Govt approves anti-corruption strategy

By Souksakhone Vaenkeo
Febuary 25, 2011

Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong

Among an additional three legal documents, the government has approved an anti-corruption strategy for the 2011-20 period in a bid to ensure transparent administration.

The strategy was approved at the government’s monthly meeting for February, held on Tuesday and Wednesday this week at the Prime Minister’s Office and chaired by Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong.

“The meeting considered and approved in principle a draft 10-year national strategy on anti-corruption and corruption prevention from 2011-2020,” government spokesman Professor Dr Boviengkham Vongdara told local media yesterday at a press conference held at the Prime Minister’s Office to publicise the outcomes of the meeting.

The draft strategy stipulates principles, methods and steps on anti-corruption and corruption prevention to channel implementation of the draft strategy once it is promulgated.

The Lao government has ratified the United Nations Convention Against Corruption.

In addition, the meeting also approved in principle a draft strategy for 2010-2020 to promote the private education sector by outlining incentives to encourage investment to develop the sector.

The cabinet also granted in principle approval to a draft prime ministerial decree on the import and export of goods.

“The draft decree stipulates principles and measures to streamline import and export procedures to expedite processes,” Dr Boviengkham said.

A draft prime ministerial decree on the establishment of foundations was also approved in principle at the meeting.

The draft decree stipulates principles and regulations regarding the formation and management of foundations in Laos, with the aim of encouraging foundations to assist society and alleviate poverty as a part of overall national socio-economic de-velopment.

The meeting assigned the relevant sectors to revise the four documents in accordance with comments made by the cabinet before submitting them to the prime minister for promulgation.

Dr Boviengkham was unable to provide an exact date for when the documents would come into force, but said this would depend on how quickly the documents are revised.

He noted that in theory promulgation should occur shortly after the documents were given in principle approval, as only minor revisions are required.

During the meeting, Mr Thongsing highlighted areas for all organisations to focus on during the coming month.

He instructed government agencies to do their utmost to maintain social security and order to ensure the success of the 9th Congress of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party next month.

The relevant officials were instructed to promote agricultural production this dry season.

The premier also called for a timely solution to control the outbreak of diseases amongst livestock in some provinces .

Mr Thongsing instructed officials to keep a close eye on climatic conditions so that appropriate actions can be implemented in a timely fashion when needed.

Officials were asked to prepare activities to mark the upcoming International Women’s Day (March 8.) and the anniversary of the founding of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party, which falls on March 22.

Also, the premier called for thorough preparations for the general election of the National Assembly’s 7th legislature.


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