December 16, 2017

France supports World AIDS Day in Laos

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- Truck increases take toll on R3 as maintenance funds sought
Greater Mekong Sub-region Northern Economic Corridor Route (R3) needs more finance to deal with rising numbers of heavy trucks continuing to ply the route daily in response to ever-greater demand for goods transportation from China to Thailand via Laos. R3 was completed in 2008 and cost US$95.79. It was financed with loans from ADB worth US$30 million, the government of China at US$ 30 million and the government of Thailand with US$28 million... More >>>

- EU, AFD co-support nutrition sensitive agriculture in north
The European Union (EU) and the French Agency for Development (AFD) signed a Delegation Agreement in Vientiane on Thursday for a 4-year project to support nutrition-sensitive agriculture in northern Laos.
This project is jointly funded by the EU (5 million euros) and AFD (1 million euros). ... More >>>

- Champassak college to supply workers to Pakxe-Japan SEZ
The Champassak provincial technical and vocational college in southern Laos will play a key role in supplying workers to the Pakxe-Japan SME Specific Economic Zone. The college and Pakxe-Japan SEZ signed an agreement recently to mark the start of their cooperation in supplying labour for factories located in the zone. . More >>>

- Korean insights push poverty reduction in Vientiane province
Local government officials, villagers and representatives from the Korea Saemaul Undong Centre met this week to review the progress of the Saemaul project in Thoulakhom district of Vientiane province.
The meeting held on Wednesday at the Thoulakhom district administration office was attended by Vice President of Saemaul Undong Academy, Mr Cho Jae Baum with villagers exhibiting their agriculture produce which has benefited from the Saemaul project... More >>>

- Shopping for solutions to end silence on gender violence
A series of activities to raise awareness on the pressing issue of preventing violence against women were held as part of a 16-Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign.
Held annually, the campaign aims to tackle the silence on violence against women and in this country is instituted by CARE International Laos in partnership with Laos Positive Health Association. More >>>

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- Training project supporting local tourism, hospitality sector
Project LAO/029 - Skills for Tourism will support a financing mechanism to ensure people from disadvantaged backgrounds can access funding for tourism and hospitality education and training.
This was the message at the project steering committee meeting held yesterday in Vientiane to review progress on project implementation during 2017 and plans for further forward.
There are also plans for 2018 and over the next four years to scale up training initiatives and opportunities for participants from disadvantaged backgrounds. . . More >>>

 - Agriculture ministry keen to sprout organic exports
Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry is focusing on developing clean agriculture to have local produce certified as free of chemicals and pesticides with an eye on organic exports.
Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, Dr Bounkhouang Khambounheuang reported at the Sixth Lao Organic Trade Fair at Chao Fa Ngum Park in Vientiane on Thursday that, “The ministry has been supporting the clean agriculture policy, particularly organic production, while domestic and overseas consumers need more certified safe products.”
“Our country has great potential with the soil, water and environment for the production of clean agriculture and organic products but we are also faced with challenges and obstructions,” he said. . More >>>

- France supports World AIDS Day in Laos
Numerous events were organised in Vientiane with French support as part of marking World AIDS Day (December 1) under the theme of “the right to health”.
The public events to celebrate World AIDS Day from December 6 - 9 included the organising of conferences, exhibitions, concerts and a flash mob that brought together several hundred people.
According to the press release from French Embassy in Vientiane, along with many local and international partners, France was strongly committed to this day and contributed to the financing of almost all events through the 5 percent Initiative fund.. . More >>>


No-alcohol day raises alert on heavy costs of drink-driving
‘Drink, Don’t Drive’ may be the ever-so-slightly mystifying English translation of the more straightforward slogan in the Lao language being promoted by the Ministry of Health during this year’s National No Alcoholic Beverages Day, but the safest bet may be to skip the bottle altogether. . . . More >>>


M-Tea Mekong River Shop takes tea drinking to a new level
If you’re looking to enjoy the refreshing taste of delicious ice-cold tea drinks against the backdrop of the mighty river Nam Kong, M-Tea Mekong River Shop is the place... More >>>


From male model to budding businessman
Mr Somphet Boutdavong (Laem), a 22-year-old model from the First Modelinglao Agency, has moved a step closer to his dream of becoming a businessman after graduating in business administration. . . . More >>>


Ms Vandaly proud of winning Young Asean Insurance Manager Award
Ms Vandaly Souvannasouck is very proud to have won the Young Asean Insurance Manager Award (YAMA) for this year, especially since she is the first Lao person to bag the title..... More >>>

Arts & Culture

Busan’s Asean Culture House promotes regional understanding in Korea
The Asean Culture House (ACH) not only enhances the Korean public’s understanding of the culture and society of Sout-East Asian countries but also helps visitors to learn more about their own rich culture. . More >>>

Poverty Eradication

Wax candles light a path toward a better life

Candles play a central part in the religious ceremonies of Buddhist devotees.
Because of this prominence of candles in religious life. .. . . More >>>


Ministry delegation explores environmental education in Germany
Let's join in relates to a No Plastic! initiative in the city of Bonn, Germany. This tagline became the daily motto of a Lao Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (MoNRE) delegation exploring environmental education. . More >>>



Saravan proving a must-visit destination for lovers of nature
Let us introduce you to Saravan, a charming province in the southern part of the country packed full of stunning tourist attractions... More >>>


First container control unit opens to intercept illicit goods
The Customs Department under the Ministry of Finance has opened its first Container Control Unit (CCU) in an effort to counter trafficking of illicit goods across local ports. ... More >>>


Arts wow, youth act to back success of Visit Laos Year 2018
The country’s increasingly vibrant arts and cultural scene will be on show for the world as part of Visit Laos Year 2018... More >>>


People affected by railway project still waiting for compensation
More than 30 families in Dongxiengdy village of Naxaithong district, Vientiane, who have been displaced by the Laos-China railway project are yet to be paid compensation.
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World news

What do you think about tax law improvements?
Responsible sectors are planning to improve the law on tax. The committee will take issues into account to formulate the draft laws clearly and concisely before proceeding to create legislation..
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Laos-Vietnam special solidarity becomes priceless legacy
Laos-Vietnams relations have been marked by an unalloyed solidarity that is rare around the globe. The rare relationship has become a priceless legacy of the two nations.
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World heritage city of Luang Prabang welcomes visitors
On the occasion of Visit Lao Year 2018, Vientiane Times talked to local residents, officials and visitors about Luang Prabang province, one of the most popular tourist destinations in Laos.   . . More >>>


Laos’ Lodkeo targeting Thai mini-marathon
The nation’s long-touted best female runner, Ms Lodkeo Inthakoumman is set to take part in the 2nd international mini-marathon event in Thailand’s Nong Khai province this weekend...More >>>

Dining Out

Shark fin soup an attraction for some at city diner
Both domestic and foreign diners know that Laos is renowned for its wide variety of tasty food on offer with local favourites including barbecued chicken, spicy papaya salad and sticky rice. ... . More >>>

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