December 16, 2011
Officials from the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism gathered at the National Culture Hall yesterday to hear a lecture to mark the late President Kaysone Phomvihane’s 91st birthday (December 13), National Day (December 2), and International Anti-Corruption Day (December 9).
Delivering the lecture, Minister Prof. Dr Bosengkham Vongdara said the address would further develop the work of the ministry and related organisations by providing additional in-depth knowledge of President Kaysone’s character, as well as of other anniversaries.
“Our President, Kaysone Phomvihane, is our great leader and is always in the hearts of our people, whom he guided to liberation from foreign aggressors in 1975,” Prof. Dr Bosengkham said.
President Kaysone was also a diligent leader who believed in taking decisive action to achieve goals, he added. Born into an ordinary family, he rose through the military ranks to take command during a very difficult period in Lao history.
Wielding great power and earning considerable respect in the fight against foreign aggressors, President Kaysone always showed compassion for his fellow countrymen.
Prof. Dr Bosengkham also highlighted the importance of National Day, a day in remembrance of all the challenges Laos has faced in the last 36 years since liberation in 1975 and which have led the country on its path to development.
Laos had been dominated by colonialists for more than 100 years and had lost its independence.
Since the 1930s, under the wise leadership of the former Communist Party of Indochina and the present day Lao People’s Revolutionary Party, the multi-ethnic people of Laos have endured difficult and arduous times.
In their struggle to crush dominant and oppressive feudal and colonial regimes and in the face of adversity, they have made great sacrifices.
On December 2, 1975, the country was fully liberated and the Lao People’s Democratic Republic was born, ushering in a new era of genui ne independence and freedom.
Since the country was liberated, our people continue to strive to defend and rebuild their homeland, the minister continued.
This entails adopting reforms needed to mobilise resources and to preserve the Republic, creating the conditions that will guide us towards socialism, he added.
The importance of International Anti-Corruption Day was also raised.
So that Laos can move forward in its development and in order to raise the capital needed to do so, and to protect state and public assets, the Party and state consider that the war against corruption is crucial.
The first Party and State Inspection Committee was set up in 1982. From 1992 to 1995, central and provincial inspection taskforces were established.
In 2005 these taskforces played an important part in drafting the first Anti-Corruption Law.
Over the past five years, the Party and State Inspection Committee has uncovered and dealt with a number of corruption cases.
In 2010 the committee reported 15 incidences of state asset embezzlement, four of bribery and two of power abuse.
In order to maintain the safety, rights and interests of the state, companies and citizens of Laos, in 2005 the Anti-Corruption Law outlining the principles, rules and measures to be adopted for the prevention and countering of corruption was passed by the National Assembly.