Laos appreciates the achievements of 2012, particularly the country’s accession to the WTO and its success in hosting the ASEM Summit, which have enhanced the country’s profile in the international arena.

National Assembly (NA) President Ms Pany Yathortou made the comment yesterday while addressing the opening ceremony of the 4th Ordinary Session of the Seventh Legislature.

The opening of the session, which will run until December 19, was attended by President Choummaly Sayasone, Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong and other leaders as well as NA members representing all constituencies.

The session takes place as people around the country are implementing the Resolution of the 9th Party Congress and the seventh five-year National Socio-economic Development Plan.

“We have seen many great achievements over the past year, including political stability and continued economic growth,” Ms Pany said.

She added that the poverty reduction rate was continuing to decline, while commercial productivity was on the rise and bringing increased prosperity to local communities.

During yesterday’s session, NA members heard a report on the health reform strategy for 2011-2015 and the outcome of the bi-election of an NA member for Khammuan province.

Today, the government will put forward a proposal asking the NA to ratify Laos’ accession to the World Trade Organisation, before reporting on the construction of the Xayaboury dam.

During the session, the NA will hear a government report on the construction of the new Kaleum district township in Xekong province and a report on the leadership role of the National Assembly Standing Committee over the past six months. Members will then debate several new and amended laws.

The session will consider the approval of 11 laws, four of which are new. These laws concern the securities exchange, irrigation, multi-transportation, and electronic transactions.

The six amended laws to be debated concern corruption, land transport, road traffic, environmental protection, national defence, narcotics, and the procedures taken against criminals.

Ms Pany urged all NA members to work hard and contribute to debates on fundamental issues to help further boost national development.

To date, more than 90 laws have been enacted. The National Assembly has endorsed a five-year plan to approve another 92 to fulfil the goal of building a state that is governed by the rule of law.

The enactment of the laws aims to ensure that all laws reflect the country’s true circumstances and contribute to national development and poverty reduction, to ensure that Laos can rise above least developed country status by 2020.
Members of the public are welcome to voice their concerns about development issues via telephone hotline No. 156; Fax: 021 452627; Post Box: 662; and Email:

Source: Vientiane Times
December 8, 2012