The National Assembly’s (NA) Eighth Legislature began its third ordinary session yesterday (April 25) to debate the implementation of the National Socio-economic Development Plan, and other national issues in financial, legislative and judiciary spheres.
President Bounnhang Vorachit, Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith, ministers, invited guests from Party organs, government bodies and agencies, and business representatives attended the opening ceremony.
Delivering her opening remarks, the NA President, Ms Pany Yathortou outlined the current political and economic situation in Laos.
She said that political stability and social order in the country had been maintained, while macro-economic growth had been fundamentally stable.
She noted that the socio-economic development and the implementation of the state budget plan in the last three months of 2016 � October, November and December � and in the first quarter of the current year had shown improvements.
However, the NA President said, the macro-economic growth is not yet satisfactory; revenue collection in the first quarter of 2017 did not meet set plans, economic restructuring and the encouragement of relevant sectors to uphold their legitimate roles were not conducted in an active manner. Meanwhile, several sectors remain uncompetitive in terms of cooperation and integration when compared to other countries in the region.
The NA President also touched on some social ills and poverty reduction, saying that efforts still need to be exerted by relevant authorities. She said that poverty reduction in some communities was yet to be proved sustainable.
The problems we are facing require Party and government bodies and agencies, businesses and all ethnic groups to work harder to achieve targets stated in the National Socio-economic Development Plan as well as the State Budget Plan for 2017, said Ms Pany.
Running through to May 18, the 3rd Ordinary Session of the National Assembly will provide lawmakers an opportunity to discuss, among others, the management of goods prices, set actions and measures needed, consider and approve a report on the performance of the State Audit Organisation over the past five years (2012-2016) and its plan for 2017-2021 as well as elect the President of the organisation.
The people’s representatives will also debate reports by the Office of the Supreme Public Prosecutor and Supreme People’s Court on their activities over the past years, along with future directions, and consider and approve the appointment of the vice chairperson of Law Committee under the National Assembly.
Four newly drafted laws and nine draft amendments to promulgated laws will be discussed and possibly approved at the session.
The newly drafted laws submitted to the NA for consideration include a Law on Electronic Information Protection, a Law on Radio Frequencies, a Law on Performing Arts, and a Law on Conventions and International Agreements.
Meanwhile, draft amendments to a Law on the Office of Supreme Public Prosecutor, a Law on Supreme People’s Court, a Law on Water and Water Resources, a Law on Statistics, a Law on Electricity, a Law on the Lao People’s Revolutionary Youth Union’s Committee, a Law on People’s Public Security, a Law on Election of National Assembly and Provincial People’s Councils, and a Law on Criminal Code will be introduced and debated at the session.
Following the opening ceremony, NA members began their debate on the key achievements and shortcomings highlighted in the individual reports of Prime Minister Thongloun, Minister of Planning and Investment Mr Souphanh Keomixay, and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Mr Somdy Duangdy.
Source: Lao News Agency