolutionary movement commemorated as govt meets in Huaphan

Members of the government  cabinet led by Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith and provincial governors gathered yesterday for a plenary meeting in Viengxay district, Huaphan province, to commemorate the heroic actions of the country’s liberation forces.
The two-day meeting, which continues today, is taking place in a cave used by the political commanders of the Lao People’s Liberation Army.

In his opening remarks, Prime Minister Thongloun said the government decided to hold its first plenary meeting of the year in the cave because it had been the main stronghold of the commanders of the revolutionary forces.
The event gave all those present the opportunity to recall the courage of the revolutionary leaders and the determination of those involved in the revolutionary movement.
“This courage, which perpetuates in the hearts of the multiethnic people of Laos, is also reflected in the people who sacrificed their blood and lives for the revolutionary mission for national liberation, which led to the proclamation of our current Lao People’s Democratic Republic,” the prime minister said.
“It also inspires and stimulates political ideology, and the loyalty of the people of our generation and successive generations to the Party, as well as their devotion to the nation through the practice of their political duties, enhancing our responsibility for the task given us by the Party and people,” he added.
During the Indochina War, Viengxay district was chosen by the revolutionary leaders as the location for their living quarters and offices, where the limestone caves protected them against enemy bombardment for nine years.
The caves were where they held meetings, passed resolutions, and planned daily and hourly action to repel invading forces in the area, and direct nationwide assaults to liberate zones under enemy control.
“This place was also where directions were issued on crucial political and legal battles, as well as coordinating action with other countries against the aggressors, whose military might was much greater than that of the revolutionary forces,” Prime Minister Thongloun said.
Viengxay also represented the place where the solidarity of the multiethnic people was consolidated, as represented by their enduring patriotism and great sacrifices made throughout the difficulties of war.
Meeting participants discussed the implementation of the 2018 socio-economic development plan, priority government projects, improvement of the investment climate, investment authorisation through a single channel, and the implementation of Laos-Vietnam and Laos-China cooperation plans.
Today cabinet members will review use of the state budget over the past two months, the forecasts for the first quarter and first half of this year, and the plan for the whole year.
They will also review progress made in rural development and poverty reduction, and the promotion of commercial production and food security.
Also on the agenda are the management of product prices and service fees, wood processing factories, promotion of small and medium enterprises, the success to date of Visit Laos Year 2018, and preparations for the 50th anniversary of Meuang Viengxay.


By Somxay Sengdara
(Latest Update
March 23,

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