Lao morning news for January 31

Lao morning news for January 31

Lao PDR morning news

Wood pulp, waste paper exports hit US$251 m in 2019
Electricity was in first place with exports of US$ 1,066 million between January and October 2019. The second spot went to gold ore with exports of US$550 million, and copper was in third place with US$401 million.
— ANN/Vientiane Times

Laos Steps Up Efforts to Prevent Coronavirus Outbreak
Laos has announced that it will set up a task force committee to tackle the spread of the new coronavirus that originated in Wuhan, China.
— The Laotian Times 

Laos offers sympathy to China as it battles coronavirus
Here is an unofficial translation of the message: “I have been closely following the news of the outbreak of the new coronavirus in Wuhan, Hubei province, as well as its spread to other Chinese cities since the end of 2019. The outbreak has affected livelihoods and caused considerable loss of life.
— ANN/Vientiane Times 

Chinese tourist arrivals diminish in neighbouring Bokeo
The number of Chinese tourists crossing the border into Bokeo province has slowed following the coronavirus outbreak in China.
— Vientiane Times 

PM calls for better trained workforce, labour data improvement
Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith has called for authorities in charge to speed up work to create a more highly skilled workforce to meet the growing needs of social and economic development.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

New programme launched to strengthen the Rule of Law in Laos
(KPL) A new three-year Legal Aid Support project was launched at a ceremony in Vientiane on January 24 to strengthen the Lao PDR’s rule of law.
— KPL 

Vientiane People’s Council draws up plans for 2020
A report on the plan was presented at a meeting of the Council which took place from January 20-24 and was attended by Council members and members of the National Assembly.
— ANN/Vientiane Times

Labour authorities laud Lao workers’ deal in South Korea
Under this agreement, Lao workers receive a minimum wage starting at US$1,400 a month as well as social welfare benefits, the same as Korean personnel.
— ANN/Vientiane Times 

EU, ITC team up with Lao PDR to improve food-safety, boost exports
(KPL) A new project to improve food safety and plant health through better governance in the Lao PDR was announced on Jan 29 in Vientiane by the European Union, the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF) and the International Trade Centre (ITC).
— KPL 

Lao Food Festival 2020 launched
(KPL) Lao Food Festival 2020 was launched at Chao Anouvong Park, Vientiane Capital, on Jan 28 and will last till Jan 31.
— KPL 

Norway extends support for UXO clearance
Norway’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs is continuing to assist Laos in unexploded ordnance (UXO) survey and clearance with the Mines Advisory Group in Laos (MAG Laos) receiving 6 million Norwegian krone (about US$627,000) for a 12-month project in Khammuan province.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

U.S. Renews Partnership with Lao PDR to Build Capacity in UXO Sector
U.S. Ambassador to the Lao PDR Rena Bitter and Minister of Labour and Social Welfare Khampeng Xaysompeng witnessed on Jan 21 in Vientiane the signing of an MOU between the National Regulatory Authority (NRA) of Laos and Tetratech to support UXO capacity building programmes.
— KPL 

Unitel, a leading provider of IT and digital networks
It provides services for Party and government organisations including the E-government system; Smart Education; Smart Health; Smart City; Smart Agriculture, Labour Management System; Asset Management System; and Citizen Management System.
— ANN/Vientiane Times

BOL launches QR Code payment standard
The launch for the Lao QR Code standard for payments was held in Vientiane alongside a panel discussion on domestic payment systems.
— ANN/Vientiane Times


Feature photo Slow Train to the Coast

This week’s Lao morning news feature photo focuses on raptors of Asean, here the spot-bellied eagle-owl, or forest eagle-owl.


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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