|President Bounnhang Vorachit and high ranking government officials from Laos and Vietnam yesterday attended a groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of the new National Assembly (NA) building on the That Luang esplanade in Vientiane.
“The Vietnamese government and people have provided this funding as a gift to the Lao government and people to mark the 40th anniversary of the Friendship Treaty and Laos-Vietnam Cooperation, and the 55th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations,” Mr Somphan said.
The building is expected to be complete in 2021.
According to the National Assembly’s Standing Committee, the modern building will reflect Lao cultural identity and architectural style. Its sturdy construction will mean it can serve the legislative body for more than 100 years.
The five-storey facility will have a large conference hall for debate sessions, a spacious lobby, lounges, medium and small meeting rooms, and offices for members of the NA standing Committee along with rooms for meetings.
The existing National Assembly building was built in 1990 with government financing. The three-storey building was designed by a local architect in the traditional style with a conference hall that is used for debates, two meeting rooms on either side, and offices for leaders and civil servants. The current building is an important site that is recognised as the workplace of Assembly members. It is here that the country’s first constitution was approved in 1991. The building has served as a place for the election of leaders of the state legislature, and of administrative and judiciary bodies.
By Times Reporters
Courtesy: Vientiane Times |
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