Lao morning news for July 2

Lao morning news for July 2
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Lao PDR morning newsSalavanh Province Sees Increase in Swine Fever Pig Deaths
Salavanh Province, located in the south of Laos, is witnessing an increase in the number of pig deaths amid the spread of African swine fever (ASF).
— The Laotian Times

Embrace 5G cloud future: Huawei’s debut at Lao expo
Laos’ Ministry of Post and Telecommunications (MPT) joined hands with Huawei, LTC and other operators to organise the Laos ICT Expo 2019 which was held last week in Vientiane.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Controlling goods prices not easy in Laos
The Ministry of Industry and Commerce is encountering hurdles in stabilising the prices of goods in Laos as most are imports from Thailand, according to a ministerial report.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Laos Tackles Unemployment by Partnering with Top Jobs Site
The Lao government is to provide information on the job market through a new partnership with the country’s largest employment website operator, 108 Jobs, in a move to tackle growing unemployment issues.
— The Laotian Times

Traffic police start imposing harsher drunk driving penalties
Vientiane traffic police officers are beginning to issue stiffer fines and confiscate the licenses of drunk drivers in a bid to reduce the number of road accidents in the capital.
— Vientiane Times

Laos, Thailand to start building railway extension into Vientiane
Laos and Thailand have agreed to start Phase II of the construction of the Laos-Thailand railway, which will link the existing suburban station to central Vientiane.
— Vientiane Times

PM calls for more involvement of business sector in rural development
Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith has called for the business sector to get more involved in rural development and poverty reduction to help achieve its development goals.
— Vientiane Times

Upgraded Hongsa-Xiengman road set to lure more visitors
The 114km National Road No. 4B upgrade, which links northern Laos to Nan province, Thailand, is completed with Lao authorities preparing to official handover the project this month.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Lao-Korean project aims to improve health of schoolgirls
Staff from the University of Health Sciences in Vientiane and the Ewha Woman’s University of the Republic of Korea met in Vientiane yesterday to discuss a project on Girls’ Integrated Health Care Specialists for Upper Secondary Students, to be carried out in the capital’s schools.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Laos joins other nations to boost global health security
Representatives from Laos joined other countries and development partners for the Global Health Security Conference in Sydney, Australia recently as part of efforts to bolster health safety capabilities.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Ministry to tackle issue of surplus volunteer teachers
The Ministry of Education and Sports is planning to address the issue of volunteer teachers who hope to have their status raised to that of civil servant after working in schools on a purely voluntary basis.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

BRI Brings Benefits To Participating Countries
The Belt and Road Initiative has played an important role in promoting economic growth, cooperation and people to people exchange between Asia and China as well as Europe.

Administration, management can help implement austerity measures
Effective administration and management can reduce State expenses and investment costs, which can lead to positive economic returns.
— ANN/ Vientiane Times

Laos heading for half year trade surplus
Laos is likely to enjoy a trade surplus of about US$121 million for the first six months of the year, even as the government is predicting an overall trade deficit of around US$259 million for 2019.
— ANN/ Vientiane Times

Vietnamese Party delegation visits Lao Vientiane province
A high ranking delegation from the Communist Party of Vietnam, led by Politburo member Tran Quoc Vuong, toured Vientiane province in Laos on October 10, as part of their ongoing visit to the neighbouring country.
— Nhan Dan Online

It’s an immigration crisis few know of. And Fresno County might be at the center of it
Thousands of immigrants in the Fresno region and nation could face deportation to a country that’s rarely discussed in the daily news cycle, and in some respects has been forgotten.
— The Fresno Bee

Lao, Japan women entrepreneurs exchange knowledge on business
Enterprises headed by women have made significant contributions to the socio-economic development of Laos, creating employment opportunities and business leadership.
— ANN/ Vientiane Times

Lao American poet returns as CONvergence Guest of Honor
Laotian American poet Bryan Thao Worra will be among the guests of honor at the 2019 CONvergence convention in Minnesota this July.
— Sahtu Press


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This week’s Lao morning news feature photo focuses on plastic waste throughout Asean.


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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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