Under government leadership, the National Round Table Process helps all involved in development in Lao PDR work better together, for bigger results.
The Ministry of Planning and Investment leads the process, which brings governments and national development agencies, United Nations bodies, civil society organizations and the private sector together to ensure funds, time and knowledge bring maximum impact in development across the country.
The 8th five-year National Socio-Economic Development Plan starts in 2016. It aims to ensure Lao PDR graduates from least developed status by 2020. By streamlining and coordinating support from the development community, the Round Table process is a vital mechanism in meeting that aim.
The Round Table Process was launched in Lao PDR in the year 2000. Every three to five years, High-Level Round Table Meetings provide inclusive forums to support the design and implementation of the country’s national development plans. Implementation meetings are held every year.
The Round Table process includes 10 Sector Working Groups to coordinate actions by theme. The groups serve as key links between local progress and national plans and policies, covering health, education, governance infrastructure, macroeconomics, trade and the private sector, mine action, illicit drug control, agriculture and rural development and natural resource management and the environment.
The Round Table Process is guided by globally agreed principles on effective development cooperation. These include host government ownership of development priorities and plans, a focus on results, inclusive development partnerships and transparency and accountability to one another.