The new Country Programme Document (CPD) (2022-2026) has been formulated at the conclusion of the 8th National Social Economic Development Plan (NSEDP) and formulation of the 9th one during the most challenging time of COVID-19.
To further strategize collaboration, a virtual consultation meeting on the CPD between the government of the Lao PDR and UNDP was held on May 6.
While in alignment with strategic objectives, outcomes and outputs of the 9th NSEDP, the Three Programme Priorities (1-Inclusive Prosperity, 2-Environment, Climate Change and Resilience, and 3-Governance and Rule of Law) were strongly emphasized to be translated into actions.
UNDP Representative to the Lao PDR Ricarda Rieger, remarked, “while we reflect on the impacts it had on human-kind throughout 2020, the pandemic has also highlighted the otherwise unimaginable effects it had on those living above and below the poverty line.”
“It is crucial to enhance our ability to adapt and be resilient to the increasingly complex multi-dimensional development challenges, as the environment continues to evolve, needs of the people and their ways of living continues to be affected, just as the COVID-19 crisis has shown,” Ms. Rieger continued.
Director General, Department of International Cooperation Sisomboun Ounavong thanked UNDP for the provision of support and cooperation with the Lao government.
“It is important to take note that UNDP in Lao PDR is putting greater efforts on delivery of programmes towards increased policy engagement, capacity development and knowledge sharing,” Ms Ounavong said.
“We need to ensure that all priorities are implementable to achieve our national development goals. To do so, creativity and innovation are much needed to ensure that we spend what we have in an effective and efficient manner while creating confidence, build stronger and dynamic partnership with various sources of partners,” she added.
Mr. Ketsana Phommachanh, Vice Minister of Justice and Ms. Bouachanh Syhanath, Vice President of the Lao Women’s Union, were some of the speakers who made interventions addressing the relevance of UNDP’s work and mandate for Laos to achieve the SDGs. The CPD highlighted Laos’ emerging needs and priorities, including the Vientiane Declaration on Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation adopted in 2015 calling for greater country ownership, alignment and inclusive partnerships for development results.
Further expressions of support for the content of the CPD were also received from participating representatives of the key government and development partners.
Source: Lao News Agency