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The meeting was chaired by H.E Dr. Kikeo Chanthaboury, Vice Minister of Planning and Investment and co-chaired by Ms. Sara Sekkenes, the UN Resident Coordinator in Lao PDR, with the participation of representatives from line Ministries, international organisations, several Ambassadors, ECCIL EuroCham Laos and other relevant development partners in Lao PDR.

Through a half-day meeting, participants discussed various matters relating to the the development of the 9th NSEDP and the impact of COVID-19.

The meeting was carried out very successfully in a productive environment with constructive comments and discussion. As a result, the meeting agreed and set out the overall aim for the HL-RTM to promote coherence and multi-stakeholder partnerships during the time of COVID-19 for implementation of the 9th NSEDP for realizing LDC graduation and achieving SDGs. The Chair of this meeting highlighted the importance of the HL-RTM as its outcomes will strategically guide the finalization of the 9th NSEDP including its implementation and longer term development vision toward 2030 and beyond. While the Co-chair also stated that three important factors for the months ahead for the successful Round Table Meeting, which are solid and credible five-year plan (9th NSEDP), a robust implementation structure and a sound strategic financing strategy.

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