Lao morning news for February 21

Lao morning news for February 21

Lao PDR morning newsLaos urges China to increase rice import quota to 50,000 tonnes
The Lao Ministry of Industry and Commerce this week requested China to consider a rice im-port quota of 50,000 tonnes along with accepting other industrial goods as part of efforts to bol-ster bilateral trade.
— Vientiane Times

Vientiane Bans Sale of Alcohol before 4pm
In a drastic move to promote health and safety among members of Lao society, the Mayor of Vientiane has taken measures to ban the sale of alcohol or alcoholic beverages in the capital before 4pm.
— The Laotian Times

ERC speeds operation of Laos hydropower project
The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) is planning to accelerate power distribution from the Xayaburi hydroelectric power project in Laos ahead of schedule as the regulator wants to curb the overall power…
— Bangkok Post (annoying pop-ups)

Laos villagers rebuild their lives after shocking dam collapse
A little over six months ago the world watched in horror as a massive dam wall collapsed in Laos.
— Relief Web

Brunei, Laos ink business agreements to further ties
A series of business and education agreements were signed between Brunei and Laos to strengthen bilateral relations during the two-day visit of Lao Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith to the sultanate.
— Xinhua

Top leader welcomes Lao Minister of Public Security
General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam and President Nguyen Phu Trong hosted a reception in Hanoi on February 20 for Secretary of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party Central Committee and Minister of Public Security Vilay Lakhamfong.
— Vietname Plus

Laos, Vietnam Boost Partnership In Energy Development
Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung highlighted the crucial role of energy cooperation with Laos during a reception in Hanoi on Feb 18 for Lao Minister of Energy and Mines Khammany Inthirath.

Laos-China counting on cooperation in statistics
China plans to support Laos in the field of statistics aiming to develop the capacity and knowledge of local government officials as part of a cooperation agreement between the two nations.
— Vientiane Times

Foreign minister to visit Laos
Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Prak Sokhonn will lead a delegation to the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (PDR) to “strengthen bilateral cooperation in various sectors and discuss regional and international issues later this week.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Vinachem to withdraw from loss-making mining project in Laos
The withdrawal will result in heavy losses for the State budget, according to inspectors with the Ministry of Industry and Trade.
— Vietnam Net

New roads set to improve trade, living standards
Motorists should enjoy reduced travel times in the capital when the construction of road links between the That Luang marsh area and other roads are complete.
— Vientiane Times

Laos issues new rules for foreign marriages
New guidelines have been issued advising foreign nationals of additional rules they must comply with if they wish to marry a Lao citizen.
— Xinhua

WWF, Local Officials Review Forest Use
Provincial officials and community leaders met with the World Wide Fund for Nature in Laos (WWF-Laos) in Phiang district, Xayaboury Province on Feb 7 to review the outcome of the survey and mapping of household land use and holdings, income, and other socio-economic and agricultural parameters.

Office equipment handed over to Lao border guards
The Border Guard Command of the central province of Ha Tinh held a local ceremony on February 19 to hand over office equipment to their Lao counterparts.
— Vietname Plus

Laos, China ink $4.5 million deal on cooperation projects
THE Lao and Chinese governments have signed a funding agreement designed to finance a range of projects under the Mekong-Lancang cooperation framework.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Laos Partners With U.S. To Strengthen Aircraft Financing
Approximately 40 government officials along with officials from the United States and Vietnam, participated in a seminar on the Cape Town Convention to discuss best practices for strengthening the business environment related to aircraft ownership and financing in the Lao PDR.

Vietnam-Laos trade tops 1 billion USD in 2018
Two-way trade between Laos and Vietnam exceeded 1 billion USD in 2018, up 13 percent annually and surpassing the set target, according to the Lao Laophatthana newspaper.
— Vietname Plus


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Piseth Pov graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics Science from the Royal University of Law and Economics, Phnom Penh in 2017, and a Bachelor’s degree in English Communications from Western University, Phnom Penh, the same year.

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