Lao morning news for November 16

Lao morning news for November 16

Lao PDR morning newsSouth Korea pledges more support for Laos
President Moon Jae-in of the Republic of Korea told Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith in Singapore this week that Korea will extend further support and assistance to Laos, the Lao Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.
— Vientiane Times

Banana exports from Laos to China fell by 184.04% this year
The value of banana exports from Laos to China increased tenfold in the last few years, and has already become one of the most valuable export industries in Laos. However, data from the Department of Labor and Commerce in Laos shows that China only imported 30 million USD worth of commercial products from Bokeo Province in the first 9 months of 2018.
— Fresh Plaza

Germany provides funding support for small businesses
The German government has agreed to give six million euros for the second tranche of the Lao Access to Finance Fund (LAFF) through the German Development Bank (KfW) for micro and small enterprises in Laos.
— Vientiane Times

PM meets R. Korean President Moon Jae-in
Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith on Nov 14 met with President of the Republic of Korea Moon Jae-in on the sidelines of the 33rd ASEAN Summit in Singapore with both sides highly valuing the friendship and cooperation between the two countries.

Lao Front hosts religious festival for ethnic Lao visitors
A group of 45 people of Lao descent who now live in France and other European countries arrived in Vientiane recently to learn about Laos’ development plans and attend a Boun Kathin ceremony.
— Vientiane Times

Inthira Hotels Wins “Best Tourism Company in ASEAN”
Inthira Founder and CEO Inthy Deuansavanh received the award, which will help point the global spotlight on the hotel group, Lao tourism, and tourism investment opportunities in the country. Prime Minister of Malaysia His Excellency Tun Dr Mahatir Mohamad presented the award.
— We Are Lao

R. Korea extents help To children with heart problems
The government of the Republic of Korea has donated KRW 282 million (approximately US$249,329) to fund medical treatment of children with heart problems in flood-hit areas in the southern province of Attapeu.

Thailand may reinstate land border entry for expats in Lao
Laos’ near neighbour is reportedly considering removing the restrictions on land border entry affecting foreign expatriates in neighbouring countries including Laos for an initial period of two months, both The Nation and Bangkok Post reported on November 14.
— The Laotian Times

“Vietnam-Laos Special Friendship” Day to be held in Dien Bien
The “Vietnam-Laos Special Friendship” Festive Day will be held on December 4-5 in Dien Bien city, northern Dien Bien province, with the aim of promoting images of a renovated Vietnam and the special friendship and comprehensive cooperation between Vietnam and Laos.
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Luang Prabang: The good bad and ugly of Laos’ former capital
The Unesco-listed heritage town has enough must-see attractions to fill any itinerary but with great beauty comes great tourist dollars – not to mention Chinese investment, but has Luang Prabang lost its soul?
— NZ Herald

FurBall 2018 gala helps secure Laos’ first animal sanctuary
Vimaan Suan Foundation and Crowne Plaza Vientiane jointly present FurBall 2018, a fundraiser for the Vimaan Suan Foundation’s Sanctuary Building Fund that touches down in Vientiane on November 24, 2018.
— The Laotian Times

Ontario Police launch new initiative to find Lao murder suspect
Ontario Provincial Police are launching a new public awareness campaign as they continue to track down Savang (Lay) Sychantha of Laos, an accused killer connected to a murder case.
— Blackburn News

Phongsaly: the oldest tea trees in the world
The famous 400-year-old tea plantation is located about 18 kilometers from Phongsaly Town in the Phunoy ethnic village Ban Komaen, which according to same tea experts has some of the oldest tea trees in the world.


Feature photo Action4Diabetics

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


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