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Foreign diplomats wish Laos continued success in development

(Updated December 8, 2016)

The heads of diplomatic missions in Laos have expressed confidence that the current National Socio-Economic Development Plan (NSEDP) will lead to tangible progress in achieving continuous, inclusive and sustainable growth.


Ministry seeks to strengthen home affairs

(Updated December 8, 2016)

Administrative mechanisms which are not really serving to facilitate development, a lack of respect for the law by state administrative bodies and agencies, and non-compliance with organisational structures are the main challenges facing the home affairs sector.


ACQUA: real Italian flavour in Vientiane

(Updated December 8, 2016)

The heads of diplomatic missions in Laos have expressed confidence that the current National Socio-Economic Development Plan (NSEDP) will lead to tangible progress in achieving continuous, inclusive and sustainable growth.

Japanese chef brings unique flavour to Italian restaurant in Laos

(Updated December 8, 2016)

Yoji Tokuyoshi demonstrated how to prepare a special dish called Goroyaki Mackerel to promote his signature Italian and Japanese food style to Lao people during a visit to Vientiane recently.




Human trafficking needs urgent action: Mekong nations

(Updated December 8, 2016)

Human trafficking continues to flourish within the region, requiring a joint effort by the Mekong countries to actively stamp out the trade and penalise those responsible.


Miss Laos 2016 proud of her title

(Updated December 8, 2016)

Miss Laos 2016, Ms Boutsaba Sengpan, is very happy and proud of her winning title and her role as a cultural ambassador taking part in cultural and social activities throughout Laos as well as in foreign countries.

President gives development advice in Vientiane province

(Updated November 23, 2016)

Cracking down on illegal activities, alleviating poverty, and addressing economic disparities are some of the issues that President Bounnhang Vorachit has told local administrations to focus on.


Laos, Ireland enhance cooperation

(Updated November 21, 2016)

President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins, his wife and delegation arrived in Vientiane on Monday for an official visit to Laos from November 14-16 at the invitation of President Bounnhang Vorachit

Miss Grand International winners promote Lao culture

(Updated November 21, 2016)

Miss Grand International 2016, Ariska Putri Pertiwi from Indonesia, and Miss Grand International Runner Up 2016, Supaporn Malisorn from Thailand, were proud to visit Laos on the first leg of their country tour after receiving the crown of Miss Grand International.


NA session ends after approving laws, financial targets

(Updated November 21, 2016)

The National Assembly (NA) has approved a GDP target of 600 trillion kip over the next four years, also setting the average economic growth rate at 7.2 percent a year, and average GDP per capita at US$2,978 by the end of 2020.

Law amendment to strengthen investment promotion

(Updated November 21, 2016)

Amendment to the Law on Investment Promotion is improved and clearer, according to National Assembly (NA) members, who said the law would enhance investment promotion and benefit the nation.


Almsgiving draws crowds

(Updated November 15, 2016)

Thousands of people gathered yesterday morning to give alms to monks at the That Luang esplanade, in a traditional ritual that is a highlight of the annual festival to pay homage to the That Luang stupa.

Poultry Breeding Station

(Updated November 21, 2016)


Amendments to Defence Lawyers' Law to improve justice delivery

(Updated November 15, 2016)

Amendments to the Defence Lawyers' Law are aimed to deliver better justice to society by expanding legal services into grassroots communities and improving both the quality and number of lawyers.

NA approves draft-amended Law on Government

(Updated November 15, 2016)

The National Assembly (NA) approved a draft-amended Law on Government on Tuesday that revises the mandates of the prime minister, ministers and some state departments.


Stunning wax castle procession reflects rich Lao culture

(Updated November 15, 2016)

Thousands of people gathered yesterdayfor the grand wax castle procession, one of the main features of the annual That Luang festival and among the country's cultural highlights.


PM urges more efforts in research work

(Updated October 13, 2016)

The Ministry of Science and Technology has to work harder in developing the sector so that its achievements serve those of other sectors, contributing to socio-economic development in the country.


NA members want new law on chemicals to be stricter

(Updated November 15, 2016)

Stipulations in the draft Law on the Management of Chemicals remain weak and will not prevent the continuing unregulated use of the substances throughout the country, NA members have said.

NA members want new law to ban import of discarded electronic goods

(Updated November 8, 2016)

Service fees and product standards offered by telecommunications companies as well as the import of discarded electronic products were among the concerns raised by National Assembly (NA) members during a debate on the newly drafted Law on Information and Communication Technology.


ADB to help improve higher education in Laos

(Updated November 15, 2016)

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the government have signed grant and loan assistance agreements for more than 382.2 billion kip (US$64.9 million) to improve education quality and ensure graduates have sufficient skills to meet labour market demands.

Mass organisations comment on NA, government performance

(Updated November 7, 2016)


Chinese festival a time of thanksgiving

(Updated November 7, 2016)

Mattie Do, film producer, talks about her Dearest Sister movie

(Updated November 7, 2016)


Energy sector to be major contributor to GDP: minister

(Updated November 2, 2016)

The Ministry of Planning and Investment is confident that economic growth will reach 7 percent next year due to the growth of the industrial sector

Media law approved, but needs more changes: Assembly

(Updated November 3, 2016)

National Assembly (NA) members have called for media outlets, individuals and entities that operate within the industry to be more clearly defined by law to ensure the media contributes positively to national protection and development.


National Assembly pushes for judiciary improvement

(Updated November 2, 2016)

The National Assembly (NA) has put forth a proposal for prosecutors and judges to be stricter in implementing their legal duties in an effort to build public confidence and trust in the government's judicial bodies.

NA members want tougher oversight on chemical use

(Updated November 2, 2016)

National Assembly (NA) members have proposed that the government impose tougher measures in managing the distribution and use of dangerous chemicals so they can be brought under control.


Trillions of kip in earnings go unreported by govt bodies

(Updated November 2, 2016)

Trillions of kip have been lost due to the continued violation of financial regulations by ministries, government agencies, and state enterprises.

Many factors behind duplicated land titles, minister says

(Updated November 2, 2016)

Duplicated land titles triggering land disputes in recent years are the result of several factors, Minister Sommad Pholsena told the National Assembly (NA) this week while outlining measures to address the problem.


Ministry demands closure of factory, chicken farm

(Updated November 2, 2016)

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment has recommended revoking the licences of a chicken farm and a brick factory in Xaythany district, Vientiane, after learning they were causing pollution and affecting nearby communities.

Speak more loudly, whistleblowers urged

(Updated October 26, 2016)

Although public complaints have provided an important channel to learn about and help address corruption, the government needs to boost informants' confidence so they are more forthcoming.


Unlawful financial institutions warned of legal action

(Updated November 2, 2016)

Illegal financial institutions that have sourced funds by offering abnormally high interest rates will face legal measures, the governor of the central bank has warned

USAID funds project to monitor HIV prevalence

(Updated October 26, 2016)

Laos has a concentrated HIV epidemic compared to other countries, with the prevalence of HIV still at a low level in key groups.


Construction, consultancy firms sign on for Laos-China railway

(Updated October 26, 2016)

Five Chinese construction companies and six consultancy firms have been selected for engagement in the Laos-China Railway Project, with construction expected to start in December.


Laos offers investment opportunities: US trade representative
(Updated August 18, 2016)
Laos is offering investment opportunities while the United States has pledged to work with the country to help improve ‘Ease of Doing Business' procedures to attract greater investment, a US trade representative has said.

Civil code draft nears completion
(Updated August 18, 2016)
The development of a draft of a civil code for the country is close to its completion with the expectation of submission for government and National Assembly consideration next year.

Soumontha Restaurant's laab has diners coming back for more
(Updated August 15, 2016)
People who love eating traditional dishes like laab should not miss a visit to the Soumontha Restaurant in Vientiane.

Conserving culture can be a business success
(Updated August 15, 2016)
A love of conserving historical customs has inspired Ms Sinlasone Boriboun to continue the tradition of hand crafting Mak Beng or banana leaf offerings for gifting to local temples and at Buddhist ceremonies

The public has more freedom to information, Minister say
(Updated August 15, 2016)
The public has more freedom accessing information than in many other countries, according to the government, with domestic media working to educate on how to better consume information from external media outlets.

Girls learn life values through Buddhist project
(Updated August 15, 2016)
A Vientiane temple was the scene of an unusual sight last week when a group of girls donned white robes and took part in ceremonial rituals as part of the Khoumhou Khou Khounnatham (knowledge and virtue) project to give them a deeper understanding of Buddhism and moral values.

Mystery jars and remains unearthed in Naxaithong
(Updated August 12, 2016)
A total of five jars containing remains, estimated to be over 100-200 years old, were unearthed by a local farmer recently who hired an excavator to prepare a rice field in Nanga village, Naxaithong district, Vientiane.

Senior editors of Asean share views for vision's Asean community
(Updated August 9, 2016)
More than 30 senior editors from 10 member Asean countries and four Asean dialogue partners shared their views on the theme “Turning Vision into Reality for a Dynamic Asean Community” at an editor's roundtable yesterday in Vientiane.

Canada eyes economic cooperation potential
(Updated August 8, 2016)
Mining, energy, agriculture and forestry, as well as aerospace have been among the sectors that Canada has expressed cooperation interest in, seeking to boost ties and trade with Laos.

Asean economic meeting concludes, adopts priorities to realise 2025 vision
(Updated August 8, 2016)
The 48th Asean Economic ministers' meeting (48th AEM) and its related meetings concluded yesterday in Vientiane with the adoption of priorities to pursue 2025 vision and expand cooperation with dialogue partners.

Asean economic officials agree to report Laos' priority deliverables
(Updated August 2, 2016)
Senior economic officials from the 10 Asean member states and delegates have agreed on the eight priority deliverables for the Asean Economic Community that Laos presented at the Preparatory SEOM Meeting in Vientiane yesterday.

Follow Party policy, VP advises business operators
(Updated July 28, 2016)
Business operators should understand Party policies and direction in depth and conduct their operations honestly to enable strong growth in the government and business sectors, Vice President Phankham Viphavanh has advised.

US Secretary of State lays groundwork for future cooperation
(Updated July 28, 2016)
US Secretary of State John Kerry has highlighted key areas of cooperation with Laos ahead of President Barack Obama's historic visit to Laos in September.

49th AMM, related meetings close after fruitful discussions
(Updated July 27, 2016)
The 49th Asean Foreign Ministers' Meeting (AMM) and Related Meetings hosted by Laos officially ended yesterday after comprehensive, candid and fruitful discussions between Asean members and their dialogue partners that began on July 21.

Canada opens diplomatic office in Vientiane
(Updated July 27, 2016)
Canada has opened a diplomatic office in Vientiane in an effort to boost economic and political ties with Laos.

Asean, dialogue partners vow to boost cooperation
(Updated July 26, 2016)
Asean member countries will continue to work with China after seeing the progressive growth of Asean-China relations in past years, particularly in terms of trade and investment.

Lao PM calls for Asean nations to remain united
(Updated July 25, 2016)
Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith has called for Asean nations to remain united, play a stronger role within the region, and stay true to Asean's principles.

Asean members, development partners assess progress
(Updated July 25, 2016)
The Senior Officials' Meeting of Mekong Countries and Development Partners Cooperation took place in Vientiane on Saturday to review the progress made in the implementation of projects and programmes under each cooperation framework over the previous year.

Asean meeting promotes region to the world
(Updated July 23, 2016)
The Regional Committee on Culture and Information (COCI) met in Vientiane yesterday to discuss the promotion of Asean peace, stability and consistency in the world.

Asean representatives discuss meeting preparations
(Updated July 23, 2016)
Asean Permanent Representatives and delegates gathered yesterday to discuss preparations for the Asean Senior Officials' Meeting and the 49th Asean Foreign Ministers' Meeting.

Lao devotees welcome Buddhist Lent nationwide
(Updated July 20, 2016)
Yesterday was Buddhist Lent festival day and Lao people welcomed and celebrated this important event nationwide by giving alms and presenting offerings at their local temples.

PM pushes for greater connectivity between Asia, Europe
(Updated July 19, 2016)
Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith has called for Asia and Europe to work together even more closely to promote greater connectivity between the two regions to boost development and drive growth.

Communities give back to nature by replenishing fish stocks
(Updated July 15, 2016)
Communities across the country yesterday marked National Fish Releasing and Conservation of Aquatic and Wildlife Day by adding fish to natural waterways to replenish stocks.

PM asks media, ministry to work harder
(Updated July 14, 2016)
Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith has asked the media to expose issues of social concern in a constructive manner in line with the Media Law, in order that solutions can be reached.

Concerns rise over locust invasion
(Updated July 14, 2016)
Authorities have warned of more severe locust infestations this year following an increasing number of reports concerning the insect pests.

Investing in adolescent girls seen as key to sustainable development
(Updated July 12, 2016)
The government needs greater investment in adolescent girls across all sectors, as this will yield a huge return on investment to Laos.

Strong laws pave way for development: minister
(Updated July 11, 2016)
Having strong laws that are enforced will bring about more investment and business operations, while cutting costs in both the public and private sectors.

Asean journalists vow to build closer ties
(Updated July 11, 2016)
Asean journalists have agreed to build better understanding and contacts and make more exchange visits to each other and to the peoples of the region.

US to expand cooperation with Laos, increase UXO financing
(Updated July 6, 2016)
Laos and the United States are set to deepen bilateral ties while expanded cooperation with the US is also expected to increase financial aid for the clearance of unexploded ordnance (UXO).

Laos strives for Asean chairmanship excellence
(Updated July 6, 2016)
Laos will try its best to deliver an outstanding performance as the chair of Asean when the Asean Summit takes place in Vientiane in September.

Governance workshop mulls sustainable development goals
(Updated July 5, 2016)
Members of the Governance Sector Working Group (GSWG) gathered in Vientiane on Friday to share information on the country's Sustainable Development Goals and discuss the roles and duties of the People's Provincial Assemblies (PPAs).

Japan gives boost to human resource development in Laos
(Updated July 5, 2016)
The government of Japan is providing grant assistance of 308 million yen (over 24 billion kip) for the continuation of the Human Resource Development Scholarship (JDS) Project in Laos.

Vat Pa Pha Bard enshrines the peace of Buddhism
(Updated July 5, 2016)
As Vat Pa Pha Bard is surrounded by forest, it's a perfect site to sit and meditate or wander around the holy place to learn about Lao Buddhist temple arts.

Violence against women costing US$13.5 million
(Updated July 4, 2016)
Resources required for delivering across-the-board support services for Lao women and girls experiencing violence for 2015-2017 has reached an estimated US$13.5 million, or equal to 2.25 percent of national GDP in 2014.

Thai trade fair showcases products in Vientiane
(Updated July 4, 2016)
More than 170 exhibitors with 300 booths are taking part in the Thai Top Brands Exhibition on the 7th floor of ITECC Mall in Vientiane from June 29-July 3.

Human resources key to development: education minister
(Updated July 4, 2016)
Laos needs to strengthen human resource development through ongoing improvements to the education system with the top priorities being the upgrade of basic education and reduction of dropout rates.

Handmade art promotes conservation of Lao culture
(Updated July 4, 2016)
A local teacher has dedicated all of his time to creating his handmade art from the love of conserving the traditional Lao Khon performance and preserving Lao culture in general.


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