Lao morning news for December 25

Lao morning news for December 25
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Laos’ central bank set to use $300M Chinese loans for SME financing
The Bank of the Lao PDR (BOL) is gathering information on commercial banks as it expects to allocate credit for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
— The Phnom Penh Post

Thai gov’t approves financial aid to 5th Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge
The Thai government on Tuesday approved financial assistance to Laos for the construction of the fifth Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge linking Thailand’s northeastern province of Bueng Kan with Lao’s central province of Bolikhamsai.
— Xinhua 

PM: Vietnam willing to send experts to support Laos
Vietnam is willing to send experts to support Laos, especially in macro-economic policy consultancy, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said at a reception for Laos’ Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Planning and Investment Sonsay Siphandone in Hanoi on December 24.
— Vietnam Plus

Lao men captured with 28 kg of drugs in central Vietnam
Two Lao men trafficking 18 kg of methamphetamine and nearly 10 kg of heroin were captured in the central province of Nghe An Monday.
— VN Express 

Japan provides grant for disaster relief
A signing ceremony on the exchange of notes for the grant aid project took place at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Monday.
— ANN/Vientiane Times 

Laos, ADB review annual country portfolio
The meeting assessed the overall performance of ADB-funded projects in 2019 and identified key portfolio and project implementation issues.
— ANN/Vientiane Times

Govt, Laos ink deal to fight drugs
Thailand and Laos have agreed to step up patrols and cooperation to combat the thriving narcotics trade along their common border.
— Bangkok Post 

Workshop talks Vietnam-Laos economic diplomacy
Economic diplomacy between Vietnam and Laos was the topic of a workshop co-organised by the foreign ministries of the two countries in Hanoi on December 24.
— Vietnam Plus

Vietnam-Laos promotes economic diplomacy in new situation
The diplomat made the remark at a forum held in Hanoi on December 24 which discussed the practice and experience in economic diplomacy of Vietnam and Laos in the new situation.
— Nha Dan 

FM to visit Vietnam
Foreign Minister Saleumxay Kommasith will visit Vietnam between Dec 23-27 to enhance the traditional relations, special solidarity and comprehensive cooperation between Laos and Vietnam.
— KPL 

Huangshan, a stunning landscape in eastern China
Huangshan, which means yellow mountains in Mandarin, takes its name from the scenic landscape which covers much of the city’s vast geographic expanse.
— ANN/Vientiane Times

Champassak farmers replant flood-hit rice crop
Director of the province’s Agriculture and Forestry Department, Mr Padith Vannalatsamy, told Vientiane Times “We have received 135 tonnes of rice seed from the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry and will deliver them to eight districts that were affected by floods.”
— ANN/Vientiane Times

Forestry, wildlife crimes under the microscope
The two-day meeting, which is taking place from December 23-24 at the National Convention Centre, is led by the President of the Public Prosecutor’s Office Mr Khamsane Souvong and Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Mr Thongphat Vongmany.
— ANN/Vientiane Times

1,025 people undergo training in hospitality, tourism
The success of the project was outlined last week at a meeting of the steering committee on the Skills for Tourism Project, chaired by the Deputy Minister of Education and Sports, Dr Phouth Simmalavong.
— ANN/Vientiane Times

Seismic leap forward with new earthquake monitoring centre
The Lao National Earthquake Data Centre is now operational after construction was completed in one year by the Shanxisecond Construction Group Ltd. (Shanxi CIG) with funding assistance from the People’s Republic of China.
— ANN/Vientiane Times

Lao Stock Exchange Resumes Trading of PCD
Lao Securities Exchange (LSX) has announced that it resumed the stock trading of Phousy Construction and Development Public Company (PCD) as of November 29.
— The Laotian Times

Ridesharing Service LOCA Now Available in Luang Prabang
Lao ridesharing service LOCA has begun its trial service in the city of Luang Prabang, aiming to provide 24-hour service in the northern tourist town by February next year.
— The Laotian Times

Vietnamese, Laos armies join hands in public health care
Officers, doctors and nurses of the Vietnamese and Lao people’s armies on December 23 began a free health checkup programme for people in Muong Khoa district of Laos’ Phongsaly province.
— Vietnam Plus

Seismic leap forward with new earthquake monitoring centre
The Lao National Earthquake Data Centre is now operational after construction was completed in one year by the Shanxisecond Construction Group Ltd. (Shanxi CIG) with funding assistance from the People’s Republic of China.
— Eleven Media Group

Nation gears up for New Year celebrations
Provinces across the country are preparing a multitude of activities and readying venues to hold countdowns to the arrival of the New Year.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Ministry debates way forward for health sector reform
The Ministry of Health and other government bodies last week held a brainstorming session on the draft of Phase III of the Health Sector Reform Strategy which is being drawn up to ensure people of all ethnic groups have access to healthcare.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Govt turns to research to accelerate poverty alleviation
The authorities are looking to make use of studies undertaken by think tank experts to help formulate plans and expedite poverty alleviation after learning that poverty reduction is making slow progress.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)


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