The Government of the Lao PDR has identified transport development as critical to achieving its development targets. The 2004 national growth and poverty eradication strategy states that the primary goal for transport is to ?fully integrate the economy, thereby providing an enabling environment for trade and commerce and access for all Lao people to basic services?. Poverty reduction is a key focus of the Government?s current and long term (2020) development plan. Road access is considered one of the keys to eradicating poverty in the Lao PDR.
The Lao PDR, CPS 2007-2011, identified sustainable economic growth as one of the three operational interventions, and further identified three key paths to follow in carrying out the interventions: (i) better rural infrastructure to link isolated rural areas to markets; (ii) sustainable management of the transport system; and (iii) GMS support for economic corridors, tourism, business development and trade reform.
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