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October 23, 2013

Hollande meets Laos president to talk business, not rights

Hollande meets Laos president to talk business, not rights

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French President François Hollande (L) with Laotian President Choummaly Sayasone at the Elysée Palace. AFP/Bertrand Guay

French President François Hollande met Laos’s leader Choummaly Sayasone in Paris on Tuesday in the first visit by a Loatian president since the country’s independence from France some 60 years ago. The visit is distinctly low-profile as several NGOs demand news of disappeared Laotian activist Sombath Somphone.

The Laotian president was due to meet business leaders at the headquarters of bosses’ union Medef on Wednesday and business was the central theme of the Elysée Palace’s statement after the two presidents met.

It called for an increase in French companies’ investments in Laos and announced the signing of a feasibility study into the extension of a hydroelectricty project on the Nam Theun river, a tributary of the Mekong.

Some of Laos’s hydroelectric projects on the Mekong have caused rows with neighbouring countries because of their possible effects downstream but an experts’ report says that measures have been taken to mitigate the enviromental effects of the Nam Theun project.

No press conference was organised for either Tuesday’s or Wednesday’s meetings, leading to speculation that the authorities wished to spare Sayasone the embarrassment of questions over the whereabouts of anti-corruption campaigner Somphone.

Human rights groups have called on France to press the Laotian leader for information about the activist, the 63-year-old head of the Participatory Development Center who disappeared in December 2012 and was last caught on CCTV cameras near a police station in the company of two unidentified individuals.

Europe and France should be concerned about his whereabouts, Debby Stothard of the International Federation of Human Rights told RFI as the two presidents met.

In February the European parliament expressed concern over his fate and the slow progress of the investigation into his disappearance.

A French Foreign Affairs Ministry statement on Monday called on the Laotian authorities to do everythgin possible to investigate the case but there was no indication that Hollande raised the subject with Sayasone in the presidential statement.

The two presidents paid tribute to the victims of the plane crash that cost 49 lives earlier this month.

September 27, 2011

North Korea’s Kim Jong Il meets visiting Lao president

NKorea’s Kim Jong Il meets visiting Lao president

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Associated Press
2011-09-23 09:01 PM

North Korean media say the country’s leader Kim Jong Il has held cordial talks with the visiting president of Laos.

The official Korean Central News Agency says Kim and Choummaly Sayasone had a “warm meeting” Friday.

It says they also visited an exhibition on North Korea’s military.

The report says Choummaly gave gifts to Kim Jong Il and Kim Jong Un. Kim Jong Un is Kim Jong Il’s youngest son and expected successor. The younger Kim was among officials who attended a banquet for the visiting leader.

KCNA says Choummaly departed from North Korea on Friday. He had arrived Wednesday.

The two impoverished countries have long had friendly relations based on their shared communist backgrounds.

N. Korean leader meets Laos president: KCNA

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2011-09-23 20:20

SEOUL — Laotian President Choummaly Sayasone wrapped up a three-day official visit to North Korea Friday after a meeting with leader Kim Jong-il, the North’s media reported.

The North’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said the two leaders met in the North’s capital Pyongyang but gave no other details.

The Laotian president arrived in Pyongyang Wednesday on what the North earlier called an “official goodwill visit.”

In a separate report, the KCNA said Sayasone was seen off at the airport by a number of North Korean officials, including the country’s titular head of state Kim Yong-nam.

Pyongyang and Vientiane established diplomatic ties in 1974.

Laos also established formal diplomatic relations with South Korea in 1974, but severed them a year later. Both restored ties in 1995.

(Yonhap News)

March 21, 2011

Communist party congress in Laos re-elects chief

Choummaly Sayasone was on Monday elected to retain his position as Secretary General of the Central Committee of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party (LPRP).

He was elected by the 9th Party Central Committee of the LPRP, which announced the result on Monday afternoon during the last working day of the 9th National Congress of the LPRP. Choummaly has been Party Secretary General of LPRP for five years (2006-2011).

Chinese president greets Laos’ Choummaly on reelection as party leader

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BEIJING, March 21 (Xinhua) — Chinese President Hu Jintao congratulated Choummaly Sayasone Monday on his reelection as secretary general of the Central Committee of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party (LPRP).

Hu noted that under the collective leadership of the LPRP, Lao has made steady progress in socialist construction and reform, with its society harmonious and stable, economy rapidly developing, people’s livelihood improving and its international status steadily enhanced.

China is delighted to see these tremendous achievements, he said in a congratulatory message.

Hu expressed his belief that the Lao party and government would lead the Lao people in their efforts for still greater achievements in the country’s socialist construction and reform undertaking.

The Communist Party of China and the Chinese government have always valued their relations with the Lao party and government from a strategic long-term perspective, he said.

China will adhere to the principle of “long-term stability, good neighborliness, mutual trust and all-round cooperation” as always and work together with the Lao side to consolidate their cooperation in all fields and push the Sino-Lao comprehensive strategic partnership of cooperation for long-term, healthy and stable development, he said.

Choummaly was elected by the Ninth Party Central Committee of the LPRP, which announced the result on Monday. He has served as secretary general of the LPRP for five years.


December 24, 2010

Laos’ ex-PM ‘lacked strong support’


By Ian Timberlake (AFP)

Thongsing Thammavong, new Lao Prime Minister.

HANOI — Laotian Prime Minister Bouasone Bouphavanh, who resigned this week before the end of his term, had vowed to tackle corruption but never had enough support from his communist party, an analyst said Friday.

The 56-year-old Bouasone, who had spent more than four years in office, was replaced on Thursday by Thongsing Thammavong, 66, president of the communist-dominated National Assembly.

Bouasone had told deputies he could no longer perform his duties because of “family problems,” government spokesman Khenthong Nuanthasing told AFP from Laos.

Martin Stuart-Fox, an Australia-based specialist on Laos, said the resignation came as a surprise.

“When appointed, he said he would do something about the rampant corruption that now riddles the Lao regime. But Bouasone always lacked a strong base within the ruling party,” said Stuart-Fox, professor emeritus at the University of Queensland.

“His attempts to build one since the last party congress have obviously failed.”

The five-yearly congress of the ruling Lao People’s Revolutionary Party is expected to be held early next year.

Although Bouasone’s departure surprised outside observers, a source at the Vietnamese embassy in Vientiane said the move had been expected.

“It concerns an internal adjustment destined to prepare for the next congress” expected at the end of March, the source said.

At the time of Bouasone’s appointment in June 2006 a Laos-based diplomat called him “a technocrat who is part of the younger generation of Lao leaders.”

But he was “relatively conservative with little experience of the business world,” a foreign expert said at the time.

Stuart-Fox said Bouasone had been appointed with the support of former president Khamtay Siphandone, “whose client he always was.”

The current president, Choummaly Sayasone, who holds the joint position of party chief and is the country’s most powerful figure, was appointed shortly before Bouasone took office.

Thongsing, the new prime minister, is the country’s sixth since communist forces came to power in 1975, establishing a one-party state.

He is a former mayor of the capital, Vientiane.

“I will improve the way the government works to ensure state activities are timely, transparent, united and harmonious and create favourable conditions for the business sector and for the Lao people to earn a living based on the law,” Thongsing was quoted as saying in Friday’s edition of the state-linked Vientiane Times.

Laos, a rural-based society of about six million, is one of Asia’s poorest nations and is highly reliant on foreign donors.

Bouasone told a conference in Vietnam earlier this year that Laos aims for “no less than” eight percent annual economic growth to 2015.

The country’s economy has been expanding at an annual average of seven percent in recent years, and the government aims “to lift the country from underdevelopment by 2020,” he said.

Donors and non-governmental organisations have cautioned the government over its growth strategy, which features large-scale foreign investment in resource sectors that potentially could have negative effects on socio-economic development.

Chinese economic influence is fast-rising in Laos, which has traditional political ties, as well as business links, with Vietnam.

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New Laos prime minister after surprise resignation



By Vaudine England BBC News, Bangkok

24 December 2010 Last updated at 03:56 ET

Laos has announced it has a new prime minister after the surprise resignation of Bouasone Bouphavanh.

Mr Bouasone, 56, who had spent more than four years in office, is replaced by Thongsing Thammavong, of the communist-dominated National Assembly.

Mr Bouasone cited “family issues” but analysts say the reason for his resignation was more likely the product of internal factional re-alignments.

Laos is due to hold a general election early in the new year.

A government spokesman said Mr Bouasone would remain a member of the central committee of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party, which holds a near monopoly on power.

Economic strategy

The new prime minister was approved unanimously by the National Assembly’s 101 members.

Political shifts are carefully choreographed in the People’s Democratic Republic of Laos, a large but under-populated, land-locked state bordering Vietnam, China and Thailand.

“Sifting the tea leaves, this is a shift in the internal factional alignments, a shifting in the balance of power within the politburo,” said Damien Kingsbury, chair professor in the School of International and Political Studies at Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia.

“It is certainly not transparent, but it happens from time to time,” he told the BBC.

He said there was unlikely to be any major shift in policy as a result of the change in leadership, adding that China’s growing prominence in the country was likely to continue.

Laos is one of Asia’s poorest nations and relies heavily on foreign donors.

China has made huge investments in Laos, building roads, and agricultural and industrial estates across the country, which has long been politically close to Vietnam.

A high-speed railway is planned to run from China to Laos.

Laos former prime minister said earlier this year that the country could achieve at least 8% annual economic growth to 2015, “to lift the country from underdevelopment by 2020″.

Critics say that large foreign investment projects form the the basis of this growth strategy.

Non-governmental organisations have warned against importing foreign labour, and of the potentially negative impact on the environment and socio-economic development.


New Lao prime minister pledges ‘transparency

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Dec 24, 2010, 12:27 GMT

Vientiane, Laos – Laos’ newly appointed prime minister has come to office with a pledge to improve the way the communist government works, state media reports said Friday.

In a surprise development, the National Assembly on Thursday evening approved the appointment of Thongsing Thammavong to replace former prime minister Bouasone Bouphavanh, who tendered his resignation earlier the same day due to ‘family issues.’

‘I will improve the way the government works to ensure state activities are timely, transparent, united and harmonious and create favorable conditions for the Lao people to earn a living based on the law,’ Thongsing told the assembly, the Vientiane Times reported.

Thongsing was house speaker before taking on the premiership.

National Assembly vice speaker Pany Yathortou has replaced him as house speaker, making her the first woman to hold the post since 1975, when land-locked Laos opted for a communist system.

Thongsing was Minister of Culture from 1983 to 1988 and Vientiane Mayor from 2002 to 2006.

His appointment comes just months before the Lao Communist Party congress to be held some time in March, with a general election to follow in April.

In all previous elections, only the Lao Communist Party had been allowed to field candidates, although independents were permitted.

Thongsing’s appointment was made at the closing day of the National Assembly winter session.

The assembly on Thursday also endorsed a plan to construct a high speed train link between China’s Yunnan province and Vientiane.

December 23, 2010

Laos: Assembly approves new PM




New NA President Ms Pany Yathortou congratulates Mr Thongsing Thammavong on his appointment as Prime Minister, while President Choummaly Sayasone ( centre ) looks on. –Photo Khamphan

The National Assembly (NA) yesterday approved the appointment of Mr Thongsing Thammavong as the new Prime Minister of Laos, replacing Mr Bouasone Bouphavanh who resigned from his post due to family issues.

Mr Bouasone was appointed Prime Minister of Laos at the Preliminary Session of the NA Sixth Legislature in June 2006. During his term the Lao economy grew steadily despite a number of challenges including natural disasters and the global economic crisis.

The country was able to maintain political stability and security. The socio-cultural sector developed to a higher level and the livelihoods of local people also improved. Foreign policy led to many achievements that contributed to enhancing the role and reputation of Laos in the international arena.

Mr Thongsing served as NA President before he was nominated as the sixth Prime Minister of Laos since national liberation in 1975 by the President of the Lao PDR Mr Choummaly Sayasone.

NA Vice President Ms Pany Yathortou was appointed as the new NA President to replace Mr Thongsing and is the first woman appointed to the position since 1975.

Mr Thongsing was Minister of Culture from 1983 to 1988 and Vientiane Mayor from 2002 to 2006. He pledged to ensure firm political stability and security in society and actively implement the renovation policy of the Party to explore the potential of all business units and encourage everyone to participate in socio-economic development and budget plans for 2010-11.

“I will improve the way the government works to ensure state activities are timely, transparent, united and harmonious and create favourable conditions for the business sector and for the Lao people to earn a living based on the law,” he said.

The NA also approved the appointment of Prof. Dr Bounyong Boupha as Vice Chair of the NA Foreign Relations Committee.

NA members debated the new appointments, with most in favour of the outcome, recognising their importance for political purposes and national development.

By Somsack Pongkhao
(Latest Update
December 24, 2010)

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