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Deputy PM advises Saravan on development path

Deputy Prime Minister Dr Sonexay Siphandone and his delegation recently visited Saravan provincial authorities to encourage and guide their operations in the year ahead.

Deputy Prime Minister Dr Sonexay Siphandone ( centre ) examines medicinal plants grown in Lao-ngam district, Saravan province.

During the visit from February 5-6, Dr Sonexay listed the successes previously achieved by the province and plans for the year ahead, especially in terms of social and economic development.

Saravan provincial Governor Mr Sisouvanh Vongchomsy informed Dr Sonexay that last year the province cracked down on the illegal trade in timber and turned its attention to the regulation of wood processing plants. The move followed an order issued by Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith in May last year, which banned the export of unfinished wood products.

Saravan's economy grew by 7.94 percent in 2016 and achieved GDP of 3,800 billion kip, with average annual per capita income standing at US$1,180.

But 84 villages in the province that are home to 5,300 families are still officially designated as poor, with the majority of poor villages found in the districts of Ta-oy and Samuay.

Dr Sonexay instructed provincial authorities to pursue social and economic development and to ensure security as well as preventing undesirable activities.

He also stressed the need to continue to regulate labourers and population movement and to strengthen efforts to eradicate poverty.

Dr Sonexay also visited infrastructure development and production projects, notably the site of a modern hospital and sports stadium that will be built, and a medicinal plant project in Lao-ngam district.



By Times Reporters
(Latest Update
February 8,

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