Lao Morning News For August 17

Lao Morning News For August 17
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Lao PDR morning newsGovt urges local jobs on Laos-China railway project
The government wants local workers to be employed for construction of the Laos-China railway project to maximise the economic benefits to the nation.
Vientiane Times 

What’s Behind the New Cambodia-Laos Border Crisis?
Cambodia – traditionally a political, economic and military minnow – has grabbed the headlines in recent years in the diplomatic realm in the context of its spoiler role with the backing of China. And as the country approaches elections next year, Phnom Penh has been flexing its muscles of late, whether at home when it comes to cracking down on local opposition groups or abroad with some of its neighbors.
The Diplomat 

Laos continues to face budgetary tension: deputy PM
Laos will continue to face budgetary tension next year despite taking a number of steps to mitigate fiscal problems, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Somdy Duangdy said on Tuesday.

Road collapse causes major inconvenience in Phongsaly
Sections of a road in Phongsaly province have collapsed due to a landslide following heavy rain that occurred on Tuesday.
Vientiane Times 

Govt struggles to address budget deficit
The government has cleared a plan to lower its budget deficit for 2018 but it still requires more funds to repay domestic and overseas loans.
Vientiane Times 

China, Laos to enhance cooperation in information, culture, tourism
China and Laos have in recent years made great progress in exchange and cooperation in information, culture and tourism and the two countries will further enhance cooperation in these fields, officials said Wednesday.
Global Times 

Hun Sen announces ‘new’ brigade
Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday announced the formation of a “new” infantry brigade in Stung Treng and the deployment of naval assets to the province following recent border frictions with Laos in the area.
The Phnom Penh Post 

Workshop highlights efforts against gender-based violence
The National Commission for the Advancement of Women and Mother-Child (NCAWMC) will keep working hard to protect women’s and children’s’ rights amongst the local population.
Vientiane Times 

Laos-Thailand railway to launch freight transport service in few months
The Laos-Thailand railway link is expected to begin operating a freight transport service in the next few months following the completion of a container yard at the Thanalaeng Railway Station in Laos in March.
Vientiane Times

30 Lao military officers receive training in Hai Duong
A training course on defence affairs was opened in the northern province of Hai Duong on August 14 by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) for 30 military officers from Laos.
Vietnam Plus


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