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Ministry of Home Affairs Takes Stock of Governance Reforms

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The Ministry of Home Affairs is assessing its efforts to reform governance and public administration during the past year and in the year ahead.

A Governance Sector Working Group (GSWG) Annual Review Meeting took place in Vientiane on Friday and was attended by the Minister of Home Affairs Mr Khammanh Sounvileuth, Minister of Justice Mr Xaysi Santivong, UNDP Resident Representative Ms Kaarina Immonen, and other officials.

The purpose of the meeting was to share progress made and remaining challenges in the implementation of the GSWG work plan. It also discussed national priorities moving forward in the area of public administration reform and enhancing access to justice and the rule of law.

Also discussed were key messages from the GSWG to be shared at the round table meeting later this year.

The main purpose of the GSWG is to ensure convergence of development partner assistance and approaches in different areas of governance reform, and help execute the Country Action Plan of the Vientiane Declaration on Aid Effectiveness.

During the meeting, Mr Khammanh Sounvileuth presented the vision and target of the Ministry of Home Affairs to promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all, and build effective, accountable and responsive institutions at all levels.

It also aims to improve the quality and effectiveness of public administration and improve public administration management and regulation such as new responsibilities under the Three Builds (Sam Sang) directive, new manuals and guidelines, and better local services and e-government .

Mr Khammanh said administrative sectors would continue to build capacity in public administration for the successful outcome of the national social-economic development plan and lead the country to eradicate poverty by 2020.

 

Source: Vientiane Times