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Lao Front encouraging ethnic groups’ national development role 

The government will use the upcoming 3rd National Ethnic Conference in Vientiane to allow ethnic groups to promote their role and share experiences for national development.
Preparations for the conference were outlined at a news conference held on Wednesday in the capital that was presided over by Deputy President of the Lao Front for National Development, Mrs Khamchanh Phomsengsavanh, who is also on the National Ethnic Conference organising committee.
She said the 3rd National Ethnic Conference at the National Convention Centre in Vientiane on December 13 will promote the role of ethnic groups around the country in contributing to national protection and development.
Over 500 representatives from 49 ethnic groups will attend the conference to gain an understanding of party-state policies for ethnic people and their contribution to national protection and socio-economic development.
The participants will review the implementation of results of the 2nd National Ethnic Conference (2015-2018) and listen to reports on rural development and poverty reduction, goods production, ethnic development and the experiences of Lao expatriates living abroad.
Some 34 people of Lao descent from foreign countries will also attend the meeting including those from USA, France, Australia, Japan, Canada, New Zealand, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.
Over 400 former national representatives, provincial leaders and other organisations are also invited to attend the conference.
Before the event, delegates will visit Kaysone Phomvihane Museum, Souphanouvong Museum and other important landmarks in the capital. Ethnic representatives from the provinces and overseas people of Lao descent will pay a courtesy visit to President Bounnhang Vorachit.
Lao has 49 ethnic groups divided into four main ethnic groupings such as the Lao-Tai family consisting of  eight groups: Lao, Phouthai, Tai, Lue, Nhuan, Young, Saek, and Thai Neua.
The Mone-Khmer family has 32 ethnic groups Khmu, Pray, Singmou, Khom, Thene, Idou, Bid, Lamed, Samtao, Katang, Makong, Try, Trieng, Ta-oi, Yeh, Brao, Harak, Katou, Oi, Krieng, Yrou, Souai, Nhaheune, Lavy, Kabkae, Khmer, Toum, Ngouane, Meuang, and Kri.
The Tibeto-Burmese family has seven ethnic groups: Ahka or Ekor, Singsali, Lahou, Sila, Hayi, Lolo, and Hor.
The Hmong-Ioumien category has two main tribes: Hmong-Ioumien and Yao.

By Times Reporters
(Latest Update December 6, 2018)

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