Lao morning news for March 1

Lao morning news for March 1

Lao PDR morning newsPrivate sector development essential for continued Lao economic growth
Laos is one of the fastest growing economies in Southeast Asia (SEA). On average the country’s economy as measured by GDP has grown by 7.5 per cent per year and trade by 17 per cent per year since 2000, reflecting the importance of trade as a key driver of its growth.
— AEC News Today

Germany backs Laos’ efforts to fulfil Sustainable Development Goals
Germany has agreed to provide more than 487 billion kip (50 million Euro) to deepen cooperation with Laos as the country moves forward to fulfilling the Sustainable Development Goals.
— Vientiane Times

Samsung Opens Tech Institute to Budding Lao App Developers
The Samsung-Lao Tech Institute 2019 project will offer training in app development and basic Android programming skills to young Lao programmers and app enthusiasts.
— The Laotian Times

OPINION: Eradicating nepotism in civil service recruitment
Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith recently warned ministries and provincial and district administrations to put a stop to nepotism when it comes to recruiting civil servants.
— ANN/ Vientiane Times

Lao PDR Legal Alert: New Economic Dispute Resolution Law in Effect
The Amended Law on the Resolution of Economic Disputes (Nº 51/NA, 22 June 2018) (the “Amended Law”) came into effect on 6 December 2018 and replaced the previous Law on Economic Dispute Resolution (Nº 06/NA, 17 December 2010) (the “2010 Law”).
— Asia Law Network

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Wood craft museum carves niche in local art scene
A Lao entrepreneur has spent US$20 million to create the biggest museum in Vientiane, housing an exhibition of intricate wood carvings and referred to as the wonder wood art gallery.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

PM’s prescription for health sector: maintain information campaign
Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith has called on health officials countrywide to continue to provide more information to local communities, particularly to improve outcomes for mothers, newborns and children under five.
— Vientiane Times

Southern provinces debate cooperation in Triangle Development Area
Officials from Saravan, Champassak, Xekong, and Attapeu provinces met in Saravan province on Wednesday to discuss cooperation with Cambodia and Vietnam in the Triangle Development Area.
— Vientiane Times

Antibiotic resistance: public awareness campaigns might not work
Pathogens, such as bacteria, viruses and protozoa, are becoming ever more resistant to drugs.
— The Conversation

Laos, Brunei to share closer business ties
Laos and Brunei are eyeing greater investment cooperation following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) during an official visit to the kingdom by Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith and other government officials on February 16-17.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Academia-industry alliance can boost accountancy in Laos
SURROUNDED by Myanmar, Cambodia, China, Thailand, and Vietnam, the landlocked nation of Laos has often struggled to escape from the shadows of its larger neighbours.
— The Business Times (paywall)

Vientiane Furniture Fair hoping to lure Chinese visitors
The Lao Furniture Association (LFA) will host its 4th Vientiane Furniture Fair from March 23-31 at Lao-ITECC to promote local products and also attract Chinese tourists during the ongoing Visit Laos-China Year.
— ANN/ Vientiane Times

An insight into strengthening Lao-German relations
Vice-Minister of the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and a member of the German parliament, Mr Norbert Barthle, is in Vientiane this week to boost relations and cooperation between Laos and Germany.
— Vientiane Times

Training equips medics with latest lifesaving skills
Medical staff and health officials from Vientiane’s district hospitals met yesterday for training in the care and management of critically ill patients who present to the city’s emergency departments.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Radio review calls for fewer bureaucratic broadcasts, more practical information
Less news coverage of government protocol activities and more airtime for informative programming with practical knowledge will be on the agenda of the national broadcaster in upcoming years.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

News: Pig Nutrition and Management in Smallholder Systems, Lao PDR, February 2019
In mid-December 2018, the Crawford Fund supported a pig nutrition and management training course for smallholder pig production systems in Lao PDR.
— The Crawford Fund

Vietnam helps Laos restore artworks
The Vietnam National Fine Arts Museum helped Laos’ Kaysone Phomvihane Museum to restore four important paintings and returned the artworks at a ceremony in Hanoi on February 28.
— Vietnam Plus

UK public speaking competiton highlights huge Lao talent
The UK Study Fair 2019 has highlighted the enormous offering that the UK has when it comes to education such as a plethora of world class universities with well equipped facilities, a diverse range of courses, and a high level of student support.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Lao National TV Channel 3 Digitalisation Begins
February 28 witnessed the launch of an upgrade project designed to digitalize the Lao National Television channel 3with a grant support worth around 70 billion kip, approximately CNY 45 million, from the Chinese government.

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On February 8, 2019, an awarding ceremony was held for the first One District One Product (ODOP) certification in Luang Namtha district in Northern Laos.


Feature photo Kirkens Nødhjelp
This week’s Lao morning news feature photo acknowledges Zero Discrimination Day, March 1.


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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Stella-maris Ewudolu

Journalist at AEC News Today

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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