Laos’ Prime Minister calls for more cooperation from overseas Laotians in helping to develop their homeland, stressing that the government no longer places importance on what they did in the past during the last regime.
Prime Minister Bouasone Bouphavanh received, at his new office, a group of overseas Laotians from the U.S., Belgium, Germany, France, Switzerland, Canada, Australia and Japan, who traveled to Vientiane to attend the 25th SEA Games that took place December 9-18, 2009.
During the meeting, Mr. Bouasone emphasized that his government's goal was to lift all Lao people from poverty by 2015 and to remove Laos from the list of least developed countries by 2020. In order to do so, he said that it is important that his government relies on contributions by all Lao people both in the country and abroad.
In encouraging overseas Laotians to contribute to the development of their homeland for a better future, he stressed that his government no longer places importance on what they did in the past during the last regime. Instead, he said, he would like to see that all Lao people, both in the country and abroad, work together to the best of their capabilities and knowledge to develop Laos.
The Lao government officially started its efforts to encourage Lao people from all walks of life, both inside and outside the
country, to participate in the
national building efforts after the conclusion of the seventh session of the Lao
National Assembly's Sixth Legislature, which officially endorsed the law on Lao Front for National Construction
in the middle of 2009. And the government has established a committee specifically in charge of enhancing mutual understanding and
cooperation with overseas Laotians, and appointed Deputy Foreign Minister Hiem Phommachanh as committee chairman.
In order to efficiently implement the law on national construction, the Lao Front for National Construction was authorized to take a key role in organizing, administering and formulating rules and regulations regarding this endeavor. In doing so, the Lao Front for National Construction plans to post LFNC representative at Lao embassies all over the world, whose duties will be to facilitate and assist overseas Laotians who want to return home.