Lao morning news for July 4

Lao morning news for July 4
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Lao PDR morning newsDengue fever outbreak reaches alarming level
Major hospitals in Vientiane are grappling with an overwhelming number of patients suffering from dengue fever, raising concerns about the capacity to cope with the current outbreak.
— ANN/ Vientiane Times

First Steps Toward Food Fortification In Lao PDR
The National Nutrition Committee Secretariat organised a technical workshop on reviewing the current status of food fortification and focusing on the initial steps of setting standards for food fortification in Laos, with technical assistance from the World Food Programme (WFP) and input of experts from the German chemical company BASF.

Lao students urged to apply for US scholarships
The US government is offering more than 100 scholarships and exchange opportunities to Lao people each year as part of efforts to promote education and people-to-people contacts, according to the American envoy to Laos.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Lao government contests findings of UN poverty report
The Lao government has rejected the findings of a UN report that claims the country’s economic model isn’t helping poverty and inequality.
— Asean Today

Laos and Thailand set to begin 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.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Blue Emergency Polls in Vientiane to Provide Real-time Emergency Response Service
Blue Emergency Poles, which began to appear across Vientiane a few months ago, are designed to provide a real-time emergency response service and on-the-spot assistance when necessary, the Laotian Times has learned.
— The Laotian Times

International Conference Held On Health Strategy Transformation
The Fondation Pierre Fabre in cooperation with the Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie(AUF) held its International Observatory Conference on Jul 1 to discuss the transformation of health strategies for the benefit of all, through the strengthening of digital health skills and the implementation of efficient health information systems (HIS).

RFA Reveals New Chinese Banana Plantation Near Lao Capital That Defies Ban
On an expanse of recently cleared land, laborers prepare seedlings for a new Chinese banana plantation that is taking shape near the Lao capital in defiance of a central government prohibition on such projects.

Railway vocational school project right on track
Thousands of local jobs will be created by the Laos-China railway when the project becomes operational in 2021, according to a senior government official.
— Vientiane Times

Govt, international organisations discuss ways to combat crime
Prosecutors, judiciary and law enforcement officials from central and provincial sectors and international organisations met recently in Xieng Khuang province to discuss ways to strengthen capacities to combat transnational organised crime, with a focus on narcotics, human trafficking and money laundering.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Local participants join Francophonie association, foundation-hosted health systems e-conference
Agence universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF) to Laos and the Pierre Fabre Foundation on Monday held a joint international video conference on health information systems.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Huawei to Boost Presence in Laos amid US Sanctions
Huawei has unveiled its latest solutions in Laos such as 5G, smart cities, smart government, and Huawei Cloud in a move that would help the Chinese telecom giant overcome a United States-led sanction.
— The Laotian Times

Farmers can plan better with weather forecast bulletins in hand
Lao farmers will now be able to access provincial seasonal forecast bulletins covering the entire country for the period between June and October. Given the vagaries of the weather, the bulletin will help famers plan the sowing of their crops better.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Laos Cracks Down on Illegal Foreign-owned Businesses
Laos will crack down on foreign-owned businesses operating in the country without the proper permit.
— The Laotian Times

Most secondary students expected to pass grade 4, 7 exams
Education authorities are expecting that 98 percent of students across the country will pass the Grades 4 and 7 secondary school exams this 2018-2019 school year.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

New agreement boosts Laos’ efforts to lure Chinese visitors
Laos is bolstering tourism promotion by appointing a leading media company from China to showcase local destinations to the Chinese market and attract more of their visitors.
— Vientiane Times

Lao, Vietnam strengthen cooperation in science
Laos and Vietnam have agreed to further collaboration in the science and technology sector by sharing their academic work to enhance research in the two countries.
— Vientiane Times

Laos’ Foreign Minister visited Norway
On June 28, delegation from Laos’ Ministry of Foreign Affairs led by Foreign Minister of the Lao PDR Saleumxay Kommasith visited Oslo, Norway for Norway-Lao bilateral consultations.
— ScandAsia

Laos seeks investment to ensure 6.7% economic growth
To ensure that the country’s economic growth is on target and takes into account restructuring, the government should focus on research and development to improve the quality of agricultural production by deploying new technology.
— ANN/ Vientiane Times

Laos targeting MSME promotion through digitalisation
The Lao government is determined to encourage and promote digitalisation in micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) to help the nation achieve its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.
— ANN/ Vientiane Times

Lower economic growth rate in Laos sparks concerns
A lower economic growth rate has sparked concerns that Laos may not meet the average targeted rate of 7.2 per cent as part of the country’s five-year economic development plan for 2016-2020.
— ANN/ Vientiane Times

Lao Airlines Renews Global Safety Standard Certification
National flag carrier Lao Airlines has passed an audit and renewed registration from the IATA International Air Transport Association Operational Safety Audit (IOSA).
— 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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