May 22, 2018

Govt piloting single-window customs clearance for vehicles 

 
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- Investment in Lao stock market surges
The value of stocks traded on the Lao Securities Exchange saw rapid growth last year, according to a report from the Bank of the Lao PDR. The central bank released its annual report recently, providing an overview of the economic development of Laos last year including trading on the Lao Securities Exchange, one of the newest capital markets in the country... More >>>

- Rural health workers set up online network to monitor progress
Health workers in Feuang district, Vientiane province, are turning to social media to help them in their daily work. Head of Feuang district Health Office, Dr Inpone Maniseng, told Vientiane Times that most staff and village health volunteers are using mobile phones to create a network for when urgent work is needed.
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- Out-of-place petrol stations given one year to move
Petrol stations that open for business near an existing facility or are too close to a residential area must move away within one year from now, a senior government official has said. Minister of Industry and Commerce Ms Khemmani Pholsena earlier this month issued an instruction on the implementation of Prime Ministerial Decree No. 331, which regulates the petroleum business including petrol stations.
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- Govt piloting single-window customs clearance for vehicles 
The government is piloting the Lao National Single Window (LNSW) scheme at international border crossings, seeking to speed up customs clearance for vehicles and link the country to the Asean single window system. The Ministry of Finance’s Customs Department signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Ministry of Public Works and Transport’s Transport Department last week to jointly implement the initiative. .. More >>>

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Borikhamxay route favoured for Vientiane-Hanoi highway
Laos and Vietnam have approved plans to build a Vientiane-Hanoi highway passing through Laos’ central province of Borikhamxay and Vietnam’s central province of Nghe An, over a distance of about 700 kilometres. An official from Borikhamxay province, who did not wish to be named, told Vientiane Times on Monday the highway will run in parallel to the existing Road No... More >>>

- Reality on Unsettled Border Areas between Laos and Cambodia

Vientiane Times is publishing the contents of a book about the Laos-Cambodia borderline situation. The book is being published section by section in issues running from April 10 to April 13....More >>>

 
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- Savannakhet ramps up reforestation efforts
Savannakhet provincial authorities have announced a renewed focus on reforestation and the restoration of greenery in a bid to improve the environment. This year, the province plans to plant trees on an area of 900 hectares and to rehabilitate 7,400 hectares of forestry. A senior official from the Savannakhet provincial Department of Agriculture and Forestry, Ms Phetmany Chanxayavong, told Vientiane Times ..More >>>

- Workshop gets logistics on a roll
Government officials and representatives of various logistics associations and the private sector are attending a two-day workshop on logistics to improve their skills in this field.
The workshop was organised by the Ministry of Public Works and Transport and the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism in Japan (MLIT Japan).
 MLIT Japan launched a human resource development programme in Laos in 2017.
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- Laos, Japan review progress of clean agriculture project
Laos and Japan are continuing talks in an effort to help farmers and farmer groups access clean agriculture while increasing distribution channels to both domestic and international markets. Department of Agriculture, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, and its partner Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) yesterday held the First Joint Coordinating Committee Meeting of the Clean .. More >>>

- Medics gear up to reduce dengue fever death toll
The government and the I-HOPE project run by the Korea International Cooperation Agency are teaching doctors more about the interventions undertaken and lessons learnt from fatal cases of dengue this year so they can be better prepared to tackle dengue fever next year. A two-week training session to review the fatalities that occurred from dengue has been attended by the Director General of the Healthcare ..More >>>

Health

Breastfeeding benefits both mothers and babies
Sitting on a bamboo bed underneath her house, Ms Hom Sivilay, 26, happily explains the benefits of breastfeeding and how it has helped her two children grow up to be strong and healthy.    . .. More >>>

Lifestyle

Chance meeting evokes vivid memories of a rural childhood
Laos is an intriguing country full of interesting traditional and beautiful ways of life; it forces you to slow down and join in the laidback lifestyle, especially in the rural areas. .. More >>>

Education

Secondary school students proud holders of Infomatrix Olympiad silver medal
Two students from the Eastern Star Schools in Vientiane, Aphisay Kommasith, 16, and Perfect Khithsavath, 15, are very proud to come home with a silver medal from the recent Infomatrix World Finals.. . . . . More >>>

Profile

Singer Phetdavone’s star shines bright in Laos
After winning a recent television singing contest in Thailand, Ms Phetdavone Khammanivong has changed dramatically and has received many offers in Laos to showcase her skills and talents... More >>>

Environment

Thirteen elephants knocking on heaven’s door
Thirteen elephants handed over to Elephant Conservation Centre by Lao government.

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History

Wall exhibit breaks down barriers to Vientiane’s past
While Laos’ convoluted history is often just studied in textbooks, today’s generation can now sample a part of it from the 16th century for themselves – the Vientiane city wall.
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Development

Pioneer breaks the mould of football managers
How many women would dare to manage a men’s football team and have the strength, tenacity and determination to turn around a struggling squad?. . More >>>

Culture

Thousands enjoy Xayaboury’s rocket festival and Visit Laos Year celebrations
Thousands of people, including tourists, had a wonderful time at the annual rocket festival held recently in Thongmixay district in Xayaboury province in northwestern Laos. . ... .
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Travel

Laos poised to attract more Chinese tourists
Chinese tourists made 130 million overseas trips last year, with their total spending amounting to US$155 billion. If Laos receives 10 or 20 percent of these travellers, it will be more than enough to give a massive boost to the tourism industry. ... More >>>

Business

Tadxon site selected for tourism campaign in Naxaithong
The Khamphay Sana Group Company Limited has agreed to allow Naxaithong district authorities to organise a tourism promotion campaign at its Tadxon natural tourism site... More >>>

Entertainment

Collection cavalcade on show for 6th Vientiane WOW Fashion Week
Organisers of this year’s 6th Vientiane WOW Fashion Week have praised the quality of designers on both sides of the Mekong as 14 Lao and Thai labels showcased their take on regional chic last Saturday evening...More >>>

Feature

Asian food fair in Thailand catches attention of global buyers 
Asia’s leading food and beverage trade show, THAIFEX - World of Food Asia 2018, expects to attract around 60,000 visitors from all over the world.
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World news

Talks in US ward off trade war
China (China Daily) -- The consensus that there will be “no trade war” — reached during the latest round of trade talks between the world’s top two economies — means a lot, not only for the Sino-US economic relationship, but ...More >>>

Cooperation
 

Do officials need to increase checks of imported farm products at border crossings?
Businesses and those in involved in agriculture have urged the authorities to make closer checks of imported farm products, as they are considered an obstacle to attracting investment in and growth of the sector.
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Opinion

What do you plan to do during the three-month school holiday?
Schools around the country will soon be starting their annual summer break. It’simportant that children and their parents make plans so that children have something constructive to do. As the end of the school year approaches,
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Sport

Martial artist Khamla set for final Asian Games’ medal tilt
Experienced wushu fighter Mr Khamla Soukhaphone looks set to compete at his last Asian Games in Indonesia from August 18 to September 2... More >>>

Dining Out

Cooking sticky rice to perfection
Sticky rice is a very simple name for the staple grain of Laos and the nation’s most popular food item. It has been an essential part of Lao life from generation to generation and no meal is eaten without it.. . . More >>>

Technology

Upcoming e-Library expected to provide faster, more accessible information
A quick glance into the library and one might not see many people there. But nowadays that’s not such a strange sight because fewer people enjoy reading books at the library. ... .
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