Addressing areception given to foreign diplomatic missions and internationalorganisations in Laos to celebrate the country’s forthcoming NationalDay (December 2) in Vientiane on November 29, the president describedthis global assistance as one of the most important factors helping Laosescape from the list of underdeveloped countries by 2020.
In implementing the country’s five-year socio-economic developmentplan for the 2011-2015 period, Laos lowered the rate of poorhouseholds to 10.57 percent in 2013, creating a firm foundation for itto fullfil the target of reducing the percentage to under 10 by 2015,according to the president.
The national per capita income reached 1,500 USD in the year, he added.
He also reiterated Laos ’ consistent external relations policy ofpeace, independence, friendship and cooperation for mutual developmentwhile getting prepared for regional and international integration,especially the formation of the ASEAN Community by 2015.
The state leader expressed his hope that the diplomats will continueto support and work with Laos in building peace, stability, friendshipand cooperation for sustainable development in the region and the worldat large.-VNA
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