Lao morning news for October 2

Lao morning news for October 2

Lao PDR morning newsRegional, global cooperation indispensable for sustainable development, Laos tells UN
National governments and the world community need to work together to attain the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Lao Minister of Foreign Affairs told the UN General Assembly on Saturday.
— Vientiane Times

Two more years to meet Laos’ development plan: Minister
Natural disasters coupled with global economic and political uncertainty have had a direct impact on the implementation of the 8th Five-Year National Socio Economic Development Plan (NSEDP 2016-20), according to a senior government official.
— Vientiane Times

Dozens Of Local Students Awarded Hongsa Power’s Scholarships
Hongsa Power Company has awarded 40 scholarships worth 120 million kip (US$14,900) to secondary students in the districts of Hongsa, Ngeun, and Xienghone in Xayaboury Province for this academic year 2018-2019.

Champassak cleans up to advance Asean tourist city aspirations
Champassak district in Champassak province is aiming to achieve Asean Clean Tourist City certification by 2020.
The UNESCO World Heritage Listed Old Town of Luang Prabang became the first conurbation in Laos to be awarded the standard earlier this year.
— Vientiane Times

Dam Collapse May Slow, but Not Stop, Laotian Hydropower Projects
The Laotian government in August said the approval process for new hydroelectric dams in the country should be suspended as it continued to review construction practices.

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3rd Silk Road Int’l Cultural Expo Opened
(KPL) The 3rd Silk Road (Dunhuang) International Cultural Expo was officially opened on September 27 in Dunhuang, Gansu province, northwestern China.

Boao Forum for Asia Vientiane Conference Held
More than 200 representatives of public and private companies from Laos and China met in Vientiane to discuss new trend of trade and investment.

PTV co-produces ‘Belt and Road’ special with China, Laos media
The People’s Television Network (PTV-4) is co-producing a TV special showcasing the “One Belt, One Road” initiative, with the China Global Television Network (CGTN) and the Lao National Television (LNTV).
— PTV News

Korean Week Festival 2018 To Be Held This Week
Korea Week Festival 2018, the first of its kind in Vientiane, will be held at Vientiane Shopping Center, Vientiane Capital on Oct 5-7, 2018.


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This week’s Lao morning news feature photo acknowledges World Teachers’ Day, October 5.


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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John Le Fevre

Thailand editor at AEC News Today

John is an Australian national with more than 40 years experience as a journalist, photographer, videographer, and copy editor.

He has spent extensive periods of time working in Africa and throughout Southeast Asia, with stints in the Middle East, the USA, and England.

He has covered major world events including Operation Desert Shield/ Storm, the 1991 pillage in Zaire, the 1994 Rwanda genocide, the 1999 East Timor independence unrest, the 2004 Asian tsunami, and the 2009, 2010, and 2014 Bangkok political protests.

In 1995 he was a Walkley Award finalist, the highest awards in Australian journalism, for his coverage of the 1995 Zaire (now Democratic Republic of Congo) Ebola outbreak.

Prior to AEC News Today he was the deputy editor and Thailand and Greater Mekong Sub-region editor for The Establishment Post, predecessor of Asean Today.

In the mid-80s and early 90s he owned JLF Promotions, the largest above and below the line marketing and PR firm servicing the high-technology industry in Australia. It was sold in 1995.

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