Lao morning news for February 28

Lao morning news for February 28

Lao PDR morning news‘Commissions’ Required of Companies Bidding for Building Work in Flood-hit Lao Province
Construction firms bidding for approval to build permanent homes for flood victims in Laos must pay between 10 to 26 percent of the total cost of the project to local authorities if their bids are approved, sources in the country say.
— Radio Free Asia

BOL warns non-bank microfinance bodies not to deal in foreign currencies
The Bank of the Lao PDR (BOL) has warned the public not to exchange, buy or sell foreign currencies through five categories of non-bank microfinance institutions.
— ANN/ Vientiane Times

Laos, UN join forces to mitigate effects of climate change
The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, United Nations Environment Climate Change Adaptation Unit and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) are collaborating to support the improved effectiveness and impact of climate change adaptation in Laos.
— Vientiane Times

Strict checks to ensure fuel sold in Laos meets standards
The Department of Standardisation and Metrology under the Ministry of Science and Technology will carry out fuel checks at petrol stations across the country this year to ensure products comply with the standards set by the government.
— ANN/ Vientiane Times

Water supply project built by Chinese firm completes in Lao capital
A water supply project, built by the China North Industries Group Corporation Limited (NORINCO), has been completed and handed over to the owner in Lao capital Vientiane Wednewday.
— Xinhua

Cambodia-Laos Pledge to Complete Border Demarcation
Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister Hor Namhong said that Cambodia and Laos pledged to complete border demarcation to transform the border areas to become “peace and development” zone, speaking in a courtesy call with Amphay Kindavong, newly appointed Lao Ambassador to Cambodia, at the Cambodian-Chinese Friendship Palace in Phnom Penh.
— Fresh News

Status Report On Fish Conservation Zones In Lao PDR
It’s hard to manage what you can’t count. The same is true whether trying to manage a fish population or a group of fish conservation areas.
— Mekong Fish Network

Plans afoot for Lao labour policy development
Laos will continue to work with its development partners including the International Labour Organisation (ILO) for the ongoing protection of workers’ rights and benefits.
— Vientiane Times

Research centre in Laos growing 100,000 saplings for reforestation
The Forest Research Centre under the National Agriculture and Forestry Research Institute (NAFRI) will produce 100,000 saplings this year as part of government efforts to restore forest cover to 70 per cent of the country by 2020.
— ANN/ Vientiane Times

IGE to Hold Groundbreaking Religious Freedom Programs in Vietnam and Laos
As part of its mission to catalyze freedom of faith worldwide, the Institute for Global Engagement (IGE) will be conducting its annual visit to Vietnam and Laos from March 26-April 3.

Dairy Diplomacy: building bonds in Laos through economic development
This is the story of the Laos Buffalo Dairy, an Australian and American-led social enterprise in Laos, and the local Lao people who have benefited because of it.
— Spirit of America

Parade of national pride
National dress code is not only representing the country but also an identity of the nation.
— Khmer Times

New decree orders safe, healthy workplaces
Workers have the legal right to require their employers to ensure occupational health and safety, a new governmental decree stipulates.
— Vientiane Times

Lao state agencies urged to comply with procurement law
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Mr Somdy Duangdy, signed a ministerial guideline earlier this month defining the new procedures state agencies must comply with when making use of state funds.
— ANN/ Vientiane Times

Banana price in Chinese production areas begins to rise again
The price of bananas in production areas in Yunnan, Myanmar, and Laos was quite weak in the first half of last week, and the price is still slightly falling in some areas, but in the second half of last week the price began to rise again in many banana production areas in Yunnan and Laos.
— Fresh Plaza

Lao fficials review forest, land use in Nam Poui National Biodiversity Conservation Area
Officials from Xayaboury province and village leaders from Ban Navaen met with staff from World Wide Fund for Nature in Laos (WWF-Laos) in Phiang district earlier this month to review the outcome of the survey and mapping of household land use and holdings, income, and other socio-economic and agricultural parameters.
— ANN/ Vientiane Times

FEATURE: Icons dating back to 15th century lure visitors to Xieng Khuang
If you’re visiting Xieng Khuang province in northeastern Laos, be sure to visit Vat Phiavat and That Foun and That Chomphet stupas in Khoun district.
— ANN/ Vientiane Times

Kaya-Iloilo draws with Lao Toyota
Kaya-Iloilo conceded a late goal to settle for a 1-1 draw against Lao Toyota in the start of its AFC Cup campaign at the National Stadium in Vientiane, Laos.
— Tempo


Feature photo Kirkens Nødhjelp

This week’s Lao morning news feature photo acknowledges Zero Discrimination Day, March 1.


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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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