Lao morning news for February 14

Lao morning news for February 14

Lao PDR morning news

Laos to Introduce New Income Tax Rates for Businesses and Employees
Laos will implement new income tax rates for businesses and employees on February 17, in a move to improve tax compliance as well as boost productivity.
— The Laotian Times

Govt drafts next five-year socio-economic development plan
Members of the government’s steering committee in charge of drafting the 9th five-year National Socio Economic Development Plan (2021-2025) met on Wednesday to review the implementation of the 8th five-year National Socio-economic Development Plan (2016-2020).
— Vientiane Times

Lao service sector to lose US$ millions from coronavirus fallout: economist
The nation stands to lose US$250 million to US$300 million in first-quarter revenue from the service sector, including tourism, due to fallout from the coronavirus outbreak, a senior economist has said.
— ANN/Vientiane Times

Ministry monitoring air quality as pollution levels rise
The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment has been keeping a close eye on the air quality in Vientiane amid the widespread illegal burning of garbage, rice fields and scrubland, which has created a thick haze over the city.
— Vientiane Times

Assessment reveals shortfalls in public financial management
Improvement of many sectors is required, especially financial management, with a Public Expenditure and Financial Accountability (PEFA) assessment showing that Laos is at the lower end of most governance indicators in Asean.
— ANN/Vientiane Times

Laos plans to protect people from floods using TSU geoportal
A group of staff of the Faculty of Geology and Geography, the Biological Institute, and the TSU Department of International Relations recently paid a working visit to the Lao People’s Democratic Republic.
— Mirage News

Lao PDR: Additional World Bank Financing for Sustainable Forest Management
The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors on Feb 11 approved US$5 million in additional financing to the Scaling-Up Participatory Sustainable Forest Management Project, which will help the Lao PDR improve sustainable forest management, community livelihoods and climate change mitigation.
— KPL

Community-Based Disaster Risk Reduction Workshop held
Lao Red Cross and Singapore Red Cross co-organised a Community Based Disaster Risk Reduction workshop, with the support of the Singapore Cooperation Programme (SCP), at the Laos-Singapore Cooperation Centre.
— KPL

Workshop a shot in the arm for coronavirus surveillance
Provincial officials from across the country gathered in Vientiane yesterday for the start of a two-day workshop on ways to detect and respond to cases of the coronavirus.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Asean, Chinese foreign ministers to meet over coronavirus
Ministers of foreign affairs from Asean member countries and China will meet in Vientiane this month to discuss ways to combat the new coronavirus.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Poverty Reduction Fund targets Xaysomboun for development
The Poverty Reduction Fund (PRF), under the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, joined other ministries on Thursday to discuss plans to address poverty eradication in Xaysomboun province this year.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Service industry discusses challenges to doing business
In preparation for the 13th Lao Business Forum (LBF), the LBF Secretariat recently organised this year’s first Private Sector Working Group meeting to discuss challenges faced by the private sector in business operations.
— ANN/Vientiane Times

Medics get lessons in diagnosis, management of mental illness
The Swiss Laos Hospital Project is building the knowledge of Lao professionals in the fields of psychiatry and mental health through a three-day training course taking place from February 12-14 at Mahosot Hospital.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Luang Namtha set to become international business centre
The Lao government has set aside a massive budget to develop and improve infrastructure in order to create better links with neighbouring countries.
— ANN/Vientiane Times

Chinese students feel at home in Laos
Many Chinese students taking courses at the National University of Laos say they feel at home and are made to feel welcome, despite claims of discrimination against Chinese nationals in other countries following the coronavirus outbreak.
— ANN/Vientiane Times

Experts partner to strengthen education in local communities
Lao education officials and overseas development partners are joining forces to strengthen school communities in a bid to improve the quality of education and lifelong learning.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

 

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