Lao morning news for May 8

Lao morning news for May 8

Lao PDR morning newsLaos, U.S. Partner For Sustainable Health Security
Dr. Robert Pope, Director, Cooperative Threat Reduction (CTR), Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), met in Vientiane on May 2-3 with counterparts in the Lao government and military, as well as representatives of the World Health Organization (WHO), to review the positive results from Lao-U.S. cooperative health security programmes.

Where Did the Koreans Go?
“S. Korea visitor numbers down 32 percent in Q1” blared a 6 May headline in the Vientiane Times. That’s a major plummet by anyone’s standards, and the government is struggling to uncover the reason behind its fourth largest market taking a major dive.
— WeAre Lao

Laos: Bananas are top agricultural export
Bananas are expected to be Laos’ leading agricultural export in 2019 despite the Lao government banning the expansion of plantations around the country.
— Fresh Plaza

Electricity sales generating more foreign exchange
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.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Action taken to prevent road damage by overweight trucks
The Ministry of Public Works and Transport has taken steps to tackle the problem of overweight trucks, which have caused severe damage to roads and bridges over past years, according to a report.
— Vientiane Times

Handicrafts, sustainable tourism links explored
Officials from the Tourism Development Department of the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism met with members of the Lao Handicraft Association in Vientiane yesterday to discuss linking handicraft products with sustainable tourism practices and services in an effort to boost both industries.
— Vientiane Times

Sanlux to Expand Its Rubber Business, Trial Medical Hemp in Laos
Chinese rubber machine and auto belt maker Sanlux recently penned a framework agreement with the government of Laos’ Phongsaly province to cooperate to expand the local natural rubber and hemp sectors.
— Yicai

Study assesses Phou Bia mountain’s tourism potential
Xaysomboun province’s Information, Culture and Tourism Department and the Khamphay Sana Group have begun a feasibility study on the building of tourist facilities on Phou Bia Mountain, hoping to spur interest in environmental protection while also opening up the area to visitors.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Seed success recorded in crop adaption to climate change
Laos is continuing to achieve positive results in research aimed at developing crop seed varieties that can adapt to climate change.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Gov’t, UNICEF Listen To Children’s Voices
The National Commission for the Advancement of Women, Mothers and Children (NCAWMC) with the support of UNICEF launched on May 7 in Savannakhet a consultation to listen to children’s voices, give them the space they need to articulate their concerns and propose solutions to existing challenges in the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Meteorologists get lessons in climate modelling
Meteorological officials from Laos, Vietnam, Myanmar and Cambodia met in Vientiane on Tuesday to discuss and learn about advanced climate modelling.
— Vientiane Times

Three-day celebration prepared for Buddha’s birthday
Buddhists are preparing to celebrate Vesak Day (the day of Buddha’s birth) in Vientiane, with devotees able to listen to monks giving talks encouraging moral values in daily life.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Remains of Vietnamese volunteer soldiers, experts repatriated from Laos
Remains of Vietnamese volunteer soldiers and experts found in Laos were handed over to the Vietnamese side for repatriation at a ceremony held in Vientiane on May 7.
— Vietnamplus

Civil servant teacher quota targets needy rural schools
The Ministry of Education and Sports is supplying civil servant teachers according to the needs of individual schools with a focus on recruiting teachers for rural areas.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Laos Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband Market Growth Analysis, Challenges and Industry Key Players – Lao Telecom, Thaicom, ETL, Unitel, Lao Asia Telecom, Star Telecom, Viettel | 2019-2023
The telecom sector in Laos still has numerous issues to address. For a number of years, the rate of regulatory reform has been well behind wider industry development.
— Market Research


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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.

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