Lao morning news for March 29

Lao morning news for March 29

Lao PDR morning newsBank of Lao PDR set to promote financial literacy nationwide
THE Bank of the Lao PDR (BOL) and its development partners are keen to equip more people in the country with knowledge about financial literacy as part of efforts to empower them with key economic skills.
— The Phnom Penh Post

$US10Mil in Deals, Referrals As Laos’ First Real Estate Expo Results Reviewed
Time flies! So do real estate investment, advertising, financing and development opportunities. That’s clearly a philosophy what many folks ascribe to in Laos as some $US10 million in real estate-related deals and financing agreements were inked at the first Lao Real Estate Expo earlier in this month of March, according to organizers.
— The Laotian Times

UN Expert Says Lao Government Policies Make Life Worse For Poor, Marginalized
The Lao government’s economic policies have worsened the living conditions of the nation’s poor and marginalized populations, while widening the gap between the haves and have-nots, a United Nations rights expert said Thursday, at the end of an 11-day official visit to the country.
— Radio Free Asia

Ministry vows to improve road construction standards at a reasonable cost
The public works and transport sector has committed itself to improving road construction standards at a reasonable cost during a meeting of officials from across the nation being held in Vientiane.
— Vientiane Times

Laos becomes a link between Turkey, ASEAN states
The Turkish Embassy in Laos has taken relations between Turkey and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to a new level, said the Turkish envoy.
— Anadolu Agency

Govt, JICA recommit to restoring Lao forest cover
Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will continue supporting the Lao government in expanding the goal of restoring national forest cover to 70 percent by 2020 through the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) Support Project.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

UN rights envoy says Laos focus on big projects hurting poor
A United Nations human rights expert has urged communist-ruled Laos to focus less on foreign-invested dam and railway contracts and devote more resources to helping its children and the poor.
— Bangkok Post

Vietnamese, Lao parties enhance archival cooperation
The Office of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) Central Committee handed over an upgraded specialised archive to the Office of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party (LPRP) Central Committee at a ceremony in Vientiane on March 28.
— Vietnam Plus

Asean journalists cooperate to overcome regional challenges
Enhancing media cooperation and the challenges facing the profession in the region were tabled for discussion among members of the Confederation of Asean Journalists (CAJ) as they began their meeting in Vientiane yesterday.
— Vientiane Times

PM pushes for multilateral cooperation, globalisation at Boao Forum
Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith has underlined the need to uphold multilateral cooperation for shared interests and the important role of globalisation at the 2019 Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) Annual Conference in China’s southern island province of Hainan.
— Vientiane Times

Administrators exchange views on accurate health reporting
Health officials from central and southern provinces met in Vientiane yesterday to discuss ways to improve reporting using Disbursement Link Indicators (DLI) and Health Management Information Systems (HMIS).
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

HCM City leader receives new Lao Consul General
Chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee Nguyen Thanh Phong gave a reception for newly-accredited Lao Consul General Phimpha Keomixay on March 28.
— Vietnam Plus

Statement by Professor Philip Alston, United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights on his visit to Lao PDR, 18-28 March 2019
On paper, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic has made great progress in poverty reduction over recent decades.
— UN Human Rights

Ninth U.S.-Laos Comprehensive Bilateral Dialogue
The United States and the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (P.D.R.) held their ninth annual Comprehensive Bilateral Dialogue on March 27 in Washington, reflecting the growing, broad-based relationship between the two nations.
— U.S. Department of States

Land grabs and labour: Vietnamese workers on rubber plantations in southern Laos
ince the early 2000s the Lao government has dramatically increased the number of large-scale land concessions issued for agribusinesses.

New Year’s holiday announced, market prices to be monitored
Members of the public will enjoy a four-day holiday for this year’s Pi Mai Lao (Lao New Year) festival, running over the period of April 14-17, the Prime Minister’s Office has announced.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Govt officials assess impact of regulations on business, public
Government officials are coming together this week to upgrade their experience in regulatory impact assessment with the aim to foster the development of Lao businesses and wider society.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Lao contenders get set for Asian Boxing Championship
Two men and two women will form the contingent of Lao fighters contesting the Asian Boxing Championship in Bangkok, Thailand from April 6-27.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)


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