Lao morning news for May 21

Lao morning news for May 21

Lao PDR morning news

Laos Sends Home Chinese Gamblers, Workers From Golden Triangle SEZ
More than 300 Chinese gamblers and workers have been sent home from Laos after two months held in quarantine in the Golden Triangle Special Economic Zone in Laos, sources in the country say.

Lao Citizens Charged High Rates For Power Amid Virus Shutdown
Lao citizens are being charged high rates for power use, with some asserting rates are also more than prior to the coronavirus break out, in spite of expanding degrees of joblessness as a result of company closings to stop the spread of COVID-19, resources in the one-party communist state claim.
— The Union Journal

Health Minister calls for unity as he joins world leaders in opening World Health Assembly
Minister of Health, Dr Bounkong Syhavong, participated in the opening session of the 73rd World Health Assembly (WHA 73), giving the Presidential Address in his role as President of last year’s Assembly (WHA 72).

UN COVID-19 response and recovery fund backing Laos
The United Nations will support the Lao government’s preparedness and response to the coronavirus under its COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund with two UN projects approved via the fund recently.
— Vientiane Times

China-Laos railway tunnel’s border drilling finished
China Railway No. 2 Engineering Group (CREC-2) told Xinhua that it has drilled through the Friendship Tunnel from northern Laos to the border line with China on Wednesday.
— Xinhua

Banks urged to extend loan repayment deadlines
The Bank of the Lao PDR is asking commercial banks and financial institutions to ease the burden on business owners and workers suffering the effects of the Covid-19 outbreak by extending the deadline for loan repayments.
— Vientiane Times

COVID-19 Economic Impact Could Reach US$8.8 Trillion Globally — New ADB Report
The global economy could suffer between US$5.8 trillion and US$8.8 trillion in losses—equivalent to 6.4% to 9.7% of global gross domestic product (GDP)—as a result of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, says a new report released by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) on May 15.

Laos calls for global unity in overcoming Covid-19 pandemic
Lao health officials need to work in partnership with other countries to combat the Covid-19 pandemic, so that the global community rather individual countries can put a stop to this virulent disease.
— Vientiane Times

Rice and lentils donated by the United States arrived to Laos this week, directed to 925 primary schools around the country where the World Food Programme (WFP) supports daily school lunches. U.S. Ambassador to the Lao PDR Dr. Peter M. Haymond received the goods at WFP’s Vientiane warehouse.

World Bank supports govt to mitigate impacts of COVID 19
The Ministry of Planning and Investment and the World Bank have agreed to work together to mitigate the economic impact of the Covid-19 crisis and to discuss a policy framework for the recovery of the economy, strengthen macroeconomic stability and promote sustainable growth.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Lao PDR receives support from the UN COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund
The United Nations will support the Lao government’s preparedness and response to COVID-19 under the United Nations COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund with two UN projects approved under the fund last week.

Rural schools lack medical equipment to prevent Covid-19
Many schools across the country can comply with measures suggested by the National Taskforce Committee for Covid-19 Prevention and Control but schools in rural areas still lack medical equipment to counter the Coronavirus.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

More people use bus services
A siseable number of people are using public transport in Laos, such as bus services, after the government allowed transport firms to resume operation across the country from Monday.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Health officials strive to take sting out of dengue fever
Health authorities are advising provincial health departments to actively monitor their areas in the fight against dengue fever, as the prevalence of the disease in the provinces is higher this year than last.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

New primary school curriculum chalking up progress
The Ministry of Education and Sports is preparing to roll out the new Grade 2 primary school curriculum in September as authorities observe the first positive results of implementing the new Grade 1 curriculum.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)



Feature photo Bee Keeping Center Xiengkhouang
This week’s Lao morning news feature photo focuses on World Bee Day, May 20.


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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