Lao National Assembly convenes 3rd session hinh anh 1 Lao NA Chairwoman Pany Yathotou at the event (Photo: VNA)

Vientiane (VNA)
- The 3rd session of the Lao National Assembly, 8th tenure, opened in Vientiane on April 25 under the chair of NA Chairwoman Pany Yathotou.

In her opening speech, Chairwoman Yathotou highlighted the significance of the event as the country is implementing the Resolution of the Party Central Committee’s 4th plenary meeting and the Resolution of the NA’s 2nd session on national plans on socio-economic development and budget in 2017.

The chairwoman stressed that Laos has overcome a range of difficulties and challenges to achieve positive results in many fields, especially in ensuring political stability and social order, and stabilising macro economy. The implementation of the budget plan in 2016 and the first quarter of 2017 was improved, she added.

Chairwoman Yathotou said this session will discuss a number of national issues, including the government’s operations in the first half of 2017 and orientations for the coming time, plans on socio-economic development, the implementation of the State budget plan and management of goods prices.

The legislature will also hear a report on the performance of the State Audit Committee over the past five years (2012-2016) and its plan for 2017-2021, and elect the committee’s chairperson.

The legislators will debate and approve amendments to a number of laws covering people’s procuracy, court, water and water resources, statistics, electricity, youth union, people’s security force and NA election.

They will also deliberating new bills related to online information management, art performance, and international convention and agreement, alongside with giving opinions and passing a penal law and a law on provincial-level people councils.

The meeting is scheduled to last until May 28.-VNA