Lao morning news for April 2

Lao morning news for April 2

Lao PDR morning newsUS$4 million in Korean tech for preventing infectious disease outbreaks
The government of the Republic of Korea has forecast a budget of around US$4 million in additional assistance to Laos from 2019-2023 to improve information technology in preventing the spread of infectious diseases.
— Vientiane Times

EIB to help protect 1,400km roads in rural Lao PDR from climate change
Earlier today Mr. Luca Lazzarolli, Director General of the European Investment Bank, formally agreed new support to improve 1,400km of currently unpaved roads in six provinces.

Laos-China Railway: Almost Half Of Affected Families Compensated
Relevant authorities have paid over 76 billion kip as compensation for families affected by the Laos-China Railway Project in Luang Namtha. The amount equals 47 % of planned compensation.

Belt, Road project improves lives in Laos
For Luchan, a Laotian hydro-power plant worker, 2019 is turning out to be a promising year, both personally and professionally.

INTERVIEW- Foreign investment-led infra projects have created too few jobs in Laos
The Laos government has prioritised big infrastructure projects including dams, railways lines and mines that have benefited few people and uprooted the poor from their land, said the top independent expert on poverty at the United Nations.
— Devdiscourse

UN finally tells the truth about Laos
Communist-run Laos has had a relative knack for staying out of the news for its human rights abuses, endemic corruption and sub-par performance in providing services to its citizens. But now finally someone of prominence is speaking out.
— Asia Times

Laos-China railway project progressing ahead of schedule
Work on the Laos-China railway line is progressing ahead of schedule, with the project on track to be completed by 2021, a senior government official has said.
— Vientiane Times

Lao PM calls for cooperation, globalisation at Boao Forum
LAO Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith has underlined the need to uphold multilateral cooperation for shared interests and the important role of globalisation at the 2019 Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) Annual Conference in China’s southern island province of Hainan.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Govt, JICA tackle capacity building for sustainable urban transport
The government and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) have begun implementation of the Project for Institutional Capacity Building for Sustainable Urban Transport System in Laos.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Travellers help build Laos wildlife sanctuary and raise $17,000
A dedicated group of World Expeditions travellers helped raise $17,000 AUD for more than 500 rescued bears who live at Free the Bears sanctuaries in Vietnam and Laos.
— World Expeditions

Scoot is now offering Singapore’s first direct flight to Laos
Singaporeans can now hop on a direct flight to Luang Prabang and Vientiane, after budget carrier Scoot unveiled three new weekly flights to Laos on April 1.
— Business Insider

Congestion at Sino-Myanmar and Sino-Laos borders causes fall in banana prices
People in the Chinese banana industry say that the price of bananas will likely increase again since market demand began to grow in the middle of March.
— Fresh Plaza

Govt vows to modernise telecom sector
The government has a posts and telecommunications sector dedicated to achieving its vision of modernising the nation while promoting and transforming state management through digitalisation.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

An ASEAN trio in transition
Philippines, Cambodia and Lao PDR face a range of development challenges at home even as they respond dynamically to shifting priorities in external relations.
— Gateway House

Senior CPC official meets Lao delegation
Huang Kunming, a member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, met with a delegation of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party (LPRP) here on Monday.
— Xinhuanet

New Year in Southeast Asia: how to join the party in Cambodia, Myanmar and Laos
Laughter rings from young Cambodians armed with water bombs and talcum powder.
— South China Morning Post

HIV/AIDS risk groups still a healthcare challenge
Preventing at-risk groups from contracting HIV/AIDS and their treatment are still major challenges for healthcare authorities in the country as the rate of contraction continues to increase.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

122 districts achieve lower secondary grade graduation in non-formal education
A total of 122 districts across the country achieved lower secondary grade graduation through non-formal education last year, up from 80 districts in 2015.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Defence Minister Visits Malaysia
Minister of National Defence Gen. Chansamone Chanyalath undertook an official visit to Malaysia from Mar 21 to 23.

KOICA lends imaging support to Children’s Hospital
Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) is continuing its support for the Children’s Hospital in Vientiane with medical imaging equipment as part of ongoing efforts to assist young patients.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Exam awards recognise nation’s top secondary students
The top eight achievers in the 2018-2019 National Best Students Exams for secondary school level were announced in the capital last week.
— Vientiane Times


Feature photo UNDP

This week’s Lao morning news feature photo acknowledges International Mine Awareness Day, April 4.


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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Stella-maris Ewudolu

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Stella-maris graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, Education from Ebonyi State University, Nigeria in 2005.

Between November 2010 and February 2012 she was a staff writer at Daylight Online, Nigeria writing on health, fashion, and relationships. From 2010 – 2017 she worked as a freelance screen writer for ‘Nollywood’, Nigeria.

She joined AEC News Today in December 2016.

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