Asean urged to act on poverty, food security

A senior Lao leader has called on Asean nations and regional stakeholders to further strengthen cooperation to alleviate poverty and ensure food security in the region.

Speaking at the 29th Asean Socio-Cultural Community Council Meeting held in Bali, on Monday, the Information, Culture and Tourism Minister Suanesavanh Vignaket said addressing gaps and finding solutions to eradicate poverty and hunger among the poor is not an easy task for a single organisation or sectoral body.

“I would like to urge national and regional organisations and stakeholders to enhance their continued efforts and raise investments in both capital capacity and human resources capability, which will facilitate eradication of poverty and food security in the region,” she said.

Suanesavanh said Laos stands ready to work closely with Indonesia and other member states to realise Asean priorities.

She reiterated the significance of regional and international collaboration to overcome economic difficulties brought on by the impact of the pandemic, emerging geopolitical challenges, climate change, and the increase in prices of goods, food and energy.

At the meeting, leaders underlined the importance of continued empowerment of people in rural areas to support sustainable development and poverty eradication in the region. — Vienatine Times/ANN

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