Laos needs to do more to implement the Party’s renovation policy by placing economic development as the central focus, in harmony with social development.

Secretary General of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party, Mr Choummaly Sayasone, made the call on Saturday to all Party members, government officials and the entire nation during a speech he delivered at a meeting to salute the Party’s role and leadership in guiding the nation over the past 60 years.

“The achievements we have made in the past are very great but we must acknowledge that we face challenges on the path to growth,” Mr Choummaly said.

“This means we have to put more effort into implementing the Party’s principled renovation policy by putting economic development as the central focus in harmony with social development and environmental sustainability,” he added.

Mr Choummaly, who is the President of Laos, said poverty reduction was the immediate area of focus in raising Laos from Least Developed Country status, along with building a strong foundation for development as the country heads towards the goal of socialism.

It was essential for the Party, gover nment and the entire nation to enhance their solidarity and unity, uphold their patriotism and spirit of independence and self-reliance, and to stand on their own legs in order to grow.

Mr Choummaly said all efforts should be concentrated on achieving stable economic growth of 7-8 percent annually from now until 2020.

He emphasised the need to implement the concept of enriching the country through reliance on the potential of the Lao people and other resources available in Laos.

Mr Choummaly also stressed the development of the socio-cultural sector in the coming years through a focus on education and human resource development. This should be achieved by ensuring the Lao people were comprehensively developed, believed in revolutionary ideals, were intelligent and healthy, and possessed technical expertise.

He said social stability and security were fundamental to development and that without stability nothing would be achieved in terms of development.

He acknowledged the disputes that had occurred concerning the implementation of the Party’s renovation policy and called for these contradictions to be addressed through learning, adapting, proving the reality, building material foundations, and compliance.

Regarding international integration amid the changing global situation, Mr Choummaly highlighted adherence to the Party’s principles and guidance for development so they continued to be comprehensively strong and upheld the revolutionary Party’s leading role.

On the subject of p ublic service delivery, Mr Choummaly noted the need to offer efficient and fast services that matched people’s actual needs, while strengthening the justice system and enshrining respect for the law in both state and socio-economic management.

He cited the urgent need to create essential mechanisms in the field of public administration in order to stamp out autocracy, abuse of power, and other negative behaviours.

The Lao People’s Party (now the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party) was founded 60 years ago on March 22, 1955, with President Kaysone Phomvihane as its head and guided by the Communist Party of Indochina, to spearhead the revolutionary movement in Laos.

Mr Choummaly said the founding of the Party was a milestone and marked a significant historical transition for Laos. The national patriotic movement now rose to new heights in the fight for national liberation and opened up a shining path to sovereignty and development.

He referred to the struggle by the Lao people against foreign aggressors both without and with Party guidance, notably the battles led by Pho Kaduath, Ongkeo, Ong Kommadam and Chao Fa Patchay.

While these battles were outstanding and demonstrated the bravery of our forebears, they lacked direction, Mr Choummaly said. They were unable to mobilise and unify the entire nation and ultimately these attempts to repel the aggressors failed.

However, under Party leadership, through the tactically directed efforts of the armed forces, political persuasion, and diplomatic channels, both openly and secretly, the revolutionary movement steadily weakened the strength of the enemy, and eventually a coalition government was formed on three occasions.

After years of struggle, a series of victories by the Lao revolutionaries under Party guidance culminated in national liberation and the founding of the Lao PDR on December 2, 1975.

The full text of Mr Choummaly Sayasone’s speech will be published in tomorrow’s issue.

Source: Vientiane Times
March 23, 2015