Lao morning news for October 22

Lao morning news for October 22

Lao PDR morning news

World Food Programme delivers rice to flood-hit communities
The rice is helping communities recover from recent floods in five southern provinces of Laos.
— ANN/Vientiane Times

Investment in Lao industry stagnates
The number of factories has grown by just 5 percent annually, according to statistics collected by the Department of Industry and Handicrafts under the Ministry of Industry and Commerce.
— ANN/Vientiane Times

Lao gov’t policies to lure investors fail to spark industrial sector
The growth rate of factories in Laos is continuing at a moderate pace despite the government improving its policies and regulations to attract investors.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Tourist arrivals on track to hit target for 2019
More than 3.4 million people vacationed in Laos in the first nine months of this year, an increase of about 11 percent compared to last year, while the number of visitors from China soared by 26 percent, according to the Tourism Development Department, Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism.
— ANN/Vientiane Times

Rajah & Tann Laos forms alliance with local conglomerate Phongsavanh
The Laos office of Rajah & Tann has entered into an alliance with local conglomerate Phongsavanh Group in an effort to expand operations in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic.
— Asian Legal Business

Hungarian president to pay state visit to Laos
President of the Republic of Hungary, Mr János Áder, along with his delegation will pay a state visit to Laos from October 24-27.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Korea improves health standards in Borikhamxay
The Institute of Asian Culture and Development (IACD) in Laos, based in the Republic of Korea, will continue to provide free medical care and supplies for Borikhamxay province to improve the health status of local residents.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

NGO PSI supports health sector upgrade with US$4.9 million
Population Services International (PSI) will provide US$4.9 million to help Laos improve the health sector from 2019 to 2022.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Laos-Australia Defence Alumni Hosted Dinner
Australian Embassy on Oct 17 hosted Laos-Australia Defence Alumni Dinner 2019 in the presence of Col. Thouankham Soukchaleun, Director of ASEAN Political-Security Division, Ministry of Naional Defense, and Col. Nerolie McDonald, Australian Defence Attaché to Laos.

India Ready To Increase Scholarships For Lao Nationals
The Indian government is ready to increase the number of scholarships for Lao officials and students if more officials and students need so, or more students are qualified, said Indian ambassador to the Lao PDR Dinkar Asthana.

Reaching 14,000 In Oudoumxay With Youth Friendly Sexual Health Info
Good Neighbors, an international humanitarian development iNGO founded in the Republic of Korea, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in the Lao PDR, providing USD 100,000 to the Ministry of Health and the Vientiane Youth Centre to provide Adolescents and Youth Friendly Services (AYFS) to schools and communities in Xay district, Oudomxay province.

French Ambassador Honors Pasathipatai Secondary School With Prestigious Distinction
On October 18, Pasathipatai Secondary School received the Label Franc Education in recognition of its successful bilingual Lao-French language programme.

Lao-made products fail to find favour with consumers
It will be a challenge to persuade people to change their ways as they have become accustomed to seeing these imported products on shop shelves and in markets and are not well disposed to using similar items that are made in Laos. Any change in consumer habits is going to take a long time.
— ANN/Vientiane Times

FEATURE: A historical gem in Bokeo province
The structures that remain are worth seeking out and offer a different perspective on Laos. If you have the time and are prepared to go digging, there are several sites worth seeking out in the south and northeast of Laos.
— ANN/Vientiane Times

Regional nations review stance on public health
During the conference, a special session on ‘Join Hands to Collaborate on Public Health Research for Improving Health Equity among GMS Countries’ provided participants and research partners with the opportunity to discuss and link their research work together.
— ANN/Vientiane Times

Thai Airways to Cancel 6 Routes to 4 ASEAN Nations, including Laos
Thai Airways International is looking into cancelling six fight routes to four Southeast Asian nations, namely Cambodia, Vietnam, Myanmar and Laos.
— The Laotian Times Japan Names Vientiane as Best City for Walking Tour
The Lao capital Vientiane has been named as one of seven best cities in the world for walking tours by Japan.
— The Laotian Times

Do the Paris Peace Agreements still matter?
This week, Cambodia will celebrate the 28th anniversary of the Paris Peace Agreements, signed on October 23, 1991 by 19 countries. The agreements marked the end of the Cambodian conflict and led to the arrival of UNTAC, the first post-Cold War peacekeeping mission and the first-ever takeover of Cambodia by the United Nations as a government.
— Khmer Times

Latest Laos Mobile Payments Partnership with to Target Chinese Tourist
Banque Pour Le Commerce Exterieur Lao Public (BCEL), one of the biggest state-owned commercial banks in Laos, has partnered with Hong Kong mobile payments services provider Wallyt to allow Lao merchants to accept mobile payments through WeChat Pay and Alipay.

Laos Urged to Cancel Latest Dam for Mainstream Mekong
Environmental rights groups are calling on Laos to cancel the latest hydro-electric dam it has approved for construction across the Mekong River, warning of dire consequences for the millions of people who rely on the waterway for a living.


Feature photo  UN in Lao PDR

This week’s Lao morning news feature photo focuses on United Nations Day, October 24


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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