Lao morning news for April 11

Lao morning news for April 11

Lao PDR morning newsChina to assist 30 Lao villages to improve infrastructure
China will assist 30 villages in northern Laos’ Luang Prabang Province and central Vientiane Province to improve infrastructure.
— Global Times

Border trade, price checks to continue over Lao New Year
THE price of food products will be controlled during the Lao New Year (Pi Mai Lao) holiday and all international borders will continue their import and export services over this period.
— The Phnom Penh Post

‘Mekong water level in Kratie set to decrease’
The Mekong River Commission (MRC) said on Monday that the river’s water level in Kratie province is expected to decrease by 50cm to 1.5m from April 12-19, as the outflow from China’s Jinghong hydropower station is gradually reduced by half to accommodate the Dai ethnic group’s celebration of the Water Splashing Festival.
— The Phnom Penh Post

EDITORIAL: Tougher measures must be enforced to curb Pi Mai Lao accident rate
People around the country are excitedly preparing to celebrate the Lao New Year (Pi Mai Lao) over four days of rituals and revelry next week.
— ANN/ Vientiane Times

Legislation officials build skills in assessing the impact of regulations
The Ministry of Justice is rolling out a major training programme to professionalise policymakers at the local level to put in place regulatory environments that foster the development of Lao businesses and communities.
— Vientiane Times

Vietnam-Laos special friendship enhanced in China
Vietnamese Ambassador to China Dang Minh Khoi paid a visit to the Lao Embassy in Beijing on April 9 on the occasion of the traditional Lao New Year festival, Bunpimay.
— Vietnam Plus

Authorities actively policing illegal pork imports over Pi Mai Lao
The Livestock and Fisheries Department of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry has urged officials posted along the Chinese and Vietnamese borders to stringently inspect for illegal pig and pork imports during Lao New Year.
— ANN/ Vientiane Times

Lao gov’t, partners discuss way forward for post-flood recovery
The Lao Recovery Consultation meeting on Monday brought together Lao government and development partners to discuss the way forward and build on the findings of the Post-Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) conducted in 2018.
— Brinkwire (media release)

Max Mara vs Laos’ Oma Ethnic Group: Fashion Chain Facing Claims of Textile Plagiarism, Design Theft
Alleged plagiarism of traditional designs of ethnic minority groups has hit the headlines in Laos with Italian born private fashion chain being accused of pilfering the property of the Oma people, an ethnic group who reside in the mountainous north and north-east of South East Asia’s multiethnic Laos.
— The Laotian Times

Laos to address key MRC concerns over Pak Lai dam
The government has made a commitment to take the key recommendations of Mekong River Commission (MRC) members and relevant stakeholders into account when designing and building the Pak Lai hydropower project, according to a senior official.
— Vientiane Times

Opinion Piece: “We are poor, not blind”
In recent weeks, the Government of Lao PDR (GoL), has received a visit from a UN Special Rapporteur (SR), who holds a mandate on extreme poverty and human rights.

France renews support for bilingual classes with two-year teacher training programme
France has renewed support for teacher training programmes in Vientiane and in Champassak, Savannakhet and Luang Prabang provinces.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Tourist hotspots gear up for Lao New Year visitors
Vientiane province has always been popular with visitors and now provincial authorities are preparing special activities over Lao New Year (Pi Mai Lao) to ensure that everyone who visits has a truly memorable time.
— Vientiane Times

Media updated on impacts of asbestos-related diseases
Media representatives from newspapers, radio and television gathered for a workshop in Vientiane on Monday to discuss reporting on the negative consequences of the use of asbestos.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

On March 13, 2019, the Integrated Conservation of Biodiversity and Forests (ICBF) project hosted a multi-stakeholder exchange event on Sustainable Financing of Protected Areas at the Landmark Hotel in Vientiane, Laos.

Champassak to host Intellectual Property Fair
The Ministry of Science and Technology held a press conference last Friday to announce the programme of the Intellectual Property Fair 2019 which will take place in Champassak province from April 24-28.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)


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