Economic growth rebounding but further reform needed: World Bank
Despite continued fiscal tightening, the pickup is expected to be driven by robust investment in mega infrastructure projects including the Laos-China railway, according to the latest edition of the World Bank’s Lao Economic Monitor released yesterday.
— ANN/Vientiane Times
Laos needs more exports for freight train to Thailand
The newly launched cross-border freight train service between Laos and Thailand requires more cargo shipments from Laos to reduce an imbalance of trade.
Laos, Vietnam cooperate in tropical ecology
The Ministry of Science and Technology will continue collaborating with the Vietnam-Russia Tropical Centre in the field of tropical ecology research, to advance the good relationship between the three countries.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)
Vietnamese, Lao armies enhance ties in internal political protection
Lt. Gen. Tran Quang Phuong, Deputy Director of the General Department of Politics of the Vietnam People’s Army (VPA), received Maj. Gen. Bunlieng Sengphachan, head of the internal protection division under the General Department of Politics of the Lao People’s Army, in Hanoi on August 13.
— Vietnam Plus
Motorists warned over landslides, flooding on northern roads
Director of the Public Works and Transport Department in Huaphan province, Mr Houngarloun Bounthameuang, told Vientiane Times on Monday “Many roads in Viengxay, Huameuang, Xamtay and Xamneua districts have been affected by landslides and flooding.”
Japanese Electronic Vehicle Cable Manufacturer Bando Opens Factory in Laos
Japanese cable manufacturer Bando Densen has opened a factory in Laos, joining a group of competitors that are stepping up their presence in Southeast Asia amid demand for electronic vehicles.
— The laotian Times
“Empower Parents –Enable Breastfeeding” World Breastfeeding Week 2019
August marks the start of World Breastfeeding Week, celebrated every year from 1 to 7 August to encourage exclusive breastfeeding and improve babies’ health.
Lao Cinema Steps Forward on International Stage at Locarno, Venice
The fledgling film industry of Laos is poised to take further steps forward on the international stage after pioneering filmmaker Anysay Keola’s project “Red Mekong” was chosen to participate in Locarno Festival’s Open Doors program, which wraps Tuesday, and path breaker Mattie Do’s “The Long Walk” was selected to premiere at next month’s Venice Film Festival.
WB optimistic about economic growth in laos
The World Bank is optimistic about economic growth in Laos, which is projected to rebound to 6.5 percent in 2019, rising from 6.3 percent recorded in 2018.
Thousands of palm seeds planted near Lao border
Government officials and volunteers on Sunday flocked to a stretch of road near the Lao border in Stung Treng province to plant thousands of palm tree seeds.
— Khmer Times
More Lao cargo needed to fill cross-border freight train
The train can carry 10 to 20 containers in and out of the country, but it appears that the number of exporters is smaller than that of importers. This is a problem that the parties involved must address by working together.
— ANN/Vientiane Times
Country’s second solidarity district announced in Borikhamxay
Thaphabath district has been declared as a new solidarity district, the first of its kind for Borikhamxay province and the second solidarity district in the country.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)
Medics advocate more support for breastfeeding mothers
Health authorities admit that many parents still don’t know that early initiation of breastfeeding (within the first hour) improves the health and longterm wellbeing of a baby, because colostrum, or first milk, is rich in nutrients and protects a baby against disease.
— Vientiane Times
Finding new value in an old palm tree in Laos
Khampian stops on a steep hillside trail to look at a palm tree. A blast of wind throws dust and dry leaves all around him. Someone has broken off some of the tree’s branches and fronds, and they move around in the wind. “People are trying to get at the young growth inside the top of the tree,” Khampian explains.
Mysterious ‘plain of jars’ of Laos may be home to thousands of dead babies
Remains of dead infants and babies who lived 1,100 years ago found buried in Laos add more evidence that the site was used as an ancient cemetery, experts say.
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