The Government of Lao PDR is taking concrete steps to move the country off the list of Least Developed Countries by 2010. As expected, the 7th National Socio-Economic Development Plan 2011-2015 outlines bold development targets: achieving economic growth and meeting the Millennium Development Goals while ensuring environmental protection.
Standing Deputy Prime Minister Mr. Somsavat Lengsavad chaired a historic meeting in Vientiane, the nation’s capital, on 5 April 2010 which endorsed the use of the LaoInfo database system to monitor progress in human development across the country. The high-level meeting was co-hosted by the National Commission for Mothers and Children (NCMC) and the Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) and was attended by Ministers representing Public Health, Education, Planning and Agriculture.
Mr. Somsavat stated that the Lao Government has declared support to mothers and children as an important part of the Government’s social policy. Critical to achieving this goal is strengthening the role played by the Lao national statistics system in gathering statistics on and tracking the progress of mothers and children in the country.
Congratulating the Government for hosting this meeting, Ms. Sonam Yangchen Rana, UN Resident Coordinator in Lao PDR, said LaoInfo will enable the Government to collect, organise and share essential data across various Government ministries at the provincial and district levels. Ms. Rana confirmed the continued commitment of the UN agencies to working together with the Government in further supporting the use of LaoInfo.
Indeed, LaoInfo is poised to make a critical contribution to strengthening the Lao Government’s capacity to monitor the results of growth and investment.
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