Aid and development

Development policy and administration

As Laos prepares for LDC graduation, inequality must be overcome

Laos needs to overcome the pressing issue of inequality as the country prepares to abandon its Least Developed Country (LDC) status supposedly by 2024, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has said.Inequality remains one of the major challenges in Laos, the UN agency said as ...

Times Reporters

Two more years to meet Laos’ development plan: Minister

Natural disasters coupled with global economic and political uncertainty have had a direct impact on the implementation of the 8th Five-Year National Socio Economic Development Plan (NSEDP 2016-20), according to a senior government official.Laos now has two years to implement several related indicators to push ...

Times Reporters

Laos calls for joint effort to overcome East Asia challenges

The development gap among countries remains one of the main challenges to integration and growth within the region, according to Laos,  and a joint effort is needed to overcome it. More ...

Times Reporters

Laos stresses the need to borrow as West raises debt alarm

Prime minister admits missing target for graduating world’s poorest countriesTOKYO — As the only landlocked country in Southeast Asia and one of the least developed ones in the region, Laos seems to have different priorities on growth that are driving it pile on even more ...

Kenji Kawase

Laos unable to rise above LDC status by 2020: PM

Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith told the National Assembly on Friday that Laos is unable to graduate from the United Nations’ Least Developed Country (LDC) list by 2020 as targeted. The premier was responding to questions raised by members of parliament at the ongoing 5th ordinary ...

Vientiane Times

President asks Savannakhet to speed up development

President Bounnhang Vorachit has told Savannakhet provincial authorities to work harder to address social ills in order to maintain the stability necessary for the social and economic development of the central province. The president made the suggestion during talks with authorities while on a working ...

Vientiane Times

Huaphan told to speed up development, address corruption

Huaphan authorities have been told to speed up socio-economic development and address corruption in the northern province. During his recent working trip to the province, Deputy Prime Minister Sonexay Siphandone told leading provincial officials to work harder in their leadership role to fight poverty, contributing ...

Vientiane Times

Laos calls for joint effort to overcome global inequality

Laos has joined the international community in calling for a united effort to address inequality across the globe in pursuit of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). A Lao government delegation led by Minister of Foreign Affairs Saleumxay ...

Vientiane Times

Govt takes action to increase aid effectiveness 

The government has vowed to increase aid effectiveness via proper management in order to maximise official development assistance (ODA) for national development.The Ministry of Planning and Investment on Wednesday officially launched the ODA Management Information System (ODA-MIS.Gov.LA) to centralize aid management to ensure the most ...

Vientiane Times

MRC supports Lao green growth initiative

The Mekong River Commission (MRC) has expressed strong support for Laos over its green growth strategy, adding that the inter-governmental organisation is ready to share its resources to ensure this initiative is sustainable. More   ...

Vientiane Times

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