Economic Issues Top Agenda At Upcoming NA Session

Source: Vientiane Times

The economy will feature as one of the main topics of debate at the 10th Session of the National Assembly (NA)’s 8th legislature, which starts next week.

The session will run from October 27 to November 17 and takes place during a time of economic difficulty and rising debt burden, triggered by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Some 13 reports and five laws (including the draft of an amended law) will be the central focus of debates by National Assembly members.

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NA Secretariat Head,Mrs Suansavanh Viyaket, said on Tuesday the session will hear four reports presented by the government.
The first report concerns the implementation of the socio-economic development plan for 2020 and the proposed plan for 2021. The second report relates to the implementation of the state budget plan for 2020 and the budget for 2021.

The government will highlight the successes in socio-economic development in recent years and the challenges facing its plan to revitalise the country’s economy.

The last two reports relate to the implementation of the socio-economic development plan for 2016-2020 and the plan for 2021-2025, as well as urban planning in Vientiane.

Next on the agenda will be hearings on two reports made by the State Audit Organisation on the results of the audit of the state budget for 2019, the state budget audit for 2016-2020, and the plan for 2021-2025.

The session also intends to approve a report presented by the Government Inspection Authority on an analysis of the state budget based on the findings of the State Audit Organisation.

Four new laws will be debated. These concern diplomatic rankings, youth, international cooperation in crime and higher education and the draft of an amended law on state auditing.

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In addition, the People’s Supreme Court and People’s Supreme Prosecutor will report on their achievements over the past five years and their plans for 2021-2025.

The National Assembly will review its work over the past five years and debate a draft of the Assembly’s five-year plan for the next legislature.

The Assembly’s Standing Committee will present the results of its supervision of law enforcement in the field of infrastructure development, revenue collection, and the regulation of entertainment venues.

The legislative body meets twice a year to debate and approve laws as well as make decisions on other issues of national importance.

The National Assembly is a state authority whose members are elected by Lao citizens. Its function is to represent the rights, powers and interests of the country’s multi-ethnic people.

The parliament plays an important role in decision-making on fundamental issues affecting the country as well as overseeing the performance of the executive organ, the prosecutor’s office, and the people’s court.

Members of the public are welcome to voice their concerns about development issues via telephone hotline no. 156; Fax: 021 413528; Post Box: 662; and email: nalao.156@gmail.com

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