UN strengthens development cooperation with govt

The United Nations has confirmed that it will continue to support the Lao government under the Cooperation Framework, to enable the government to design a clear strategy for the development of Laos.

The Cooperation Framework builds on inputs from all key stakeholders, including the UN development system and other development partners, to ensure that it responds to national strategic priorities that speak to development needs and priorities and leaves no one behind.

UN Resident Coordinator to the Lao PDR (People’s Democratic Republic), Sara Sekkenes, told a Technical Meeting of the Lao Government and United Nations Joint Steering Committee that the co-creation of the next Government of the Lao PDR – UN Cooperation Framework is crucial in ensuring co-ownership.

The meeting was attended by the director-general of the International Organisations Department under the Foreign Affairs Ministry, Maythong Thammavongsa, and other senior officials.

“Planned broader consultations will help us move towards that goal and work will continue over the weeks ahead, but today’s meeting is the starting point and critical to ensuring that we set off on the right foot, ” Sekkenes said. — Vientiane Times/ANN

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