The 3rd provincial five-year plan was presented during the fifth provincial conference 27-28 May 2010, and unanimously accepted for implementation with the following targets:
1. Striving for the provincial GDP growth to exceed 8.5% annually
2. Per capita income of more than USD 1,600.
3. Agriculture and forestry covered up to 27.31%, industry for 36.04% and services of 36.65% of the GDP.
4. Not less than 20% of total investment compared to GDP
5. Revenue collection achieved not less than 10% per annum
6. Proportion of poor families less than 10%
7. Entrance ratios of nursery children for more than 29.9%, while the primary school 99.8%.
8. Graduation ratios of primary school for more than 94%, while the secondary school 51.7%
9. Equality index between boy and girl for all education level reached at 1.
10. Maternal mortality rate below 124/100,000 alive new-borns.
11. Mortality rate for under 5 year children not exceeding 36/1000, and under-one-year mortality rate not exceeding 28/1,000.
12. Clean water utilization covered for more than 80%; and 60% for latrine usage.
13. Model health villages established for more than 50% of the villages.
14. Enhanced ties and cooperation with foreign countries and international organizations.
15. Approximate 65% of forestry coverage preserved.
1) Rural development and poverty reduction
Based on the favourable conditions and development difficulty in the province, following grass-root works carrying out by the relevant authority yearly, the provincial authority had led villagers to address their poverty by using the formula “1+2+3+4,5 together with 6 detours and 7 solutions”. The works including the village consolidation, creating big village as a central development and then becoming a small town in the future respectively. Strongly consolidating the villages into the cluster was advised and carried out according to the party central politburo’s committee order which issued on the number 009/PCP, and the prime ministerial instruction on the number 13/PM. The instructions also emphasized implementation of both governmental and provincial prioritized projects, attracting grant assistance from various international organizations, credit released by commercial banks, villager investment, village development fund and credit scheme established, execution of assessment criteria of the prime minister issued on the number 285/PM and 309/PM year on year.
1) Village Development Credit Scheme Fund (VDCSF)
There are 523 VDCSF established in all 7 districts of the province, 39,938 families registered as memberships in total, with a total of the registered fund 177.71 billion kip including membership contribution of 28.20 billion kip. Inclusion of those are 41 villages registered as Village Development Fund, with 2,144 members/families, and their total fund amounting to 1.8 billion kip, including the membership contribution of 337 million kip. The provincial fund has 41 villages having registered as membership (1,064 families) and their total fund was 3.15 billion kip, including 379 million as part of the interest. Villager established their fund by themselves consisting of 50 villages as membership (12,525 members) and 20.06 billion kip of fund available. Apart from those, there are funds of the provincial and district organizations/ agencies, but the highlight one was an agriculture promotion fund in Boungkouang village, with the revolving fund of 4.06 billion kip and1,371 members. Besides those, still having other credit schemes and village development fund supported by various international organizations in the province.
4) Overseas Development Assistance (ODA)
We had made a very high effort to attract ODA support in order to help improve all provincial ethic groups, strengthening of government agencies and staff, increased food security, conservation of protected areas, and development of social and cultural sectors.
1) Foreign Relationship and Cooperation
The province enhances a special relationship and solidarity in all sectors with the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, especially with neighbouring country’s provinces, adhering the Lao’s Revolutionary Part’s foreign policy to neighbouring countries and international friends. Bolikhamxay always mobilizes, attracts aid and investment into the province’s socio-economic development. Meeting and exchanging visits, and jointly addressing various problems so as to create borders for peace and joint development.
With the socialist republic of Vietnam:
Regular exchange visits by provincial and sectoral delegations between the two nations have been maintained. Organization for marking two nations’ history days held, deeds of Laos-Vietnam solidarity valued for awarding governmental level medals, appreciation certificates, as well as the comrade provincial level of Nge An and Ha Tinh province. Revised all-sector cooperation meetings – based on the minutes- were organized between Bolikhamxay with Ha Tinh and with Nge An province from time to time, and all sides also made annual planning as well. Meetings with Nge An’s ethnic commissioners for discussion and sharing experience, and cooperation on production, trade, investment promotion and others. Completed the demarcations along the border totalled 460. Total 704 provincial students, including 242 females, have been studying the Vietnamese language and for holding bachelor degree in Vietnam. In the meantime, averagely 5 scholarships are awarded to Vietnam’s Ha Tinh student to study in Laos National University. There were 15,652 arrival visas issued at the checkpoint, or 3,130 people per annum. The visa generated revenue up to USD 481,316. In addition, the joint exercise for seeking missing remains of Vietnamese volunteers and experts who lost their life during the war in Laos, have been carried out and repatriated 111 remains so far.
With Kingdom of Thailand:
The provincial authorities are cooperating in various ways with the authorities in Thailand, including annual rotational meetings on border security with each of the Thai provinces bordering Bolikhamxay (Buengkan, Nongkhai and Nakhonpranom). Also, technical discussion are held regarding waterway transport between Pakxan – Buengkan international checkpoint. Furthermore a tri-lateral cooperation on trade promotion is carried out between Laos, Vietnam and Thailand, including in 2015 a meeting in Nakhonpranom province, Thailand, focussing on capacity development of entrepreneurs, trade competitions, travel conditions and preparation of the building of a fifth Mekhong friendship bridge from Pakxan to Buengkan.