How can we increase textile exports?
Laos is well known for its beautiful fabrics and the number of producers has increased as export opportunities have grown. But tough competition and a surge in supply has meant a drop in sales for some manufacturers. Vientiane Times went along to the Lao Handicraft Festival recently and asked exhibitors for their thoughts on the situation.

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- Education partners review reform in early learning
Plan International and implementing partners, in support of the Ministry of Education and Sports, held a successful two-day (November 12-13) education symposium to share best practices and identify avenues for the future scale and sustainability of key interventions to improve learning outcomes in early grade education. More >>>
- How is Viengxay preparing for the 50th anniversary of the liberation forces’ command centre?
The people of Viengxay district, Huaphan province, are preparing to welcome visitors for the 50th anniversary celebration of the.. More >>>
- Govt on right track to improve business climate
Laos’ fall in the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business Index from 141st place last year to 153rd this year has ignited a public debate over the government’s ability to improve the country’s business climate... More >>>

- How important is it to have a flu vaccination?
The Ministry of Health last week provided flu vaccinations for government officials to ensure they remained healthy through the winter months... More >>>
- What do you think will be the benefits of the joint Visit Laos-China Year 2019?
Laos and China are lining up an exciting programme of events for next year with promotional activities planned for the main cities in each country,.. More >>>
- What can be done to reduce the use of plastic?
In Laos, the use of plastic bags is widespread, in markets, street food stalls, shops and restaurants, and during festivals. Plastic bags are one of the biggest environmental problems on the planet and people in many countries are now taking action to reduce their use... More >>>
- What do you think about the bus fare increase for students?
The Vientiane State Bus Enterprise will double the price of electronic passes for student commuters on the Thangon, Dongdok and Phontong-Dongdok routes... More >>>
- What can be done to prevent illegal vehicle modification?
In the last six months police have detained 369 illegally modified vehicles and issued warnings to 321 drivers. The authorities have tried to crack down on offenders but the number of modifications is shooting up. One of the most annoying forms of modification is the installation of powerful speakers through which vehicle owners play music at high volume. Vientiane Times asked people what should be done to stop antisocial forms of vehicle modification... More >>>
- How can we protect young people from experimenting with harmful drugs?
One of the biggest problems in today’s world is rampant drug addiction, which has a devastating effect on the younger generation in particular.. More >>>
- How can the use of chemicals in farm produce be reduced?
According to local newspaper reports, Savannakhet and Xekong officials found that several kinds of vegetables and fruit on sale contained high amounts of chemicals, making them unsafe for consumption. Although chemicals are potentially dangerous to humans, .. More >>>
- What can be done to restore agriculture after the floods?
Almost every province in Laos suffered crop and livestock losses during the floods this rainy season. As farmers try to recover from the setbacks Vientiane Times asked people for their opinions on the best course to take to earn a living from agriculture. .. More >>>
- What can be done to help illiterate people get a driving licence?
Many uneducated or illiterate people don’t have a driving licence, especially those from rural areas who move to a large town. They may be able to drive, but it’s a big problem if they have an accident for some reason. Vientiane Times asked around for opinions on how poorly educated people could get a driving licence. .. More >>>
- What’s the best way to use social media?
The use of social media is widespread and almost everyone uses these networks for communication and entertainment, but some people use them in ways that are harmful. Vientiane Times asked a cross section of people about their experiences and use of social media. .. More >>>
- How can we ensure that our cities are clean and livable?
The United Nations (UN) has declared October 31 to be World Cities Day. Its aim is to create awareness of the role of urbanisation in global sustainable development and social inclusion. Vientiane Times asked around for comments on ways to ensure that cities remain livable places... More >>>
- How do you overcome the various problems involved in making handicrafts?
Handicraft demonstrations are part of the Lao Handicraft Festival held in Vientiane every year. Vientiane Times went along to the opening ceremony of this year’s fair and asked some participants about the problems they faced in the course of their work. .. More >>>
- Examinations for uni seats, not scholarships
Students who have graduated from upper secondary school are well aware that they must take an examination to enroll at state universities in Laos. .. More >>>


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