Lao morning news for May 9

Lao morning news for May 9

Lao PDR morning newsVientiane gets to grips with plastic pollution
The Lao People’s Revolutionary Youth Union has joined forces with the environmental preservation group Green Vientiane to reduce the use of plastic and find solutions to the scourge of plastic waste.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Laos needs digital technologies to drive development
Laos needs to urgently capture the powers of digital technologies to stimulate economic development and to be adequately equipped to rise above challenges as they arise in the future.
— ANN/ Vientiane Times

South Korean power company eyes opportunities in Laos PDR
The Korea Electric Power Corporation (Kepco) hopes to expand its power equipment business as well as explore other avenues of cooperation with Laos’ energy sector.
— The Phnom Penh Post

City markets’ tainted food puts consumers at risk
The city’s residents run the risk of eating formalin-contaminated food, with inspectors finding such harmful products on sale in several markets recently.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Striking a Balance: Managing El Niño and La Niña in Lao PDR’s Agriculture
Lao PDR is exposed to climate shocks related to ENSO. Due to the country’s varied climate and terrain, ENSO impacts in Lao PDR are often highly localized.
— Reliefweb

Convention On The Rights Of The Child Helps Transform Children’s Lives
The Convention on the Rights of the Child is the most widely ratified human rights treaty in history, and in the 30 years since its adoption, it has helped transform children’s lives all around the world.

Laos Set To Build Up A Startup Community
Young startups and entrepreneurs in Lao are now being helped to utilise digital technologies to achieve their full potential in a new business center in Vientiane.

Ministry tightens regulations on private hospitals
Health authorities will introduce the new Health Information Technology network this month to improve the management of private hospitals and ensure standards are maintained.
— Vientiane Times

Livestock research beefs up nation’s food security
The National Agriculture Forestry Research Institute (NAFRI) has developed 10 methods of livestock rearing which will improve food security and bolster animal exports.
— Vientiane Times

Asian culture, tourism exhibition to kick off in Beijing
A three-day Asian Culture and Tourism Exhibition helping visitors to better understand the continent’s civilizations is to open in Beijing on May 16.
— Xinhuanet

TRCS Distributes Flat Bottom Boats and Computers to Lao Red Cross
Lt.Gen.(Retd) Amnat Barlee, M.D., Director of the Relief and Community Health Bureau of the Thai Red Cross Society, together with his team, distributed three flat bottom boats, 55 computers, table fans, clothes and toothpaste to support the Lao Red Cross’s disaster preparedness and response operations.
— Reliefweb

Still no Source of Income for Villagers Displaced by Lao Dam Project
Villagers in Laos displaced by the Don Sahong Dam under construction near the border with Cambodia are still going without jobs and income three years into the project despite promises from the government to help them.
— Radio Free Asia

Forensic investigators receive training in Korea
The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) is supporting Lao police to attend a Capacity Building Programme for Forensic Science and Crime Investigation Technology, in the Republic of Korea.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Xieng Khuang to promote investment in livestock farms
Xieng Khuang has named livestock farming as an area of business that will get special support from provincial authorities.
— Vientiane Times

Vietnam, Lao commissions boost communication cooperation
The Vietnamese Party Central Committee’s Information and Education Commission and the Lao Party Central Committee’s Commission for Propaganda and Training will step up cooperation in the communication work in the time ahead.
— Vietnamplus

Govt to carry out electronic device checks after death of Bokeo policeman
The government plans to carry out inspections of communications devices after a lieutenant colonel in the police force died in Bokeo province last week while using headphones that were attached to a mobile phone he was charging.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Laos lowers target for earnings from sugar exports
Laos has reduced its target for earnings from sugar exports compared to the figure for last year.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Lao People’s Democratic Republic: Flash Floods Emergency Appeal n° MDRLA005; Emergency Plan of Action Operation Update n° 4: 8 May 2019
The collapse of the Xe-Pian Xe-Namnoy dam on 23 July 2018 as a result of Tropical Storm Son Tinh that had made land fall days earlier, has caused massive flash floods that affected 13,100 people and displaced 6,000 people, leaving 39 dead and around 97 missing (according to UN Situation Report no. 9).
— Reliefweb

Agricultural products need upgrade for export: Official
Vientiane authorities are hopeful that farmers in Pakngum district, Vientiane, will get an opportunity to export their produce to overseas markets once the Laos-China railway becomes operational.
— ANN/ Vientiane Times

Governance, Risk and Compliance-The Lao Insurance Industry
GlobalData’s “Governance, Risk and Compliance — The Lao Insurance Industry”, report is the result of extensive research into the insurance regulatory framework in the Loas.
— Market Mirror

Ketmany Vongpasert Crowned As Miss Vientiane 2019
Miss Ketmany Vongpasert, MVT 15, was announced as the first place winner of Miss Vientiane 2019 on April 6.

Bangladesh, Laos declared joint champs
Bangladesh and Laos became joint champions of the Bangamata Under-19 Women’s International Gold Cup football tournament when the final was called off due to inclement weather caused by Cyclone Fani.
— The Independent


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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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