Ministry strives to address deficiencies
Being stricter around planning, financial discipline and the construction of high quality infrastructure at reasonable costs are some of the targets that the Ministry of Public Works and Transport would like to reach in the coming years.
These points were outlined at the Ministry's annual meeting which opened yesterday in Vientiane entitled “Breakthrough for the systematical address of undesirable issues in the public works and transport sector”.
Some 212 projects had been authorised in the 2014/15 and 2015/16 financial years for the Ministry to implement of which 35 of those projects were completed.
The Ministry had targeted 1.7 trillion kip as revenue over the two years, however, that number has reached 2.3 trillion kip.
The Ministry had also identified some 18 issues which are challenging the sector, some of which had public complaints around them.
The implementation of some of the projects, which had yet to meet their targeted plans, had unreasonably expensive costs of road construction and repair projects, a lack of closer supervision of urban planning management and private construction activities all included as shortcomings for the sector.
In his remarks at the meeting, the Minister of Public Works and Transport Dr Bounchanh Sinthavong pointed out these and other shortcomings to address in the coming years.
He said strictness in respect to planning and financial discipline still needed to be enhanced, while also addressing the problems identified by the State Audit Organisation and tackling the implementation of the determined obligations of the Ministry were all on the docket.
Actual work in this regard is the development of the manual on internal financial management and the management rules around investment planning within the Ministry which should help clarify investment planning.
Substandard quality of constructed infrastructure facilities with their costs still being unreasonable high was another problem the Ministry had to address. Regarding this issue, the Ministry will submit an improved handbook on road construction design and a handbook on traffic signs to the government for promulgation.
The Ministry will also develop regulations around the management of construction and repair contractors and road construction consulting companies.
The Ministry has finished the drafts of regulations on construction management and regulations on excavation, earth fill, and land development. The improvement of the general plan of Vientiane development and the regulations around the management and use of land in the city was also completed.
Recognising heavy trucks as a cause to deterioration of roads ahead of their expected duration, the Ministry is setting three modern stations on national roads to inspect and control the weight of such vehicles. The Ministry also has intentions to propose the government on reopening similar older stations throughout the country.
Vehicle management is also challenging the sector, with around 5,000 vehicles in the country that are considered illegally imported which have been used in many provinces. The Ministry has plans for Vientiane to be the only place to issue all vehicle registration cards, while provinces will only collect information and form the necessary documentation.
Developing cities and towns as livable places in a green and sustainable way through the improvement of city planning management and the development of a convenient and safe transportation system which can be integrated and connected regionally and internationally, were also other matters of the Ministry's breakthrough.
By Times Reporters
(Latest Update February 22, 2017)