8 February 2019

Tariff cuts have no significant impact on revenue collection  

- Govt commits to further reform, improved business climate
The government has committed to continued efforts in improving the nation’s business climate as it plans to diversify the economic base and secure sustainable growth. Deputy Minister of Planning and Investment, Dr Khamlien Pholsena, yesterday delivered the message during a meeting with development partners and international organisations in Laos.
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- Authorities announce bush fire prevention strategies
The government is on bush fire alert as temperatures rise and the country’s forests become drier. The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, which is in charge of forest fire management, announced recently that the parties involved must take steps to prevent forest fires in the dry season. .. More >>>

- Tariff cuts have no significant impact on revenue collection
The government is still expecting the customs sector to play a key role in generating income even though Laos has eliminated import tariffs on most goods from Asean member countries. According to information from the Ministry of Finance, the government is expecting the customs sector to yield 7,520 billion kip (US$877 million) in the 2019 fiscal year, a 4.44 percent increase compared to the target figure in 2018. ...More >>>

Update February 9, 2019
- E-office initiative takes shape
The Ministry of Post and Telecommunications looks set to take a lead in transforming the state’straditional office operations into e-offices.
Director General of the ministry’s E-Government Centre, Dr Thavisak Manotham, said on Wednesday ...More >>>


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- Pardoning of prisoners must ‘be just and fair’, DPM says
The pardoning of well-behaved prisoners must be done in a just and fair manner, a Deputy Prime Minister has told the committee in charge of pardons. Dr Sonexay Siphandone, who is Chairman of the national committee in charge of pardons, made the comment at the 2018 annual meeting of the committee on Wednesday... More >>>

- Rural communities benefit from Luxembourg development project
Provincial authorities say more than 160,000 people have benefitted from the Lao Local Development Programme so far.
Bokeo, Vientiane, Borikhamxay and Khammuan provinces are the sites for the programme’s rural development and poverty eradication initiatives.  Access to employment, health, and education have been the primary areas of focus for the 23 million Euro project that is funded by the Government of Luxembourg. ... More >>>

- Toyota art contest winner honoured with awards
Ms Souksavanh Manivongxay, a 15-year-old student from Phiavat Secondary School, received a Class 2 Labour Order and a certificate of honour from the government after she won the 12th international Toyota Dream Car Art Contest for 2018 in Japan.. . More >>>

- Vientiane, JICA review progress on new city bus service

Government officials, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and Embassy of Japan to Laos representatives and local authorities met in Vientiane on Wednesday to review over two years’ work on the second phase of the Project to Enhance the Capacity of the Vientiane State Bus Enterprise (VSBE). ..  More >>>

- Viengxay eyes flowering tree as colourful tourist draw
Viengxay district in Huaphan province is considering planting more ornamental indigenous trees known as dokhaipa (peach trees) as a symbol of the area in the hope they will become a visitor attraction. ‘We are considering planting more dokkhaipa because the blossom is very striking and resembles Japanese cherry blossom (sakura). We feel it would be something special that would represent the district and tourists would enjoy,” the district’s Information, Culture and Tourism Office Chief Mr Viengthone Chandavy said yesterday.  More >>>


Pakxong strawberry farm has tasty treats in store

Pakxong district in Champassak is one of the few places in Laos that has a temperate climate. The relatively high altitude means the area is suitable for growing a wide range of crops that thrive in cooler weather. ... More >>>




High speed rail link to boost Lao, Thai economiesThe frequency of Lao and Thai people visiting each other’s country will increase, and so will the growth of trade and cooperation in product development.... More >>>

Men Folder fashion house readies spring summer collection
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Visit Laos-China Year 2019 highlights tourism tiesThe year 2019 has been designated as Visit Laos-China Year to boost special cooperation in tourism ... More >>>




UN calls for political negotiations to end Venezuela crisis
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What were the government’s main successes last year and what should be the goals in 2019?
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Football federation to announce women’s U-19 Asean-Japan squad
The Lao Football Federation (LFF) will select 18 players next week ahead of departure for the Asean-Japan U-19 Women’s Football tournament in Okinawa, Japan, from March 1-7.   .. More >>>

Newest address for fine dining in Vientiane
Khao poon cheo khing - noodles served with a ginger sauce – is becoming popular in Vientiane as it is both a tasty dish as well as healthy. This dish is a huge hit, especially at lunch time, with office-goers, families and friends.. ...
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Upcoming e-Library expected to provide faster, more accessible information A quick glance into the library and one might not see many  ... More >>>





Attapeu still in need of medicine for flood victimsAlmost four months have passed since that fateful night in July when at least 40 people died and ....  More >>>

My 14 days as a novice
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Always believe in yourself, says Lao student awarded Asean scholarship Ms Kounlasatty Manivong was recently awarded a 2018 Asean ... More >>>





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Oudomxay’s improving infrastructure supporting rural communities’ road to sustainable tourism
Oudomxay province is one of the most beautiful places in Laos. ... More >>>

Lunar New Year celebrations enliven Vientiane The Chinese and Vietnamese New Year began with a bang early yesterday as the Year of the Pig was ... More >>>