Lao morning news for May 3

Lao morning news for May 3
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Lao PDR morning newsLaos, China sign more deals
Laos and China have signed a new package of cooperation documents, which is expected to take collaboration between the two nations to new heights.
— Vientiane Times

OPINION: Lao GDP growth must be linked to job, income generation
In public administration and development circles, there are two main competing theories. One suggests the government should do nothing except focus on boosting GDP growth while the other indicates that the government should not only maintain GDP growth but also ensure the redistribution of wealth through the greater provision of healthcare and education services.
— ANN/ Vientiane Times

Trade union federation pursues minimum wage hike
In its bid to improve the standard of living of low wage earners, the Lao Federation of Trade Unions (LFTU) has issued a statement telling all businesses that an increase in the minimum wage requires them to pay workers a minimum of 1.1 million kip per month, a 210,000 kip increase on the current rate of 900,000 kip.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Over 20 Million Children Miss Out On Measles Vaccine Annually, Creating A Pathway To Current Global Outbreaks – UNICEF
An estimated 169 million children missed out on the first dose of the measles vaccine between 2010 and 2017, or 21.1 million children a year on average, UNICEF said on Apr 26.

The Belt and Road Boat of Hope is to set sail again
The 2nd Belt and Road Forum for international cooperation has just ended and the Boat of Hope for human progress on social development is to set sail again.
— The Jakarta Post

Govt supports Huaygnang-Dongmakkhay forest restoration
The government has authorised about 2.4 billion kip for forest restoration in the Huaygnang-Dongmakkhay Botanical Garden to promote forestry and ecological studies as well as visitation to the area.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

QR KBank app to add internet /calling fees in Lao
Enhancing consumer convenience, KASIKORNTHAI BANK Limited Lao PDR has collaborated with Lao Telecom Company Ltd. to add a new mobile top-up feature to the QR KBank application, allowing mobile users to top up their mobile and internet of the Lao Telecom network.
— The Reporter Asia

Laos, Asean back use of traditional medicine
Laos will continue to work with other Asean member countries to guarantee the quality and safety of traditional medicine.
— Vientiane Times

New technology sewing up future of Lao garment industry
The Lao garment industry is hoping the use of new sewing machine technology will enable it to overcome the ongoing issue of labour shortages.
— ANN/ Vientiane Times

Chinese-Laotian Relations Show That Win-Win Prevails Regardless Of Size
The Chinese and Laotian Presidents signed an action plan to build a community of shared future earlier this week after the latter’s trip to the People’s Republic to attend the recent BRI Forum.

Made in Laos 2019 to showcase nation’s export potential
Laos is hoping to raise the profile of domestic products in regional and international markets through the annual Made in Laos Fair with a focus on trade, business-matching and training sessions.
— ANN/ Vientiane Times

Officials Trained On Developing Digital Government Strategies
The Singaporean Ministry of Foreign Affairs funded a 5-day training course on “Developing Digital Government Strategies” for 25 Lao government officials from 22 to 26 April 2019.

Chinese firm Jiangge invests in biggest cement plant in northern Laos
The Oudomxay cement plant in Nathong village, Namor district, Oudomxay province is expected to start production by the end of this year. The factory plans to supply 2 million tonnes of cement products to markets in Laos.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Three Thais, two Lao men arrested on motorcycle theft charge
Three Thais and two Lao men were arrested on Thursday as members of a gang that smuggled stolen motorcycles from Thailand to sell in Laos.
— The Nation

Visitor facilities planned for Huaphan waterfall
Tad Kon waterfall in Xon district, Huaphan province, is set to become a special attraction with local authorities adding new facilities to make the site more visitor friendly.
— Vientiane Times

Vientiane’s 5th International Jazz Festival showcases diverse musical culture
The much-anticipated fifth edition of the International Jazz Festival in Vientiane is taking place at the National Circus today and tomorrow, with organisers expecting at least 2,000 visitors.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Seminar debates human impact on the environment
Humans’ influence on the environment and their ability to change it was the topic of discussion between officials from the Ministry of Science and Technology and other government organisations this week.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Agriculture institute’s new garden teaches public about avenues of research
The National Agriculture and Forestry Research Institute (NAFRI) recently opened its Agriculture and Forestry Learning Garden and is encouraging the public to visit and learn about current practices in agricultural development.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

British Embassy Vientiane, Laos – Call for bids 2019/20
The British Embassy Programme Fund (BEPF) is issuing a call for bids for projects in line with the UK government’s foreign policy objectives in Lao PDR during financial year 2019/20.
— Gov.UK

US Christians Held in Laos Were ‘Treated Well,’ But Lao Believers Still Face Persecution, Group Says
Three U.S. citizens held in Laos last month for handing out religious tracts were “treated well” during questioning by police, but Lao Christians still face persecution at the hands of state authorities, the missionary group to which the three belong said this week.
— Radio Free Asia

Interview: ‘I Thought I’d Make A Lot of Money, Then Send it to My Mother’
A 25-year-old Lao woman from near the capital Vientiane was trafficked to central China’s Hunan Province in late 2018 and sold to a Chinese man for $20,000.
— Radio Free Asia

Laos – Land of a Million Elephants
Laos is diverse and rich in scenery and activities, catering to the needs of most adventurers, culture seekers,
— Globe Rovers

International cyclists band together to help others
International Workers’ Day this week is a good time to recognise the hard work of a different kind put in by a group of committed cyclists dedicated to the job of helping others.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

New United Nations Resident Coordinator presents credentials to Lao government
The new United Nations Resident Coordinator Ms Sara Sekkenes will present her credentials to Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr Saleumxay Kommasith today, officially taking up her position in the Lao PDR.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Kaya back on track, routs Lao in AFC Cup
Jordan Mintah hit a hat trick as Kaya FC-Iloilo crushed Lao Toyota FC, 5-1, to get back on the win column in the 2019 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Cup on Tuesday at the Panaad Park and Stadium in Bacolod City.
— The Manila Times

Bangladesh wary of Laos in grand finale
Bangladesh will have their hands full when they take on free-scoring Laos in the final of the Bangamata U-19 Women’s Gold Cup final at Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka Friday.
— Dhaka Tribune

After 10 successful years of luxury cruising through the waterways of Southeast Asia, Heritage Line is excited to announce the launching of our new luxury vessel, the Anouvong, along with a new route to exotic Laos in 2020!
— Heritage Line

Munda speaking people point to India-Laos link some 3000 years ago
Almost 11 million Munda speaking people, mostly living in and around Central India now, descended from a genetic interaction that happened 2000-4000 years ago between Indian Dravidian and Southeast Asian populations, says a new population genetics study1.
— Nature India


Feature photo International JAZZ FEST Vientiane 2019

This week’s Lao morning news feature photo acknowledges International Jazz Day, April 30.


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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