Lao morning news for July 9

Lao morning news for July 9
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Lao PDR morning newsInflation spikes in Laos
Laos has steadily faced a higher inflation rate over the past five months after being pressed by several economic factors.
— ANN/ Vientiane Times

External factors short-circuiting national power grid development
Laos is struggling to source more funding to develop the national power grid and improve access to electricity because of external factors, a senior official has said.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Empty bellies in Lao
While Lao has been addressing the issue, many children there are still malnourished.
— The Asean Post

Thailand plans ‘Trans-Asean’ bullet train linking China, Laos and even Singapore
Bangkok residents may find it hard to imagine that their next trip to Beijing could begin in Bang Sue.
— Today

Vientiane labour officials mull foreign worker regulation
Vientiane authorities have ordered all district departments to continue registering foreign workers and issuing them with work permits to ensure they comply with regulations for seeking employment in Laos.
— ANN/ Vientiane Times

Laos needs to seize opportunities offered by Laos-China railway
The government has acknowledged that it needs to be well prepared to provide transit services in an effort to benefit from the Laos-China railway.
— ANN/ Vientiane Times

Govt highlights role of private sector on International MSME Day
The government believes that for Laos’ socio-economic development micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) play a crucial role along with macro-economic measures.
— ANN/ Vientiane Times

Time to join forces to combat dengue fever
The dengue fever outbreak has become a national concern with 25 fatalities and more than 10,000 people infected so far this year.
— ANN/ Vientiane Times

Northern farmers battling caterpillar infestation
Agricultural authorities in Xayaboury and Xieng Khuang provinces are continuing efforts to contain a plague of caterpillars that has destroyed many hectares of farmers’ crops in recent weeks.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Authorities confiscate billions of kip worth of assets
Authorities have confiscated property involved in legal cases that is worth many billions of kip, according to a Deputy Prime Minister.
— Vientiane Times

ENECO Dynamic Public Company to be listed on LSX
Laos’ ENECO Dynamic Public Company is planning to raise capital of 40 billion kip by listing on the Lao Securities Exchange (LSX).
— Vientiane Times

Laos works to develop tourism
The Lao government has devised a policy to promote tourism, considering the industry a priority in the country’s national economic development plan, said Lao Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism Bosengkham Vongdala.
— Vietnam Plus

NA, Oxfam launch citizen engagement project
The National Assembly and Oxfam have launched a joint project designed to enhance the capacity building of central and local law-making bodies to interact with constituents and hear their concerns.
— Vientiane Times

Capital confirms Ban Hom Road completion by year’s end
The Vientiane Authority has confirmed that work to upgrade the 14-km Ban Hom Road will be completed by the end of this year with the contractor speeding up construction.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Giving love to Laos
Now in its 7th Mission, the Youth and Sports Ministry’s humanitarian youth programme, MYCorps, sets its eyes on Southeast Asia where 41 Malaysian youths ranging from 18-30 years will dedicate two months of humanitarian work to underprivileged areas throughout Southeast Asia.
— Malaysiakini

Fire wipes out Luang Namtha TV station
The radio and TV station in Luang Namtha province, which is located in Xaysomboun village, Namtha district, suffered severe damage in an unexplained fire on Saturday.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Saving the secrets of the jars of Laos
In the mountains and plains of upper Laos sit thousands of stone jars, the only relics of an ancient civilisation possibly 2500 years old.
— Phys Org

Laos national arrested at Sri Lanka airport with 2.6kg of methamphetamine
Sri Lanka Police Narcotics Bureau officers at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) early Monday morning arrested a Laotian passenger attempting to smuggle in over 2.5 kilograms of methamphetamine, also called ‘Ice’.
— Colombo Page

First Celebrity Market Fair 2019 Held
Celebrity Market Fair, the first of its kind, was held at That Luang Plaza, a shopping centre in Vientiane Capital on Jul 6 with aim to promote the products of celebrities.


Feature photo WWF

This week’s Lao morning news feature photo focuses on Asean’s endangered species, here, the saola (Pseudoryx nghetinhensis).


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).

Lao morning news by AEC News Today is your one stop source for Lao PDR news on matters of governance and policies affecting Asean business communities. It is published M-F by AEC News Today: Governance, not government; policies not politics.


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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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