Lao morning news for October 4

Lao morning news for October 4

Lao PDR morning newsLaos-S. Korea Bilateral Trade Reaches US$ 120 Million
The bilateral trade between the Republic of Korea and Laos for 2017 reached US$120 million, according to the Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA).

Post-disaster poverty fears on rise as rate reviewed
The government is set to review the poverty rate after fears that thousands of families are likely fall below the poverty line following the severe floods that devastated many parts of Laos.
— Vientiane Times

Overcoming a government crackdown on social media in Laos
Inside a packed lecture hall at the American Centre in the capital Vientiane, 60 National University of Laos students sit surrounded by framed posters featuring inspirational quotes by American icons Martin Luther King Jr, Maya Angelou and Steve Jobs.
— Al Jazeera

Russian Sappers To Clear Remaining US Bombs From Laos – Defense Ministry
The bomb squad of the Russian Armed Forces’ International Mine Action Centre will be going to Laos this month to help the country clear out remaining unexploded US bombs from the Laotian Civil War, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Wednesday.
— UrduPoint

Improved Business Environment To Support Sustainable Growth In Lao PDR
Lao firms and households are expected to benefit from a new US$13-million project, approved on Sep 27, 2018 by the World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors, which will promote reforms to the business environment, for instance reducing the number of days needed to start a business.

2018 is looking glum for Lao tourism
VIENTIANE, 3 October 2018: Lao PDR’s tourism industry faces the prospect that the country will close its Visit Laos Year promotion with fewer tourists than recorded in 2017.
— TTR Weekly

Luang Namtha’s Nam Ha named among Asia’s top ten ecotourism destinations
Nam Ha National Protected Area of Luang Namtha province has recently been named as one of the top ten ecotourism destinations in Asia, according to the website
— Vientiane Times

2,000 year-old Buddha images unearthed in Savannakhet
Hundreds of Buddha images and other ancient relics, estimated at up to 2,000 years old, have been found in the grounds of That Inghang Stupa recently by local residents carrying out renovations at the site in Kaisone Phomvihane City, Savannakhet province.
— Vientiane Times

Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th Birthday Anniversary Marked In Vientiane
India Ambassador to Laos Ravi Shankar Aisola hosted a reception party to mark the 150th Birthday Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi in Vientiane on Oct 2, 2018.

Azkals nip Laos in opener for outright semis berth
The Philippine Azkals immediately clinched a semifinal berth in the 2018 Bangabandhu Cup after winning their first match over Laos, 3-1, on Wednesday, October 3, in Bangladesh.
— Rappler

Honda- HR-V 2018 Launched In Vientiane
(KPL) Honda New Chip Xeng unveiled sporty Honda HR-V 2018 at Lao ITECC, Vientiane on Sep 29, 2018.

Lao-Swiss Music, Dance Performed In Vientiane
Lao and Swiss artists staged a concert performing music and dance shows at the National Circus in Vientiane Capital on Sep 28 to promote cultural exchange between Laos and Switzerland.


Feature photo Asian Development Bank

This week’s Lao morning news feature photo acknowledges World Teachers’ Day, October 5.


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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