Lao morning news for April 5

Lao morning news for April 5

Lao PDR morning newsLao govt to strive for imports, exports to value US$11.29 billion in 2019
The government will strive to achieve imports and exports of more than US$11 billion this fiscal year, including exports of US$5.516 billion and imports of US$5.775 billion.
— ANN/ Vientiane Times

WB Provides Additional Financing For Lao PDR Disaster Recovery
Two World Bank projects, currently helping the Lao PDR to build climate resilient infrastructure and respond to flood-affected areas of the country, will receive additional financing totaling USD$50 million.

ASEAN members discuss facilitation for trade, investment in Lao capital
Trade negotiating officials from 10 member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member countries met in the Lao capital Vientiane this week to discuss facilitation for trade and investment within the ASEAN bloc.
— Global Times

US$30m recycling plant to sprout renewable energy, commercial by-products
Vientiane authorities have approved a joint venture company which will invest in a waste management project to produce renewable energy and commercially viable by-products.
— ANN/ Vientiane Times

MOU SIGNING Thai, Lao central banks enhance cooperation
The Bank of Thailand and the Bank of Laos PDR have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on cooperation in the areas of financial innovation and payments systems in Chiang Rai yesterday after the meeting of the 5th Asean Finance Ministers’ and Central Governors’ Meeting and related meetings in Chiang Rai yesterday.
— The Nation

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World Bank reaffirms support for Lao green growth initiative
THE World Bank has reaffirmed its commitment to stand with the Lao government as it implements its green growth initiative, according to a senior World Bank official.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Communicable disease control improving but more work needed
While Laos has seen improvements in communicable disease control, the sector needs to train more doctors and nurses in the field in order to maintain the overall health of the population.
— Vientiane Times

Statement on Prior Consultation process for Pak Lay agreed, Joint Action Plans for Pak Beng and Pak Lay approved
The Mekong River Commission (MRC) member countries Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Viet Nam today agreed on a Statement on the prior consultation process for the proposed Pak Lay hydropower project, as the members concluded the six-month prior consultation process.

Luang Namtha folk make way for Laos-China railway
Families living in Luang Namtha province, through which the under-construction Laos-China railway will pass, are united in their approval of the project and are ready to embrace the development opportunities that will come their way.
— Borneo Bulletin

Laos accelerating efforts to facilitate trade: DPM
Laos is in need of intensive cooperation amongst all parties concerned to promote various key measures to boost its world ranking in ease of doing business after the government was unable to meet its target.
— ANN/ Vientiane Times

Water Supply, Sanitation, and Hygiene for Improved Nutrition
Many communities in Lao PDR, especially those in poor or rural areas, do not yet have improved access to water supply and sanitation.
— Reliefweb

Carrying the pain of unexploded ordinance in Laos
Every time Lao Keu walks, pain shoots up her right leg. If she walks or stands too long her leg becomes numb and begins shaking, and she needs to rest.
— Child Fund Australia

Flying In: Singapore’s Scoot Swoops Into Laos’ Vientiane, World Heritage Listed Luang Prabang
Flying from Singapore to Laos and beyond just got easier after Scoot launched its inaugural flights from the city-state to the jewel of the Mekong.
— The Laotian Times

Knowledge for Development Project kicks off for planners
The Knowledge for Development Project (K4D) will be officially implemented after the first meeting of related sectors took place in Vientiane on Wednesday.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Farmer Benefits from project participation in Laos: Case Study from Luang Prabang
Located an hour out of town in Luang Prabang on the way to Kuang Si waterfall is Ban Phaksi, a beautiful village surrounded by turquoise streams and rivers sourced from the magnificent falls themselves, a popular tourist attraction in northern Laos.
— Mekong Livestock Research

Hung Kings to be commemorated in Laos
The death anniversary of the Hung Kings, the legendary founders of Vietnam, will be observed in the Lao capital city of Vientiane on April 5-6.
— Vietnam Plus

Emergency rescue services gear up for Pi Mai Lao
Rescue teams nationwide will be on standby to assist accident victims during the Pi Mai Lao (Lao New Year) festive period from April 10 to 17.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Goal 18: Lives Safe From Harm
Lao PDR has the distinction of being one of the most heavily bombed nations in the world.

Vientiane Times makes huge strides in 25 years
The Vientiane Times has moved determinedly forward and upheld its mission to supply information to the public in a timely and responsible manner, using multimedia platforms to better serve its growing readership in Laos and overseas.
— Vientiane Times

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2nd Carlsberg Golf Classic 2019 Held To Develop Lao Golfers
The 2nd Carlsberg Golf Classic competition was held on March 28 at 16 Km Golf Club, in Vientiane. About 100 amateur golf players joined the competition.

New team leader at Asian Trails Laos
Asian Trails has named Laetitia Lai-Lai as general manager of Asian Trails Laos effective 8 April.
— TTR Weekly

Lao women in Isaan’s karaoke bars: “Men certainly don’t pretend we’re waitresses.”
At a roadside wood and corrugated iron shack bathed in green fluorescent lighting, Praew points to the bamboo furniture.
— The Isaan Record


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


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 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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