The third Ordinary Session of the National Assembly was announced closed on Thursday by NA President Pany Yathortou following more than two weeks of its running with 14 laws, including five new ones, being approved at the meeting along with plans of the government on socio-economic development and those of the legislative bodies.
The laws approved during the meeting included five new Laws on Electronic Data Protection, International Conventions and Treaties, Radio Frequencies, Performing Arts, and Draft Criminal Law Code, and amendments to eight laws including a Law on the Election of Members of the National Assembly and Provincial People’s Councils, Lao People’s Revolutionary Youth Union, Electricity, Public Security Force, Public Prosecutor’s Office, People’s Court, Water and Water Resources, Statistics, and Draft Civil Code.
This meeting was attended not only by members of the National Assembly’s 8th legislature but also senior officials of the Party and governbment, government cabinet members, retired officials, representatives of business community, students and academics.
During the meeting, reports were made on the implementation by the government of its focal activities in the past six months and focal goals for the coming months, the national socio-economic development plan in 2016 and its new version for 2017, the implementation of state budget plan in the three transition months (Oct-Nov-Dec 2016) and the implementation of state budget plan in the first six months of 2017 and the nine-month plan of 2017.
At the meeting, the lawmakers approved the report on goods price control and measures designed to address related problems to reduce impact on production and livelihood of the Lao people, the report of the Supreme Public Prosecutor’s Office and People’s Supreme Court, report on the performance over the past five years by the state audit organisation and its plan for the next five years.
The meeting also approved the election of Ms Viengthong Siphandone as the President of the State Audit Organisation for the second term, persuant to the recommendation by President Bounnhang Vorachit.
Over 1177 phone calls were made to the National Assembly during its latest ordinary session relating to public governance, socio-economic management, especially thjose related to land conflicts, problems on prolonged road building projects and unregulated selling of goods along public roads.
“Regarding solutions to the problems raised by the general public through our hotline, the National Assembly will work with relevant ministries and local authorities to find out whether the problems are true and find proper solutions to them,” said President of the National Assembly Pany Yathortou.
Source: Lao News Agency