Lao morning news for November 15

Lao morning news for November 15

Lao PDR morning newsParliament to debate economic plan next week
The National Assembly will kick off its sixth ordinary session next Tuesday to review the implementation of the 2018 socio-economic development plan and budget plan.
— Vientiane Times

ADB grants to boost Lao tourism, city services
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the government of Laos signed grant agreements on October 16 worth $125.5 million in total for three projects in the tourism and urban sectors.
— AEC News Today

Lao woman’s ordeal highlights growing trafficking problem as workers seek better jobs in Thailand
The trafficking of Lao nationals to neighboring Thailand as undocumented laborers continues to be a growing problem with brokers arranging for thousands to be taken across the border for job opportunities that too often end up in situations where Laotians are abused by their employers.
— Radio Free Asia

Singapore president Moon says Laos key partner in ‘New Southern Policy’
President Moon Jae-in said Wednesday that Laos is a key partner in his policy to strengthen relations with Southeast Asian nations as he held summit talks with Lao Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith.
— Yonhap News Agency

PM attends 33rd ASEAN Summit in Singapore
Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith has attended the 33rd ASEAN Summit and related summits being held in Singapore between Nov 11-15.

South Korea-Laos Summit Held in Singapore
President Moon Jae-in on Wednesday offered words of consolation to Laotian Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith over the massive dam collapse that occurred in Laos in July.
— KBS World Radio

US Deputy Secretary meets with Lao Foreign minister
Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan and Lao Foreign Minister Saleumaxay Kommasith met November 14 on the margins of the East Asia Summit in Singapore.
— STL News

Workshop scheduled on SME’s access to finance
International Finance Corporation – IFC – a member of World Bank Group, will host a large-scale workshop for representatives of small and medium enterprises and financial experts to discuss how to help local SMEs better access finance.

Republic of Korea’s national day marked In Vientiane
he Republic of Korea Ambassador to Laos, Mr Shin Sung-soon hosted a reception party to celebrate the national foundation day of Korea in Vientiane on Nov 12, 2018.

Helping Hand for relief and development surpasses $3.5 million aid target for Rohingya
Helping Hand for Relief and Development (HHRD) continues to work alongside its vetted partner NGOs inside Burma and Bangladesh to provide humanitarian assistance to the persecuted Rohingya.
— AEC News Today/ PR Newswire (media release)

Minister praises achievements in healthcare
Minister of Health, Assoc. Prof. Dr Bounkong Syhavong, highlighted the significant successes of the nation’s health sector in his report to the cabinet’s monthly meeting for November.
— Vientiane Times

Thadeua treatment plant to augment city’s water supply
The first phase of the Thadeua Water Supply Plant, which has the capacity to supply …
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Mahosot Hospital targets private patients with hepato-gastro intestinal centre
The management of Mahosot Hospital met in Vientiane recently to discuss a health service centre for the diagnosis and treatment of conditions associated with gastroenterology and hepatology.
— Vientiane Times

Lao honours Vietnam’s leaders of Dong Nai with Order of Independence
Governor of Champasak province Bounthong Divixay on November 13 presented the Order of Independence of the Lao State to leaders of Vietnam’s southern Dong Nai province for their contributions to Vietnam – Laos relations.
— Nhan Dan online


Feature photo Action4Diabetics

This week’s Lao morning news feature photo acknowledges World Diabetes Day, November 14.


Find our previous morning news feature photos in the AEC News Today Morning News Feature Photos gallery where you will find a pictorial display of daily life throughout the Asean Economic Community (AEC).

Lao morning news by AEC News Today is your one stop source for Lao PDR news on matters of governance and policies affecting Asean business communities. It is published M-F by AEC News Today: Governance, not government; policies not politics.


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