China helps Laos meet MDG targets

Members of the National Committee for Rural Development and Poverty Eradication met with International Poverty Reduction Centre in China (IPRCC) representatives in Vientiane yesterday to discuss raising living standards in Laos.

The meeting comes as the Lao government works towards fulfilling the Millennium Development Goals by 2015 and is part of China’s commitment to help the country eradicate poverty by 2020.

Officials from the two bodies discussed experiences in poverty reduction and how best to go about improving living standards in rural areas.

National Committee Chairman, Mr Bounheuang Duangphachanh, said poor conditions still existed in Laos, especially in remote areas.

He said the visit from IPRCC officials would help solve the poverty problem in Laos before the decade is out by providing vital knowledge and expertise.

IPRCC Deputy Director, Dr Huang Chen Wei, said the centre was ready to cooperate with Laos to reduce poverty, in line with government policy.

Laos is moving closer to its goal of reducing the poverty rate, which stood at 20.5 percent of the population in 2012 and is expected to drop to 19 percent this year. By government and international standards, people identified as living in poverty lack adequate food and clothing, might not have adequate housing, and do not have access to health, education and transport.