Lao morning news for February 18

Lao morning news for February 18

Lao PDR morning news

State auditing body uncovers more cases of financial irregularity
The State Audit Organisation (SAO) inspected 104 state-funded projects and government bodies in 2019, exceeding its plan of 99, as financial irregularities continue to be detected.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Vientiane on Alert Amid Rising Air Pollution Levels
The Lao government is closely monitoring air quality in the capital of Vientiane as pollution levels rise, although the current level of air quality meets set safety standards.
— The Laotian Times

Education ministry to revamp secondary school curriculum
The Ministry of Education and Sports has announced it is prioritising the improvement of the secondary school curriculum as part of the sector’s overall five-year strategic plan for 2021-2025.
— Vientiane Times

State-Run Logistics Boss Sentenced to Life for Corruption
The Vientiane People’s Court has sentenced a former director of Lao Logistics State Enterprise to life imprisonment on charges of corruption.
— The Laotian Times

Japan Supports Dressmaking Skills Training at Savannakhet Technical Vocational College Xepon Branch
The Government of Japan is providing grant assistance worth USD 147,657 to support the expansion of dressmaking skill training in Savannakhet Province.

UN’s FAO Director-General To Visit Lao PDR
The Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Qu Dongyu, is set to arrive in the Lao PDR on Tuesday, Feb 18, for a three-day visit to further strengthen the organisation’s collaboration with the country.

Singapore helps improve English communication skills of government officials
The Singaporean Ministry of Foreign Affairs sponsored a three week training course on “Basic English Language and Communication Skills” for 26 Lao government officials from 20 Jan-7 Feb.

FEATURE: Railway brings double luck to compensated land owners
Mr Bounying Luanglath is delighted to have a new home and a plot of land measuring 20 square metres after being awarded compensation for the loss of his former home by the developers of the Laos-China railway.
— ANN/Vientiane Times

Labour minister urges clarity in recruitment of railway workers
Better coordination is needed to ensure that full and open information is provided about the hiring of Lao workers in the construction of the Laos-China railway.
— Vientiane Times

Mekong, Chinese ministers’ meeting to push sub-regional ties
Foreign ministers from countries in the Mekong basin and China will gather in Vientiane this week to discuss regional cooperation with Laos and China co-chairing the meeting, which opens on Thursday.
— Vientiane Times

Lao, Indonesian auditors figure out improved practices
Members of the State Auditing Organisation of Laos and the Audit Board of the Republic of Indonesia met in Indonesia recently to discuss developments in auditing and the provision of training for Lao audit officials.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Health ministry, partners debate way forward in improving hospital services
Government officials and advisors from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) gathered recently in Champassak province at the 3rd Lao Forum on Improving the Quality of Health Care Services.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Lao ministry urged to maximise use of ICT, digitalisation
Lao Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Somdy Duangdy last week advised the post and telecommunications sector to use information and communications technology (ICT) to spur development and to transform online services through digitalisation.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Luang Namtha to Become New Regional Transport Hub
Laos’s northern province of Luang Namtha is poised to become a regional transport hub with investment in a dry port, leveraging its strategic location.
— The Laotian Times

Teddy Bear Monk, Dry Rivers, Garbage Galore – This Week In Lao Social Media
The Laotian Times brings our readers a round-up of some of the most shared topics this past week, based on reach and engagement on Facebook.
— The Laotian Times


Feature photo Global Partnership for Education

This week’s Lao morning news feature photo focuses on International Mother Language Day, February 21.


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