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New Law to better serve Lao Diplomatic Mission Overseas

Date: 11 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

Members of the National Assembly (NA) yesterday passed a newly drafted law to better facilitate Laos’ diplomatic mission in foreign countries and to protect the interests of the nation and Lao expats overseas.

Presenting the drafted law on Lao representative offices in foreign countries, Minister of Foreign Affairs Saleumxay Kommasith told the NA’s ongoing 6th ordinary session that the new law, if passed and promulgated, would be a good legal reference for Lao diplomatic missions.

The drafted law defines principles, regulations and measures for the management and movements of Lao officials and representatives in foreign countries.

“Once the law comes into effect, it will be the most important legal reference for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, especially for Lao representative offices in foreign countries,” Minister Saleumxay told the lawmakers. “The roles, rights and duties of Lao representative offices in foreign countries will be clearly and comprehensively identified.”

These guidelines will create conditions which better facilitate and enable Lao representatives to fulfil their assigned diplomatic missions more efficiently and effectively, he added.

Over the past years, the organisation and movement of the Lao representative offices overseas were in line with the country’s foreign policy and socio-economic development plan under the supervision and guidance of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party and government.

Relevant international conventions to which Laos is a state party were also taken into account.

As a result of such facilitations and guidance, so far Laos has been able to expand and establish diplomatic relations with 140 countries across the world.

However, the minister stated that a clearer law with comprehensive provisions is needed to enable Laos’ diplomatic mission to function properly and better serve the country’s interests.

The drafted law comprises 10 parts, 12 charters and 65 articles.

Once the law comes into effect, Minister Saleumxay said it would also be a good reference in recruiting staff members to work at Lao representative offices overseas in a just and transparent manner.

On Monday, members of the parliament also passed a newly drafted law for people living with disabilities. This new law defines the principles, regulations and measures required to manage the disability sector. It includes policies which will help enable people living with disabilities to better enjoy their lives and make contribution to the national development task.

During this current ordinary session, NA members will debate approval of seven newly-drafted laws and amendments to two already existing laws.

The seven newly drafted laws relate to Lao representative offices in foreign countries, people with disabilities, electronic signatures, health insurance, railway regulations and a new civil code. The amendments are the law on commercial banks and the law on land.

The ordinary session of the NA is scheduled to run until December 21.

Relevant international conventions to which Laos is a state party, and local regulations concerned were also taken into account for the movement of Lao diplomatic missions.

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