Switzerland supports access to socio-economic data in Laos

Introduction: Switzerland will provide US$4.2 million (around 33.8 billion kip) to improve access to cross-sectoral socio-economic information through the third phase of the Lao DECIDE Info project.

Story: Deputy Minister of Planning and Investment, Somchit Inthamith and the Regional Director of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) for the Mekong Region Ms Ruth Huber signed the agreement on Thursday recently.

It is expected that the support contributed by Switzerland will make a significant contribution to integrated and evidence-based planning and decision-making information in Laos.

The third phase of the project will improve already existing instruments to generate information for policy makers to use when making decisions on fundamental issues related to the development of the country.

It is said that, the government of Switzerland has been supporting the Lao DECIDE Info Project since 2007 and agreed to continue its support to the third phase of the Lao DECIDE Info project.

An important aim of this phase is to significantly broaden the institutional partnership among key government partners, and through that substantially widen the thematic breadth of the cross-sectoral integrated database for development analysis and planning.

Source: Lao National Television News in English
Broadcast on 22/07/2014