Lao morning news for March 20

Lao morning news for March 20

Lao PDR morning newsAuthorities report UXO clearance funding shortfall
The government requires an additional US$4.5 million this year to effectively carry out unexploded ordnance (UXO) operations including mine surveys and clearance along with risk education and victim assistance.
— Vientiane Times

Electricity agency, Laos renew PPAs
State-run Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (Egat) has signed two renewal power purchase agreements (PPAs) with Electric de Laos (EDL) to buy power from two hydroelectric plants: Nam Ngum 1 and Say-sed dams.
— Bangkok Post

Authorities Shut Down Three Chinese-Owned Clinics in Laos
Authorities have ordered the closure of three Chinese clinics this month in the northern Laotian province of Luang Namtha after issues such as unsanitary conditions and unqualified doctors have led to multiple patient deaths, RFA’s Lao Service has learned.
— Radio Free Asia

Viet Nam, Laos seek to further deepen defence ties
Vietnam and Laos will further strengthen their cooperation in training Lao military officers and learners at academies and schools under the Vietnamese Ministry of Defence, while supporting each other in communicating the traditional friendly relations, special solidarity and comprehensive cooperation between the two Parties, States and armies.
— Nhan Dan Online

Improving Capacity for Better Use of Public Funds
PFM stands for Public Financial Management. It relates to the way governments manage public funds and the impacts on the growth of the economy and the wellbeing of citizens.
— World Bank

North Delta couple help Rotary bring clean water to Laos
A team of Ladner Rotarians, including a couple from North Delta, has recently returned from delivering water filters and education supplies to remote villages in Laos as a part of the club’s Adopt-A-Village initiative.
— Surrey Now-Leader

Govt okays debate on medicinal marijuana
The Prime Minister’s Office last week issued an announcement entrusting the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and other sectors concerned to organise a seminar to discuss and study the medical use of marijuana.
— Vientiane Times

UNDP helps farmers adapt to climate change
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Laos has helped farmers improve their rainwater management infrastructure that helps to prepare the region for changing weather patterns associated with climate change and which secures the agricultural sector in Xayaboury province.
— Vientiane Times

Authorities continuing factory inspections to protect workers’ rights
Local labour authorities will continue to inspect factories as part of efforts to protect the rights and benefits of all members of the national workforce.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Health system adopts quality assurance measures
Representatives from line departments of the Ministry of Health met with development partners in Vientiane on Monday as part of a committee to review the quality assurance structures and measures that underpin the health care system in Laos.
— Vientiane Times

Thai food fair offers business opportunities for Lao firms
THE organisers of Thaifex-World Food of Asia 2019, a Thai food exhibition, are looking for business opportunities with Lao firms in the food and beverage sector, so they can expand their markets in Thailand and overseas.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Climate Change: Taming the Waters in Laos’ Xayaboury Province
Helping farmers in their efforts to adjust to climate change in Laos’ Xayaboury Province alongside Lao government partners, The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) was active back in 2015.
— The Laotian Times

Vietnam shares experience in developing cooperatives with Laos
Deputy Prime Minister Vuong Dinh Hue shared Vietnam’s experience in developing cooperatives with a delegation of the Lao National Economic Research Institute in Hanoi on March 19.
— Talk Vietnam

Chinese top legislator calls for closer ties with Laos
Li Zhanshu, chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC), on Tuesday met with Xaysomphone Phomvihane, president of the Lao Front for National Construction.
— Xinhua

Phu Bia, tech college launch certification assessment programme
Some 174 employees of Phu Bia Mining Company will benefit from a certification assessment programme to improve their knowledge through government diplomas or certification after many years with the firm.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Workshop aiming to strengthen newborn care in Laos
The government and the Swiss Laos Hospital Project are continuing to strengthen the skills of Lao newborn healthcare professionals in a bid to improve the health of new-borns and infants in the years to come. That was the message on Monday at the opening ceremony of a three-day refresher workshop
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Media informed of cigarette advertising laws
Individuals or organisations advertising tobacco products will be fined and punished under a Prime Ministerial decree on the regulation and control of the addictive weed. First offenders will be fined 20 million kip. If breaching the rules a second time a fine of 40 million kip will be issued.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Government Officials Encouraged To Apply For Training Courses In Malaysia
The Embassy of Malaysia in Vientiane, Lao PDR has encouraged Lao government officials to apply for fully sponsored short term training courses under the Malaysian Technical Cooperation Programme or MTCP.

Vietnamese, Lao provinces to offer joint tours
The two provinces’ tourism authorities last week announced the Quan Son – Vieng Xai tour.
— Viet Maz

In northern Laos, the majority of tea produced is exported illegally to China, significantly reducing the share that actually benefits the population.


Feature photo World Bank Photo Collection

This week’s Lao morning news feature photo acknowledges World Water Day, March 22.


Find our previous morning news feature photos in the AEC News Today Morning News Feature Photos gallery where you will find a pictorial display of daily life throughout the Asean Economic Community (AEC).

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She commenced as an intern at AEC News Today and was appointed as a junior writer/ trainee journalist on April 2, 2018

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