Monthly Archives: July 2016
This plan is based on the Agricultural Development Strategy (ADS) 2011 to 2020. This strategy provides the framework, the vision and the long term development goals of the Government for the sustainable development of the sector aiming at food and income security.
‘Development goals by 2020’ mentioned in the plan are;
- Gradual introduction and increased application of modernized lowland market-oriented agricultural production and;
- Conservation of upland ecosystems, ensuring food security and improving livelihoods of rural communities.
Specific Goals for year 2015 are;
- The improvement of livelihoods (through agriculture and livestock activities) has food security as its first priority.
- Increased and modernized production of agricultural commodities will lead to ‘pro-poor and green value chains’, targeting domestic, regional and global markets, based on organizations of smallholder farmers and partnering investments with the private sector.
- Sustainable production patterns, including the stabilization of shifting cultivation and climate change adaptation measures, are adapted to the specific socio-economic and agro-ecological conditions in each region.
- Sustainable forest management will preserve biodiversity and will lead to significant quantitative and qualitative improvements of the national forest cover, providing valuable environmental services and fair benefits to rural communities as well as public and private forest and processing enterprises.
To achieve the above goals, AMP will focus on 8 programs. They are;
- Food production, Commodity production and farmer organizations,
- Sustainable production patterns, land allocation and rural development,
- Forestry development,
- Irrigated agriculture,
- Other agriculture and forestry infrastructure,
- Agriculture and forestry research and extension,
- Human resource development.
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Party Chief and President Bounnhang Vorachit has instructed the top anti-corruption body to appropriately punish those officials found violating the regulations in a bid to stamp out malpractice and lax discipline.
President Bounnhang Vorachit.
The president also endorsed the creation of measures that would enable members of the public to participate in inspection work.
Mr Bounnhang, Secretary General of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party and state President, gave the instructions at the three-day third nationwide inspection meeting that ended on Wednesday.
The findings or results of the inspection must be strictly resolved in a correct, transparent and just manner, Mr Bounnhang stressed to anti-corruption authorities.
“If left without action to resolve the issues uncovered, the findings of the inspections are meaningless,” he said.
He told the authorities to be decisive and determined in taking appropriate measures to penalise those found guilty of misconduct or poor discipline.
“Inspections must be carried out systematically within the Party’s organisational structure and state organisations,” he told the meeting.
Politburo member and Chairman of the Inspection Committee under the Party Central Committee, Dr Bounthong Chitmany, was among 300 officials attending the meeting held at the Party Central Committee Office.
Mr Bounnhang stressed the need for inspection authorities to improve their organisational structures, upgrade their inspectors’ knowledge and skills, and improve working methods to ensure better professional performance.
“These factors will directly determine the effectiveness of inspections,” he told the meeting.
The president also instructed Party committees at all levels to work with and uphold the role of the Lao Front for National Construction and mass organisations to enable them to participate more in inspection work.
“This must be considered an important mechanism to enable the public to participate in inspections,” the president said.
State organisations were asked to carry out regular inspections of their staff’s work, while the inspection authorities were recommended to carry out inspections into all targets.
President Bounnhang told leading officials of all organisations at all levels to act as role models in implementing the Party’s inspection principles.
Leading officials were advised to properly follow up their subordinates’ performance and guide their work in order to train them and ensure that they do not violate expected rules of discipline.
President Bounnhang also praised the inspection authorities for their achievements and the progress they have made over the past five years.
However, there is a growing need for the inspection authorities to work harder after the new Party and state leadership, which took office in April, announced a crackdown on corruption.
In his first talks to give guidance to the new government in April, President Bounnhang told the new cabinet to take action to address corruption among other major issues as a priority.
By Times Reporters
(Latest Update July 22, 2016)
Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith has called for Asia and Europe to work together even more closely to promote greater connectivity between the two regions to boost development and drive growth.
ASEM leaders gather for a group photo during the 11th ASEM Summit in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.
The Lao PM made the comment when addressing the 11th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Summit held on July 15-16 in Ulaanbaatar, capital of Mongolia.
Chaired by Mongolian President Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj, the summit brought together 53 delegations from Asia and Europe.
The summit, which also marked the 20th anniversary of ASEM, reviewed the group’s achievements over the past two decades.
ASEM leaders also discussed ways to broaden their cooperation in politics, economics, trade, finance, investment, and social and cultural matters, as well as people-to-people exchanges.
In his speech, Mr Thongloun said the summit, under the theme “20 Years of ASEM: Partnership for the Future through Connectivity”, once again reaffirmed the importance of connectivity in further promoting cooperation between Asia and Europe.
He said the Lao PDR, as a landlocked, developing country, has attached great importance to connectivity with its neighbouring countries, the sub-region and wider regions.
“This is an essential factor in connecting our country with other countries in the region as well as for the overall socio-economic development of our country,” he told the summit.
“In this connection, I am of the view that all countries in Asia and Europe should together exert concrete efforts to enhance connectivity between both regions.”
In order to build a strong foundation for the future development of ASEM, it is necessary that the ASEM countries ensure effective and balanced implementation of ASEM’s three pillars of cooperation, namely political, economic, and social and cultural cooperation, he added.
In addition, the Lao PM said ASEM should revive the meeting of ASEM economic ministers, which has been suspended for a while so that solutions could be sought to resolve the various challenges facing the two regions.
“The meeting of ASEM economic ministers will provide a good opportunity for our economic ministers to discuss ways and means to foster economic cooperation between our two continents towards further growth,” he said.
On the future direction of ASEM, Mr Thongloun said ASEM’s cooperation needs to be deepened and to produce more concrete outcomes, particularly in the area of trade and economics.
“I agree with the proposals by other leaders on the need to boost our cooperation in various areas in the coming years,” he told Asian and European leaders attending the summit.
“In this regard, Laos stands ready to join other member countries in the efforts to strengthen ASEM and maintain its relevance towards real benefit for the peoples of our two regions.”
The Lao PM said that 20 years of ASEM’s existence has proved that Asia and Europe are two interdependent regions that need to further deepen and widen relations.
The summit adopted the Ulaanbaatar Declaration on the Asia-Europe Meeting Into the Third Decade and ASEM11 Chair’s Statement.
During his visit to Mongolia and attendance at the summit, Mr Thongloun held bilateral talks with leaders from Asian and European countries including Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang.
By Times Reporters
(Latest Update July 18, 2016)