Lao morning news for May 15

Lao morning news for May 15

Lao PDR morning newsLaos lowers target for trade value with South Korea
Laos has reduced its trade value target including for both imports and exports with South Korea this year compared to the figure for last year after a drop in the annual trade value by both countries.
— ANN/ Vientiane Times

Accelerating Healthy Agriculture Project Launched To Improve Nutrition
The Lao PDR has received over EUR 11 million boost, aiming to improve the nutrition outcome of almost 24,000 women of reproductive age (15-49) and over 11,000 children in the Lao PDR.
— KPL

Plain of Jars to become Laos’ third World Heritage Site
The Plain of Jars in Xieng Khuang province is set to become an even bigger tourist attraction if the site is named a UNESCO World Heritage Site as expected when the UN body meets in Azerbaijan from June 30 to July 7.
— Vientiane Times

Lao Government Vows to Enforce Ban on Concessions for New Banana Plantations
The government of Laos has vowed to enforce a ban on the granting of land for new banana plantations and punish local officials who violate it, amid a controversy over the illegal overuse of pesticides that residents say are causing pollution and destroying their livelihoods.
— RFA

Studies begin on biodiesel plants in Xaythany district
The government has given approval for two local companies to conduct a feasibility study on the establishment of a processing plant to produce biodiesel from Vernicia montana seeds and vegetable oil, and a diesel and fuel refinery in Xaythany district, Vientiane.
— ANN/ Vientiane Times

Kerry Logistics, Sitthi Logistics join hands to develop dry port in Laos
Hong Kong-based Kerry Logistics Network Limited has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between its subsidiary, KLN (Singapore) Pte Ltd, and Laos’ Sitthi Logistics for developing a dry port in the Vientiane Logistics Park in Laos.
— Indian Transport & Logistics News

Wildlife In Sights: Pressures On Iconic Tiger, Elephant Draws Media Attention To Challenges Facing Laos
With the release of a major UN report on biodiversity loss, the state of and threats to wildlife worldwide and in hotspots like Laos including iconic species like the tiger and elephant draw more international media attention, The Laotian Times reports.
— The Laotian Times

KOICA, Laos to jointly pursue development activities
The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) will continue working with the government to boost development and investment in the agriculture and tourism sectors.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Son La, Lao provinces exchange experience in trade union work
Experience in trade union work was shared between the northern mountainous province of Son La and the northern Lao provinces of Houaphanh, Luang Prabang, Oudomxay, and Luang Namtha from May 13-15.
— Vietnamplus

How beef cattle are helping lift Laos women out of poverty
IMPROVING the health and nutrition of the South East Asian cattle herd is playing a direct role in lifting women out of poverty.
— Queensland Country Life

World Vision, partners give boost to nutrition improvement
World Vision International to Laos (WVI) and their partnership will provide over EUR 11 million in assistance to Laos from 2019 to 2021 to improve nutrition in three southern provinces.
— Vientiane Times

Police arrest two govt officials over fraud, arson
Police have arrested two female government officials who are believed to have embezzled over one billion kip from the Ministry of Health’s Nutrition Centre in Sisattanak district, where they both worked.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

FEATURE: Laos providing easy tourist access to Dien Bien Phu
The battle of Dien Bien Phu in central Vietnam was a much celebrated turning point in Vietnam’s struggle to defeat French troops and throw off the yoke of foreign domination.
— ANN/ Vientiane Times

200,000 meth pills seized on Mekong bank in Mukdahan
Navy troops seized 200,000 methamphetamine pills smuggled across the Mekong River from Laos to the riverbank in Mukdahan’s Wan Yai district on Monday night.
— The Nation (very annoying pop-ups)

Vietnamese, Lao ethnic minority people step up exchanges
The culture, sports, and tourism festival for ethnic minority communities in the Vietnam-Laos border area, central region, and Central Highlands regions will be held in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue from May 17-19 under the theme “Solidarity, friendship, and development”.
— Vietnamplus

International School of Laos to raise the education benchmark
An Australian entrepreneur has changed the name of Eastern Star Schools to the International School of Laos after assuming ownership of the school in Vientiane.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Chinese language website aims to lure more visitors
Chinese nationals thinking of visiting Laos will soon have a new and up-to-date source of information about the country, with the addition of a section in Chinese to the website managed by the Department of Tourism Marketing.
— Vientiane Times

Phu Bia Mining Reports Excellent Start To 2019
Phu Bia Mining has recorded strong results across all key business metrics during its March quarter 2019.
— KPL

City hires just 30 new teachers for govt schools
The Vientiane Education and Sports Department has selected just 30 candidates to take up permanent teaching positions as government officials, out of 1,095 people who sat for a teacher selection test prior to the 2018-19 school year.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Children Voice Needs
Thepthida Sithepthanouxay, 12, an ethnic school girl from Atsaphon district, Savannakhet province wants to see children in her village and her schoolmates given an opportunity to take part in community activities.
— KPL

 

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Stella-maris graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, Education from Ebonyi State University, Nigeria in 2005.

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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