Lao morning news for April 1

Lao morning news for April 1

Lao PDR morning newsNation’s measles, rubella vaccine doses near 2 million mark
Lao authorities estimate that about 2 million doses of a vaccine against measles and rubella will be administered to people in target areas of the country this year.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Japan grants 2.2 billion kip for 3 agriculture projects
The Japanese government has provided aid worth more than 2.2 billion (US$261.753) for three agriculture-related projects in Savannakhet province through its Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP) scheme.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

UN expert: Outlook grim for victims of Laos dam collapse
A U.N. expert on human rights said Friday that hundreds of people displaced by the collapse of a dam in Laos last year are facing bleak prospects for recovering their homes and livelihoods.
— The Washington Post

Laos: from Chinese mega-projects “little employment and huge debts”
The massive Chinese projects of the Belt and Road Initiative (Bri) and the vast concessions to exploit land and resources generate few jobs and too many debts: the current strategy of the Lao socialist regime favors a wealthy elite and increases economic inequalities with the poorest sections of the population.

Ministry told to address high cost, low-quality roads and bridges
The public works and transport sector has been told to address the longstanding issue of many roads and bridges having been built and repaired at high cost but to low quality standards.
— Vientiane Times

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Vientiane Center Organises Blood Drive To Celebrate Its 4th Anniversary
The high-end shopping hub Vientiane Center, in cooperation with the National Blood Transfusion Centre, Vientiane Rescue 1623 and Vientiane Capital Rescue 1624, is organizing a blood drive and a free movies watching event to celebrate its 4th anniversary between Mar 28 and Apr 1.

Laos-China Enhance Cooperation On Media
The Lao Press in Foreign Languages (Vientiane Times) and Lao China Economic and Trade Promotion Association have signed a memorandum of understanding on news in Chinese online service.

National Institute of Fine Arts to expand network for human resource development
The National Institute of Fine Arts will expand its network to promote human resource development in the area of fine arts.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Laos, Norway enhance bilateral cooperation
The Lao government highly valued the assistance of the Norwegian government and people to the development of Laos, especially in the clearance of unexploded ordnance (UXO) which was a serious obstacle to the country’s development.
— Vientiane Times

Chinese joint venture bank in Laos funds students to learn Chinese
Lao China Bank (LCNB), a Chinese joint venture in Laos, has provided a scholarship worth 150 million Lao kip (some 17,500 U.S. dollars) to Confucius Institute in National University of Laos for supporting underprivileged students to learn Chinese language.
— Xinhuanet

PM Receives Norwegian Minister Of International Development
Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith on March 29 received a courtesy call from visiting Norwegian Minister of International Development Dag-Inge Ulstein.

Japan rolls out support for Lao judo’s SEA Games tilt
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan and All Japan Judo Federation presented 100 tatami mats to the Lao Judo Federation at the Lao-Japan Budo Centre in Vientiane on Thursday.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Feasibility study announced for Khammuan’s Khoun Kong Leng Lake development
Hinboun district administration office in Khammuan province on Wednesday announced the temporary closure of tourism services at Khoun Kong Leng Lake with the conducting of a feasibility study to develop the site.
— Vientiane Times

Singapore, Brunei, Laos withdraw from 2019 AFF U22 championship
Singapore, Brunei and Laos have pulled out of the 2019 AFF U-22 championship, the organization has revealed.

Official Launch of Pullman Luang Prabang – Responsibly Showcasing the Culinary and Contemporary Culture of Laos
The ancient city of Luang Prabang is considered to be the cradle of Lao culture.
— Hospitality Net

Minister encourages coffee sector to boost quality, supply
Coffee production across the country has to be further developed while simultaneously bolstering quality to meet the growing demands of domestic and international markets, according to a leading official.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Over 100 firms join International Trade Fair of Northwest Region
More than 100 organisations and businesses of Vietnam, China, Laos and Thailand have joined the International Trade Fair of the Northwest Region 2019 that was opened in Dien Bien Phu city in the northwestern province of Dien Bien on March 30.
— Vietnam Plus

Savannakhet’s Huay La Larb waterfall gushing with tourism potential
Savannakhet province plans to develop Huay La Larb waterfall near Aoi-Tantib village in Nong district for tourists after many domestic and international visitors have already shown interest in the natural spot.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Women’s business achievements put in the spotlight
Laos is now seeking ways to increase the number of businesswomen as part of the government’s effort to promote female entrepreneurship and offer opportunities for them to showcase and share achievements of women-owned businesses.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

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This week’s Lao morning news feature photo acknowledges International Mine Awareness Day, April 4.


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Stella-maris Ewudolu

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Stella-maris graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, Education from Ebonyi State University, Nigeria in 2005.

Between November 2010 and February 2012 she was a staff writer at Daylight Online, Nigeria writing on health, fashion, and relationships. From 2010 – 2017 she worked as a freelance screen writer for ‘Nollywood’, Nigeria.

She joined AEC News Today in December 2016.

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