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(Aug 30, 2013) It was reported on August 13, 2013, that the Ministry of Home Affairs of Laos is drafting a new law on civil servants. The aim of the legislation is to improve public administration and the delivery of services as the country develops closer ties in the immediate region and beyond. The law is taking shape at the same time that the government is refining its selection process to recruit more talented individuals as state officials, by requiring applicants to take exams to ensure employment based on merit. (Ministry Drafts New Law on State Employees,
It is expected that the draft law, which amalgamates provisions found in various Prime Ministerial decrees on state employees, will be submitted to the National Assembly later in 2013 for consideration and approval. The decrees cover not only development of the civil service sector, but also the management of officials from director-generals of departments on down to lower ranks of officialdom. The new law is to be broader in scope than the previous decrees and will cover higher-level government officials as well the rank-and-file. (Id.; see for example, Decree on Civil Service of the LAO PDR, Prime Minister's Office Decree 82/PM, Lao PDR Ministry of Home Affairs website (May 19, 2003) [scroll down to links to full text of the Decree, in English and in Lao].)
At present, about 150,000 civil servants, or over 2% of the population of Laos, are employed by the ministries,
According to Deputy Minister Khammoun, after a salary increase came into effect in 2012, more Laotians have been seeking employment in
|Author:||Wendy Zeldin More by this author|
|Topic:||Officials and employees More on this topic|
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Last updated: 08/30/2013