Lao morning news for February 12

Lao morning news for February 12

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Laos to Implement New Income Tax Rates
On February 17, 2020, Laos’ new Income TaxLaw (Tax Law No. 67/NA) will come into effect. The law replaces Tax Law No. 70/NA, which was issued in 2015 and sets out the latest tax rates for businesses and employees.
— ASEAN Briefing

Medics monitor for presence of coronavirus, all tests negative so far
Health officials announced on Sunday that 19 people with symptoms of the new coronavirus (nCoV) had tested negative and had been declared free from infection.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

US opens coronavirus push with aid to Laos
The United States said on Monday (Feb 10) it had provided health supplies to Laos in the first delivery from a pledge of up to US$100 million in global assistance to fight the coronavirus.

Govt demands measures to control bushfires, air pollution
The government has instructed ministries to be on the alert and to devise plans and measures to address possible bushfires and unregulated garbage burning, given that such activities are a cause of air pollution.
— Vientiane Times

Hun Sen asks Laos to speed up treaty draft on agreed borders
Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday urged Lao President Bounnhang Vorachith to help speed up the drafting of a treaty to officially recognise 86 percent of the Cambodia-Laos border which have been identified so far.
— Khmer Times

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Macroeconomic growth projected at 6.3 percent in 2020
Macroeconomic growth is projected to improve moderately this year, with growth of 6.3 to 6.4 percent forecast by the Centre for Macroeconomic Policy Research and Economic Restructuring under the National Institute for Economic Research.
— Vientiane Times

Telecoms sector transforming state services through digital platforms
The post and telecommunications sector has had many successes with regard to national development and modernisation, while transforming state services through digitalisation.
— Vientiane Times

Laos Suffers Trade Deficit of USD 137m in 2019
Laos recorded a trade deficit of USD 137 million in 2019, although the country exported more than its yearly plan.
— The Laotian Times

Lao, Chinese communities offer aid relief to Wuhan
Local Lao and Chinese expat communities have donated hundreds of thousands of face masks, safety glasses and medical gloves and caps to support the city of Wuhan’s efforts to combat the coronavirus outbreak.
— Vientiane Times

French development agency grants 33b kip for cultural tourism
Agence Francaise de Developpement (AFD) on Monday provided a grant of more than 33 billion kip (EUR 3.4 million) for a heritage preservation and development project to be implemented in Champassak and Savannakhet provinces.
— Vientiane Times

Livestock top earner among Laos’ agricultural exports
Livestock exports, including cattle and buffaloes, were the top earner after rubber and bananas in Laos’ agriculture, forestry and rural development sector last year.

Lao president, Cambodian king highly value bilateral relations
Visiting President Bounnhang Vorachit and his host Cambodian King Norodom Sihamoni said they highly valued the longstanding bilateral relations between Laos and Cambodia, when holding talks in Phnom Penh on February 9.
— Vientiane Times

New U.S. Ambassador to Lao PDR Focuses on Great Progress, Opportunities to Further Expand Cooperation
On February 7, President Bounnhang Vorachit formally accepted the credentials of the new United States Ambassador to the Lao PDR Peter M. Haymond at the Presidential Palace in Vientiane.

Vientiane Motor Show 2020 Scheduled For This Month’s End
Vientiane Motor Show 2020, the second of its kind, will be held between Feb 22 and Mar 1 at the Lao ITECC (old building), Vientiane Capital to promote automobile-related business.

Champassak carries out administrative reshuffle
Champassak last week reallocated the holders of 12 managerial posts at the provincial and district level as part of efforts to improve the local administration.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Bus overturns in Vangvieng, injuring 14
A bus overturned when driving through Pakpor village in Vangvieng district, Vientiane province, early on Sunday morning, injuring 14 passengers.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Powernet wins power plant job in Laos
Kumpulan Powernet Bhd has secured a RM66 million contract from Zhenghong Building Road & Bridge Construction Co Ltd.
— New Straits Times

MBPSF selects contestants for SE Asian Championship in Laos
The Myanmar Bodybuilding and Physique Sports Federation has selected preliminary representatives to compete in the Southeast Asian Championship in Laos. The 17th Southeast Asian Championship will be held in Vientiane, Laos from June 11 to 16.
— Myanmar Times

MRC proves Xayaburi Hydroelectric Power Plant is not causing drought in the Mekong
Dr Anoulak Kittikhoun, Chief Strategy and Partership Officer of the Mekong River Commission (MRC), recentlybrought a group of 50 people including representatives of MRC member countries
— Bangkok Post

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FEATURE: Americana returns to the country of her birth to offer help
Almost 30 years after she left Laos at the age of six to travel thousands of miles to the USA with her family, a young woman returned to learn the facts about unexploded ordnance (UXO) and to find out how she could help.

PM praises Sangthong’s success in green agriculture
Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith and his delegation last week visited Sangthong district in Vientiane to encourage the expansion of green agriculture and further sustainable development.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Education experts meet to revise teacher training curriculum
Curriculum planners are meeting this week to revise a new pre-service curriculum based on feedback from lecturers at teacher training colleges after completing the first semester of the current academic year.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Confucius Institute at NUOL gaining in popularity with Lao students
The Confucius Institute at the National University of Laos (NUOL) is becoming increasingly popular among Lao students amid the growing need for Chinese speakers in the workforce.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Head of Chao Xayasetthathirath statue cast in Attapeu province
The head of a brass statue of Chao Xayasetthathirath which is being made in Xayasettha district, Attapeu province, was cast at Thatphaxay temple in Vatthat village last Thursday.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

KOICA announces scholarship programme for 2020
The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) Office in Laos has announced its scholarship programme for this year and will offer 21 Master’s degree scholarships and one doctorate.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)


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