Scene at the signing ceremony (Photo: VNA)

Vientiane (VNA) – Star Telecom, a joint venture between the Laos-Asia telecom company and Vietnam's military-run Viettel telecom group, has won a contract to build a population management system for the Lao government.  

The company signed the contract with the Lao Ministry of Home Affairs in Vientiane on June 9.

The system will store digitised citizens’ data, including birth, death and marriage certificates, and immigration records, thus facilitating management work and cutting time and cost for administrative procedures.

Under the contract, in the first phase of the project between 2017 and 2018, Star Telecom will build the system for the provinces of Vientiane, Luang Prabang and Champasak. Estimated costs amount to about 700,000 USD in total.

In the second phase, the system will be expanded to 14 remaining provinces. 

Speaking at the signing ceremony, Thongchan Sivilay, head of the Lao Ministry of Home Affairs’ household registration department, said the new system will boost quality of population management in Laos, particularly in calculating statistics on family registration to serve socio-economic planning.

Star Telecom director Cao Anh Son pledged to effectively carry out the project, making internet connection available to all units of the ministry and promptly handling all issues arisen during the installation of the new system.

Star Telecom now accounts for 50 percent of the mobile service market in Laos.-VNA