Lao morning news for April 30

Lao morning news for April 30

Lao PDR morning newsStorms sweep country, destroy homes
Several houses and buildings were destroyed or damaged after storms passed over the country last week.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

PM orders inspection of procedures at border crossings
Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith has called for the formation of a taskforce to carry out checks at border crossings in a bid to facilitate cross-border trade and services, while plugging revenue leaks.
— Vientiane Times

Govt, development partners disburse funds for public administration reform
The Ministry of Home Affairs last week handed over Public Service Innovation Facility funding to 16 projects in Laos for the purpose of administrative reform.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Laos to produce over 5 mln tons of rice annually by 2025
The Lao Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry plans to produce at least five million tons of paddy rice every year, as the country’s latest five-year agricultural strategy by 2025 states.
— Xinhuanet

Bank accounts reveal public’s preference for foreign currencies over kip
Businesses and the general public prefer to deposit their money in foreign currency accounts despite the Bank of the Lao PDR actively promoting use of the national currency.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

US Religious Freedoms Panel Calls For Vietnam Listing as ‘Country of Particular Concern’
A U.S. bipartisan commission called on Monday for Vietnam to be placed on a State Department blacklist of the world’s worst abusers of religious freedoms, noting that the country’s removal from the list 13 years ago has not eased violations under one-party communist rule.

Laos’ rice exports expected to fall following 2018 floods
Laos is anticipating reduced income from rice exports in 2019 in the wake of widespread flooding across the country last year.
— ANN/ Vientiane Times

New guidance issued for railway development
President Bounnhang Vorachit recently issued a presidential ordinance promulgating the new Law on Railways, which provides guidance on railway development.
— Vientiane Times

Visitors to Laos’ Xong River are welcome, their rubbish is not
Walk south along the Xong River in Vangvieng district, Vientane province and you will be horrified by the amount of garbage discarded by people enjoying various activities on the river.
— ANN/ Vientiane Times

While Locals in Laos Still Reel from Belt and Road, President Offers Full Support
The president of Laos is fully behind China’s Belt and Road initiative, saying that the Lao-China railway will transform the country’s infrastructure and improve the lives of the people by jumpstarting economic development and connecting the land-locked Southeast Asian nation with many other countries.

Mittaphab Hospital opens nation’s first occupational health centre
The nation’s first occupational and health check centre opened at Mittaphab Hospital in Vientiane last week aiming to prevent work-related injuries and illness.
— Vientiane Times

Ministry officials get lessons in technological innovation
The Ministry of Science and Technology and Thailand’s National Science, Technology and Innovation Office held a seminar in Vientiane last week to assist Lao officials with the development of science, technology, and innovation indicators for national policy formulation.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Kaya hosts Lao Toyota in important AFC Cup match
DROPPED to third place in Group H of the 2019 AFC Cup with a loss last time around, Kaya FC-Iloilo looks to bounce back and keep itself in the mix of advancing to the next round as it hosts Lao Toyota FC of Laos today at the Panaad Park and Football Stadium in Bacolod City.
— BusinessWorld Online


Feature photo International JAZZ FEST Vientiane 2019

This week’s Lao morning news feature photo acknowledges International Jazz Day, April 30.


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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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