The Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism held a nationwide meeting in Vientiane on Jan 17 to discuss the Plain of Jars world heritage management master plan and related documents needed for the nomination of the Plain of Jars for the UNESCO world heritage status.
The documents and the master plan are expected to be submitted to the World Heritage Committee for consideration of the Plain of Jars as a new UNESCO world heritage this year.
The government and UNESCO have attached importance to the nomination of the Plain of Jars as a world heritage since 1998. Both sides have collected data, deliberated on and planned the sustainable protection of this heritage site to ensure that this tourist attraction will best benefit the tourism industry in Laos, said Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism Bosengkham Vongdara.
Since 2015, the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism has, in cooperation with local authorities, listed 11 sites of jars in Xieng Khuang for the world heritage application, formulated conservation and protection area plans and management rules for provincial, district and village authorities.
The chairman of the meeting asked relevant sectors to deliberate on the master plan and related documents making sure they are complete before they can be submitted to the World Heritage Committee for consideration.
We plan to submit application to UNESCO for the world heritage status for the Plain of Jars this year, so that it will be the third world heritage of Laos, and we will do the same for the Hin Nam No in Khammouane next year. All aim to fulfil the strategic plan of the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism 2016-2020, said Director General of the Department of World Heritage Khambay Phothisane.
Source: Lao News Agency