Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith has urged the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare (MoLSW) to pay special attention to policies for retired officials, veterans and amputees.
Mr Thongloun made the statement yesterday in Vientiane Capital at the annual nationwide meeting on labour and social welfare affairs.
He said that following the establishment of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) at the end of 2015, the ASEAN single market and production base comprised five core elements including the free flow of goods, services, investment, capital and skilled labour.
Prime Minister Thongloun also praised the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare upon the efforts it has made over recent years in developing labour skills of Lao workers.
The Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare has made the ambitious plan to encourage vocational training centres to train more than 131,600 people to serve labour markets next year.
Participants of a nationwide meeting opened in Vientiane on Dec 26 were informed that the agriculture and forestry sector expected to share 64.5% of the total workforce in the country, with the manufacturing sector expecting to increase its workforce by 11.8%, and the service sector expecting to increase its labour force by 23.7% next year.
The government will do its best to reduce the unemployment rate down to 2% next year, according to Minister of Labour and Social Welfare Khampheng Xaysompheng.
Mr Khampheng urged participants of the meeting to take responsibility for sharing the points of view and issues raised at the meeting thus ensuring the success of the meeting.
Source: Lao News Agency