Legal Sector Master Plan sets path for rule of law state by 2020
The new European Union (EU) / United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Support Programme for the implementation of the Legal Sector Master Plan, 2012 to 2015, will provide a major step forward in the government's aim to develop a rule of law state by 2020.
The outline of the Legal Sector Master Plan (LSMP) was presented to government officials and development partners at a workshop today co-chaired by the Vice Minister of Justice, H.E. Prof. Ket Kiettisak , UNDP Deputy Resident Representative, Kyoko Yokosuka and Dr. Stefan Lock, Head of Cooperation, European Union Delegation in Lao PDR .
The Legal Sector Master Plan was officially adopted by the Government in September 2009 and lays out a framework for the country's first broad-ranging legal reform to achieve its ultimate goal of establishing a rule of law state by 2020.
Speaking at the meeting, Kyoko Yokosuka, UNDP Deputy Resident Representative, highlighted the importance of a coordinated approach among government and development partners to realize the plan, “The Legal Sector Master Plan naturally involves quite a wide range of stakeholders and does not belong to any particular ministries or agencies. Moving towards harmonization of our work is indispensable for the successful implementation of the LSMP,” she said.
The Master Plan assesses the current needs of the legal system and provides a series of guiding principles for developing a rule of law state and action plan to achieve this goal. The Plan represents an effort to develop a coordinated legal system, consistent with the guidance from the political report of the 9th Party Congress.
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