Opening Remarks byMr. Chong Chi Nai, Country DirectorLao PDR Resident Mission, Asian Development Bankat theInception Workshop on Strengthening National Commission for Advancementof Women Network in the Ministry of Public Works and TransportTuesday, 12 February 2013, Vientiane
Your Excellency Mr. Lattanamany Khounnyvong, Vice Minister of Public Works andTransport, Chairman of Sub-Committee for Advancement of Women in Ministry of Public Works and TransportDirector Generals, Ministry of Public Works and TransportRepresentatives from National Commission for Advancement of WomenLadies and Gentlemen,Good afternoon.It is my pleasure to participate in the opening ceremony. On behalf of the AsianDevelopment Bank, I would like to extend my warm welcome to all participants for the inception workshop of this important technical assistance
StrengtheningNational Commission for Advancement of Women Network in the Ministry of PublicWorks and Transport or MPWT
Promoting gender equity is one of the priorities of the Seventh Five-Year NationalSocial Economic Development Plan (2011-2015).
long term strategy2008-2020 emphasizes gender equity as one of the five drivers of change for achieving inclusive and sustainable growth and reducing poverty. The countrypartnership strategy 2012-2016 for Lao PDR emphasizes gender equity in alloperations including water supply and other municipal infrastructure and services toensure a high degree of equity and inclusiveness, and that both males and femalescontribute to and benefit from development in an equitable manner.Lao PDR has made substantial progress in narrowing gaps between males andfemales in benefiting from economic growth. However, considerable gaps in gender mainstreaming still exist in service delivery as a result of a systematic bias inplanning, monitoring and evaluation at sector level. The lack of uniform performanceindicators make gender and evaluation of gender mainstreaming in the Public Worksand Transport sector challenging. While project-specific gender training manuals,guidelines and action plans exist, there are no standardized manuals and guidelinesfor gender-integrated planning, monitoring and evaluation for the sector. Thistechnical assistance aims to support the ministry to address these gaps. ADB has a long-term partnership with the Government in supporting the MPWT.Currently, ADB supports the ministry through following ongoing projects: