Lao morning news for May 20

Lao morning news for May 20

Lao PDR morning newsLaos-Japan trade grows, tourist flow drops
Laos has raised its trade value targets, including imports and exports, with Japan this year after an increase in the annual trade value of both countries.
— ANN/ Vientiane Times

OPINION: Telex abolished, obstacles remain in tourism
Tourism police have cancelled the telex process after tour operators’ longstanding demand to eliminate this roadblock.
— ANN/ Vientiane Times

Laos ‘Disciplines’ Hundreds of Corrupt Officials in Recent Months, Jails Few
The Lao government has disciplined more than 200 officials involved in taking bribes or embezzlement in recent months as part of a bid to crackdown on rampant corruption in the Southeast Asian nation, but few have been held criminally accountable for their actions.
— Radio Free Asia

Laos Expected To Record Greater Number Of Chinese Visitors
aos has been expected record greater number of Chinese tourists this year. Meanwhile, the Chinese government has confirmed it will work with other countries to promote tourism in Asian.

China-Laos Railway opens new horizons for fruit growers in Southwest China’s Yunnan
As the section of the China-Laos Railway that is within Chinese territory, the Yuxi-Mohan railway will serve as a significant link for China to reach land-locked Laos.
— Global Times

Pingu’s English, British Embassy announce international education partnership for English language training
Parents will soon be able to enrol their children into the globally popular Pingu’s English language training system from the UK, thanks to a new international education partnership announced today.
— ANN/ Vientiane Times

Korean Construction Technology Introduced To Lao Companies
Eight companies from the Republic of Korea have introduced high construction technology to local engineering companies in Vientiane on May 16.

Govt makes strides on path to poverty eradication
The government is working to improve people’s standard of living with the aim of realising Laos’ goal of graduating from Least Developed Country (LDC) status and reducing the poverty rate to less than 10 percent of the population in 2020.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

MPTC quits Myanmar, Laos toll road projects
Metro Pacific Tollways Corp. has abandoned its plans to expand in Myanmar and Laos due to unviable markets for toll road roads.

South Korean companies eyes business prospects in Laos
Eight construction companies from South Korea are hoping to expand their markets, as well as sell construction technology to Lao entrepreneurs.
— ANN/ Vientiane Times

KOICA President’s visit aims to enhance Laos-Korea cooperation
The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) is preparing an integrated recovery programme for Attapeu province and will continue to support Laos in many other areas.
— Vientiane Times

Minister stresses importance of culture at Chinese conference on Asian civilisations
Culture plays an important role in the process of socio-economic development and is fundamental to establishing and maintaining lasting friendly relationships, a Lao minister told a conference in Beijing last week.
— Vientiane Times

Ministry to provide weather forecast bulletins for farmers
Farmers around the country will soon be receiving seasonal weather forecasts, which will be distributed by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment to district and provincial offices.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Extension to Wattay International Airport planned
The government is planning to expand Vientiane’s Wattay International Airport to meet the growing need for passenger air transport, a senior government official has said.
— Vientiane Times

Cultural exchange between Vietnamese and Laos ethnic minorities opens
The culture, sports and tourism festival between ethnic minority groups in the Vietnam – Laos border areas and in Vietnam’s Central and Central Highlands areas opened in A Luoi district, Thua Thien – Hue province on May 17.
— Nhan Dan Online

President receives new foreign ambassadors, appoints Lao head of mission
President Bounnhang Vorachit on Friday received the credentials of three new ambassadors to Laos, and presented credentials to the new Lao ambassador to Belgium.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Company staff beef up on revised social insurance law
Government officials and company representatives gathered on Friday to learn about the amended Law on Social Insurance at the National Social Security Fund, to ensure they understand and comply with the law in a uniform manner.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Lao men arrested for smuggling 120,000 meth pills
Border guards of the northwestern mountainous province of Dien Bien and Lao competent forces on May 18 arrested two Lao men for smuggling 120,000 meth pills.
— Vietnamnet Global

POWERCHINA Nam Ou Hydropower Project carried out an emergency flood control practice for the River basin in 2019
POWERCHINA Nam Ou Hydropower Project organized an emergency flood control practice for the Nam Ou river basin cascade hydropower stations in the afternoon, 16th May.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Pepsi Singing Contest packs a punch on return to Vientiane stage
The Pepsi Singing Contest 2019 took place at the National Culture Hall on Friday night to select the Overall Winner, Most Popular Vote contestant and Best Performance Team.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)


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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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