Lao morning news for July 19

Lao morning news for July 19

Lao PDR morning newsUK provides over 9 billion kip for UXO clearance
The government of the United Kingdom will provide grant aid worth more than 9 billion kip (US$1,078,253) for long-term commitment to supporting the Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) clearance activities in Laos implemented by Norwegian People’s Aid.
— Vientiane Times

Govt to allocate more funds to repay debts owed to companies
The amount owed by the government to private enterprises has been put as high as 10.14 trillion kip, putting considerable pressure on the government to address this issue and sustain economic growth.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Mekong Water Levels Reach Low Record
The Mekong water levels during this early flood season from June to July are among the lowest on record, falling below their historical long-term minimum levels.

Lao dissidents exiled under Thailand’s military rule
The forced disappearances and assassinations of Thai republicans exiled in neighbouring countries has attracted considerable attention in recent months.
— New Mandala

Almost 600 pigs reported dead in Huaphan
Almost 600 pigs have died in 17 villages of Xon district in Huaphan province, although it is not yet known whether African swine fever was the cause of death.
— Vientiane Times

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IFAD President to visit Lao PDR and Cambodia to discuss investments in food security
The President of the United Nations’ International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Gilbert F. Houngbo, will meet the Prime Minister of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (PDR), Thongloun Sisoulith, the Prime Minister of Cambodia, Hun Sen, other high-ranking officials, as well as representatives of UN teams in country, to discuss investments that can improve food and nutrition security, generate employment and mitigate the effects of climate change in rural areas.
— Devdiscourse

Work on Vangtao-Phonthong economic zone on track
A senior official in charge of the Vangtao-Phonthong economic zone in Champassak province has said work on the project is on track and expects that both domestic and foreign investors will want to invest in the zone.
— ANN/ Vientiane Times

Vietnam to import more electricity from Laos, China
Vietnam plans to import electricity to overcome the imminent electricity shortage caused by delays in building new power plants.
— VN Express

Lao markets eyeing more agricultural imports
Laos may have to import more agricultural produce to meet the growing demand for fresh fruit and vegetables.
— ANN/ Vientiane Times

Authorities gather feedback to improve draft bankruptcy law
Government officials and representatives of the World Bank Group and business came together for a consultation workshop in Vientiane yesterday to share ideas on the draft Law on Rehabilitation and Bankruptcy of Enterprises.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Ministry tackles quality of healthcare
The Ministry of Health is strengthening local governance as part of its efforts to improve the quality of healthcare in response to public complaints in recent years.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Laos confident going into AFF U-15 Championship
Laos is hopeful of progressing past the group stage of the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) U-15 Championship 2019 in Chonburi, Thailand, from July 27 to August 9.
— Xinhua

University offers students help with online entrance exam registration
Students encountering problems with online entrance exam registration are being urged by the National University of Laos (NUOL) to contact it directly on 021 771 860 or view the instruction video via
— Vientiane Times

Popular Chinese historical series to be broadcast on Lao TV
The popular Chinese historical TV series “A Dream of Red Mansions” is now being dubbed in the Lao language for broadcast on Lao National Television in November.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Ock Pop Tok: Showcasing Lao Handicrafts to the World
In a country where weaving is usually considered a house chore and mostly done by women, Ock Pop Tok is striving to transform this perception.
— The Laotian Times


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Justhine De Guzman Uy completed a Bachelor of Arts Major in Mass Communication at New Era University, Quezon City, the Philippines in 2016

After graduation she worked at the Philippine Broadcasting Service performing transcription and business news writing, before moving to Eagle Broadcasting Corporation where she worked as a news editor, translator and production assistant.

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