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Lao Front reviews achievements, makes plans for the future

Comments to be submitted to the upcoming National Assembly session, organisational streamlining and the management of religious practices were the main topics discussed at the fourth plenary meeting of the Lao Front for National Development’s Standing Committee held earlier this week.
The President of the Lao Front, Dr Xaysomphone Phomvihane, presided over the two-day meeting.
He highlighted some of the outstanding achievements of the Front’s Standing Committee over the past year.
These included hosting a meeting of Buddhist Fellowship Organisation heads from Laos, Vietnam, and Cambodia; the third conference of eminent ethnic persons; and a meeting between the Lao Front and the Solidarity Front for Development of the Cambodian Motherland.
Other activities included the signing of a cooperative agreement between the Lao Front, Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, the joint forces of the Front and members of the Front’s Committee in Laos and overseas, and associated entities for the mobilisation of aid last year for flood-hit communities in Sanamxay district, Attapeu province.
Similar arrangements for the provision of aid were also made this year for flood-affected families in Laos’ central and southern provinces. With regard to the gathering of comments by the Lao Front on behalf of mass organisations, Dr Xaysomphone called on organisations and provincial and district Front members to continue to record public complaints and recommendations.
Dr Xaysomphone said it was important that authorities addressed the issues raised through public complaints and that committee members should monitor this process.
Streamlining of the Front’s organisational structure was also discussed in relation to Prime Minister Order No. 3, which called for reducing the current seven units of the Front in the provinces and the capital to five units, while the existing four units of the Front at the district and city level should be reduced to three.
The Standing Committee also discussed the development of personnel who were the successors of the Front’s administrators.
Concerning the management of religion, Dr Xasomphone said Government Decree No. 315 should be disseminated to educate followers about important aspects of religious activities and respect for the law in this regard.
Ethnic customs that were delaying the improvement of livelihoods were also tabled for discussion at the meeting, which also agreed on an amendment to a draft instruction on customs activities. Dr Xaysomphone advised continuation of the process to build families and communities of solidarity, which has been successful in the districts of Ngeun, Phieng and Thongmixay in Xayaboury province and in Thaphabath district in Borikhamxay province.
The Front’s work in the field of foreign cooperation currently involves preparations for an official bilateral meeting between the Lao Front President and the Chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, which is scheduled for next month.The Standing Committee also discussed preparations for the Lao Front’s 70th anniversary, which will take place next year.

By Times Reporters
(Latest Update October 10, 2019)

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