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Lao Front Seeks Improved Organisational Structure

The Lao Front for National Construction (LFNC) is seeking to improve its organisational structure so it can be more effective as a state agency in educating people and promoting solidarity and unity among citizens.

Vice President of the Front’s Central Committee Mr. Khamla Lingnasone revealed the Front’s drive for efficiency when talking to Vientiane Times on the sidelines of a seminar held yesterday for the LFNC and the Vietnamese Fatherland Front.

The seminar took place following a recent meeting in Hanoi between LFNC President Dr Xaysomphone Phomvihane and Chair of the Central Committee of the Vietnamese Fatherland Front (VFF) Nguyn Thin Nhân.

The talks aimed to strengthen the Lao Front’s work by learning from the experiences of their Vietnamese counterparts.

Vice Chairwoman of the VFF Central Committee Ms Bui ThiThanh gave a lecture at the seminar about the work of the Vietnamese Front.

As stipulated in the Vietnamese constitution, the Vietnam Fatherland Front is a political alliance and a voluntary union of political organisations and individuals representing all social classes and strata, nationalities, religions, and overseas Vietnamese.

The constitution also states that the VFF constitutes the political base of the people’s government, and represents and protects the legal and legitimate rights and interests of the people.

According to Ms Thanh, the VFF has seven advisory councils, which the Front can call on for help in carrying out its duties.

She gave an example of a hypothetical case involving a person whose citizenship was violated by government officials or an agency. The Front would send an official or team from one of the councils to gather information, sumarise the situation and give advice on finding solutions.

“We, the Lao Front, also intend to have such advisory councils and are preparing for that,” Mr. Khamla said.

He noted that the LFNC and VFF had grown from the same roots and in the same way, but said Vietnam had made more progress in this work.

According to Mr. Khamla, the LFNC will have five advisory councils: one on ethnicity and social affairs, another on economics and law, one on Lao-overseas relations, an advisory committee on religion, and an advisory committee on social classes and organisation.

The LFNC vice president said the Front had relied on its Central Committee members, whose number is 200, to carry out its work but the Front’s activities were not sufficiently effective, he added.

He said improvements would focus on making use of the intelligence of individuals in various social strata.

“That’s why we invited high level Vietnamese officials to share the details of the progress made in Vietnam,” Mr. Khamla said.

Dr Xaysomphone, provincial representatives from the Lao Front, Lao Buddhist Fellowship members, and officials from government agencies attended the seminar.

Source: Vientiane Times