Concerned groups condemn Laos’ planned Pak Beng dam
A damning review of plans for the controversial Pak Beng hydropower dam on the Mekong River in Laos was released this week by US-based advocacy group International Rivers, adding weight to calls for the project to be halted until new impact assessment studies are completed.
Lao Health Officials Shut Down Clinic Suspected of Providing Illegal Surrogacy Services
Lao officials have ordered a clinic in the capital Vientiane to shut down amid indications that it is using Thai women to provide illegal surrogacy services to infertile couples, an official from the Lao Ministry of Public Health said.
— Radio Free Asia
Chinese-invested bank injects vitality for development of SMEs in Laos
As the Belt and Road Initiative has advanced, the Laos-China Bank (LCNB) has been providing practical services to help small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Laos solve their financing problems and injecting vitality into the development of Lao enterprises.
Seminar spotlights 55 years of Vietnam
Laos special ties holds in Phan Thiet
A seminar was held in Phan Thiet city, the south central province of Binh Thuan, to look into the five and a half decades of the special friendship and comprehensive cooperation between Vietnam and Laos.
– Vietnam Times
Lao to protect crop biodiversity with gene banks
The Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR) will invest in a gene bank and in other methods of biodiversity conservation to protect its niche farm products, Phouang Parisak, the country’s deputy minister for agriculture, tells SciDev.Net.
— SciDev Net
Saravane Advised to Pay Close Attention to Economic Development
Deputy Premier Sonexay Siphandone has stressed that Saravane province pay close attention to some additional issues of reviewing its socio-economic development performance, the province’s investment projects, project debt settlement, and debt related banks.
– Lao News Agency
More Insecticide Needed for Locust Control
The Plant Protection Centre has said it needs more insecticides for locust control efforts in the Northern provinces.
– Lao News Agency
How Laos’ Black Market Undermines China’s Ivory Ban
As tour buses pull up in front of San Jiang Market, not far from Wattay International Airport, a guide beckons to a group of Chinese tourists. They soon disappear into the jungle of shops bearing signs in Chinese characters, many of which sell “local specialties,” or any illicit wildlife product imaginable.
— Sixth Tone
Vietnamese, Lao provinces share labour-related experience
Leaders of the Confederation of Labour of central Thanh Hoa province and the Federation of Trade Unions in the Lao province of Houaphanh exchanged experience during their talks in Thanh Hoa on June 6.
— Vietnam Plus
In Laos, Textile Traditions Give Rural Women Economic Independence
Women weavers sit side by side at their looms as they create exquisite patterns of gold, blue and red. It’s drizzling outside, and mist covers the mighty Mekong River that flows through the valley beneath the workshop.
— News Deeply
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