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Create A Centralised Statistical Database, Deputy PM Advises

Source: Vientiane Times

Deputy Prime Minister Dr Sonexay Siphandone, who is also Minister of Planning and Investment, has advised the Lao Statistics Bureau to set up a centralised, national database to ensure that statistics are compiled uniformly on a single platform.

Dr Sonexay made the recommendation during the annual meeting of the Lao Statistics Bureau on Monday.

He advised the Bureau to coordinate statistics and information and create a single database that would ensure greater efficiency in the presentation and use of statistics throughout the country.

Statistical information should be unified and consistently presented to ensure there was no duplication.

“To ensure that this work complies with the sustainable national statistical development strategy for 2016-2025 and that the Vision for 2030 is fulfilled, we must strengthen the organisation of statistical data at all levels of management,” Dr Sonexay said.

“With excellent and skilled personnel, as well as ensuring a high level of funding, Laos’ statistical work will be developed in a progressive manner,” he added.

He also noted that the Covid-19 pandemic had affected all-round development over the past 18 months, especially the growth of the economy, which had grown at a slower rate than planned in 2021 at only 3 percent.

Average annual per capita income is now US$2,649, the service sector has grown by only 1.2 percent, and the country has also been affected by fuel price increases, while inflation has also risen significantly, Dr Sonexay said.

However, in an encouraging new development, the Ministry of Planning and Investment last week signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Korea Airport Corporation (KAC) to carry out a feasibility study for the upgrade of Luang Prabang International Airport, at an estimated cost of about US$100 million.

The upgrade will involve making the existing airport a “smart” facility, and will include a cultural centre, a meeting hall, and a hotel for use by tourists.