By Souksakhone Vaenkeo
March 16, 2011
Participants will elect members of the Party Executive body, review progress made in the past five years, and outline a development roadmap for the period until 2015, a senior official has announced.
Party politburo member and Head of the Congress Secretariat Somsavat Lengsavad announced the agenda yesterday at a news conference held in Vientiane. Members of the Diplomatic Corps, and local and foreign media personnel attended the event.
After the official opening of the congress, Secretary General Choummaly Sayasone will present the political report of the 8th Party Central Committee.
The congress will proceed under the themes ‘Enhancing the cohesive solidarity of the Lao nation and unity within the Party; upholding the leadership role and capacity of the Party; devising a breakthrough approach for the implementation of the renovation policy; creating a solid basis for lifting the nation from underdevelopment by 2020; and advancing further towards the destination of socialism’.
A total of 576 delegates, who were elected by Party members at the grassroots level and represent more than 191,700 Party members nationwide, will attend the congress.
Shortly after the political report is delivered, the 7th five-year Socio-Economic Development Plan (2011-2015) will be presented.
The congress will examine and consider the amended and supplemented Party’s statute. The delegates will make comments to the leadership of the 8th Party Central Committee, to be followed by the election of the 9th Party Central Committee.
Shortly after being elected, the 9th Party Central Committee will select the politburo members and the Party Secretary General.
Mr Somsavat was unable to reveal whether there will be an increase in the number of executive members elected to the Party bodies, saying congress delegates will consider whether this is necessary.
There are 55 members of the 8th Party Central Committee, including 11 Party politburo members.
As with previous congresses, Mr Somsavat reaffirmed that candidates for the 9th Party Central Committee were nominated in a democratic manner from the grassroots level.
“Party members at the grassroots level were given a blank sheet of paper on which to write the names of eligible candidates they wanted to nominate,” he said, adding that the shortlist will be reduced by voting to a final list.
During the congress, representatives from line, central and local Party committees as well as role-model sectors will present their reports and make inputs to different documents of the congress. Various study groups will be formed to also present their comments.
Mr Somsavat said that all Lao multiethnic groups and strata have actively contributed to the drafting of documents to be presented to the 9th congress, on the basis of cohesiveness and unity of the whole Party and people with a view to strengthening the solidarity of all Lao people and the Party.
He said this congress is significant in laying out a roadmap to achieve the abovementioned themes, reduce the poverty rate to less than 10 percent and attain the Millennium Development Goals by 2015.
Held once every five years, the congress is the most significant event in the country’s political life.
The Party has enjoyed continued growth and development.
The first congress was held in March, 1955, in the revolutionary stronghold of Huaphan province. It was attended by more than 20 delegates representing more than 300 Party members nationwide.
This year’s congress will be attended by 576 delegates representing more than 191,700 Party members.