recent-released UN report reveals that corruption in the Asia-Pacific
countries, including Laos, has the greatest impact on the poor. Although Laos has signed the UN Convention on
Anti-Corruption since 2003, and has adopted the Anti-Corruption Law in 2006 by
the Lao National Assembly, the prevention of corruption in many sectors and
society as a whole is still ineffective. As admitted by Mr. Ounsy Sodlasy, Vice President of the Committee of
Government’s Inspection, that in 2007 fiscal year Lao government lost revenue
at least 100 billion kips due to corruption.
While corruption occurs in most sectors of the government, sectors that
involved with revenue collection and foreign investment, especially those in
charge of forest concessions, appeared to be committed corruption heaviest. As
observed by Mr. Phandouangchit Vongsa, a National Assembly’s member, Lao people
are waiting desperately to see the party and government’s capacity to conduct anti-corruption
activities, especially in logging related sectors.
According a member of Legal Committee of Laos’ National Assembly,
Keyul Yothsayviboun, this negative situation in Laos stemmed from lacking many
factors including monitoring of people in the society as a whole, the
effectiveness of government investigation system, and the punishment of those
who are committed corruptions.
Listen to Songrit's report for further details in Lao.