Lao morning news for October 16

Lao morning news for October 16

Lao PDR morning news

Laos Falls to 113rd Place in Global Competitiveness Ranking
Laos has slipped down to a ranking of 113rd out of 141 surveyed countries in the annual Global Competitiveness Report 2019, while several neighboring countries, including Vietnam, climbed up on the list thanks to improvements in economic and business activities.
— The Laotian Times

Two Large Mekong River Dams in Laos to Start Operations by End of Year
The first two of five planned large-scale Lao dams on the Mekong river are set to go online before the end of this year, amid controversy over their impact on the environment and people’s livelihoods.

Generating test runs at Laos’ Don Sahong dam near Cambodia border
Tests were run last week on the first of four electricity generators at the Don Sahong hydropower plant on the Mekong River in Laos’ Champasak province, after construction began in January 2016.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Experts underline importance of technological innovation
Government officials, researchers, students and individuals from the private sector gathered in Vientiane yesterday to discuss research and development in the Industry 4.0 era.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Cambodian-Lao coal power deal an environmental worry
With plans for cross-border electricity grids growing in the region, Laos is banking on hydropower exports to earn revenue. But a recent deal to also sell coal power generated in Laos to Cambodia has sparked environmental concerns over this trade.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Chinese-owned banana plantations expand in Laos despite lingering environmental and health concerns
The Laotian government lifted its ban on banana plantations last year but health and environmental problems caused by agricultural chemicals persist.
— The Asean Post

Laos values Vietnamese media training assistance
Training in media management by Vietnamese institutes for Lao officials has led to improved performance in media organisations, with mistakes minimised.
Vientiane Times (paywall)

Laos, China partner in quality control of agricultural exports
Laos will soon have a high-quality facility to ensure the required international hygiene standards of plant and animal products as well as providing training.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

President advises on development in Naxaithong
Mr Bounnhang stressed these points when meeting with authorities on Friday during a visit to the district to learn about developments there.
— ANN/Vientiane Times

Vientiane to host almsgiving for 300 monks as part of Dharma Yatra pilgrimage
The second Dharma Yatra, a pilgrimage of peace, will bring together up to 100 to 150 monks and Buddhists from Cambodia, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Myanmar after the first regional Buddhist caravan was successfully organised in 2017.
— ANN/Vientiane Times

Planning ministry confers on development strategy, challenges
Representatives of the ministry and other authorities met in Vientiane on Thursday and reviewed the implementation of a development index for the government’s 2018-2019 socio-economic development plan which was approved by the National Assembly on November 28, 2018.
— ANN/Vientiane Times

Laos celebrates end of Buddhist Lent in traditional style
The festival occurs three months after the start of Lent in July, when the accompanying festival is known as Boun Khao Phansa.
— ANN/Vientiane Times

New websites promote shared Laos-China destiny
This was the message from the Deputy Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr Savankhone Razmountry, when addressing a ceremony last Friday to launch two new websites in Lao and Chinese under Lao Press in Foreign Languages.
— ANN/Vientiane Times

FEATURE: Namtha: an overlooked travellers’ gem
I too used to think of Namtha as being a stopover town and never spent much time there because I’m basically a country boy and prefer to be in rural areas.
— ANN/Vientiane Times

Laos: A Southeast Asian Odyssey
Despite its mix of ancient buddhist temples, pristine jungles, and beautifully-preserved French colonial architecture, Laos still feels like a secret. On this trip, you’ll explore Luang Prabang (and stay in the new Rosewood Hotel) to tour historical sites like Wat Visoun, the oldest temple in the city, built in 1512; meet Lao ethnic groups including the Hmong and Khamu people; and trek through the rice fields and small villages along the banks of the Nam Ma River.
— Travel and Leisure


Feature photo Tripsavvy

This week’s Lao morning news feature photo focuses on  Vientiane Boat Racing celebrating Boun Awk Phansa, October 13.


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).



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