Lao Morning News Roundup For March 6

Lao Morning News Roundup For March 6
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Welcome to the Lao PDR morning news roundup by AEC News Today, your one stop for Lao PDR news on matters of governance and policies affecting Asean business communities.

 

Lao PDR morning news

Laos GDP expected to grow at 6.8 percent: IMF
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has predicted that Laos’ Gross Domestic Product (GDP) will grow at 6.8 per cent this year, less than the government’s projected rate of 7 per cent.
— Asia News Network

US policy towards Laos unlikely to change
US foreign policy towards Laos, with growing bilateral ties and cooperation in recent years under former President Barack Obama’s administration, is unlikely to change despite White House administration change, according to US ambassador to Laos Rena Bitter.
— Vientiane Times

Special economic zones attracting fewer foreign investors
Foreign investor interest in Lao special zone economic zones is currently less than previous years as most try to come to grips with local regulations.
— Vientiane Times

Over 5,700 criminal cases solved in 2016
General Department of Police in cooperation with Ministry of Public Security officers solved 5,739 criminal cases nationwide which occurred last year.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Laos Meets Many Fields About Anti Money Laundering
Members of the National Coordination Committee on Money Laundering and Combating the Financing of Terrorism met in Vientiane March 1 to conclude its successful work over the past year.
— Lao News Agency

Ministry of Labour Builds Leadership Roles among Women
The Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare held on Mar 1-2 a training workshop to promote professional and leadership roles for women.
— Lao News Agency

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LEARN project to improve learning for 35,000 disadvantaged children
Dubai Cares, Plan International Laos and Save the Children Laos have officially launched the Lao Educational Access, Research and Networking (LEARN) project to improve learning for 35,000 disadvantaged children in Laos.
— Vientiane Times

Authorities to speed up Lao-foreigner marriage process
Authorities are exploring ways to speed up the marriage process for Lao and foreign nationals after learning of issues slowing the application process that have triggered public complaints.
— Vientiane Times

Lao man held over 5kg of meth in Stung Treng
A 39-year-old Laotian man was sent to Stung Treng Provincial Court yesterday following his arrest the day before for allegedly smuggling about 5 kilograms of methamphetamine, police said yesterday.
— Phnom Penh Post

Huaphan Authorises Local Firm to Develop a Tourism Complex at Kone Waterfall
he authorities of Huaphan Province, one of the favourite destinations for visitors, have signed an agreement with a private company for the development of a tourism complex at the Kone Waterfall, Meuang Kao, Xone district, Huaphan Province.
— Lao News Agency

Vientiane Prepares to Select Best Students for National Exam
Some 564 students from primary and secondary schools across Vientiane Capital are expected to take part in a best student exam to be held at Vientiane Secondary School on March 14.
— Lao News Agency

The road less travelled: Riding Laos
Every year it seems to get worse; the agony of waiting for riding season to begin again. Each winter I begin poring over weather data, trying to figure out realistically how many weeks it will be before I can get back in the saddle again. This year I decided to take a different path. About the time that the bike covers and battery tenders came out, I booked myself a ticket to South East Asia: a land of ample warmth, sun and, consequently, happy riders.
— Canada Moto Guide

 

 

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