Laos, Thailand discuss legalization of informal workers Xinhua 13th Jul 2017
Lao and Thai representatives have met in northern Lao city Luang Prabang, discussing issues related to the export of Lao labor to Thailand, the Lao News Agency (KPL) reported on Thursday. The two countries are speeding up the inspection and legalization of informal Lao workers to tackle human trafficking and labor exploitation, said the report.
Vietnam, Laos to hold first border friendship exchange vietnamplus.vn 12th Jul 2017
Hanoi (VNA) – The first Vietnam-Laos border friendship exchange will take place in the northern mountainous province of Son La on July 22-24, a senior official from the Defence Ministry’s Border Guard High Command told a press conference in Hanoi on July 12.
Azerbaijan, Laos ink deal AzerNews.az 20th Jun 2017
The Governments of Azerbaijan and the Lao People`s Democratic Republic signed an Agreement on Exemption from visa requirement for holders of diplomatic passports. The agreement was signed on June 19 by Azerbaijan`s Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov and Lao Minister of Foreign Affairs Saleumxay Kommasith. Prior to the signing ceremony, the foreign ministers had a tete-a-tete and extended meetings with the participation of delegations.
China provides aid for poverty alleviation project in Laos Xinhua 14th Jun 2017
China and Laos on Wednesday signed an agreement on implementation of aid provision by China for poverty alleviation demonstration cooperation project in Laos. Economic Counselor of Chinese Embassy in Laos Wang Qihui and Director General of Planning and International Cooperation of the Lao National Committee for Rural Development and Poverty Eradication Chit Thavisay signed the agreement.
Abe, Laotian leader affirm specifics of joint development plan The Japan Times 8th Jun 2017
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Laotian counterpart, Thongloun Sisolith, agreed Wednesday in Tokyo to flesh out the elements of a joint plan to conduct a wide range of development projects in Laos.
Laos, Thailand set to boost trade, investment cooperation Xinhua 7th Jun 2017
Laos and Thailand are set to boost their trade, investment and logistics cooperation, according to local daily Vientiane Times on Thursday.
Vietnam, Laos hold second political consultation vietnamplus.vn 31st May 2017
The foreign ministries of Vietnam and Laos held their second political consultation in the Lao capital city of Vientiane on May 31. Vietnamese Deputy Foreign Minister Dang Dinh Quy and his Lao counterpart Khamphau Onthavan co-chaired the function. At the meeting, the two sides noted with pleasure the enhanced cooperation between Vietnam and Laos across fields, ranging from politics, security and national defence to economy, trade, investment, transport, education and training.
Laos and France Bolsters Ties Laotian Times 22nd May 2017
In an effort to propel Laos from Least Developed Country status by 2020, the French government is continuing to support and assist many sectors within the country.
Dispute with Laos persists Phnom Penh Post 17th May 2017
Laos and Cambodian soldiers remain “face to face” with each other in a disputed border region in Stung Treng province, a provincial military commander said yesterday, an assessment that appeared at odds with a recent statement by the Laos prime minister downplaying the standoff relayed by Prime Minister Hun Sen. The area, in northern Siem Pang district, has been a source of friction between the two countries since February, when Lao troops crossed into Cambodia to halt military engineers building a border road they maintained was in undemarcated territory.
PM meets with Vietnamese investors in Laos Vietnamnews 17th May 2017
Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc met in Vientiane on Thursday with Vietnamese investors to hear about their difficulties in a bid to help create favourable conditions for Vietnamese investments in Laos. Phúc praised the efforts and results achieved by Vietnamese firms doing businesses in Laos, which he said contributed significantly to enhancing socio-economic co-operation between the two countries. Phúc also urged firms to study the market and investment policies carefully before investing in Laos
Troops from Laos and Cambodia in Cross-Border Standoff over Road Construction Radio Free Asia 16th May 2017
Soldiers from Cambodia and Laos have been locked in a standoff across their shared border since February, in a spat that has seen troops on the ground accuse each other of incursions while the leaders of the two countries dismiss reports of friction.
Laos, WB sign up to green growth transition Vientiane Times 8th Jun 2017
Ministry of Finance and the World Bank yesterday signed an agreement for more than 316 billion kip (US$38.6) million in credit to support key policy reforms to maintain the country’s strong economic growth. The agreement expects to benefit more people, especially the poor and disadvantaged, while protecting the environment. The country’s First Programmatic Green Growth Development Policy Operation aims to establish the foundations for green growth planning and strengthen environmental protection and resilience to climate change in Laos.
U.S. Ambassador Visits Southern Provinces Lao News Agency 17th May 2017
U.S. Ambassador Rena Bitter visited American health and education projects and met with government officials during her trip to Sekong, Salavan, and Champasak Provinces on May 9-10. In Sekong Province, Ambassador Bitter visited Chung Hung Nuea School and Kok Hai School, where she handed over school supplies and enjoyed lunch with the students who receive nutritious meals through the U.S. Government’s McGovern-Dole Food for Education Program implemented by the World Food Programme.
Vietnam, Laos sign protocol on adjustment of good transit deal Vietnamnet 29th May 2017
A protocol adjusting the goods transit agreement between Vietnam and Laos has been signed, creating favourable conditions for transit of goods between the two countries.
Committees work to facilitate Vietnamese, Lao enterprises VietnamPlus 24th May 2017
Representatives from the Vietnam-Laos Cooperation Committee have worked with their counterparts from the Laos-Vietnam Cooperation Committee on the implementation of the Hanoi Agreement 2017 and the “one-stop-shop” customs model at the pair of Lao Bao-Densavan border gates.
Laos eyes 7 percent economic growth in 2018 Xinhua 12th Jul 2017
The Lao government expects to pursue economic growth of at least 7 percent in 2018, the same level expected for 2017, local daily Vientiane Times reported Wednesday. The Lao Finance Ministry is drafting the budget plan for 2018, which will be submitted to the upcoming ordinary session of the National Assembly (NA) in October.
Lao PDR to Strengthen Resilience to Natural Disasters and Improve Water Resources Management World Bank 7th Jul 2017
Lao PDR is taking steps to lessen the impact of natural disasters and will continue to improve the country’s national water resources management systems, in partnership with the World Bank. The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors approved financing support of $30 million for the Lao PDR Southeast Asia Disaster Risk Management (DRM) Project and $25 million of additional funding for the Mekong Integrated Water Resources Management (MIWRM) Project.
Govt stresses transparent debt repayment Vientiane Times 28th Jun 2017
The roles of the Ministry of Planning and Investment and Ministry of Finance have been clearly defined to deal with government debt repayments, a senior official has confirmed. The move is aimed to ensure debts are repaid in a transparent and accountable manner, minimising loopholes which could result in officials’ misappropriation.
Economy grows fast, progress slower toward livability in capital Vientiane Times 28th Jun 2017
The economy of Vientiane grew at an annualised rate of more than 10 percent over the past six months, yet the implementation of targets for making the capital an increasingly liveable city has seen slower progress, the city’s Mayor told councilors gathered in the capital. Vientiane Mayor Dr Sinlavong Khoutphaythoune reported on the achievements and challenges facing the capital and its administration in the first half of this year to Vientiane People’s Council on Tuesday.
Lao gov't, partners discuss priorities for trade, private sector development Xinhua 28th Jun 2017
Lao government officials and development partners met Wednesday in capital Vientiane to discuss medium term priorities for trade and private sector development in the country. Held by the Lao Ministry of Industry and Commerce, the 11th Trade and Private Sector Working Group (TPSWG) saw the attendance of more than 100 participants with the chair of Lao Minister of Industry and Commerce Khemmani Pholsena and co-chair of European Union's Ambassador Leo Faber and German Ambassador to Laos Michael Grau.
Benefits from integration elude Laos The Nation 29th May 2017
Independent economist Dr Mana Southichak has highlighted several challenges Laos needs to address promptly so it can continue to benefit from the AEC.
Laos-World Bank launch next 5-year partnership framework Vientiane Times 24th May 2017
The World Bank Office in Vientiane yesterday presented the bank’s Partnership Framework for Laos 2017-2021 to stakeholders, together with the findings of the Systematic Country Diagnostic and the launch of the annual publication entitled Lao Economic Monitor. The new partnership framework between Laos and the World Bank Group focuses on opportunities for all, sustained green growth, and improved access to human and infrastructure services.
Lao PDR's Reforms Can Strengthen and Sustain Inclusive Growth World Bank 24th May 2017
The Lao PDR economy is projected to expand at around 7 percent annually for the period 2017 to 2019, higher than other countries in the region, according to the latest edition of the World Bank’s Lao Economic Monitor, released today.
Lao economy projected to grow around 7 pct annually to 2019 - Xinhua | English.news.cn Xinhua 24th May 2017
Lao economy is projected to expand at around 7 percent annually for the period 2017 to 2019, according to the latest edition of the World Bank's Lao Economic Monitor released Wednesday.
Laos has yet to fully benefit from trade privileges The Nation 22nd May 2017
The Ministry of Industry and Commerce recently described a number of challenges Laos is facing in order to fully benefit from trade privileges. One of the most important points is that Lao businesses don’t fully understand the true benefits and the various procedures of the scheme.
Private investment needed to drive growth: economists Vientiane Times 17th May 2017
Private investment needed to drive growth: economists Economists have cautioned that cutting spending could impact Laos’ economic growth, so the government needs to further create favourable conditions to strengthen the private sector. According to the government’s recent report, investment by domestic and foreign businesses represented more than half the entire investment driving the country’s economic growth. A senior economist at the National Economic Research Institute, DrLeeberLeebuapao, told Vientiane Times yesterday that investment by the private sector is critical for the growth of the economy. “Cutting spending will impact our economy, but if we can attract more investment I think we can sustain growth,” said DrLeeber, who is member of the National Assembly.
Groups discuss impact of upcoming Laos dam Phnom Penh Post 15th Jun 2017
A coalition of youth and community groups yesterday held a meeting in Phnom Penh to discuss the controversial Pak Beng dam in Laos, issuing a request for its construction to be halted until after an impact assessment expected from the Mekong River Committee (MRC) is released.
Laos, development partners discuss greenhouse gas emission Xinhua 26th May 2017
Progress and technical issues surrounding the establishment of a baseline to measure changes in greenhouse gas emissions in Laos has been reviewed by the Lao Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF) and development partners.
Cooperation vital to energy development The Nation 22nd May 2017
Laos is seeking the advancement of cooperation in energy development, especially in promoting investments in the renewable energy sector, officials say.
Vietnam urges Laos to rethink Mekong River dams The Nation 16th May 2017
The Mekong Delta will disappear in the next several decades once Pak Beng Dam and another 10 planned hydropower dams are built on the Mekong River in Laos and Cambodia, warned environmental experts.
Thailand to help transmit electricity from Laos to Malaysia The Sun Daily 22nd Jun 2017
Thailand will sign a tripartite electricity-trading agreement with Laos and Malaysia, engaging in transmission process, Vietnam News Agency (VNA) reports. Permanent Secretary of the Thai Energy Ministry Areepong Bhoocha-Oom was quoted as saying that the agreement was scheduled to be inked at the Asean Energy Ministers' Meeting in Manila, the Philippines, on Sept 17-22.
Thailand plans to sign electricity accord with Laos and Malaysia The Nation 19th Jun 2017
Energy Ministry permanent secretary Areepong Bhoocha-Oom said the agreement would pave the way for the Laos-Thailand-Malaysia electricity deal, enabling the Asean Power Grid to materialise. “The agreement will be for the sale and purchase of electricity between Laos and Malaysia, using Thailand’s transmission system. We will be the link for the two neighbours,” he said. “The volume of electricity involved is 100 megawatts.” The concept of an Asean Power Grid was first floated at an informal Asean summit in late 1997. Areepong said this upcoming agreement could make the grid a reality. The signing of the historic agreement is set to take place at the Asean Ministers of Energy Meeting, which will be held in Manila between September 17 and 22.
Malaysia optimistic of signing PPAs with Laos and Thailand soon The Star Online 13th Jun 2017
Malaysia is optimistic of signing power purchase agreements (PPAs) with Laos and Thailand for the Asean Power Grid in September this year, in line with the move to strengthen energy supply. Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili said the pilot project, expected to begin in January 2018, would open up a lot of opportunities for Malaysia to source renewable energy (RE) from neighbouring countries.
Lao PDR to Adopt Green Growth, with Support World Bank 31st May 2017
Lao PDR is adopting key policy reforms to make its strong economic growth benefit more people, especially the poor and disadvantaged, while protecting the environment, supported by a new US$38.6 million credit which was approved today by the World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors.
Lao bankers open to emerging tech trends The Nation 29th May 2017
Last week, First Lao Solutions co-operated with Fiorano and OpenWay, two of the leading technology companies providing banking solutions to present the event on “The New Trends in Payment and Enterprise Integration Middleware” in Vientiane.
Dual listings promoted in bid to deepen corporate relations The Nation 24th May 2017
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Thailand is opening the door to Lao enterprises seeking to diversify their funding sources with the government’s support for the dual listing of Lao companies on the stock exchanges of both countries, Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak said on a visit to Vientiane yesterday. Somkid expressed his support for dual listings after meeting representatives of Lao-based firms including conglomerate AIF Group Co Ltd and Phongsupthavy Group Co Ltd, which are interested in raising funds in Thailand’s capital markets.
Lao Central Bank Rejects Blame For Agro Investment Firm Default Radio Free Asia 21st Jul 2017
The Central Bank of Laos has rejected claims by the director of an agricultural company running a pyramid scheme that a warning it issued informing the public that the firm was operating illegally was responsible for the loss of millions of U.S. dollars of investor’s money.
World Bank supports disaster risk management in Laos Xinhua 13th Jul 2017
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The World Bank will provide 30 million U.S. dollars to Laos as part of its continuing support for disaster risk management projects that will enable the Asian nation to mitigate natural disasters, local daily Vientiane Times reported Thursday.
Lao gov't to push for use of contraceptives, reduce adolescent pregnancies Xinhua 13th Jul 2017
The Lao government aims to increase the use of modern contraceptives to 65 percent of the population by 2020, according to Deputy General Director of the Ministry of Health Kaysone Chounlamany. "The maternal mortality in Laos still remains higher than in other Southeast Asian Nations, so the government has invested in family planning, which has been able to reduce the maternal mortality to 30 percent," the Lao News Agency (KPL) quoted Kaysone as saying Thursday at the celebration of the World Population Day which falls on July 11.
EU to support education development in Laos Vientiane Times 28th Jun 2017
EU to support education development in Laos The European Union (EU) has agreed to approve more than 570 billion kip (62 million EUR) to help Laos achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially in education. The information was discussed during a meeting between Minister of Education and Sports of Laos Ms Sengdeuane Lachanthaboun and Director for Asia, Central Asia, Middle East/Gulf and Pacific at the Europe Aid Office in Brussels, Mr Pierre Amilhat on Monday in Vientiane.
Laos to order closure of foreign clinics Xinhua 6th Jul 2017
The Healthcare Department under the Lao Ministry of Health will order the closure of foreign-owned clinics when their professional Lao medical licences expire in 2017.
Vietnam, Laos enhance medical cooperation Nhan Dan 26th Jun 2017
The Vietnamese Government and people always create favourable conditions for cooperation programmes and activities held between Vietnam and Laos in all fields, including healthcare, Deputy PM Dam said while receiving Lao Health Minister Bounkong Syhavong in Hanoi on June 26.
Laos records 1,760 dengue fever cases till May - Xinhua | English.news.cn XinhuaNews 7th Jun 2017
VIENTIANE, June 7 (Xinhua) -- A total of 1,760 dengue fever infections, with three deaths, were recorded in Laos from January to the end of May this year, local daily Vientiane Times reported Wednesday.
Lao Health Officials Shut Down Clinic Suspected of Providing Illegal Surrogacy Services Radio Free Asia 6th Jun 2017
Lao officials have ordered a clinic in the capital Vientiane to shut down amid indications that it is using Thai women to provide illegal surrogacy services to infertile couples, an official from the Lao Ministry of Public Health said.
Laos sees highest rate of malnutrition in southeastern Asia: ministry Xinhua News 5th Jun 2017
Despite significant progress made over past decades, Laos still has some of the highest rates of malnutrition seen in southeastern Asia, local daily Vientiane Times on Friday quoted Lao Ministry of Health as saying.
Laos-Thailand railway extension construction back on track The Nation 28th Jun 2017
Deputy Director General of the Lao Railway Department under the Ministry of Public Works and Transport, Mr Sonesack N. Nhansana, told Vientiane Times yesterday that authorities in charge are working toward organising a bidding process to seek a consultant firm and contractor to carry out construction at the expected date. To be developed under the phase II, the extended line will be built over a distance of 7.5km to link the track from the outlying Thanalaeng railway station in Hadxaifong district to Khamsavat village in inner Saysettha district. Laos now has only 3.5 km of rail line linking its capital with Thailand’s Nong Khai province via the Laos-Thailand Friendship Bridge. When the extension is complete, it will boast 11 km of track.
China-Lao rail gathers steam : TTR Weekly TTR Weekly 8th Jun 2017
A fast rail line from China to Laos will run straight through Luang Prabang, Lao PDR’s famed World Heritage town, when it opens December 2021.
Building of public offices in Laos suspended until 2020 The Nation 26th May 2017
The government also reaffirmed that open bidding must strictly be followed in all state investment projects as stipulated in the country’s laws.
Reasons revealed for slow power grid expansion Vientiane Times 24th May 2017
A number of unapproved power grid expansion projects have been suspended stemming from the fact that there has been no progress on the projects, a minister recently told the National Assembly (NA). Minister of Energy and Mines DrKhammanyInthirath made the comment while responding to questions raised by NA members during the parliament’s recent ordinary session.
Daewoo E&C Forges Strategic Partnership for Laos Infrastructure Development BusinessKorea 19th Jun 2017
On June 15, Daewoo E&C signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the development of with Lotte Engineering & Construction, the KDB, and Korea Trade & Insurance Corporation with Petroleum Trading Lao Public Company (PTL) at Laos Vientiane Plaza Hotel.