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The National Regulatory Authority for UXO/Mine Action in the Lao PDR is a public institution of the Lao Government. Established in 2005 and operational since mid 2006, the NRA coordinates overall mangement of the sector, and is responsible for:
The NRA is a high-level inter-ministerial board composed of representatives from ten Government Ministries: Agriculture and Forestry, Defence (Chair), Education, Foreign Affairs, Health, Information and Culture, Labor and Social Welfare(Vice-Chair), Planning, and Investment, Finance, Security and Transportation.
The NRA Office provides comprehensive secretarial and administrative support for the Board, as well as implements required operational activity.
The NRA was established in partnership with the UNDP and continues with its ongoing support.
The principal vision of the NRA is to realize:
"… a Lao PDR free from the threat of UXO, where individuals and communities live in a safe environment contributing to development and where UXO victims are fully integrated into their societies and their needs are met.”
In the next 10 years, the strategic goal of the NRA, the Government of Laos, and all other development partners is to reduce the humanitarian and socio-economic threats posed by UXO, and to build a sustainable national capacity that can adequately address all remaining UXO issues.
A sector wide strategic document has been developed in order to achieve this goal, ‘The Safe Path Forward’. It comprehensively outlines the direction and that the activities needing to occur for this vision to be made reality. The Safe Path Forward can be viewed here.
Currently the NRA Office has 32 national staff and 6 international technical advisors.
The structure of the NRA Office is divided into two sections: Policy, Administration and Standards and Operations. There are a number of units within each section. The diagram below shows the structure of the NRA.