Lao morning news for June 21

Lao morning news for June 21

Lao PDR morning newsCan Laos manage its debt to China?
Laos’ economy is growing, but without outside assistance, the country cannot compete with its ASEAN neighbours.
— Asean Today

Laos: New textbooks for 800,000 primary school students
More than 800,000 primary school students across the country will use new textbooks in September as part of the new national primary school curriculum that is being rolled out over the coming years.
— The Japan News/ Vientiane Times

UN expert calls for reform of poverty-driving policies in Lao PDR
The Lao People’s Democratic Republic should urgently adopt widespread reforms to alleviate poverty, protect the rights of people in poverty and ensure economic growth benefits the poorest, an independent UN expert said in a report released today.

Teachers to receive training for new national curriculum
Teachers of Grade 1 in primary schools across Laos will be trained to teach the new national primary school curriculum, which will start with their grade in September.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Archaeologists discover more giant stone jars used to store the dead in Laos
It is an archaeological mystery that has perplexed scientists for decades: which ancient civilisation carved huge stone jars for disposing its dead at sites across Laos?
— ABC News

Villagers Brace For Resettlement Amid Signs Laos Wants to Build Another Mainstream Mekong Dam
Bufflaloes wallow in the shallows of the Mekong River, where farming villages cling to sandy banks and the occasional boat chugs against the current, carrying goods and passengers from the former royal Lao capital of Luang Prabang.

Why hasn’t the investment climate in Laos improved?
In 2017, Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith announced that Laos’ ease of doing business (EDB) ranking would drop to two digits by 2020.
— ANN/ Vientiane Times

Laos govt aims to maximise revenues from tourism campaign
The government recently advised the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism to work with other ministries to promote tourism and generate more revenue for the state budget.
— ANN/ Vientiane Times

Laos set to boost railway personnel training efforts
The Lao government will continue boosting human resource development in the railway sector to enlarge the labor force for key projects such as the China-Laos railway, local daily Vientiane Times reported on Wednesday.
— Xinhua

Govt speeds up power grid investments for electricity distribution in Laos
The Ministry of Energy and Mines has said that seven construction and installation projects related to the national power grid will be completed in the last three quarters of this year.
— ANN/ Vientiane Times

Commerce ministry addressing undocumented foreign businesses
The Ministry of Industry and Commerce is on a mission to address the number of foreign-owned businesses which have opened their doors without the proper operating permit.
— Vientiane Times

A Long Road: Access to Justice in Laos
When her father died suddenly last year, the family of Mrs. Somleuthai (her name has been changed for privacy) started to break apart.
— The Asia Foundation

Laos, DPRK diplomats confident of strengthening longstanding relationship
The longstanding friendship between the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR), and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) will be strengthened persistently despite increasing global complications.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Higher Mekong tide helps Thai-Laos river transport
In Bueng Kan district in the north, heavy rains have increased the water level in Mekong River, which helps facilitate river ferries and cargo boats connecting Thailand and Laos.
— Pattaya Mail

Officials banned from circulating classified documents
State employees are banned from circulating and distributing or even destroying classified documents of the nation as such acts could result in damaging national security and social order.
— Vientiane Times

Asean meeting promotes regional cloud computing
Laos joined other Asean countries for dialogue on pushing forward the alignment of public policy and a regulatory framework to promote a regional cloud computing environment.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Over 60 percent of Tanmixay-Sikeuth road upgrade completed
The contractor rebuilding the 9.4-km road running from Tanmixay crossroads in Xaythany district to Sikeuth junction in Naxaithong district of Vientiane has confirmed the work will be completed by the end of this year.
— Vientiane Times

Four nabbed for smuggling nearly 8,000 meth pills from Laos
Police arrested a Laotian man and three Thais on Monday for allegedly smuggling 7,996 methamphetamine pills from Laos to Bueng Kan province.
— The Nation

Making an impact in the villages of Laos
Laos is a landlocked country with a significant rural population.
— The Oshawa Express

Laos: Arbor Day boosts drive to increase forest cover
Party and state leaders and members of the public planted thousands of saplings on National Arbor Day on Saturday, giving a huge boost to the government’s effort to increase forest cover to 70 percent by 2020.
— The Japan News/ Vientiane Times

In Laos, Women Rule Rugby
Aeng Khang understood at an early age that playing any sport, much less one as raucous as rugby, would be nearly impossible for girls from her remote village in Laos.
— The New York Times

Lecturers, students tackle development issues in NUOL quiz
Winning National University of Laos (NUOL) lecturers and students who competed for cash in a quiz titled “What should poor people do to better themselves?” received their prizes on Wednesday.
— Vientiane Times

Laos: Solar power helps farmers in Attapeu save on electricity payments
Attapeu province is forging ahead in the race to use the sun’s rays to power an irrigation system.
— ANN/ Vientiane Times

Two Lao men arrested with 100kg of marijuana in Nakhon Phanom
Two Lao men were arrested on Wednesday night after they allegedly transported 100kg of marijuana across the Mekong River to the bank in Nakhon Phanom’s That Phanom district.
— The Nation

Over 30 International Designers To Take Part In Lao Fashion Week
More than 30 well-known International designers will take part in the Lao Fashion Week 2019 in Vientiane Capital, according to Ms Pany Saignavong Founder – CEO Lao Fashion Week and Lao Young Designers Project.


Feature photo UNDP Lao

This week’s Lao morning news feature photo acknowledges United Nations Public Service Day, June, 23.


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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