Lao morning news for May 2

Lao morning news for May 2

Lao PDR morning newsSpike in Chinese tourist arrivals, but overall total dips
The total number of domestic and foreign tourists declined slightly in the first three months of this year compared to the same period last year, but the number of Chinese visitors increased significantly.
— Vientiane Times

Asean experts assess continuing landmine-related risks
Asean nations met with development partners on Monday to discuss the humanitarian impact of anti-personnel mines, cluster munitions, and explosive remnants of war.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

The Pic of the Day: Honors procession in Laos for possible remains of unknown US service members
In the featured photo, U.S. service members attached to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency carry the possible remains of unknown service members onto an aircraft during a repatriation ceremony in Pakse, Laos, on April 10, 2019.

Mekong stakeout nets 480 kilos of marijuana
Army troops seized 480 kilograms of marijuana smuggled across the Mekong River from Laos into Nakhon Phanom’s That Phanom district on Tuesday night. None of the drug runners was arrested.
— The Nation

Luxembourg supports Laos’ flood recovery efforts
The Government of Luxembourg is supporting Laos in its efforts to recover from last year’s floods by providing over US$600,000 to help improve the conditions of vulnerable people.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Provincial officials to clamp down on forestry crime
Government officials from Vientiane and Luang Prabang provinces met in Luang Prabang recently for in-service training on the enforcement of a new penal code that gives officials more power in combatting wildlife and forestry crimes.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Owner of Illegal Tiger Farm Shot Dead in Laos
The owner of a tiger farm banned under Lao law since 2016 was murdered this week in an apparent business dispute, drawing renewed attention to the presence in the country of operations catering to the illegal trade in wildlife animal parts.
— Radio Free Asia

Laos shares in Asean talks on civil service
A delegation from the Ministry of Home Affairs last week attended an Asean meeting in Thailand on regional cooperation in civil service affairs.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Vietnam, Cambodia, and Lao PDR Factsheet (Last updated 30/04/2019)
The Mekong region – consisting of Vietnam, Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR) and Cambodia – is frequently affected by natural disasters, especially floods, droughts, and typhoons.
— ReliefWeb

Huge crowd turns out to celebrate Int’l Labour Day
Government officials and employees of various organisations and companies gathered in central Vientiane early yesterday morning to take part in a walk to celebrate International Labour Day.
— Vientiane Times

Water treatment plant planned for Vangvieng
More care needs to be taken with regard to the Xong River in Vangvieng district, Vientiane province, as untreated wastewater and sewerage is being discharged by hotels, guesthouses and restaurants that line the river.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Hinheup-Meuangfeuang road upgrade behind schedule approaching halfway point
Upgrade of the over 130-km road between the Hinheup district junction and Meuangfeuang district in Vientiane province is expected to be delayed for up to three years, with the project now 45 percent complete.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)


Feature photo International JAZZ FEST Vientiane 2019

This week’s Lao morning news feature photo acknowledges International Jazz Day, April 30.


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).

Lao morning news by AEC News Today is your one stop source for Lao PDR news on matters of governance and policies affecting Asean business communities. It is published M-F by AEC News Today: Governance, not government; policies not politics.


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Stella-maris Ewudolu

Journalist at AEC News Today

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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