Lao morning news for July 17

Lao morning news for July 17
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Lao Migrants Returning from Thailand Stuck in Overflowing Quarantine Camps
Thousands of Lao migrant workers who recently returned from Thailand after losing their jobs to COVID-19 have been facing fresh hardships in crowded, undersupplied quarantine camps, Lao officials and migrants told RFA.

Laos government intends to boost agricultural export to China
According to the Lao Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, the country earned 560 million U.S. dollars in 2019 by exporting agricultural products, with 80 percent of the goods being sold to China.
— Fresh Plaza

Laos Borders Remain Closed to Foreign Visitors
The government of Laos has chosen to keep its borders closed to foreign visitors, with testing and medical certification required before travelers can exit the country to ensure it remains free of Covid-19.
— The Laotian Times

Lao Capital Residents Fight Land Grab, Reject Offered Compensation
Residents of the Lao capital Vientiane are resisting seizure of their land by a Lao-China joint venture building an expressway, saying they had been promised earlier their land would not be taken, and calling offers of compensation unacceptably low, Lao sources say.

Lao Airlines to resume flights on Vientiane-Hanoi route
State-run Lao Airlines plans to soon resume its international service from Vientiane to Hanoi in Vietnam, with two flights a week on Mondays and Fridays.
— Vientiane Times

PM advises govt sectors on achieving sustainable development goals
Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith has advised government sectors to continue their work towards attaining the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) under the slogan ‘Leaving No One Behind,’ to lift the nation out of the list of least developed countries.
— Vientiane Times

Historic Phonkheng prison turned into a memorial
Former prison of 16 legendary leaders of the Party and the Lao Patriotic Front has been rebuilt as a memorial which was inaugurated on Jul 13 in the presence of Vice President Phankham Viphavanh.

Laos Has Tackled COVID-19, But It Is Drowning in Debt to International Finance
On June 11, Laos (Lao People’s Democratic Republic)—a country of 7 million in Southeast Asia—said it had temporarily prevailed over COVID-19. Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith said that his country had “gained an important victory in the first campaign against this vicious enemy.”
— Counter Punch

Luang Prabang named among top 5 Asian cities for tourists
World heritage-listed Luang Prabang has once again shone on the global tourism stage after being voted among the 15 best cities to visit in Asia by readers of a US-based travel magazine.
— Vientiane Times

Development dilemma: How did coal sneak into Laos’ energy plans?
The plan to turn Laos into a hub of Southeast Asia’s rising cross-border power trade was never without controversy. But amid the nation’s recent approval of yet another coal power plant, a question looms large: In its thirst for foreign capital, has Laos fallen prey to rogue firms doing more harm than good?
— Eco-Business

Prime Minister expresses sympathy over natural disasters in China
Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith on Monday sent a message of sympathy to Chinese Premier Li Keqiang over the recent natural disasters in many provinces of China.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Govt, partners establishing referral pathway to combat violence against women, girls
The government and development partners are cooperating to establish a referral pathway for women and girl victims/survivors of violence in Laos as part of efforts to prevent gender-based violence.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Ministry praises European Union ambassador’s mission
Food festivals and the production of various documentaries have been hailed as outstanding examples of cooperation and support from the European Union (EU) for the Lao culture and tourism sector in recent years.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Indigenous fish breeding spawns commercial opportunities, conservation
Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry is accelerating moves to encourage farmers and enterprises to rear indigenous fish to expand commercial opportunities.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Police hunt murder suspect as Savannakhet kidnap turns deadly
Police investigators in Savannakhet province are focused on arresting a murder suspect who is alleged to have kidnapped a man aged 30 and killed him after receiving a ransom of about 150 million kip (500,000 baht and a vehicle.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Border schools project improving education for marginalised students
Hundreds of students and teachers in the capital, Huaphan and Champassak provinces have gained access to quality education from the Border Schools Project.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)



Feature photo WorldSkills Asean Bangkok 2018
This week’s Lao morning news feature photo focuses on
World Youth Skills Day, July 15, with an emphasis on World Skills Asean Singapore 2020.



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).


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