Lao morning news for December 19

Lao morning news for December 19

Lao PDR morning news

Japan grants support for school, water supply projects in Laos’ poor communities
The government of Japan is providing grant assistance worth over US$159,000 for two education related projects in Bokeo and Xekong Provinces and one water supply system project in Xayabouly Province through its Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP).
— KPL Group CEO and Lao Tourism Minister Open Collaboration Talks
World heritage sites in Laos such as Luang Prabang, Wat Phu, and the Plain of Jars highlight the beauty of the Southeast Asian country. Tourism is quickly becoming an important industry for the country, with Laos having formalized agreements with over 500 foreign travel firms, opened up 15 international tourism ports, increased expenditure in tourism-related infrastructure and cut visa fees.
— Yahoo News

Creighton student nears goal of raising $50,000 to build school in Laos
A Creighton University student and a group of friends are asking the public’s help in completing the fundraising needed to build a school in Laos.
— Omaha World-Herald 

Authorities hail success of Visit Laos-China Year
The Visit Laos-China Year 2019 closing ceremony took place in Beijing, China with leaders from both sides attending including Lao National Assembly President, Mrs Pany Yathotou and Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism, Prof. Dr Kikeo Khaykhamphithoune.
— ANN/Vientiane Times

China’s top political advisor meets Lao National Assembly president
China’s top political advisor Wang Yang met here Wednesday with Pany Yathotou, president of the Lao National Assembly, and the two sides agreed to advance exchanges and cooperation.
— Xinhua

Laos – Meeting between Jean-Yves Le Drian and his Laotian counterpart (17 December 2019)
Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, received Saleumxay Kommasith, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, today for a working meeting.
— France Diplomatie 

Laos, Vietnam trade growing contributor to domestic economy
The bilateral trade figure is expected to reach the yearly target by the end of this month, the Laos-Vietnam Cooperation Committee reported at the planning and investment sector meeting in Vientiane on Monday.
— ANN/Vientiane Times 

Lao PDR: Reducing Poverty, Child Stunting in Northern Provinces
The Ministry of Finance of the Lao PDR and the World Bank signed on Monday a Financing Agreement for US$22.5 million to reduce poverty and child stunting in 12 priority districts within the four northern provinces of Phongsaly, Xiengh Khuang, Huaphan and Oudomxay.
— KPL 

WB approves additional funding for local disaster recovery
The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors has approved US$50 million of additional financing for the Laos Southeast Asia Disaster Risk Management Project and the Lao Road Sector Project phase 2.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Above the canopy in Laos: a stay in the world’s tallest tree house that is only accessible by zip line
Standing 30 metres to 50m above dense jungle in Laos’s Nam Kan National Park – and traditionally only accessible to monkeys – these are the world’s highest tree houses.
— The National

Russian, Laotian troops wrap up first joint drills in Laos
Russian and Laotian troops successfully completed their first joint drills Laros-2019 at the Ban Peng training ground in Laos, the press office of Russia’s Eastern Military District reported on Wednesday.

Luang Prabang house fire claims three lives
An official from the Fire Prevention and Control Police Department of Luang Prabang, Major Phet Phengnanuan told Vientiane Times on Monday that the fire occurred at 2:00 am on Sunday, leaving a house destroyed by the blaze and three people inside dead.
— ANN/Vientiane Times

Ministry of Industry and Commerce, United States launch new business environment project in Laos
The five-year project aims to support private sector competitiveness and facilitate trade. It is funded by the US through the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and is the latest partnership between the two countries.
— ANN/Vientiane Times

Calligraphy exhibition promotes Chinese-Lao cultural exchange
The event titled “Third Chinese painting and calligraphy exhibition in Laos” was unveiled at the China Cultural Centre in Laos on November 30. It was jointly held by the China Cultural Centre in Laos and by the Chinese Education Federation in Laos, Chinese Calligraphers Association in Laos and Confucius Institute in National University of Laos.
— ANN/Vientiane Times

S Korea, Laos Team up to Develop Taekwondo
South Korea and Laos have joined hands to develop the sport of Taekwondo in both countries.
— The Laotian Times

MRC, LMC Water Center ink MOU for better Mekong management
Data and information exchange, basin-wide monitoring, and joint assessment on Mekong water and related resources are among the main areas to benefit from a new partnership between the Mekong River Commission Secretariat (MRCS) and Lancang-Mekong Water Resources Cooperation Center (LMC Water Center).

Laos, UNDP tackle removing UXO obstacle to development
Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare in cooperation with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is continuing to strengthen national capacities to achieve Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 18 – Lives Safe from Unexploded Ordnance (UXO).
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Champassak eyes Pakxe’s transformation into smart city, logistics hub
Champassak province and Tai Hoe Holdings will cooperate in conducting a development feasibility study to set up a smart and eco-city in Pakxe in the nation’s south, after reaching an agreement this week.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Pike County women release new book chronicling life in Laos during civil war and unrest
Sixteen year-old Boupharac “Kham” Sonethongkham Kurfman peeked out the windows, looking at the chaotic scene that unfolded before her. Armed rebels had arrived at her secondary school and quickly gathered her classmates into the back of a truck.
— Herald Whig


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This week’s Lao morning news feature photo focuses on International Migrants Day, December 18.


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