Gov’t speeds up efforts to improve human resource development

Besides to speeding up mitigating the Covid-19 impacts on businesses by focusing on recovery efforts, addressing unemployment, and labour skills development, the government’s focus will be also placed on human resource development making sure it is of quality and specific.

Vocational training, specialization, and Industry 4.0 modernisation will be also attached with attention to ensure the achievement of the goals of the 9th five-year socio-economic development plan, according to newly elected Prime Minister Phankham Viphavanh.

“Over the past five years, as for labour skills development, a focus has continued to be placed on promoting labour skills development centres, both of the public and private sector,” the premier told the inauguration session of the 9th National Assembly on Mar 22.

Over 419,000 skilled workers have been trained. This is equivalent to 64% of the plan approved by the National Assembly. Over 559,000 people have gained access to employment in the country and abroad. The number represents 78% of the plan adopted by the parliament.

“At present, the government is focusing on improving the quality of human resource development and labour force by researching priority areas so that investment can be channeled to these areas, improving curricula designed to equip students with problem solving skills, ensuring human resource mindset transformation especially the awareness of the fulfillment of tasks with high level of responsibility, industriousness, patience, and being disciplined; researching, among others,” said the Prime Minister.

He noted that social problems are yet to be addressed in a concrete manner with unemployment rate remaining high, incomes management, adjustment and distribution are yet to be universal and this results in social disparities among regions and between urban and local areas.

The Prime Minister urged the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare to work with the Ministry of Education and Sports, the Lao Youth Union and the Lao Women Union to improve coordination mechanisms to ensure the training and development of labour skills meet market demands.

He also urged the relevant sectors to work with special economic zones, private investment projects to identify demands of labour market; ensure training curricula meet international standards; address unemployment, especially among workers returning from neighbouring countries, and ensure the number of lower secondary school graduates pursuing their education at vocational education and training levels shares at least 5% of the total grade 9 students, and decrease unemployment rate from 20% in 2020 to 15% by 2025.

He also urged the educational sector to improve the quality of all education levels and be ready for regional and international integration and ensure workers have better labour skills, are skilled and disciplined, with more vocational curricula developed, and access to decent and high-pay employment guaranteed for jobseekers.

Source: Lao News Agency

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