Commission Determines to Produce a Competent Workforce

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The National Human Resource Development Commission is planning to build human resources in the fields of natural science and technology to advance socio-economic development and match regional and international standards.

With the ever quickening pace of development in science and technology, the commission and its development partners are jointly supporting skill upgrades so as to generate a more qualified and larger workforce. The ultimate goal is to bring social services within people’s reach and to improve their living standards.

This information was reported yesterday at the 5th National Human Resource Development Commission Meeting, chaired by Minister of Education and Sports, MsSengdeuaneLachanthaboun.

The meeting, which was attended by members of the commission and officials from the Ministry of Education and Sports, discussed the draft strategy plan for national human resource development from 2016-2020, aiming to accelerate socio-economic development.

Participants suggested there should be a focus on building human resources in the fields of natural science and technology across all educational institutions.

The ministry’s Planning Department put forward strategies for human resource development until 2025, aiming to raise Laos out of Least Developed Country status and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

The department’s goal is to ensure that everyone completes lower secondary school. It would also like to see a stronger healthcare network, and the provision of basic education and vocational skills to develop a competent workforce in response to the needs of the labour market.

Sound strategies for human resource development would also help to protect people from the effects of climate change and natural disasters, it was reported.

Another goal of the commission is to strengthen gender equality by encouraging more women to participate in development efforts, and to boost cooperation in human resource development with regional and international sectors.

The government and its development partners are working with the relevant agencies on human resource development, organisational improvement and public service delivery.

They recognise that training needs to incorporate analysis and human resource development planning. It is also necessary to develop models that can be replicated within other agencies and organisations in support of national, government, non-government and local human resource development.

Greater social inclusion of women and those with disabilities is a key focus of human resource development.

The main agencies involved in this effort are the Ministry of Education and Sports, the Ministry of Home Affairs, the Lao National Commission for the Advancement of Women, and the Lao Disabled Persons Association.

Meanwhile, the government and its development partners are helping the National Human Resource Development Commission to strengthen the management and implementation of the national human resource development plan.

Source: Vientiane Times