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UK represented at annual development Round Table Implementation Meeting

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Ambassador Philip Malone represents the UK at annual meeting between the Lao government and development donors working in Lao PDR.

On 14 November, British Ambassador to the Lao PDR represented the UK at the annual meeting of development donors working in Lao PDR and the Lao government, known as the Round Table process. The Round Table Implementation Meeting (RTIM) was jointly hosted by the Ministry of Investment and Planning (MPI) and the UN Resident Co-ordinator in Laos, Mrs Kaarina Immonen.

The aim of the meeting is to review progress against Laos’ current 7th National Economic and Social Development Plan (NSEDP), exchange views on ongoing development challenges and how international donors might support Lao PDR, and discuss plans for the preparation of the 8th NSEDP which will run from 2016 - 2020.

At the meeting, the UK joined with other European Development Partners active in Lao PDR – including the European Union delegation, Member States of the European Union and with Switzerland – to deliver a joint statement on development progress in Laos, and recommendations for the 8th National Social and Economic Development Plan (NSEDP), to run from 2016-2020.

A full transcript of the statement can be downloaded from the link below.

European Development Partners’ Statement at the Lao PDR’s 2014 Round Table Implementation Meeting (PDF, 33.6KB, 4 pages)