High Level Round Table Meeting to boost development in Lao PDR

06 October 2015 

The Government of Lao PDR and the United Nations will host the 12th High Level Round Table Meeting on the 27th November 2015 at the National Conference Centre in Vientiane.

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The theme of the meeting, that will be opened by his Excellency Prime Minister Mr. Thongsing Thammavong, will be "Enhanced Partnership for Effective Implementation of the 8th National Socio-Economic Development Plan – Achieving the Least Developed Country graduation criteria by 2020".

His Excellency Dr. Kikeo Chanthaboury, Vice Minister of Planning and Investment said:

"The 12th High Level Round Table Meeting will be held at a critical juncture in the transition to the new development agenda, both globally and in our country, as the 8th National Socio-Economic Development Plan (NSEDP) that runs from 2016 to 2020 has now been finalised. The plan is vital in ensuring Lao PDR graduates from least developed country status by 2020."

"The 2015 High-Level Round Table Meeting provides an important opportunity for the Government and its development partners to discuss ways and means for the implementation of the 8th NSEDP, particularly the need to enhance partnership for effective development cooperation."

The meeting will bring together over 300 delegates from the Government and development partners from the UN, donor governments, non-profit organisations, national non-profit associations and the private sector.

Participants will discuss the achievements and lessons of the 7th National Social Economic Development Plan (2011 – 2015), Lao PDR's progress in meeting the Millennium Development Goals and the vision and direction of the 8th NSEDP to run from 2016 to 2020.

More specifically, the meeting will cover the Government's strategic development policies in promoting economic growth, stability and inclusion, boosting human development through improving food security and nutrition, health and education, and ensuring development is sustainable and helps mitigate climate change.

The High-level Round Table Meetings take place every three to five years synchronising with the NSEDP cycle. They are an integral part of the Round Table Process that was launched by the Government in January 2000. With support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the process aims to strengthen the partnership between the Government and its development partners to boost efficiency and results.

Helen Clark, Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme and Chair of the UN Development Group, will give a keynote speech at the forum, which will also consider the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The UN General Assembly adopted the 17 new global goals in September. They aim to end poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and tackle climate change by 2030.

"Since 2000, the Round Table Process has helped boost development results in Lao PDR," said Kaarina Immonen, United Nations Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Lao PDR. "Under Government leadership, the Process has helped ensure all involved in development in this country work better and smarter together."

"For our part, we're proud to have supported the process since the beginning and to continue assisting the Lao Government in this vital meeting that should secure further support for the next five year Socio-Economic Development Plan, and ties in the aims of the new, universal Sustainable Development Goals."

The Government and a range of development partners have been working on an updated declaration to further strengthen working partnerships and better engage with both national and international stakeholders in Lao PDR.

'The Vientiane Declaration on Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation' will be launched at the High Level Round Table Meeting. The Declaration updates an existing document from 2006, expanding the concept of 'aid effectiveness' to 'effective development co-operation,' which places a greater emphasis on new sources of development finance alongside Official Development Assistance.

The new sources of development finance include domestic resources, South-South and triangular cooperation (co-operation involving both 'emerging' donor countries alongside members of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development – OECD), knowledge and technology transfer and the private sector.

Other key aspects of the meeting include:

  • A Field visit to Bolikhamxay province on 25 and 26 November to observe local development projects.
  • A Development Cooperation Exhibition to be officially opened on 26 November, 2015. The exhibition will feature the achievements and projects of the 10 Government-led Sector Working Groups and some other related agencies.

Contacts:

Ministry of Planning and Investment:

Mr. Sysomphorn Phetdaoheuang, Deputy Director General, Department of International Cooperation, Ministry of Planning and Investment. Tel: +856 20 2222 1991 or Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

United Nations in Lao PDR:

Ildiko Hamos-Sohlo, Communications Specialist, Head of Public Information Unit, UNDP Lao PDR. Telephone: +856 021 267 778, Mobile: +856 020 7717 7913 or Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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