Lao morning news for April 23

Lao morning news for April 23

Lao PDR morning news

Report: GDP growth expected at 3.3 percent, lowest in decades
As a result of the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is projected to grow at just 3.3 percent in 2020 – the lowest rate in three and a half decades, a new report suggests.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

COVID-19: Vietnam presents medical supplies to Lao people
The Vietnam-Laos Friendship Association on April 21 presented medical supplies to help Lao people, especially doctors and nurses who are directly involved in preventing and combating the COVID-19.

Two Luang Prabang Covid-19 patients discharged, no new cases for 10 days
Two of the three Covid-19 patients in Luang Prabang Hospital were set to return home today if they twice tested negative for the virus, while no new cases of infection have been reported for 10 straight days.
— Vientiane Times

Cleaning, disinfecting ordered for quarantine facilities
Local authorities will need to clean and disinfect quarantine facilities around the country to stop the spread of COVID-19, according to a Ministry of Health order. The activity will be implemented after people who are self-isolating at quarantine facilities return home.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

83 coronavirus cases test negative in Laos
83 more coronavirus cases were examined in Laos and all of them were tested negative, the total number of infections in Laos remaining at 19 on Wednesday.

Greater transparency in data sharing will improve Mekong River management, says MRC
Greater data sharing, transparency and cooperation between its Member Countries and Dialogue Partners will improve management of the Mekong River, the Mekong River Commission said on April 21.

IMF, RFAs emphasize their readiness to cooperate to mitigate COVID-19 impacts
Senior officials of the International Monetary Fund, Arab Monetary Fund, ASEAN+3 Macroeconomic Research Office, Eurasian Fund for Stabilization and Development, and the Economic and Financial Affairs of the European Commission held a teleconference on Apr 22 and reported on efforts taken by their institutions to forcefully address the impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak on the global economy.

Lao Airlines Appoints New President
National flag carrier Lao Airlines has appointed Mr. Khamla Phommavanh as its new president under the supervision of the Ministry of Public Works and Transport.
— The Laotian Times

Bushfires destroy 100,000 hectares of forests
More than 100,000 hectares of forests in Luang Namtha province were destroyed by bushfires that raged for more than a month, officials have said.
— Vientiane Times

Factories, businesses to operate amid lockdown
Factories and businesses at the heart of the Lao economy will be able to resume their operations amid the extended lockdown ordered by the Prime Minister to combat the Covid-19 pandemic.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Ministry of Labour to create jobs for Lao workers amid Covid-19 crisis
The Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare will collect information on Lao workers who returned home from Thailand during the Covid-19 outbreak from each province in order to create jobs for them.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Govt targets policies to help residents, business during pandemic
The government is devising policies to help residents reduce their cost of living as well as ease the strain on businesses struggling during the COVID-19 outbreak.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Teachers use YouTube to improve skills during lockdown
Primary school teachers across the country can now upgrade their skills from home thanks to uploaded content on the ‘Teacher Development Videos’ YouTube channel.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)



Feature photo Malaria CSO Platform, Laos

This week’s Lao morning news feature photo focuses on World Malaria Day, April 25


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