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ASEAN Health Experts Discuss Opthalmology

Health experts from Laos and ASEAN member countries met in Vientiane on Sunday for the 9th Annual Lao Ophthalmologist Conference to discuss the latest developments in ophthalmology in the efforttoraiseLaos’treatment standards to international levels.

The participants discussed advanced techniques and modern treatment methods in order to bring better vision to their patients.

The meeting was not only an exchange of ideas, but also included the strengthening of assistance programmes between the participating countries, a health official said.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Minister of Health, associate Prof. Dr Bounkong Syhavong, said such meetings are an important manner for ASEAN member states to develop and build the ASEAN medical community.

He noted, “I would like to express my thanks to all the speakers from ASEAN member countries, organisers,

technical officers and other relevant persons, who devoted their efforts to organising this meeting.”

“We strongly believe the result of this meeting will highly benefit our people by improving ophthalmological services through higher quality of treatment and technical innovation”, he said.

The President of the Lao Ophthalmological Society, Dr Vithoune Visonnavong, said, “We had the opportunity to meet well known ophthalmological experts from many countries around the ASEAN region who are willing to assist us in bettering our treatment programmes”.

“We also wish to invite all national and international organisations who are interested in the field of ophthalmology in ASEAN to join in this important congress,” he continued.

“The convention is not only dedicated to furthering participants’ academic knowledge, but is a centre of opportunity to meet other ophthalmologists from different organisations from ASEAN countries,” he added.

Cataracts are a challenging issue in Laos as many people have difficulty accessing treatment for the disease. Other issues like glaucoma continue to present challenges for doctors because practise standards are not up to par with international levels, making treatment more difficult. Through meetings like the Annual Lao Ophthalmologist Conference, the latest developments and treatments can be shared by global experts with Lao doctors, who can use their new found knowledge to better treat their patients.


Source: Vientiane Times

Ministry of Health, UNICEF Discuss Nutrition Project

The Ministry of Health and UNICEF are reviewing the progress of UNICEF’s health and nutrition programme as they plan for the year ahead.

A review of past work and planning for the next year took place at the meeting about the Health and Nutrition Programme on Thursday in Vientiane, attended by the Director General of the Hygiene and Health Promotion Department under the Ministry of Health, Dr Phath Keungsaneth, and the Deputy Representative of UNICEF in the Lao PDR, Dr Myo-Zin Nyunt.

The purpose of the meeting was to review the entire Country Programme Cycle (2012- 2016), supported by UNICEF in addition to presenting the Country Programme Development Outputs and other areas wherein UNICEF supports interventions for the new Country Development Programme.

The Health and Nutrition Programme will ensure that children and their families, especially the most vulnerable, have access to immunisation, proper nutrition, deworming and management of childhood illnesses.

Meanwhile, the Wash and Climate Change Resilience Programme will ensure that the most disadvantaged children and their families have equitable access to sustainable water sources and sanitation facilities in addition to education on the adoption of good hygiene practises. The programme will

support community resilience- building in response to climate change and natural disasters.

During the period 2012- 2016, the Ministry of Health and UNICEF successfully ran disaster mitigation projects in five provinces and supported hygiene programmes at 100 schools in Saravan province. Many people in the rural areas gained access to clean water sources and hygiene education for the first time through the programme.

The country programme goal and strategy of 2017-2021 is to ensure that children, especially the most disadvantaged, fully enjoy their rights to survival, development and protection.

Speaking at the meeting, Dr Myo-Zin Nyunt said, “UNICEF is proud of its long and fruitful partnership with the Ministry of Health to improve maternal and child health and nutrition, as well as to provide access to improved sources of water, basic sanitation and hygiene promotion in schools and communities for the most disadvantaged children and their families”.

“During the next five years, UNICEF will continue to support the Ministry of Health in addressing the challenges that the most vulnerable children and their families face. UNICEF support will include improving access to vaccinations and the nation’s capacity for mass immunisation campaigns. In addition, we plan to improve access to nutrition to stem the issue of severe acute malnutrition,” Dr Myo-Zin Nyunt concluded.


Source: Vientiane Times

ASEAN Officials Discuss Cooperation on Labour Practices

ASEAN labour officials are meeting over two days in Vientiane to update progress, share experiences and seek ways for future cooperation on labour practices.

The ninth meeting of Senior Labour Officials Meeting’s Working Group (9th SLOM-WG), on progressive labour practices to enhance the competitiveness of ASEAN, will conclude today an

Source: Vientiane Times

d is being attended by Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Welfare, Mr Bounkhong Lasoukan, Director General of the Labour Management Department under the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare, Mr Phongxaysack Inthalath, and senior labour officials from ASEAN countries .

The government of Laos highly values the importance of the SLOM-WG meeting because it is a venue for ASEAN officials to update each other on the progress of labour practices, share experiences and seek ways for further cooperation, MrBounkhongLasoukan told the meeting yesterday.

He said its main purpose was for senior labour officials to update themselves on completed and planned projects over the year since the 8th SLOM-WG Meeting to enhance the competitiveness of ASEAN.

The meeting is also significant for Laos as it will hand over the chairmanship role of SLOM-WG to Myanmar.

At this year’s ASEANLabour Ministerial Meeting, the International LabourOrganisation (ILO) selected Transition from Informal Employment to Formal Employment towards Decent Work Promotion as the thematic topic, MrBounkhong mentioned.

This shows the commitment from ASEAN Members States to implement the ILO Recommendation 204 for the transition from the informal to formal economy. In this connection, ASEAN leaders have adopted the Vientiane Declaration on the Transition from Informal Employment to Formal Employment towards Decent Work Promotion in ASEAN’, he added.

Apart from that, this is the first year for implementing the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals, particularly goal No. 8 which promotes Decent Work and Economic Growth and this goal calls for a focus on vulnerable groups and addressing inequality. In this regard, world leaders, including ASEAN leaders have made commitments to promote inclusive and sustainable growth and decent work for all.

Beside our efforts to enhance the competitiveness of ASEAN, we are facing a number of challenges. One ILO study finds that about 179 million workers in ASEAN are in poor quality jobs and vulnerable employment – meaning that they have informal working arrangements, inadequate social protection and poor working conditions. That’s why close and active cooperation from all of us is very essential to tackle the problem, Mr Bounkhong explained.


Source: Vientiane Times

Govt, Int’l Organisations Discuss SDG Strategies

The government and international organisations with a presence in Laos have held a pre-consultation on the Sustainable Development Goals in preparation for the 2016 Round Table Implementation Meeting to be held from November 24-25 in Vientiane province.

The 2016 Round Table Implementation Meeting (RTIM) SDG Pre-consultation took place in Vientiane on Thursday and was attended by Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Thongphane Savanphet, UNDP Resident Representative, Ms Kaarina Immonen, development partners and officials.

The main presentation during the meeting centred on the progress made in integrating the SDGs into the national development agenda, monitoring and statistical frameworks.

The purpose of the pre-consultation was to provide an important and timely platform for all national and international stakeholders to engage in dialogue on how the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) can be accelerated, beyond the ongoing SDGs integration into national plans and systems. It will help generate a common understanding of current conditions, challenges, priorities and the opportunities ahead.

The Round Table Forum serves as a forum for the government to receive feedback from various stakeholders on needs assessments and costing, monitoring, acceleration, institutional arrangements and issue-based partners.

The dialogue between the government and its development partners will help develop key messages to be conveyed by the government and lead development partners at the panel discussion and plenary dialogue during the RTIM2016.

It will also provide an opportunity for the government to launch the Development Finance and Aid Assessment, with its recommendations for effective management of development finance for sustainable development.

Speaking at the meeting, Mr Thongphane Savanphet said the adoption of the 2030 agenda for Sustainable Development last year was a historic milestone for the international community, reflecting the global commitment to eradicating poverty, fighting growing inequality, promoting inclusive and sustained economic growth, addressing a range of social needs and leaving no one behind.

He noted that it also took into account different national realities, capacities and levels of development and shows respect for national policies and priorities.

“I do believe that the 17 Sustainable Development Goals provide the blueprint for the international cooperation and development of countries around the world over the years to come,” Mr Thongphane said.

It is important to recognise that some goals and targets would be more applicable to the Lao PDR’s national circumstances than others, thus requiring more focus and priority, he added.

“Like the integration of the MDGs into our National Socio-Economic Development Plans over the past decade, we have mainstreamed the relevant SDG goals and targets into our eighth Five-Year National Socio-Economic Development Pl an (2016-2020), ten year socio-economic Development Strategy (2016-2025) and the Vision 2030.”

“In addition, given the reality on the ground, the Lao government has attached great importance to UXO clearance. Building on the progress made in the implementation of our country-specific MDG9 on reducing UXO impact adopted in 2010, the Lao government launched the national Sustainable Development Goal 18 entitled ‘Lives Safe from UXO’ on September 7, 2016 together with the United Nations.”

Source: Vientiane Times

Mekong Countries Discuss Measures to Boost Region’s Development

Leaders of the five Mekong countries discussed measures to promote cooperation and make the region more dynamic and competitive at the two summits that convened in Hanoi yesterday.

The capital is hosting both the 8th Cambodia-Laos-Myanmar-Vietnam Summit (CLMV 8) and the 7th Ayeyawady-Chao Phraya-Mekong Economic Cooperation Strategy Summit (ACMECS 7).

The CLMV 8, themed Seize Opportunities, Shape the Future, focuses on opportunities and challenges for economic development of the four participating countries, and measures to boost their cooperation in improving competitiveness and regional integration.The ACMECS 7, themed Towards a Dynamic and Prosperous Mekong Subregion, discusses stepping up cooperation among the ACMECS member countries – Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam – to narrow development gaps in the Mekong sub-region and to ensure sustainable development.

Addressing the opening ceremony, Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen XuanPhuc said the CLMV and ACMECS have contributed to important achievements, such as promoting the socio-economic development of each country , helping with the establishment of the Asean Community and aiding peace and stability in the region.

Mekong countries have become a growth driver for Southeast Asia, and seen as one of fastest growing regions in the world, he said.

We are presented with excellent opportunities for the development of CLMV and ACMECS. At these summits, we will discuss a new landscape and together work out ways and means to build dynamic and competitive economies with sustainable and inclusive growth, Phucsaid.The PM noted that the government of Vietnam attached great importance to CLMV and ACMECS cooperation and is willing to work closely with member countries and development partners for peace, stability, sustainable development and prosperity of the region.

Leaders of other countries, including Cambodian PM SamdechTechoHunsen, Lao PM ThonglounSisoulith, Myanmar President HtinKyaw and Thai Deputy PM SomkidJatusripitak also talked about the importance of ACMECS and CLMV within the ASEAN. They believe that promoting the two co-operation mechanisms will improve connectivity in ASEAN and strengthen the ASEAN community, which will help fix the development gap in the region, cope with challenges the region faces, improve social welfare and the standard of living of the people.

United Nations (UN) Under General Secretary ShamshadAkhtar said the Mekong region has gained a certain position in the world because of its achievements in economic growth and social advancement. The CLMV is an indispensable part of the ASEAN and related mechanisms and the UN will continue helping the region to achieve the goal of sustainable development, she said. Vu Tien Loc, chairman of Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said the governments of all member countries must speed up administrative reforms and mechanisms and human resources training to create favourable conditions for trade and investment.

Trans-national corporations and development partners should work closely with governments and invest more resources to improve capacity and connectivity of small- and medium-sized businesses, particularly those in the field of agriculture, so that they don’t lag behind in the development process, Loc said.

Proposing measures to boost co-operation between the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and CLMV and ACMECS, a bank representative said ADB will continue supporting CLMV countries in matters relating to infrastructure development, private investment, policy, mechanism, transport and trade. The bank will also co-operate with the CLMV and ACMECS to help in disease prevention and climate change adaptation, he said.

Leaders of the Mekong countries released a joint statement of the CLMV 8 and the Hanoi declaration of the ACMECS 7.


Source: Vientiane Times

Public, Private Sector Discuss Measures to Improve Trade Facilitation

Public and private sectors, and Trade for Development partners have discussed measures to improve the facilitation of trade and the investment attractiveness of Laos.

ASEAN Officials Discuss Way forward for Greater Connectivity

ASEAN dialogue partners and delegates gathered in Vientiane yesterday to discuss ways to put the Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity 2025 (MPAC 2025) into action.

Govt, Development Partners Discuss Statistics Development Strategy

Representatives from line ministries, international organisations and development partners gathered at a forum to discuss official statistics strategy development to support the National Socio Economic Development Plan (NSEDP).