Lao morning news for October 19

Lao morning news for October 19

Lao PDR morning newsLaos commercial agricultural production increases
Agricultural production in Laos is mainly of three types – native agriculture, mixed crop plantation and commercial production, the Department of Planning and Finance under the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry stated at a seminar to mark World Food Day and International Day and National Week for Poverty Eradication in Vientiane on Tuesday.
— Borneo Bulletin

Lao Villagers Denied Payment for Land by Vietnamese Firm
Lao villagers formerly leasing land to a Vietnamese rubber company under a profit-sharing arrangement are now being refused compensation by the foreign-owned firm, which says the land belongs not to the villagers but to the state, Lao sources say.
— Radio Free Asia

Laos set to attract more ‘quality investment’
Laos will attract more quality investment, including from the United States, as the small landlocked country continues to improve its investment climate, a senior official from the US State Department said this week.
— The Jakarta Post

Digitalisation Of Migrant Worker Management Discussed
Representatives of the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare, the International Labour Organisation, and the Australian and Canadian embassies met in Vientiane to discuss digitalization of migrant worker management and digital services to migrant workers in Laos.
— Lao News Agency

Viengxay caravan, celebration revisit proud history of nation, district
Vehicles’ from around the country are set to join a caravan in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the founding of Viengxay district in Huaphan province to be held at the end of next month.
— Vientiane Times

Senior U.S. Official Meets With Lao Government On Indo-Pacific Strategy
On October 14-16, a senior official from the U.S. State Department visited Laos to review the continued progress in bilateral relations and to brief Lao officials on the U.S. Indo-Pacific Strategy.
— Lao News Agency

Govt tables measures to boost growth at cabinet meeting
The government cabinet kicked of its monthly meeting yesterday in Vientiane setting to debate challenges and opportunities facing the implementation of the 2018 socio-economic development plan.
— Vientiane Times

Government Officials Trained On Developing Policies To Promote MSME Development
The Singaporean Ministry of Foreign Affairs funded a weeklong training course on “Developing Government Policies to Promote MSME Development” for 19 Lao government officials from 8 to 12 October 2018.
— Lao News Agency

Tourism Access, Urban Services Improvements Attract $US125.5 Million Boost via ADB in Laos
Better roads to ease access to tourist hotspots, improved urban water supplies and sewage treatment are among the sweeteners revealed in the announcement of funds totalling $125.5 million for three projects in the tourism and urban sectors announced by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Lao Government.
— The Laotian Times

Laos-China catalyse science, technology cooperation on one belt, one road
Science and technology representatives from Laos and Guangxi of China met in Vientiane to discuss the strengthening of cooperation networks aiming to develop the sector between both nations.
— Vientiane Times

Laos Sports Games Suspended Over Corruption Concerns
Sports competitions scheduled for November in Xiengkhouang province in northeastern Laos have been postponed amid concerns over possible corruption in the awarding of contracts for construction in preparation for the event, Lao sources say.
— Radio Free Asia

Fun aplenty awaits Vientiane boat racing festivalgoers
Domestic and international visitors will be able to enjoy a variety of colourful activities during the Vientiane boat racing festival to be held in Chanthabouly district this month.
— Vientiane Times

Preventing malnutrition in Laos
Loulli has just woken up from her nap, eager to play with her older sister and cousins. At eight months old, she is full of energy and laughter and tries to stand on her feet. But until recently, her story was very different.

Laos prepares for Asean Forum on Migrant Labour in Singapore
Government officials and international organisations met in Vientiane yesterday to discuss the themes of the 11th Asean Forum on Migrant Labour (AFML) as part of preparations for the event to be held in Singapore on October 29-30.
— Vientiane Times

Russian engineers start mine clearance in Laos
The ceremony dedicated to the start of dangerous and complex work was attended by Lao Deputy Minister of Defence, Lieutenant General Onsi Sensuk, representatives of the Directorate of the Chief of Engineers of the Russian Armed Forces, heads of the administrative regions of Bolikhamsay province
— Army Recognition

Education ministry targets student retention in development plan
Helping all children to stay in school and complete the full five grades of primary schooling is part of the Ministry of Education and Sports’ development plan for the 2018-2019 academic year.
— Vientiane Times

Laos, partners cultivate agricultural innovation to tackle climate change
Laos looks forward to cooperating with its partners to increase understanding of knowledge management in strengthening agriculture innovation systems as the Asia-Pacific’s agricultural production is challenged by climate change.
— Vientiane Times

Luang Prabang’s newest luxury resort is a design fan’s dream stay
In the years following the former Laos royal capital’s designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995, this magical town, nestled at the bottom of forested mountains that tower over the Mekong River, attracted a slow trickle of luxury accommodation options, from the Amantaka to the Belmond La Résidence Phou Vao.
— CNN Travel

Wall Street English gets wider rights
Wall Street English Thailand Co, the operator of language learning centres, has won the master franchise rights to open Wall Street English branches in Cambodia and Laos.
— Bangkok Post

Lao Airlines to fly to Changsha
Lao Airline is introducing a scheduled flight that will wing in Chinese tourists from Changsha to this World Heritage town.
— TTR Weekly


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This week’s Lao morning news feature photo acknowledges International Day of Rural Woman, October 15.


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