VIENTIANE, Nov. 12 (Xinhua) -- The Lao parliament National Assembly (NA) is debating four new laws and the draft of an amended law after approving economic and fiscal policies presented by the government.
The ongoing session, which runs from Oct. 27 to Nov. 17, has already endorsed two new laws relating to diplomatic rankings and youth, local daily Vientiane Times reported on Thursday.
A draft law on higher education was tabled at the session on Wednesday, presented by the Lao Minister of Education and Sports, Sengdeuane Lachanthaboun.
"The law is designed to address shortcomings while attracting and promoting investment from both domestic and foreign entrepreneurs to boost the growth of the education sector," Sengdeuane said.
The law is intended to promote scientific research and innovation and the enrollment of talented students in post-secondary education.
The new law relating to Lao youth, which was approved by the NA, is intended to address social ills committed by young people, while promoting youth development.
Laos currently has more than 4 million juniors and youth, representing 57 percent of the population.
The law on diplomatic rankings was also approved by the NA to enhance the motivation and responsibility of diplomats in carrying out their duties.
Minister of Foreign Affairs Saleumxay Kommasith said the law was aimed at encouraging Lao diplomats to be more professional by improving their foreign language skills, leadership style, and work plans.
The Assembly will continue to debate a new law on international cooperation in crime and the draft of an amended law on state auditing. Enditem