Lao morning news for February 17

Lao morning news for February 17

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Pork Prices Rising in Laos Due to 2019 African Swine Fever Epidemic and Natural Disasters
Pork prices in Laos are rising sharply after the country was not spared in a regional African Swine Fever (ASF) outbreak originating in China last year.

Thai Citizens’ Group Submits Evidence of Impact of Laos’ Xayaburi Dam to Court
A group of concerned Thai citizens Friday submitted additional evidence regarding the impact of Laos’ Xayaburi dam to the Thai Supreme Administrative court, describing damage to fisheries and dramatic changes to an ecosystem that sustains millions of lives.

ASEAN and Chinese foreign ministers to discuss COVID-19 in Vientiane
The current COVID-19 outbreak in China will be discussed at the 6th Lancang-Mekong Cooperation meeting in Vientiane, the capital of the Lao Republic, on February 20th, Thailand’s Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai said today.
— Thai PBS

Ministry monitoring air quality as pollution levels rise
The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment has been keeping a close eye on the air quality in Vientiane amid the widespread illegal burning of garbage, rice fields and scrubland, which has created a thick haze over the city.
— Vientiane Times

Govt drafts next five-year socio-economic development plan
Members of the government’s steering committee in charge of drafting the 9th five-year National Socio Economic Development Plan (2021-2025) met on Wednesday to review the implementation of the 8th five-year National Socio-economic Development Plan (2016-2020).
— Vientiane Times

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Actions to address Mekong plastic pollution take shape
In a bid to reduce plastic waste and fight plastic pollution in the Mekong region, government officials and researchers from the four Mekong countries agreed to assess plastic waste leakage into the Mekong River system in order to inform the current state of plastic pollutants in the region and offer policy recommendations to address the challenges.

Workshop a shot in the arm for coronavirus surveillance
Provincial officials from across the country gathered in Vientiane yesterday for the start of a two-day workshop on ways to detect and respond to cases of the coronavirus.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

World Bank injects more funding into forest management
The World Bank has approved additional funding for Laos to finance its sustainable forest management project, the international financial institution announced on Wednesday.
— Vientiane Times

Asean, Chinese foreign ministers to meet over coronavirus
Ministers of foreign affairs from Asean member countries and China will meet in Vientiane this month to discuss ways to combat the new coronavirus.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Major Real Estate Expo in Vientiane Postponed amid Coronavirus Concerns
Digital Classifieds Lao, organizer of the Homes, Loans and Lifestyle Expo 2020, officially announced the postponement of the event until the end of May amid concerns about the Coronavirus outbreak.
— The Laotian Times

Poverty Reduction Fund targets Xaysomboun for development
The Poverty Reduction Fund (PRF), under the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, joined other ministries on Thursday to discuss plans to address poverty eradication in Xaysomboun province this year.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Strengthening Provincial RRT on Surveillance, Response To Covid-19 In Laos
The Ministry of Health in cooperation with United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Defense Threat Reduction Agency and World Health Organisation In Laos organized a workshop on Surveillance and Response To 2019-n-CoV (now called Covid-19) for Provincial Rapid Response Team (RRT).

Experts partner to strengthen education in local communities
Lao education officials and overseas development partners are joining forces to strengthen school communities in a bid to improve the quality of education and lifelong learning.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Medics get lessons in diagnosis, management of mental illness
The Swiss Laos Hospital Project is building the knowledge of Lao professionals in the fields of psychiatry and mental health through a three-day training course taking place from February 12-14 at Mahosot Hospital.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Ministry calls for cut in energy usage during hot season
The Ministry of Energy and Mines is warning businesses and members of the public that it will be necessary to conserve electricity during times of peak load from March to June.
— Vientiane Times

Waterworks officials complete training in Japan
Lao government officials have completed a training course in Tokyo, Japan, on the roles and activities of the Water Works Association as part of the Project for Improvement of Management Capacity of the Water Supply Sector (MaWaSU 2).
— Vientiane Times

Chamber of Commerce presents business leader awards to members
Some 53 representatives of enterprises, companies and the private sector received a Business Leader Award 2019 on Friday, sending a strong signal of encouragement to businesses as they continue to improve their operations.
— Vientiane Times

Lao, Singapore Red Cross members tackle disaster risk reduction
Members of the Lao and Singapore Red Cross are working together to upgrade staff’s practical skills so they can design community-based disaster risk reduction interventions while taking the local context into consideration.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Japanese association gives boost to healthcare in Lao primary schools
The Saitama Laos Friendship Association plans to continue to support good health and sports among Lao primary school children, aiming to improve children’s health.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

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Deputy PM advises ministry to maximise use of ICT, digitalisation
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Somdy Duangdy last week advised the post and telecommunications sector to use information and communications technology (ICT) .
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Job fairs successful in linking employers, candidates: Minister
Job fairs have been successful in explaining the various positions offered by companies and putting candidates in touch with potential employers. Such events also allow students.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Golden Triangle SEZ closes temporarily to prevent spread of virus
Bokeo province has temporarily barred entry and exit in the Golden Triangle Special Economic Zone in Tonpheung district, in a bid to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)


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This week’s Lao morning news feature photo focuses on International Mother Language Day, February 21.



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