Daily Archives: August 10, 2018

CEGGA Advisory Board Holds Meeting on Citizen Engagement

The Advisory Board of the Programme to Promote Citizen Engagement for Good Governance, Accountability and the Rule of Law (CEGGA) came together for their first annual meeting in Vientiane on Aug 8, 2018.

The board meeting was chaired by Vice Minister of Home Affairs Khammoune Viphongxay, and co-chaired by the Ambassador of the European Union (EU) to the Lao PDR Leo Faber.

During the meeting, participants discussed and endorsed the CEGGA Programme Document as the conceptual framework and for incorporating additional EU funding of up to EUR 3 million to the multi-donor governance programme, bringing the total joint contribution of the EU, Germany and Switzerland to EUR 17 million for the duration of 2017- 2020.

Germany was represented by Ambassador Mr Jens Luetkenherm and Switzerland by Mr Tim Enderlin, Regional Director of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).

The CEGGA Advisory Board also provided guidance for implementation with regard to the agreed key milestones envisaged to be achieved during the upcoming year within the three CEGGA Programme Components providing technical assistance in the fields of civil society engagement, of the National Assembly and Provincial People’s Councils, as well as of the rule of law and human rights obligations.

In their remarks, both chair and co-chair underlined the importance of continued joint efforts and synergies across Programme Components to reach the ambitious CEGGA objectives.

They highlighted the good collaboration among involved Lao state institutions and development partners to date, namely the Ministry of Home Affairs, the National Assembly, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Planning and Investment, the EU, Germany, Switzerland, and the Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).

The overall objective of the CEGGA Programme is to increase citizens’ engagement in the national development process of the Lao PDR, through the promotion of good governance, human rights and the rule of law. To this end, specific objectives are to promote an environment that enables civil society engagement for sustainable development and good governance, to increase and broaden participation through the National Assembly and Provincial People’s Assemblies, and to enhance the implementation of the rule of law and human rights obligations.

CEGGA will contribute to the effective implementation of the 8th National Socio-Economic Development Plan (NSEDP) and the attainment of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 16 by the Lao PDR that aims at promoting peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.

The CEGGA Advisory Board comprises representatives from all local partner institutions. Its mandate is to review overall progress of the CEGGA Programme in light of developments in the governance sector and to provide orientation for implementation.

Source: Lao News Agency

Malaysia Committed To Enhance Education Cooperation With Laos

Malaysia is committed to enhance cooperation with the Lao PDR on education, youth and sports.

The statement was made by Ambassador of Malaysia to the Lao PDR Mohd Aini Atan when he paid a courtesy call to Minister of Education and Sports Sengdeuane Lachanthaboun in Vientiane on Friday, 10 August 2018.

The ambassador was accompanied by Mr. Johan Arief Jaafar, First Secretary of the Malaysian Embassy in Vientiane.

Mr. Mohd Aini reaffirmed that education and capacity building programmes continue to be one of the main pillars of cooperation between both countries. Several hundreds of undergraduate students are interested to study in Malaysia each year. The number of the students from Laos is expected to increase as there are more than 100 well known private and public universities in Malaysia.

Education Malaysia in collaboration with the Embassy of Malaysia in Vientiane is going to organize an education fair tentatively on 8 September 2018 to further promote education between Malaysia and Laos, according to Mr. Mohd Aini.

Mr. Mohd Aini also noted the successful cooperation between the Nottingham University Campus based in Malaysia and local organizations on establishing the Nottingham University in Laos.

In September 1980, the government of Malaysia introduced the Malaysian Technical Cooperation Programme (MTCP), an initiative of sharing experiences and expertise in various fields including education cooperation with MTCP recipient countries.

In the Lao PDR itself, more than 2,000 officials have benefited through various programmes since its inception.

In addition, Mr. Mohd Aini encouraged Lao PDR students to apply for MTCP-ASEAN Scholarship Programme, who wishes to pursue their postgraduate studies in Master and PhD at Malaysian Universities for the year 2019.

Source: Lao News Agency

Department of State Announces Online Publication of 2017 Digest of United States Practice in International Law

The Department of State is pleased to announce the release of the 2017 Digest of United States Practice in International Law, covering developments during calendar year 2017. The Digest provides the public with a record of the views and practice of the Government of the United States in public and private international law. The official edition of the 2017 Digest is available exclusively on the State Department’s website at: www.state.gov/s/l/c8183.htm. Past Digests covering 1989 through 2016 are also available on the State Department’s website. The Digest is edited by the Office of the Legal Adviser.

The Digest traces its history back to an 1877 treatise by John Cadwalader, which was followed by multi-volume encyclopedias covering selected areas of international law. The Digest later came to be known to many as Whiteman’s after Marjorie Whiteman, the editor from 1963-1971. Beginning in 1973, the Office of the Legal Adviser published the Digest on an annual basis, changing its focus to documentation current to the year. Although publication was temporarily suspended after 1988, the office resumed publication in 2000 and has since produced volumes covering 1989 through 2016.

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Source: U.S. State Department