Lao morning news for May 19

Lao morning news for May 19
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Lao PDR morning newsLaos Eases COVID-19 Lockdown By Opening Schools, Resuming Domestic Travel
Laos reopened its schools on Monday and resumed interregional travel after nearly two months of the COVID-19 lockdown, the government said.
— Urdupoint

Official funeral held in honour of late former PM Sisavath Keobounphanh
Party Central Committee, National Assembly, government, Lao Front for National Development, the Keobounphanh family and a large number of Lao people took part in an official funeral held this afternoon at That Luang Square in honour of late former Prime Minister Gen. Sisavath Keobounphanh who passed away on May 12 at the age of 92.

New decree to protect financial service users
The government has promulgated a decree designed to protect users of financial services in Laos, so that they have greater confidence in such institutions. The Lao National Gazette, a government website which serves as an internet-based platform for the execution of legislation, this week published a prime ministerial decree on Financial Service User Protection.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Nation’s leaders mourn, farewell General Sisavath Keobounphanh
Party and state leaders, former leaders, ministers, governors, army personnel, members of the police force and the general public on Saturday gathered to pay tribute at the cremation of General Sisavath Keobounphanh.
— Vientiane Times

Laos reports no new case of COVID-19 for 36 days
Laos reported no new case of the COVID-19 for 36 consecutive days, with the total number in the country unchanged at 19, Lao Deputy Minister of Health Phouthone Meaungpak told a press conference on Monday.
— Xinhua

Chifeng Jilong to Restart Gold Production at Sepon Mine in Laos
China’s Chifeng Jilong Gold Mining Co has said it will begin processing gold ore from its mine in Sepon, Laos, after a six-year hiatus.
— The Laotian Times

Travel restrictions lifted as more lockdown measures eased
The government has lifted travel restrictions to enable people to travel freely around the country as Laos eases more Covid-19 prevention measures to minimise the impact on livelihoods and the economy.
— Vientiane Times

Unemployment spirals due to Covid-19 outbreak
The perennial challenge of unemployment in Laos has been further exacerbated by the Covid-19 outbreak as large numbers of people have been laid off from their jobs. This has caused the unemployment rate to surge from the normal average of 2 percent to 25 percent at present.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Project for painting of roads to be completed this month
The Ministry of Public Works and Transport expects to complete a project for painting markings on the main roads of Vientiane by the end of this month. The project was initially scheduled to be completed by the middle of May, but the Covid-19 outbreak in Laos affected the work.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Chinese investors plant 4.4b kip into Bokeo farming sector
A Chinese company is investing 4.4 billion kip (US$500,000) in clean agriculture on 100 hectares near Poungchomseng village, Meung district of Bokeo province to grow bananas and other crops along with livestock breeding.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Laos has 3rd Fastest Mobile Internet Speed in ASEAN
Laos ranks third-fastest among ASEAN countries in terms of 4G download speed of mobile internet data and 52nd among 100 global economies.
— The Laotian Times

71 killed on nation’s roads in April
A total of 71 people lost their lives in road accidents last month while 557 people sustained injuries, with the cost of the damage incurred estimated at over 6 billion kip. According to the Traffic Police Department of the Ministry of Public Security, there were 435 road accidents across the country in April in which 719 vehicles were damaged.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)



Feature photo Bee Keeping Center Xiengkhouang
This week’s Lao morning news feature photo focuses on World Bee Day, May 20.


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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