Lao morning news for April 24

Lao morning news for April 24
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Lao PDR morning newsFeasibility study begins on Xekong’s Nam Pagnou dam in Laos
The government has authorised a local energy developer to conduct a feasibility study of the Nam Pagnou (Lower) Hydropower Project in Xekong province.
— ANN/ Vientiane Times

1st Laos-China Friendship Tunnel Boring Suspended Due To High Salt Concentration
Contractors have suspended boring the 1st Laos-China Friendship tunnel stretching 9 km between Boten of Laos and Bohan in China since January due to high salt concentration in soil on the Lao side.

25 Year Span: Lao-Thai Friendship Bridge Quarter Century Anniversary Arrives Via Australian Aid
Hundreds of thousands of cross-border passenger and vehicle trips each year are made possible by the first friendship bridge that crosses the Mekong from Laos’ capital to neighboring Thailand and several additional spans just like it.
— The Laotian Times

People In Phongsaly Benefit From EU/UNICEF Nutrition Programme
The European Union (EU) Ambassador to the Lao PDR, Leo Faber, and UNICEF Representative, Octavian Bivol successfully completed a four-day visit to Phongsaly province to observe nutrition interventions under the Partnership for Improved Nutrition (PIN).

EDITORIAL : Belt and Road Initiative helps Laos to achieve its land-link dream
China has initiated large scale infrastructure projects in many countries as part of its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).
— ANN/ Vientiane Times

Oudomxay ramps up efforts to become a tourist hotspot
Oudomxay authorities are accelerating their attempts to put the province on the tourism map and improve the attractiveness of various locations so that the area features more highly on visitors’ itineraries.
— Vientiane Times

Laos Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband Market Growth Analysis, Challenges and Industry Key Players – Lao Telecom, Thaicom, ETL, Unitel, Lao Asia Telecom, Star Telecom, Viettel | 2019-2023
The telecom sector in Laos still has numerous issues to address. For a number of years, the rate of regulatory reform has been well behind wider industry development.
— Amazing Newspaper

Buddhist Fellowship to enforce rules on monks’ use of social media
The Lao Buddhist Fellowship Organisation will start circulating its regulations on the use of social media by monks at the end of this month.
— Vientiane Times

New guidelines to strengthen human trafficking response
Members of the Lao Women’s Union yesterday met with ministerial officials in Vientiane to discuss the drafting of new policy guidelines on family violence, child protection and human trafficking.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Is it too late for Lao?
The Fourth Industrial Revolution is a train that you either get on or you’ll find yourself being left far, far behind.
— The Asean Post

Spotlight: BRI boosts world economy, offers opportunity for common prosperity
Noy Sonemany works at the China-Laos railway construction site in northern Laos.
— Xinhuanet

Nation’s love of social media projected to grow this year
The number of people using social media is predicted to keep surging as telecom operators compete with each other to offer better services, a new forecast has revealed.
— Vientiane Times

Plans outlined for 25th anniversary of First Lao-Thai Friendship Bridge
Many fun and interesting activities are planned for the upcoming 25th anniversary celebration of the First Lao-Thai Friendship Bridge, taking place on and around the bridge over April 26-27.
— ANN/ Vientiane Times

Laos farmers challenged by extreme weather
The nation’s farmers are facing ongoing challenges with their crop production as temperatures continue to soar to extreme levels.
— ANN/ Vientiane Times

Trade union body reviews progress in upholding workers’ rights
Representatives of the Lao Federation of Trade Unions (LFTU) and development partners met for their annual meeting in Vientiane yesterday to review progress in the strengthening of labour networks and discuss plans for 2019.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

World Book Day observed in Laos-China Culture Center
The World Book Day was observed in the Laos-China Culture Center on Tuesday in the Lao capital of Vientiane.
— Xinhuanet

New Chinese consul general appointed to Laos
A new Consul General has been appointed to China’s Consulate General in Luang Prabang, to advance cooperation between Laos and China.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Fire guts Bokeo primary school
Five classrooms at a primary school in Khounbong village, Tonpheung district, Bokeo province were badly damaged in a fire that broke out at the school last week after children set light to some paper.
— 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).

Lao morning news by AEC News Today is your one stop source for Lao PDR news on matters of governance and policies affecting Asean business communities. It is published M-F by AEC News Today: Governance, not government; policies not politics.


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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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