Lao morning news for April 22

Lao morning news for April 22

Lao PDR morning newsChampassak appeals for help after 22 houses gutted by fire
Champassak provincial authorities are continuing their appeal for money and construction equipment urgently needed by people in Naphoukham village, Xanasomboun district, after 22 houses were destroyed in a fire last week.
— Vientiane Times

Laos eyes increased exports to China
Lao exports to China are expected to increase to 1,510 million U.S. dollars in 2019, while imports will decline to 985 million U.S. dollars, according to the latest projections from the Lao Ministry of Industry and Commerce.
— Brinkwire

Political will needed to tackle Laos’ public debt
The government has introduced several policies to strengthen public finance management, but the success of state intervention depends on political will and strong leadership, according to a flagship report from the Asian Development Bank.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Govt urged to prioritise development of digital economy
The government needs to put the digital economy firmly on its agenda to speed up the development of this global initiative, according to a senior official at the Ministry of Post and Telecommunications.
— Vientiane Times

UNDP signals continuing support for Lao community radio
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will continue its support for the Enhancing People’s Participation through Community Radio project until 2021.
— Vientiane Times

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‘King’s daughters’ vie for Miss Laos New Year
Luang Prabang: Wearing gold-­embroidered silk, faces thick with makeup, a line-up of seven Laotian beauty queens greet cheering supporters at the annual new year beauty contest in Luang Prabang.
The Star Online

Don’t delay construction approval process, officials warned
State officials have been warned not to delay the construction approval process, with those found to be in violation to face legal measures under new guidance.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Nikon-JICA Fund provides 40 scholarships for Savannakhet students
A total of 40 students at Savannakhet University have been selected as awardees of the Nikon-JICA Fund for the current academic year, with a focus on hardworking students from rural areas.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Agriculture exhibition to showcase farming innovations
More than 500 exhibitors are set to join the National Agriculture and Forestry Research Institute (NAFRI) public exhibition from April 25-28, highlighting innovations in the farming sector.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Khammuan’s river-based leisure facility reopens
The new Tha Falang recreational site on the Nam Don river in Khammuan province is ready for visitors after closing temporarily while improvements were carried out.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)


Feature photo World Health Organization

This week’s Lao morning news feature photo acknowledges World Malaria Day, April 25.


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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Stella-maris Ewudolu

Journalist at AEC News Today

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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