Lao morning news for May 10

Lao morning news for May 10

Lao PDR morning newsUS$52 million projects to address high levels of stunting in Lao PDR
Two new projects, totalling US$52 million, will jointly address high levels of stunting in northern provinces of Lao PDR.
— Devdiscourse

Vietnam bolsters investment in Lao public works and transport, energy and mines
Vietnam has invested US$4.1 billion in 409 projects in Laos, with the largest investments being in the public works and transport, energy and mines, and agriculture sectors.
— ANN/ Vientiane Times

Lao electricity to bring forex
Electricity generation looks set to take a leading role in supplying Laos with foreign exchange in the coming years, according to data from the Bank of the Lao PDR.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Telecom operators eye potential of 5G network
The Department of Radio Frequency under the Ministry of Post and Telecommunications continued discussions on a roll-out of the 5G network in Laos with internet service providers yesterday.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Lao Villagers Refuse to Yield Land for SEZ, Now Contend With Access Road
At least 140 families from eight villages in the Khong district of southwestern Laos’ Champasak province are refusing to sell their land or relocate to make way for a special economic zone planned for their area.
— Radio Free Asia

Government, World Bank partnering to improve nutrition
The government and the World Bank have approved two new projects costing more than 451 billion kip (US$52 million) that will jointly address high levels of stunting in the northern provinces.
— Vientiane Times

Laos, Vietnam mull response to disinformation on social media
Delegations from Vietnam and Laos met in Vientiane yesterday to discuss ways to combat false information concerning the two countries posted on the internet and social media.
— Vientiane Times

Improved Public Financial Management Systems to Support Sustainable Development in Lao PDR
Lao PDR will benefit from public financial management reforms to improve financial reporting, and develop administrative capacity for revenue collection, public procurement, and budget execution, with support from the World Bank.
— World Bank

Xayaboury disciplines 102 officials, expels 10 from Party
The Xayaboury provincial leadership has disciplined 102 officials and Party cadres over corruption, drug abuse and other forms of misconduct, according to an official report.
— Vientiane Times

Real estate group to invest US$11m in Vientiane residential project
A Japanese real estate group, Creed, in cooperation with local partner Aanandi Group, is investing US$11 million in the ARATA Garden Residences Xaysettha in Vientiane, the Lao capital.
— ANN/ Vientiane Times

Wild tigers face extinction; this man pursues those responsible
More tigers now life in cages than in the wild. They’ve been farmed, butchered, sold – commodified. We joined this man on his obsessive quest to expose the traffickers.
— New Zealand Herald

EDL targets investment in transmission grid in Laos
More investment in electricity infrastructure and expanding the transmission network will help tackle the problem of power cuts for Lao consumers, according to an energy official.
— ANN/ Vientiane Times

Red Cross Day Witnesses 1,000 Turning Out For Blood Drive
More than 1,000 students and representatives of mass organizations and government bodies turned out on May 8 for a blood drive held at Vientiane Center, a high end shopping centre of Vientiane Captal, to mark the 156th anniversary of the World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day 2019.

Shenzhen Bourse Seeks Clarity on Sanlux’s Hemp Project in Laos as Shares Gain
The Shenzhen Stock Exchange has called on Sanlux to provide further details on the Chinese rubber maker’s plans to grow medicinal hemp in Laos.
— Yicai Global

New tax management: Let’s make it work
The Ministry of Finance has issued an order to cancel daily excise duty collections by providing tax tickets to small income traders and entrepreneurs in markets across the country.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

New project aims to reduce malnutrition
A new project that aims to tackle malnutrition and improve the dietary intakes of children and families in Vientiane and Borikhamxay provinces was launched on Thursday.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Laos celebrates 65th anniversary of Dien Bien Phu Victory
The Lao Ministry of National Defence in coordination with the Vietnamese Defence Attaché Office in Laos held a ceremony in Vientiane on May 9 to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the Dien Bien Phu Victory.
— Nhan Dan Online

Petrol Stations Hike Prices Nationwide
The Ministry of Industry and Commerce has announced an increase in fuel prices across the country in line with changes in the global oil prices.
— J&C

Brewery agrees to end advertising after ministry’s ban
The Lao Brewery Company will comply with a notice issued by the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism banning the advertising of alcoholic beverages and activities that promote the consumption of alcoholic drinks.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Climate experts suggest ways to improve monsoon weather forecasts
Meteorological experts and members of international organisations met in Vientiane on Tuesday to discuss the south-west monsoon and its effects, with the aim of improving seasonal weather forecasts.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Villagers to learn new skills at bamboo handicrafts workplace
Chungnam National University (CNU) of the Republic of Korea has opened a community workplace for education and the production of bamboo handicrafts in Sangthong district, Vientiane.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Fruit processing group in need of better product packaging
A fruit processing group, whose products include butter-coated bananas, wants to improve the packaging of their products but is unable to afford the necessary equipment.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Thongdee’s Talk Show To Be Held On May 26
Mr. Thongdee Phommavongsa, a well-known public speaking teacher will hold his first talk show at the Lao ITECC, Vientiane Capital, on May 26.

Lao athletics team ready for championships
The Lao track and field athletics team is hoping to better their previous results at this year’s Thailand Open Track and Field Championships in Bangkok.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)


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