LAO PEOPLE’S DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC

NATIONAL ROUND TABLE PROCESS

Government of Lao PDR and Partners Consult on the Vientiane Declaration and its Country Action Plan Implementation

2019 RTIM Pre-Consultation Meeting on the Vientiane Declaration and its Country Action Plan Implementation, November 2019.

Vientiane, 6 November 2019 – Today, the Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) organized a pre-consultation to discuss the implementation of the Vientiane Declaration on Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation. The event looked into the current state and next steps for ensuring effective implementation, monitoring and reporting on the Vientiane Declaration Country Action Plan (VDCAP) 2016-2025. The discussion also contributed to formulating key messages for the upcoming Round Table Implementation Meeting to be held in Luangprabang on 25th and 26th November 2019, chaired by MPI, and co-chaired by Luangprabang province and the United Nations, and organized with the support of Luxembourg and UNDP.

The meeting was chaired by H.E. Dr. Kikeo Chanthaboury, Deputy Minister of Planning and Investment, and co-chaired by Ms. Ricarda Rieger, UNDP Resident Representative. The pre-consultation brought together more than 60 participants from the concerned line ministries at the departmental level, as well as development partners.

The Vientiane Declaration on Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation [ENG[LAO] was adopted in 2015 by the Government of Lao PDR and Development Partners as a means to strengthen the dialogue and maximize development results till 2025 and beyond. The declaration is set to provide support for national poverty reduction efforts and sustained and inclusive growth, while taking into consideration the economic, social and environmental dimensions. It is complemented by the VDCAP [ENGLAO] and its Draft Monitoring Framework [ENGLAO]. The VDCAP identifies concrete time-bound actions for implementation of the declaration, providing sectorial and provincial counterparts with key actions, indicators and targets for enhancing the partnership for effective development cooperation in line with principles of the declaration.

H.E. Dr. Kikeo Chanthaboury, Deputy Minister of Planning and Investment, highlighted in his opening remarks that the Vientiane Declaration is taking into consideration that the landscape of development actors has become more important and complex, with contributions from the South-South Cooperation and Triangular Cooperation plus the private sector, foundations, civil society and local authorities. The significance of each source of development finance will differ between countries at different stages of development. “Since Official Development Assistance (ODA) remains an important source of revenue for Lao PDR, we still need assistance with good governance, security, rule of law, institution building and jobs, calling for a recalibration of multi-stakeholder partnership approach. To ensure the maximum impact of ODA utilisation, our development cooperation will continue to be guided by all eight principles of the Vientiane Declaration”, Deputy Minister reiterated.

Ms. Ricarda Rieger added that “the monitoring of ODA and the implementation of the declaration concerning aid efficiency is crucial to ensure that aid responds effectively to the current NSEDP [National Socio-Economic Development Plan] objectives, and more broadly to the Sustainable Development Goals”. With the process of drafting the next five-year NSEDP, this will remain important as the Government seeks to build on the lessons of the current Plan and its mid-term review. Ms Rieger continued that, “the harmonisation of Government and development partner priorities, though a challenge, will ensure more efficient and effective ODA in Lao PDR”.

Today’s attendees were first presented with the results of the Global Survey related to the VDCAP implementation. The pre-consultation then reviewed the implementation of the globally-agreed principles of effective development cooperation, which are outlined in the Vientiane Declaration. These principles include: country ownership, alignment of development priorities and predictable financing of the national agenda (presented today by the Ministry of Planning and Investment); domestic resource mobilization (Ministry of Finance); mutual accountability (European Union); engaging business as an increasingly active partner, particularly focusing on quality development and the harnessing of digital technologies (International Finance Corporation); fostering South-South cooperation (Ministry of Foreign Affairs); and harmonisation and simplification of approaches, as well as inclusive partnerships for development results (Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN).

Contacts:

Mrs. Bangthong Thipsomphanh, Director of Europe-America Division, Ministry of Planning and Investment,  Mobile: +856 20 2223 7997, Email: tbangthong@gmail.com

Ms. Anna Perkova, Communications & Partnership Support Officer, UN Resident Coordinator’s Office in Lao PDR, Mobile: +856 20 5802 0829, Email: anna.perkova@one.un.org