Lao morning news for June 22

Lao morning news for June 22
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Lao PDR morning newsLaos Appoints New Electricity Chief Amid Growing Anger Over High Prices
Laos has appointed a new managing director of the state-owned Electricite du Laos power company, replacing the former director amid rising anger in the country over high rates for electricity in spite of growing levels of unemployment because of business closings to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Dengue cases in Laos reach 1,992 with 5 deaths
Dengue cases in Laos have reached 1,992 with five deaths since December 2019, Lao Ministry of Health reported in its press release on Saturday.
— Xinhua

Top party leader meets armed forces
Secretary General of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party and President of the Lao PDR, Bounnhang Vorachit on June 19 congratulated national defence-security forces on their achievement in the task of national protection and construction.
— Vientiane Times

Australia increases development aid for Covid-19 recovery
The Australian government has increased its bilateral development assistance to Laos by almost 25 percent this year, providing an additional AUD4.8 million to help mitigate the economic, social and health impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic.
— Vientiane Times

US embassy no longer issuing visas for Lao citizens: Consular Dept
The Consular Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs has issued an official notice to inform the general public that the US government has suspended the issuance of visas to Lao citizens..
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

1st seamless rails welded for China-Laos railway
Workers from China Railway No.2 Engineering Group (CREC-2) fix the welded seamless rails of the China-Laos railway in the northern suburb of Vientiane, Laos, on June 18, 2020. The CREC-2 has welded the first seamless rails for the China-Laos railway in the northern suburb of Lao capital Vientiane on Thursday morning.
— Xinhua

Australia Increases Development Assistance for Lao PDR COVID-19 Recovery
The Australian government has increased its bilateral development assistance to Laos by almost 25% this year, providing an additional AUD4.8 million to help fight the economic, social and health impacts of the COVID-19.

Laos launches cultural heritage protection project for Champassak, Savannakhet
TimesThe Ministry of Planning and Investment and the French Development Agency (AFD) have launched a joint project for preserving and enhancing Laos heritage in Champassak and Savannakhet provinces.
— The Star

EDL to slash electricity bills for thousands of householders
Electricity du Laos (EDL) will reduce electricity prices for households using less than 461kwh per month for the three months of April, May, and June as part measures to offset the financial impact of COVID-19 in the country.
— Vientiane Times

China-Laos railway’s 2nd longest tunnel drilled
John Le China Railway Guangzhou Engineering Group (CRECGZ) drilled through the Ban Nakok Tunnel, the second longest tunnel along the China-Laos railway, on Sunday.
— Xinhua

Preserving Laos heritage: signing of a new project in southern Laos
Vice-Minister of Planning and Investment Kikeo Chanthaboury, and Country Director of the French Development Agency (AFD) in Laos Matthieu Bommier, in the presence of Ambassador of France to the Lao PDR Florence Jeanblanc-Risler, signed on Jun 17 a financing agreement of the amount of EUR 2,642,000 for the so-called Cultural Heritage Management, Preservation and Territorial Attractiveness (CHAMPA) Project in Champassak and Savannakhet provinces.

Trade unions, CARE strengthen sexual harassment prevention efforts
Lao Federation of Trade Unions (LFTU) in cooperation with Care International in Laos has reviewed progress and shared lessons on a project to prevent working women in urban factories from suffering sexual harassment.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Lao Citizens Question Plan to Build Statues For Soviet Pilots Amid COVID-19 Pandemic
Laos has unveiled plans to build statues to honor two unnamed Soviet pilots who died while serving in the Southeast Asian country, raising eyebrows among citizens who say the $775,000 earmarked for the project could be better spent on recovering from the COVID-19 epidemic.

Huaphan to develop Phavang waterfall as tourist site
Huaphan province plans to develop Phavang waterfall in Xamtay district as a community-based tourism destination in order to attract more visitors to the region.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Plain of Jars Airport redeployed to Lao air force
The Department of Civil Aviation has transferred the Plain of Jars Airport in Xieng Khuang province over to the Lao People’s Liberation Army Air Force.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Farmers take advantage of seasonal forecast to assist crop planting
The nation’s Climate and Agrometeorology Division is helping farmers across Laos to prepare for crop planting from June to August through their Monthly Seasonal Agromet-Bulletin.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

46 people killed on nation’s roads in May
The number of road accidents across the country decreased in May, but 46 people still lost their lives in collisions.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)



Feature photo John Le Fevre
This week’s Lao morning news feature photo focuses on Micro-, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises Day, June 27.


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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