Lao Morning News For August 2

Lao Morning News For August 2

Lao PDR morning newsLao gov’t approve Chinese company to conduct SEZ feasibility study
Lao government has given the green light for a Chinese company to conduct a feasibility study on developing the Khonphapheng Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in southern Laos’ Champassak province, local media reported on Tuesday.

Govt claims no knowledge of Kotee abduction
The government and military regime denied Tuesday any role in the reported abduction and disappearance of red shirt supporter Wuthipong Kochathamakun, better known by his nickname Kotee.
— Bangkok Post

Agricultural producers propose lowering electricity costs
The government has been unable to resolve the cost of electricity for agricultural entrepreneurs, while the cost to import from neighbouring countries remains high.
Vientiane Times 

Lao Airlines to open direct flights to Japan
Lao Airlines is expected to launch direct flights between Vientiane’s Wattay International Airport and Japan’s Tokyo Narita International Airport, Lao News Agency (KPL) reported Tuesday.

China Provides CNY 33 Million for Poverty Reduction in Laos
The government of China has provided CNY 33.3 million (Chinese currency) to support poverty reduction and development efforts in Vientiane and Luang Prabang between 2018 and 2020.
Lao News Agency 

Rights group says Thai anti-junta activist abducted in Laos
An exiled Thai opposition activist and outspoken critic of Thailand’s ruling junta has been abducted in Laos, a rights group said on Tuesday, calling on authorities in Thailand and Laos to investigate the disappearance.
Channel NewsAsia

Construction resumes at central Khuadin Bus Station
The planned US$37.8-million inner city project being constructed (formerly known as Khuadin Bus Station) in Vientiane has now resumed work after it was halted for many months.
Vientiane Times 

Lao Villagers Arrested in 11-Year-Old Land Dispute in Sekong Province
A dozen residents of a village in southeastern Laos’ Sekong province have been arrested for chopping down trees on land used by a Vietnamese rubber company, the latest development in the 11-year-old conflict over the terrain, a local police officer and villager said.
Radio Free Asia 

Promoting legal timber trade in Lao PDR
FAO together with the European Union (EU) is stepping up support for the legal timber trade in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic through two new projects that will strengthen the roles of civil society and the private sector in improving forest law enforcement, governance and trade in the country.
EIN News 

Vietnam, Laos strengthen coordination to promote renovation
Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong has suggested Vietnam and Laos intensify cooperation to clear up urgent issues in renovation in each country, especially regarding the building of the Party and political system, socio-economic development and international integration.
Vietnam Plus 

Lao national arrested for smuggling 10,000 drug pills into Vietnam
A 49-year-old Lao national was arrested in Ngoc Hoi district, the Central Highlands province of Kon Tum on July 31 for allegedly attempting to smuggle over 10,000 drug pills into Vietnam.
Vietnam Plus 

Luang Prabang may become Asean Clean Tourist City
Lao authorities have expedited works that will help Luang Prabang meet the criteria to be certified as an Asean Clean Tourist City (ACTC), a senior government official has said.
Vientiane Times 

Saravan to move victims of massive fire to new location
Authorities of Samuay district in Saravan province are continuing with efforts to move 37 families of Arsingtai village to a new location after 34 houses were destroyed by a massive fire last month.
Vientiane Times 

Khammuan puts pause on sales of non-provincial fish
Authorities have moved to prohibit fish traders from importing catfish and tilapia from other provinces in Laos to sell within Khammuan province for six months to protect local breeders.
Vientiane Times 

Laos, Cambodia Enhance Cooperation
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Somdy Douangdy met Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen at the Peace Palace in Phnom Penh on Jul 29.
Lao News Agency 

Savannakhet Shuts Down 74 Timber Factories
Savannakhet authorities have recently closed 74 timber factories, and ordered 38 other timber factories to suspend their operation.
Lao News Agency 


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