Lao National Assembly Keen on Digitizing Governance

Ms. Sounthone Xayachack, Vice President of the National Assembly (middle).

The National Assembly of Laos, in collaboration with the French-speaking Parliamentary
Assembly organized a two-day seminar on digital governance and internet use last week.

Under the theme, Digital Governance and Internet Use Between National Sovereignty and Globalization, the participants discussed topics related to national sovereignty, globalization, and the role of parliament in managing digital affairs.

Ms. Sounthone Xayachack, vice president of the National Assembly, addressed the significance of technology and information to Laos’s public defense and socioeconomic development.

According to Ms. Sounthone, the National Assembly of Laos has prioritized the distribution of policies, laws, and regulations via the digital system to make sure that the public is aware of any developments concerning the government and is also able to give feedback on various issues.

Ms. Sounthone said that Laos’s National Assembly began using information and communication technology systems for the first time in 2001 under the National Assembly Library and Information Centre construction project.

Assemblée parlementaire de la Francophonie (APF) has funded the website of the National Assembly through the PARDOC Project in three languages of Lao, French, and English presented as options.

This month, the government of Laos has also appointed members of a new National Committee to implement the Digital Transformation plan for the country’s economic and social development as part of its greater push for digitization.