Lao morning news for July 1

Lao morning news for July 1
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Lao PDR morning newsLao Premier Announces New Power Rates Following Widespread Public Anger at Costs
Lao Prime Minister Thongloun Sisolith has announced a reduction in prices for power use following weeks of public anger at high costs, saying “This is something we have to do.”

Laos keep entry restrictions in place until end of July
The Lao Government has decided to keep its international border gates closed to normal exit-entry, except for Lao citizens or foreigners with urgent need who must receive permission from the Lao national steering committee for COVID-19 prevention and control.
— Vietnam Plus

Japan to Provide Laos with Antiviral Drug Avigan for Use Against Covid-19
The Government of Japan has provided the Lao PDR with the antiviral medicine Avigan as part of a clinical study into the use of Avigan against Covid-19.
— The Laotian Times

NA members approve Customs Law
The National Assembly’ members approved yesterday at their ongoing 9th ordinary session amendments to the Law on Customs.

Urgent reshuffle dominates parliament’s debate on law amendments
Empowering the standing committee of the National Assembly (NA) to approve urgent appointments, the reshuffling of high-level personnel in the government cabinet and the structure of other state bodies dominated Tuesday’s parliamentary debate on the amendment of relevant laws.
— Vientiane Times

Laos to establish centre for food quality; no Covid-19 cases
Laos will establish the National Center for the Quality Inspection of Foodstuff and Beverage to ensure the product is safe for consumption.
— The Star

Fifth Lao-Thai Friendship Bridge Project to Accept Bids in July
Bidding for construction of the Fifth Lao-Thai Friendship Bridge project is scheduled for July, with the winning bidder expected to sign off in August.
— The Laotian Times

Govt relaxes COVID-19 prevention measures
Sports competitions, casinos, and some social gatherings will be allowed to resume under the government’s decision to relax the COVID-19 prevention measures, according to a new government notice.
— Vientiane Times

Canadian Medical Equipment Manufacturer PRI·MED Opens Facility in Laos
Candian medical equipment manufacturer PRI·MED has announced it will develop a new manufacturing facility in Vientiane, Laos.
— The Laotian Times

Dengue fever claims seven lives in six months
Seven people have died following a nationwide outbreak of dengue fever in the first six months of this year, with most of the cases occurring in Vientiane.
— Vientiane Times

Star Fintech partners up with JDB on linking payments
Star Fintech Sole Co., Ltd and Joint Development Bank (JDB) have agreed to cooperate on linking payments.

Govt revokes 82 investment licenses, parliament told
The government has revoked the investment licenses of 82 projects after investors violated agreements they signed with the government, a deputy prime minister told the National Assembly last week.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Laos: decision on trademark registration process
In January 2020, Laos published the awaited Decision on Trade Names and Trademarks No. 2822/MOST (the “Decision”). The Decision took effect on February 11, 2020. This Decision brings clarity to certain important provisions of the Amended Law on Intellectual Property No. 38/NA, published in May 2018.
— Lexology

Govt supporting measures to facilitate farm productivity
The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry will continue to push measures that encourage farmers to increase food production and ensure enough supply for domestic consumption.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Revision of tax law set to boost revenue collection in Lao PDR
Revision of Laos’ Law on Tax will raise more taxes, result in more efficient enforcement of the law and ensure better integration with domestic sectors and the region.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Health professionals receive certification to help ensure treatment standards
Some 78 certificates were presented to medical personnel in the field of paediatrics on Monday as part of efforts by authorities to licence healthcare professionals and ensure treatment standards across the country.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Vietnamese language course held for Lao security officers
Seventeen officers of the Lao Ministry of Public Security graduated from a Vietnamese language course in Vientiane on June 30.
— Vietnam Plus

Poverty Reduction Fund mulls response to impact of COVID-19
The Poverty Reduction Fund under the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry met in Vientiane on Tuesday to discuss policies to mitigate the effects of COVID-19 on rural and remote areas in Laos.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Locust Plague Hits Phongsaly, 5 Hectares of Crops Destroyed
Dry season rice and crops in Phongsaly province have been destroyed by yellow-spined bamboo locusts, which have arrived in plague proportions.
— The Laotian Times

Three young novices die in Xayaboury temple blaze
Three novices – two aged 12 and one aged 15 – died when a fire broke out on Sunday night at the temple where they lived in Sibounheuang village, Hongsa district, Xayaboury province.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)



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