Lao morning news for March 5

Lao morning news for March 5

Lao PDR morning news

Gov’t taps US$22.5 m World Bank finance to tackle rural poverty
The government has borrowed US$22.5 million through a low-interest World Bank loan to fund a programme to address nutrition improvement and poverty in four northern provinces from 2020-2024.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Economic recession possible in Laos due to Covid-19
Laos’ economy could possibly face a recession, with growth in 2020 expected to drop from the predicted 6.7 percent to 6 percent, because of the outbreak of the coronavirus (Covid-19) in many countries around the world.
— ANN/Vientiane Times

Take passengers’ temperatures before flying to Laos, foreign airlines told
Lao authorities have told foreign airlines to check the temperature of their pilots, flight attendants and passengers before flying to Laos in a bid to prevent the spread of the coronavirus here.
— Vientiane Times

Japan lends backing to empowerment of disadvantaged groups
The Japanese government has provided grant assistance for the empowerment of disabled people and for vocational training for youths, women and disadvantaged people in Laos.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Ministry mulls ways to help virus-hit tourism businesses
The Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism is assessing the impact on and discussing how to help businesses suffering from a downturn due to the coronavirus outbreak.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Prosecutors get lessons in civil law enforcement
Prosecutors and civil law enforcement officials from the northern provinces met in Oudomxay province this week to discuss ways to strengthen law enforcement with regard to monitoring and inspecting civil law proceedings.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

FEATURE: Industry and commerce ministry prepares for TRS at international checkpoints
Representatives of government agencies, the business sector and international organisations gathered in Vientiane recently to discuss the results of the implementation of measures in category B of the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) under the World Trade Organisation (WTO).
— ANN/Vientiane Times

Threefold growth in livestock exports from Laos to Vietnam
Vietnam is the largest market for livestock from Laos, with exports, especially buffaloes and cattle, increasing almost three times last year compared to the figure for 2018, according to the Ministry of Industry and Commerce.
— ANN/Vientiane Times

Conservation society extends crocodile protection in Savannakhet wetlands
The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) in Laos has agreed to continue supporting community-led initiatives to protect critical wetland biodiversity, with a focus on crocodile population conservation in four of Savannakhet province’s districts.
— ANN/Vientiane Times

Unicef, ministry launch advocacy event in bid to prevent cervical cancer
The Ministry of Health and UNICEF Laos have embarked on a campaign to vaccinate girls against the human papillomavirus (HPV), which can be the forerunner of cervical cancer.
— Vientiane Times

Russia supports community resilience in Laos
As a new partner to the World Food Programme (WFP), the Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations has provided more than US$1 million to the agency.
— ANN/Vientiane Times

PM backs Xayaboury’s efforts to grow rice as a cash crop
Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith toured Xayaboury province this week, where he lent his support to efforts by provincial authorities and local people to cultivate rice for commercial purposes.
— Vientiane Times

Bokeo’s rice harvest falls short of target
People in Bokeo province will go short of rice this year after only 47,720 tonnes of the crop was harvested, out of the targeted 56,772 tonnes.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Laos to Inspect Hydropower Projects to Ensure Dam Safety
The Government of Laos has set up a committee of local and foreign experts to undertake dam safety inspections as part of plans to boost electricity sales to foreign trading partners.
— The Laotian Times

Storm barrels through Sangthong, damaging 56 houses
A total of 56 houses in Sangthong district, Vientiane, were damaged by a storm that lashed the area on Monday evening, bringing thunder, rain, hail and strong winds.
— ANN/Vientiane Times



Feature photo Basile Morin

This week’s Lao morning news feature photo focuses on World Wildlife Day, March 3, here the Asian elephant.


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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