Lao Morning News For January 23

Lao Morning News For January 23
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Lao PDR morning newsPoor Administration, Infrastructure Fetter Laos’ Growth
Lao PDR is among the fastest growing economies in Southeast Asia: economic growth has averaged 7.8 per cent over the past decade. Despite the slow recovery of the global economy, the country’s growth rate was 6.9 per cent in 2017 and is expected to be 7 per cent in 2018. This is buoyed by an expansion in electricity production, manufacturing and agriculture, and it occurs despite a slight drop in tourist arrivals.
AEC News Today 

Drug production in Laos and Myanmar still a major threat
In December 2017, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) released its latest report on opium production in Myanmar and, at face value, the news was good. Since 2015, the area of cultivated opium poppy in Myanmar’s Shan and Kachin states has decreased by 25% to 41,000 hectares.
The Strategist 

President calls for Lao People’s Army to strengthen its resolve
The armed forces need to further enhance their integrity and be loyal to the Party in all circumstances, notably in the two strategic tasks of national defence and development.
Vientiane Times

Laos, Russia extend defence cooperation
Laos and Russia have agreed to build on their long-established cooperation by furthering the partnership between their two armies to meet the needs of changing times.
Vientiane Times

Mongolia to Provide 1,000 Sheep to Xieng Khuang
The Mongolian government will provide 1,000 sheep as grant aid to the Xieng Khuang provincial army along with training on sheep farming techniques for its soldiers.
Lao News Agency

PM to attend Asean-India Summit
Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith will depart for India to attend the Asean-India Commemorative Summit in New Delhi this week to mark the 25th anniversary of Asean-India Dialogue relations.
Vientiane Times

NA President calls on judiciary to tackle laxity within its ranks
Lack of strong leadership, measures and inspection methods, combined with poor coordination, are causing incompetency in the justice sector, leading to an increase in violations of the law over the past year.
Vientiane Times 

‘Lao Night’ being hosted for 500 Asean guests in Thailand
Some 500 representatives of Asean member countries and Asean partners, as well as the media, will today attend ‘Lao Night’ to promote the nation’s culture, nature and history through performances and an audiovisual presentation.
Vientiane Times


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