Lao Morning News For April 26

Lao Morning News For April 26

Lao PDR morning news

Power generates seven percent plus growth in past year
The economy of Laos grew at a rate of 7.02 percent in 2016, falling short of the 7.5 percent forecast in the plan approved by National Assembly (NA) last year, according to the Ministry of Planning and Investment.
Vientiane Times

NA ordinary session opens to debate socio-economic performance, law making
The third ordinary session of the National Assembly (NA) kicked off yesterday in Vientiane to review the government’s performance over the past six months, future work plans, socio-economic development plan implementation for 2016 and 2017 and law making.
Vientiane Times

ISUZU May Be Interested in Building a Plant in Laos if Market Demand is High
Isuzu is yet to have a plan to build an assembly plant in Laos but has said building one may possibly be studied if it is deemed feasible by a rising demand in the Lao pickup market.
Lao News Agency

GDP Growth in 2016 Lower Than Expected
Laos’ gross domestic product last year saw a growth of only 7 percent, amounting to 108,605 billion kip (USD 13.27 billion) that was lower than the expected 7.5 percent, as a consequence of the global economic turndown, a decrease in copper prices and climate change.
Lao News Agency

Chinese company to build modern agricultural industrial park in Laos
Lao Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with China’s Xuanye (Lao) Co., Ltd/AVIC International Beijing Co., Ltd on a modern agricultural industrial park project in Laos.
— Xinhua

Lao investigates report of human sperm smuggling
Lao Health officials are investigating a report that human sperm has been imported into Laos, local daily Vientiane Times quoted a senior government official as saying on Tuesday.
— Xinhua

Cambodia, Laos Sign Border Crime Pact, Sidestep Land Dispute
Cambodia and Laos on Tuesday reaffirmed their cooperation to prevent border crime, including drug trafficking, but a recent military border dispute involving soldier surges and arguments over post construction was left off the negotiating table, an official said.
The Cambodia Daily (paywall)

Cross-border bridge congestion target of Savan Park proposal
Savan Logistics based in the Special Economic Zone or Savan Park (SEZ) has proposed establishment of Common Control Areas (CCA) in the park, aimed at easing traffic congestion at the Lao-Thai border checkpoint.
Vientiane Times

Ministry of Health says free treatment for all children
The Ministry of Health confirmed yesterday that hospitals across the country ought to continue free treatment for all children while some local hospitals worry about their congestion and under-capacity.
Vientiane Times

Gov’t Faces Budget Deficit of Over 950 Billion Kip
The Ministry of Finance has admitted that the government faced a deficit of government budget of over 950 billion kip in the first quarter of this fiscal year.
Lao News Agency

Lao Government Addresses Several Problems
The Lao government has so far focused on improving and solving some problems in national development over the last two quarters of 2016, leading to the success of many focal works.
Lao News Agency

Government meets with Laos
Minister of Interior Sar Kheng and Laotian Minister of Public Security Somkeo Silavong yesterday reaffirmed their commitment to increasing cooperation and security along their common border, despite recent standoffs between soldiers on each side due to a contentious road being built along the frontier.
— The Phnom Penh Post

1st national food safety laboratory opens in Laos
Food security and control in Laos has been boosted as the first official National Food Safety Laboratory opened on Monday in Vientiane, local daily Vientiane Times reported Tuesday.

World Malaria Day: challenges to Lao’s health system
Malaria has been a public health problem in Lao PDR for decades but due to government and stakeholders’ efforts, malaria cases are now significantly reduced with sustained satisfactory levels according to the malaria elimination global health agenda, announced by the World Health Organization.
BMC Blogs Network

PM’s visit set to boost special Vietnam-Laos relations
The first official visit to Laos by Nguyen Xuan Phuc in his capacity as Vietnamese Prime Minister from April 26-27 is set to solidify the countries’ cooperation, which has been growing over the last 55 years.
VietNamNet Bridge


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