Laos has confirmed its readiness to host the 9th Asean Ministerial Meeting on Rural Development and Poverty Eradication in Vientiane from October 13-17, The Vientiane Times reported on Tuesday (6 Oct 2015).
Speaking at a press conference on Monday (5 Oct 2015) on preparations for the meeting, Deputy Minister to the Government Office and Vice Chairman of the National Committee for Rural Development and Poverty Eradication (NCRDPE), Mr Somsanith Souvannalath, said the previous meeting was hosted by Indonesia in 2013.
“This important event will be a platform for Asean ministers to meet in Vientiane and discuss rural development and poverty eradication in Laos,” he said.
Asean ministers will be invited to visit model villages of rural development and poverty eradication as well as to pay courtesy visits to high-ranking Lao officials.
According to a report from the NCRDPE office, preparations for the Asean ministerial meeting began in January this year and include the agenda, technical personnel and the arrangement of various protocols.
Mr Somsanith added that Laos is one of the poorest countries in Asean as well as the rest of the world, so hosting this important meeting will allow Laos to disseminate the directives of the Party and government in order to escape its status as one of the world’s least developed countries.
“Most importantly, this meeting will mark a significant year for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) set by the United Nations in the field of sustainable development as a priority for Asean with respect to the Asean Economic Community,” he said.
He also noted that Laos will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the founding of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic in December and assume the chairmanship of Asean next year.
“Hosting this Asean ministerial meeting enables us to prove that the NCRDPE is equipped with personnel management, administrative capacity, coordination and technical skills,” he said.
According to a report by the NCRDPE (2011-15), there are a total of 1,162,388 families in Laos, an increase of 109,051 families compared to 2011.