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New Decree To Streamline Govt Administration

Source: Vientiane Times

The government has issued a new decree to strengthen collaboration between the Prime Minister’s Office and ministries, provinces, the capital and ministry-equivalent organisations.

The decree aims to boost teamwork and streamline operations while avoiding duplication within government and encouraging each sector to take full responsibility for their assigned tasks.

The initiative discourages the various divisions from passing the buck and instead encourages a focus on more effective and harmonised partnerships towards greater achievements.

The eight-page decree No. 177 signed by Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith earlier this month defined principles and measures for reinforcing collaboration between the Prime Minister’s Office, ministries and provinces.

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The new decree will allow government sectors to perform their roles based on their respective duties and scope of responsibility. The government believes that strengthened partnerships will result in more efficient administration.

The decree’s Article 5 highlights the need for each entity to fully perform its tasks while slashing complicated administrative procedures, ensuring quicker and transparent cooperation.

In addition, each sector needs to enhance collaboration while pursuing productivity, responsibility and innovation, under government supervision.

The Prime Minister’s Office, ministries, provinces and the capital need to energetically carry out their duties, particularly those related to the development of legislation, plans and programmes which have been agreed to by the government.

Government sectors need to boost partnerships and reach consensus before taking decisions on how to handle various issues.

Unclear and duplicated legislation needs to be addressed, while each sector should aim to fulfil their assigned tasks based on the Prime Minister’s orders and government instructions.

Under the decree, the relevant ministries and ministry-equivalent organisations need to ask for comments from the government and the Prime Minister, especially in relation to work that has been discussed but not agreed upon.

Other areas in which ministries need to seek the government’s recommendations include Official Development Assistance (ODA) funded projects, establishment or dissolution of ministries, national socio-economic development plans, law drafting, preparing reports for the National Assembly and President, natural disasters, and control of cross-border communicable diseases.

Meanwhile, authorities in the provinces and Vientiane are responsible for drawing up legislation and programmes as stipulated in the government’s plans.

The provinces and the capital need to strengthen collaboration on issues relating to the definition of provincial borders, relocation of villagers from one province to another, and issues relating to national defence and security.

The decree also instructed the provinces, capital and ministries to boost collaboration in matters relating to the appointment or removal of chiefs of development and the establishment or merging of districts.

In addition, the provinces and the capital need to ask for recommendations from the government and prime minister through the Prime Minister’s Office, particularly on issues relating to security, resettlement of local people, disasters, and impacts on the economy.