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Lao: Vientiane Focuses on Blowing Out Poverty
Source: kplnet.net
Source Date: Thursday, June 24, 2010
Focus: ICT for MDGs, Internet Governance
Country: Lao People's Democratic Republic
Created: Jul 05, 2010

(KPL) More than 70 per cent of the population of Vientiane province are classified to live above poverty line thanks to the close attention of Vientiane Administration.

The statement was made by Mrs Singkham Khongsavanh, member of the National Assembly, constituency 10 - Vientiane province at the 9th Ordinary Session of the National Assembly’s Sixth Legislature.

The poverty of half of the population in the province is set to be reduced, with the high potential resources of tourism, agriculture and hydropower electricity construction projects, Mrs Singkham said.

Vientiane province residents are able to get jobs from various projects rice and maize plantation, hydropower electricity dams of Nam Ngum, Nam lik, Nam Song and Phoubia mining. The average GDP in the province accounts for 7.8 per cent, the per-capita income is US$751, said Mrs Singkham.

However there are still challenges to overcome, including tourism development along with the conservation of traditional way of life, added the NA member. The Vientiane authorities will cooperate with the Lao National Tourism Administration to attract more investment from tourism entrepreneurs in Vangvieng district, publish more brochures about tourist attractions for distribution, and spread out more tourist information and Lao culture.

She has proposed the construction of roads in Maid, Hinheub, Feuang, Sanakham and Muen districts.
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