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Govt achieves poverty reduction target

The number of families still classified as poor in 2015 has fallen to 6.59 percent of the total, or 76,604 families, after 122,074 families rose above the poverty line over the past five years, an official report has revealed.

The decline means the government has achieved the target set by the Resolution of the 9th Party Congress, which aimed to reduce the number of poor families in the country to less than 10 percent of the total by 2015.

Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong recently signed a Prime Ministerial Decision that approved the outcome of the five-year (2011-2015) poverty and development inspection and assessment report.

In total, there are 1,162, 388 families in Laos in 2015, an increase of 109,051 families compared to 2011, according to the report, which was compiled by the National Leading Committee for Rural Development and Poverty Eradication.

The number of developed families increased by 400,074, bringing the total to 896,319 developed families. This represents 77.11 percent of all families in the country.

Over the past five years, the number of villages officially classified as poor has declined by 1,439 villages, reducing the number to 1,736 or 20.50 percent of the total. There are now 8,470 villages in all, a decrease of 184 from previously.

The number of developed villages has increased by 2,694, bringing the total to 3,577, or 42.23 percent of all villages nationwide.

According to the report, the number of villages that have year-round road access has increased by 627 during the period 2011-2015. This brings the total to 7,158 villages or 84.51 percent of all villages nationwide.

The electricity network has now reached 6,602 villages or 80.31 percent nationwide, an increase of 2,103 villages compared to 2011.

In addition, the government has completed sustainable resettlement and livelihood programmes for the residents of 7,656 villages, equal to 90.39 percent of all villages. This includes 808 villages where the government completed the programmes over the past five years.

Villages where goods production and service groups have been formed have increased by 1,529 from 2011-2015, bringing the total to 6,033 villages, or 80.31 percent.

The number of districts officially classified as poor has declined from 53 in 2011 to 23 districts at present, representing 15.54 percent. There are 148 districts nationwide, five more than in 2011.

In addition, 11 focal development zones have been approved and upgraded into small towns in rural areas.

According to the Prime Ministerial Decision, the poverty and development inspection and assessment report will be used to define targets and goals for poverty alleviation among families and villages.

The report will also be used to define goals for the establishment of developed villages, as well as the upgrading of larger villages into small towns in rural areas.

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