Lao morning news for April 10

Lao morning news for April 10
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Lao PDR morning newsChinese Investors Speed Up SEZ Development
A group of Chinese investors have invested at least 10 billion yuan to speed up developing the infrastructure of the Boten Specific Economic Zone (SEZ) in Luang Namtha Province, northern Laos.

AIIB approves $320m for Sri Lanka and Laos loans
The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) has given the green light for loans in Sri Lanka, totalling $280 million, and Laos, which will receive $40 million.
— Funds Global Asia

FEATURE: Luang Prabang luring larger numbers of Chinese tourists
While relatively small, World Heritage-listed Luang Prabang city nestled between the Mekong and Khan rivers is quickly becoming more popular among Chinese tourists.
— ANN/ Vientiane Times

32km Mekong River embankment completed in Hadxaifong
Construction of a 32.2 kilometre embankment along the Mekong River to protect farmland against flooding in the south of Vientiane is now complete.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

U.N. Expert: The Rich Get Richer in Lao PDR
A United Nations rights expert recently traveled to Laos, where he met with government officials of various levels, village leaders, workers, farmers and tradespeople to gather information on their daily lives.
— Radio Free Asia

Obstacle course back in SEA Games
Six events that will be held in an obstacle course have been restored following the acceptance of Laos as a fourth country to join the event.

Recovery and Resilience in Lao PDR
In 2018, Lao PDR suffered its most costly floods in a decade. Heavy rains from two tropical cyclones were compounded by the collapse of a saddle dam in Attapeu province, which caused flash floods.
— ReliefWeb

BCEL launches World Mastercard credit card, prepaid Mastercard
Banque pour le Commerce Exterieur Lao (BCEL) Public has officially launched a credit card and a prepaid debit card under the BCEL World Mastercard brand to meet the travel and shopping needs of Lao people with a better and safer alternative to cash that is easily accessible to everyone.
— ANN/ Vientiane Times

Nang Sangkhan procession cancelled in Vientiane
Vientiane authorities have cancelled one of the main events planned for Pi Mai Lao this year – the Miss Lao New Year (Nang Sangkhan) procession.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Association helps promote Vietnam-Laos solidarity
People-to-people diplomacy has contributed to tightening solidarity between the two countries, heard a conference in the northern province of Thai Nguyen on April 9.
— Vietnam Plus

Walkers show support for universal health coverage
More than 1,000 people ran or walked through the streets of Vientiane on Sunday to help raise awareness and promote access to quality health services.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Laos promotes gender equity in healthcare
Laos will continue to promote gender equality in access to healthcare and will strengthen efforts to improve the quality of healthcare services for communities across the country.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

International Day for UXO / Mine Awareness 2019
To mark this year’s Mine Awareness Day, the National Regulatory Authority for the UXO/Mine Action Sector (NRA) and UNDP organized a celebration in Khammouane province.

Northern Bus Station Increases Bus Fleet For Passenger Flow During Pi Mai
The Northern Bus Station has got itself prepared in all aspects to better handle the flow of passengers traveling to home towns in northern part of the country during the celebration of Pi Mai Lao or Lao New Year B.E. 2562.

Monument to former president unveiled in Vientiane
A monument to former President Nouhak Phoumsavanh was officially unveiled in Vientiane yesterday by the President of the Lao PDR, Bounnhang Vorachit, together with Party and government leaders.
— Vientiane Times

Ground broken for second campus of Lao-German Technical College
Construction of a second campus of the Lao-German Technical College is underway in Vientiane which will allow more students to take trade-specific courses, especially in the operation of heavy machinery.
— Vientiane Times

Champassak takes the lead in business registration improvement
Kong district in the southern province of Champassak looks set to become a new model in the implementation of one-stop services and the improvement of business registration, which provinces nationwide should learn from.
— Vientiane Times


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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.

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