UNICEF Representative Pays Courtesy Visit to Secretary-General of the National Assembly of Lao PDR
UNICEF reaffirms its readiness to support the National Assembly in building Lao PDR’s human resource capacity, beginning from childhood.
Vientiane, 9 Aug 2022 – Dr. Pia Rebello Britto, UNICEF Representative to Lao PDR, paid a courtesy visit to H.E. Ms. Pingkham Lasasimma, Secretary General of the National Assembly of Lao PDR to discuss how UNICEF can further engage with the National Assembly to further advance the rights and well-being of children and women in Lao PDR.
The meeting is especially notable as it was organised during the commencement year of the UNICEF-Government of Lao PDR Country Programme 2022-2026, which provides a framework of cooperation between the two parties for the next five years.
During the meeting, Dr. Rebello Britto congratulated H.E. Ms. Lasasimma on leadership of the successful the completion of the Third Ordinary Session of the National Assembly (Ninth Legislature). They then discussed UNICEF’s support and contribution to the social development agendas, including the COVID 19 responses, education, health and nutrition. Furthermore, both parties discussed how data and evidence generated through the support from UNICEF could further strengthen the National Assembly’s capacity to monitor and oversee the legislative and policy implementation and track the progress of the 9th NSEDP.
The two female leaders further exchanged information on the situation of Lao children and explored areas where the National Assembly and UNICEF could partner together to deliver solutions. H.E Ms. Lasasimma also thanked UNICEF for supporting the National Assembly’s technological infrastructure by providing laptops and equipment for Social Cultural Affairs Committee, the Foreign Affairs Committee, the Planning, Finance and Audit Committee and the Justice Committee of the National Assembly.
“I would like to express my thanks to UNICEF for its continued support to the National Assembly and commitment to promoting the well-being of children and women of our country. The National Assembly looks forward to strengthening our cooperation and partnership with UNICEF in the years to come,” said H.E. Ms. Pingkham Lasasimma.
“UNICEF remains steadfast in our commitment to supporting the Government of Lao PDR in the achievement of the 9th National Socio-Economic Development Plan and the Sustainable Development Goals, as well as strengthening the education and skills of our children and youths who are key to Lao PDR’s graduation from least-developed country (LDC) status. We look forward with great interest and enthusiasm to strengthening our work with the Government of Lao PDR under the Country Programme 2022-2026,” said Dr. Pia Rebello Britto.
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