(KPL) The Advisory Board of the Programme to Promote “Citizen Engagement for Good Governance, Accountability and the Rule of Law” (CEGGA) came together for their first annual meeting in Vientiane on Aug 8, 2018.
The board meeting was chaired by Vice Minister of Home Affairs Khammoune Viphongxay, and co-chaired by the Ambassador of the European Union (EU) to the Lao PDR Leo Faber.
During the meeting, participants discussed and endorsed the CEGGA Programme Document as the conceptual framework and for incorporating additional EU funding of up to EUR 3 million to the multi-donor governance programme, bringing the total joint contribution of the EU, Germany and Switzerland to EUR 17 million for the duration of 2017- 2020.
Germany was represented by Ambassador Mr Jens Luetkenherm and Switzerland by Mr Tim Enderlin, Regional Director of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).
The CEGGA Advisory Board also provided guidance for implementation with regard to the agreed key milestones envisaged to be achieved during the upcoming year within the three CEGGA Programme Components providing technical assistance in the fields of civil society engagement, of the National Assembly and Provincial People’s Councils, as well as of the rule of law and human rights obligations.
In their remarks, both chair and co-chair underlined the importance of continued joint efforts and synergies across Programme Components to reach the ambitious CEGGA objectives.
They highlighted the good collaboration among involved Lao state institutions and development partners to date, namely the Ministry of Home Affairs, the National Assembly, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Planning and Investment, the EU, Germany, Switzerland, and the Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).
The overall objective of the CEGGA Programme is to increase citizens’ engagement in the national development process of the Lao PDR, through the promotion of good governance, human rights and the rule of law. To this end, specific objectives are to promote an environment that enables civil society engagement for sustainable development and good governance, to increase and broaden participation through the National Assembly and Provincial People’s Assemblies, and to enhance the implementation of the rule of law and human rights obligations.
CEGGA will contribute to the effective implementation of the 8th National Socio-Economic Development Plan (NSEDP) and the attainment of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 16 by the Lao PDR that aims at promoting peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.
The CEGGA Advisory Board comprises representatives from all local partner institutions. Its mandate is to review overall progress of the CEGGA Programme in light of developments in the governance sector and to provide orientation for implementation.