Lao morning news for June 12

Lao morning news for June 12
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Lao PDR morning newsLaos’ mineral output rises despite world commodity price drop
The value of mineral exports and domestic sales in Laos increased in the first quarter of this year despite lower commodity prices on the world market, local daily Vientiane Times reported on Tuesday.
— Xinhuanet

Drones, boats and megabaht: Laos route spews meth into Thailand
As dusk falls along the Mekong River, a nightly dance begins between Thai border security and Laos drug gangs now using drones, scouts and a pool of poor fishermen to shift record amounts of meth into Thailand.
— Bangkok Post

Laos Worst Place In ASEAN For Children
With the exception of Singapore, none of the ASEAN countries are doing so well in terms of providing a great place for their children to live in.
— J&C/ The Asean Post

Govt to reduce economic overreliance on natural resources
The government has announced it will reduce the nation’s overreliance on natural resources as it seeks to grow the economy despite the recent slowdown.
— Vientiane Times

Justice ministry to upgrade sentencing enforcement officials
The Ministry of Justice plans to train and supply more legal specialists to assist local authorities in the enforcement of court sentences, according to a senior ministry official.
— Vientiane Times

Govt, JICA to improve legal system
Lao and Japanese government officials met in Vientiane yesterday to discuss the progress of a project which aims to strengthen Lao legal processes and improve the rule of law across the country.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Chinese media is misleading the public on the impacts of hydro in Laos
Last month, the New York Times ran a piece of propaganda and misinformation masquerading as news.
— International Rivers

Vanuatu to discuss new casino with Laos investors
The Vanuatu government is talking with investors from Laos interested in setting up another casino in the country.

Lao, Chinese firms ink deal to develop Lao agriculture
The State Enterprise for Agriculture Service (SAS) has agreed to partner with the Wanma International Import and Export Trading Co., Ltd. of China to develop agricultural production in Laos for domestic consumption and export.
— ANN/ Vientiane Times

US-China trade war not impacting Laos
The US-China trade war has yet to impact upon trade between Laos and China, a Chinese diplomat has confirmed.
— ANN/ Vientiane Times

Authorities review results, progress toward SDGs implementation
More than 70 government officials gathered in Vientiane yesterday to review results, progress and challenges in the implementation of
— Vientiane Times

NA queries govt plan to return forest cover to 70 percent
The National Assembly has queried the government’s plan to return the country’s forest cover to 70 percent by 2020 after observing a huge loss of forested areas over past decades.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Russian, Laotian servicemen to hold joint tank drills in December
The first Russian-Laotian military tank drills “Laros-2019” will be held in Laos in December, spokesman for the Russian Eastern Military District Alexander Gordeyev said on Tuesday.

Timor-Leste values Laos’ support for proposed Asean membership
Timor-Leste highly values the support shown by Laos for the country’s application for Asean membership and is also seeking to broaden cooperation with Asean members in the Mekong sub-region.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Two new bridges in Xayaboury almost one-third complete
The construction of two new bridges in Xayaboury district and province is now 30 percent complete after work on the project began late last year.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

International day celebrates midwives as defenders of women’s rights
Officials including members of the Lao Association of Midwives (LAM) under the Ministry of Health and their development partners met yesterday in Vientiane to celebrate the International Day of the Midwife (IDM).
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Family brings skills to bear from Thailand, Laos at Farmers’ Market
Chua and Paul Thao, of Empire Farm in Jay, have been farming in Oklahoma 12-13 years and selling at the Tahlequah Farmers’ Market just about as long, according to their son, Peter.
— Daily Press


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This week’s Lao morning news feature photo acknowledges World Day Against Child Labour, June 12.


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).

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Stella-maris Ewudolu

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Stella-maris graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, Education from Ebonyi State University, Nigeria in 2005.

Between November 2010 and February 2012 she was a staff writer at Daylight Online, Nigeria writing on health, fashion, and relationships. From 2010 – 2017 she worked as a freelance screen writer for ‘Nollywood’, Nigeria.

She joined AEC News Today in December 2016.

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