Lao morning news for April 25

Lao morning news for April 25

Lao PDR morning newsInfrastructure Development To Keep Laos Economy Growing Despite Headwinds, World Bank Says
Global economic headwinds are impacting on the East Asia Pacific, yet large infrastructure projects are still expected to accelerate economic growth in Laos, according to The World Bank.
— The Laotian Times

China Digs Deep in Landlocked Laos
Laos, a country of 6.8 million people roughly the size of China’s southern autonomous region of Guangxi, is often overlooked in China’s outreach to Southeast Asia.
— The Diplomat

Lao banks join hands to boost payment system
Seven major banks in Laos signed a memorandum of understanding on April 22 to establish the Lao National Payment Network (LAPNet) company for a faster, reliable and more convenient payment system.
— Vietnam Plus

UNDP commits almost US$1 million to disaster recovery
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to Laos is allocating US$955,964 to improve the living conditions of people impacted by disasters around the country.
— Vientiane Times

Vietnam provides 1 billion kip to build school in Xayaboury
The Vietnamese government has provided grant aid of over 1 billion kip (5 billion dong) to build a new secondary school in Napoung village, Hongsa district, Xayaboury province.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

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Russia, Laos agree to expand military cooperation
The Russian and Lao defense ministries have agreed on the areas of expanding military cooperation between both countries, the Lao Defense Minister Chansamone Chanyalath said on the outcomes of the talks with his Russian colleague Sergei Shoigu on the sidelines of the Moscow International Conference on International Security.
— Tass

Where the Silk Roads meet the mighty Mekong
The small wooden boats slowly make their way down the brown waters of the Mekong at sunset.
— Asia Times

South East Asian FMD threat exposed
FOOT and mouth disease remains the single great threat to the global beef and livestock trade, and is a particular problem in developing countries where the disease goes largely untreated.
— Queensland Country Life

Heath authorities call for stronger measures against malaria
The Ministry of Health is calling on local authorities across the country to closely monitor their areas in the fight against malaria, in a bid to meet the goals set out in the National Prevention and Control Malaria Strategic Plan I (2016-2020).
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Government Presents Way Forward for Lao PDR’s Recovery
Lao Government agencies and development partners met today to discuss the way forward on the development of a recovery strategy after the 2018 floods.
— ReliefWeb

Laos Supports BRNN’s Efforts
Belt and Road News Network –BRNN- will become the bigger window to provide people around the world an easier access to rich sources of information.

Towards a Malaria-free Laos
The government of Laos has pledged to eliminate malaria by 2030, and the country seems to be on track.
— ReliefWeb

Remove restrictions on tour operators, official says
Forcing tour operators to submit a list of visitor names to tourism police before taking tour groups on trips violates the Tourism Law, a senior government official has said.
— Vientiane Times

Lao Citizens Turn More to Internet, Social Media For Their News
Lao residents are increasingly abandoning state-controlled news sources and turning more to the internet and social media to get news they can trust, sources in the communist Southeast Asian country say.
— Radio Free Asia

Storm demolishes over 10 houses in Champassak
Over 10 houses in Nong-ek village, Pathoumphon district, Champassak province were damaged by strong winds and heavy rain when a storm swept across the province on Saturday.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Chinese doctor’s dedication wins Lao hearts: media
A Chinese doctor working for the China-Laos railway project has won over Lao people’s hearts with his dedication to keeping the railway workers healthy, local daily Vientiane Times reported on Wednesday.
— Xinhuanet

Russian Security Council Head To Hold Consultations In S.Korea, Laos On Apr 25-26- Council
Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev will visit South Korea and Laos from April 25-26 and hold security consultations with local authorities, the press service of the Russian Security Council said
— UrduPoint News

China-Laos friendship ‘blossoming’
The friendship between China and Laos is blossoming, according to an editorial in the Vientiane Times and quoted by Xinhua on April 22.
— Asia Times

Laos To Host For The First Ever Ultrabiking World Championship In South East Asia
From May, 20th to 24th, the world’s top ultracyclers will compete in Laos for the 3rd round of the BikingMan World Championship.
— J&C

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Treatment-seeking behaviour for febrile illnesses and its implications for malaria control and elimination in Savannakhet Province, Lao PDR (Laos): a mixed method study
Over recent years, the decline in malaria incidence and malaria-related mortality in the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS) has prompted countries in the region to consider the prospect of malaria elimination [1].

Profile: Laotian President Bounnhang Vorachit
Laotian President Bounnhang Vorachit will pay a visit to China from April 25 to May 1 and attend the second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation at the invitation of Chinese President Xi Jinping.
— Xinhuanet

Pittsburgh native Becca Droz in Laos for CBS ‘Amazing Race’ tonight
The self-described fun, bold and adventurous Becca Droz, a Pittsburgh native, will hit the ground running to Laos during tonight’s episode of CBS’ “Amazing Race” all-star season at 9 p.m.
— TribLive

The Truth About Tubing In Laos
For as long as I wanted to travel Asia, I always heard the famous tales of tubing in Laos.


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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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