Vientiane capital, 10-12.10.2018
As shared by Lao National Assembly, it is envisioned a number of challenges in fully exercising their parliamentary mandates for its present, 8th Legislature realizing its legislative duties due to a high number of first-time parliamentarians (around 73%) from the National Assembly and Provincial People’s Assemblies (100%). Most of the Members of the National Assembly (NA) and Provincial People’s Assemblies (PPA) are new to their respective roles and functions. Still, there is no clear understanding on the NA/PPA parliamentary mandates and differences in procedures etc. Almost 90% of all new PPA Members come from the executive level and are still deeply anchored in their executive performance and decision making.
Therefore, with the aim to enhance their knowledge, skills and abilities as they undertake their roles and mandates at national and provincial levels, the Institute of Legislative Studies of Lao National Assembly with the support from Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung Southeast Asia organized successfully a three-day workshop: “Relations between Procincial People’s Assemblies and Provincial Executive Authorities” in Vientiane Capital (Lao PDR). The workshop was honored to welcome the representatives from State Parliament of Hamburg (Germany), Institute of Legislative Studies (National Assembly of Vietnam), Provincial People’s Assembly of Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam), and more than 70 participants, who are members of Provincial People’s Assemblies from 18 provinces of Lao PRD. During the workshop, all participants actively discussed and shared experiences and challenges in local governance in Vietnam and Germany; coordination mechanism between the People’s Standing Committees, the People’s Committees and the National Assembly, as well as which lesson learnt could be applied in Lao PDR.
The National Assembly of Lao PDR is undertaking focused efforts on further consolidating parliamentary powers at provincial level to make the government at provincial level accountable and to ensure that PPAs in-depth exercise in particular their budgetary oversight mandate to strengthen the rule of law until 2020.