Lao morning news for November 9

Lao morning news for November 9

Lao PDR morning newsLaos, Turkey further relations, strengthen cooperation
Laos and Turkey have furthered enhancement of diplomatic relations and cooperation with the East European country officially opening an embassy in the Asean member country on Wednesday.
— Vientiane Times

“Clean, Safety, Efficiency” 2018 Korea Energy Show Successfully Ends
Korea Energy Show, hosted by the R. Korea’s Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy has ended successfully with export deals worth 59.4 billion won signed and 26.7 thousand visitors attending the show over the course of 4 days.

Dead in the Water: book charts failings of Laos’ World Bank-funded hydro dam
A recently released book has shined a spotlight on the failures of the World Bank’s flagship hydropower project in Laos, at a time when the country’s dams are facing increased scrutiny due to a collapse earlier this year
— Southeast Asia Globe

Leveraging Competitiveness Of Transport SMEs
Operational competitiveness of SME transport companies in the Lao PDR needs improvement when compared to other ASEAN Member States.

Myanmar-Laos border gate receives international status
The border gate between Myanmar and Laos has been upgraded and given international status, according to the Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population.
— Myanmar Times

Five arrested after queue-cutting incident at Thai-Lao bridge
Three Thai and two Lao men were arrested and a rifle equipped with a silencer was seized after a queue-cutting confrontation at a car park in front of the Mukdahan Customs Office at the 2nd Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge into Laos.
— The Nation (annoying popups)

Vientiane State Bus Doubles Bus Fares
The Vientiane State Bus Enterprise (VSBE) has doubled bus fares for students commuting on Thangon, Dongdok and Phontong-Dongdok routes.

Laos, Korea crunch numbers to strengthen statistics capacity
The Lao Statistics Bureau and Statistics Korea from the Republic of Korea are successfully cooperating in implementing the Strengthen Statistical Capacity of Laos Project 2017-2020, according to a leading official.
— Vientiane Times

EDL-Gen And GE Sign MOU To Develop Hydropower Digital Pilot Project
On November 8, 2018 the American company GE signed a Memorandum of Understanding with EDL-Gen to host a Digital Industrial Workshop with energy officials and to further develop energy infrastructure in the Lao PDR.

PM Thongloun To Attend 33rd ASEAN Summit In Singapore
Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith will attend 33rd ASEAN Summit and related summits in Singapore between Nov 12-15, 2018 in response to the invitation of the Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

Dozens Of Officials Trained On English, Communication Skills
The Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs has funded a three-week training course on “Intermediate English Language and Communication Skills” for 39 Lao government officials.

Vehicle convoy to make epic trip to celebrate Viengxay’s 50th anniversary
A lengthy convoy of vehicles will make the journey from Vientiane to Viengxay district, Huaphan province, this month to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Viengxay district liberation forces’ command centre.
— Vientiane Times

Deputy PM calls for end to social ills
Efforts to stamp out destructive behaviour such as drug abuse, theft, the spread of fake news on social media, illegal trade and other such issues must be stepped up, Deputy Prime Minister Sonexay Siphandone told authorities when visiting Phongsaly province.
— Vientiane Times


Feature photo Handicap International/ © Sara Goldberg

This week’s Lao morning news feature photo acknowledges International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict, November 6.


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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John Le Fevre

Thailand editor at AEC News Today

John is an Australian national with more than 40 years experience as a journalist, photographer, videographer, and copy editor.

He has spent extensive periods of time working in Africa and throughout Southeast Asia, with stints in the Middle East, the USA, and England.

He has covered major world events including Operation Desert Shield/ Storm, the 1991 pillage in Zaire, the 1994 Rwanda genocide, the 1999 East Timor independence unrest, the 2004 Asian tsunami, and the 2009, 2010, and 2014 Bangkok political protests.

In 1995 he was a Walkley Award finalist, the highest awards in Australian journalism, for his coverage of the 1995 Zaire (now Democratic Republic of Congo) Ebola outbreak.

Prior to AEC News Today he was the deputy editor and Thailand and Greater Mekong Sub-region editor for The Establishment Post, predecessor of Asean Today.

In the mid-80s and early 90s he owned JLF Promotions, the largest above and below the line marketing and PR firm servicing the high-technology industry in Australia. It was sold in 1995.

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