The government cabinet yesterday debated the drafts of two new laws and amendments to two existing laws, at an extraordinary meeting convened for February.
Chaired by Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith, the one-day meeting heard and discussed amendments to the law on vocational education and the law on forestry.

Participants also discussed a newly-drafted law on disaster management and the draft of a law on the response to market dumping. The meeting, attended by cabinet members and invited guests, told the relevant ministries and their policy makers to revise the drafts in line with appropriate recommendations made by participants.

In this regard, policy makers were told to work with the Ministry of Justice and ministers to the Prime Minister’s Office to ensure proper revision of the drafts so their content was clear and easy to understand.
The drafts will be submitted to the 7th ordinary session of the National Assembly, which is expected to take place in the middle of this year.

During the meeting, Prime Minister Thongloun told cabinet members to fully prepare documents to be discussed at the cabinet’s ordinary monthly meeting for February, which will take place later this month.

The cabinet’s extraordinary meeting was convened as the government strives to formulate more legislation to facilitate its effort to govern society by the rule of law, in line with guidance issued by the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party.

The Party’s 10th Congress adopted a resolution on the need to increase the efficiency of state governance and systematic development of laws, while ensuring members of the public can access and enjoy fast public services in a transparent manner.

The resolution underlined the need to enhance the efficient and strict enforcement of laws in social and economic management.

The government’s drive to create more laws aims to meet the target set in the five-year (2016-2020) plan of the National Assembly to pass 105 new and amended laws in total.

Some parliament members said this target was too ambitious, adding that each biannual ordinary session of the National Assembly would have to pass more than 10 laws on average. More than 100 laws and a number of regulations have been promulgated, which have been instrumental in social and economic management.

However, observers note that law enforcers need to more strictly enforce legislation after learning that many laws have been violated.

By Souksakhone Vaenkeo, VT.

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