Lao Morning News For September 20

Lao Morning News For September 20

Lao PDR morning newsGovt hopes SEZs will generate 4,150 jobs next year
As more foreign companies locate factories in special and specific economic zones (SEZs) in Laos, the government anticipates that several thousand jobs will be created for Lao nationals in the near future.
— Vientiane Times

Cambodia and the Lao People’s Democratic Republic wipe out trachoma —leading infectious cause of blindness
The World Health Organization (WHO) today congratulated the Kingdom of Cambodia and the Lao People’s Democratic Republic on eliminating trachoma as a public health problem.
— Relief Web

China, Laos Hold New Defense Meeting
Over the weekend, China and Laos held the first iteration of a new defense consultative mechanism.
— The Diplomat

Nam Ao Dam in Laos burst last week
Nam Ao Dam, being built to impound water for a small hydropower facility on the Nam Ao River in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, burst last week, according to the Lao News Agency.
— HydroWorld

Coffee growers in Laos are turning to organic farming
Rural coffee farmers across southern Laos are sharing sustainable agricultural practices to protect both their land and health from chemical farming methods.
— The Ecologist

City to have brand new hospital
Mahosot Hospital will be completely rebuilt next year to replace the existing century-old facility as part of efforts to overhaul the country’s health services.
— Vientiane Times

Nan-Luang Prabang minibus service begins in October
State-owned Transport Co will introduce a minibus service between Nan and Luang Prabang next month.
— Gentry Business Leader

Surge in Lao visitors to Malaysia as flights increase
Lao visitors to Malaysia are expected to increase more than 30 percent this year to follow on from the positive outbound data for the first six months.
— Vientiane Times

Laos Selects ‘Dearest Sister’ as First Foreign-Language Oscar Submission
Horror-thriller, “Dearest Sister” has been selected by Laos as its first submission of a film in the Academy Awards foreign-language category. The film is directed by Mattie Do, regarded as one of Asia’s hottest new film-making talents.
— Variety

Lao Uni Students to Participate in Japan-ASEAN Student Conference in Japan
Eleven Lao university students and one supervisor departed from Vientiane today for Japan to participate in the Japan-ASEAN Student Conference in the framework of JENESYS 2017, supported by the Japanese Government.
— Lao News Agency

Media Faces Digital Challenges
Lao media is facing challenges as they are in digital age and gaps exist between them and their counterparts in the region in terms of quality, said a senior official.
— Lao News Agency

Japan Provides Food Aid for School Children and Rural Community in Laos
The government of Japan has extended grant aid worth US$3.2 million (Y350 million) to the Lao PDR through the United Nations World Food Programme.
— Lao News Agency

Bodies of three victims found in Maed landslide
The bodies of two policemen and a villager who were missing after a landslide on Monday in Namyone village, Maed district, Vientiane province, were found yesterday, local authorities confirmed.
— Vientiane Times


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