February 23, 2012
National solidarity is the main factor contributing to political stability, social order and stable economic growth in Laos.
This was the overriding message in a report disseminated yesterday at the opening ceremony of the 2nd Ordinary Plenary Session of the 9th Lao Front for National Construction (LFNC) Committee.
The report summarises all factors and situations that impact the Front’s strategic missions, as well as national socio-economic development. It also highlights the Front’s leading role over the past year in educating people of all ethnic groups, social classes, religions, sexes, and ages on the need for solidarity.
One of the LFNC’s outstanding achievements over the past year was the mobilisation of people from all sectors of Lao society, including people of Lao descent living abroad, to participate in national development and poverty reduction.
The LFNC has acknowledged its deficiencies in the eyes of the public, whose complaints have centred on ongoing problems such as dubious land concessions which affect their trust in the government and authorities.
To address such issues, the LFNC plans to focus on working closer with grassroots authorities and people.
Regarding the implementation of the Resolution of the 9th Party Congress, the Front will aim to change common misperceptions about its role in the political system.
The session is taking place at the Ministry of National Defence’s Meeting Hall, attended by LFNC President Dr Phanduangchit Vongsa, LFNC Vice President Mr Tong Yerthor, LFNC Committee members, and invited guests.
Lao People’s Revolutionary Party Office Head and Politburo member Dr Bounpone Bouttanavong, former Politburo member and LFNC President Mr Sisavath Keobounphanh attended the opening ceremony.
In his message at the meeting, Dr Bounpone praised the important role played by the LFNC, particularly in these times of global instability.
He reminded those present of the LNFC’s responsibility to help maintain political stability and protect the environment, as well as Lao culture and customs.
Dr Bounpone called on the LNFC to continue to disseminate Party directions and government policies and regulations, as well as the decision of the Party Central Committee to build provinces as strategic units, districts as budgeting units and villages as development units.
He also urged the LNFC to spread the message of the Party Secretary General on political grassroots building and rural development to people of all social classes throughout the country.
During the plenary session, which runs from February 22 to 24, participants will discuss the agenda of the 2nd Congress of Ethnic Group Representatives to be held next year, as well as formulate ways to boost political grassroots building and rural development.