June 13, 2018

Access road to Oudomxay cave under construction

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- PM: Railway will benefit economy, development
Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith has told a regional meeting in Japan that the Laos-China railway, which is part of the China-led Belt and Road Initiative, will greatly benefit Laos’ economy and overall development, Japan’s Nikkei reported yesterday.
Given Laos’ goal of graduating from Least Developed Country status, the premier told the Future of Asia conference in Tokyo that the Lao government intends to transform Laos from a landlocked to a land-linked country, and that the under-construction railway is pivotal to this plan.... More >>>

- Germany lends bite to Lao dentistry 
The Trinon Collegium Practicum of Germany is providing about US$1 million (more than 8 billion kip) to Laos from 2018 to 2021 to improve dental health services.
 A signing ceremony for Phase 3 of the dental upgrade project took place in Vientiane on Monday.
The agreement was signed by a representative of the Trinon Collegium Practicum, Mr Miroslaw Pienkowski, and Dean of the Faculty of Dentistry of the University of Health Sciences, Prof. Dr Sengphouvanh Ngonephady.... More >>>

- Laos, WWF extend rattan, bamboo harvesting cooperation 
The Lao government and World Wide Fund for Nature in Laos have agreed to implement Phase 5 of the Sustainable Rattan-Bamboo Harvesting and Production project.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the project was signed on Monday at the National Agriculture and Forestry Research Institute (NAFRI) in Vientiane.
The MoU was signed by NAFRI Director Mr Chansamone Phongoudom and Country Director of WWF-Laos Mr Somphone Bouasavanh... More >>>

Lao, Thai provincial talks aim to prevent human trafficking
Officials from Champassak province, Laos, and Ubon Ratchathani province in Thailand are continuing cooperation to protect women and child workers from the illegal sex trade and human trafficking. They met in Ubon Ratchathani province recently to share their experiences and various skills in dealing with human trafficking in border areas of the neighbouring provinces, according to the Champamai newspaper. Meeting participants advised the state and private sectors to publicise the dangers of human trafficking and help prevent the trade among women seeking employment in other countries. More information would benefit female workers and prevent them from falling victim to the sex trade and human trafficking.. .. 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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- Laos, Australia promote relations  and cooperation
Government officials, students and representatives of the Australian Embassy to Laos yesterday gathered in Vientiane to share lessons for relations and cooperation between Laos and Australia. The seminar on “Australia’s Foreign Policy White Paper’’ was attended by Deputy Director General of the Institute of Foreign Affairs, Dr Lattana Thavonesouk, and Australian Ambassador to Laos, Mr Jean-Bernard Carrasco....More >>>

- Access road to Oudomxay cave under construction
The building of a 40-km road from Oudomxay provincial capital to Chom Ong cave in Xay district is now 2.5 percent complete and the work will be finished on schedule in February 2020. An official with the Oudomxay provincial Information, Culture and Tourism Department, Mr Bounkuan Mitmeuangxay, said construction has been underway for about five months. ..More >>>

- Lao workers to upgrade skills in Japan
The Employment Service Centre, Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare, will send Lao workers to Japan to upgrade their skills through the Japanese Technical Intern Training Programme (TITP). The Employment Service Centre officially announced the scheme earlier this month, highlighting how Lao workers could enhance their skills under the programme.  .... More >>>

- PIS holds graduation ceremonies for all campuses
Panyathip, the British International School in Laos, is looking forward to seeing its kindergarten and primary school graduates move on to the next level of their education next academic year. It was a week filled with celebrations as PIS showcased the accomplishments of its students throughout the academic year... More >>>


Better hand hygiene enhances safety at healthcare facilities  
Promoting good hand hygiene is one of the most cost-effective ways to enhance the safety and quality of health care facilities. Good hand hygiene – including among patients and health workers – helps stop the . .. More >>>


Age-old traditions sustain Bokeo fishermen
On a broad swathe of the Mekong River in Phonsavang village, there is an island where local fishermen have built a small hut so they can shelter from the rain and take a nap when they feel tired... More >>>


Lao woman pioneers social development through Global Shapers Vientiane Hub
Ms Kannika Inthaxoum, 26, from Haisok village in Chanthabouly district, Vientiane, has been selected as a member of the Global Shapers Vientiane Hub (GSV), which creates activities that encourage young people to stay away from drugs. . . . More >>>


Singapore chefs highlight island nation’s culinary prowess
Award-winning Singapore chefs Vincent Bio, Fabian Teo and Ronnie Seng Who Lee dazzled Lao guests with their culinary skills at an exclusive dinner party held at the Suntara Restaurant in Vientiane by the Embassy of the Republic of Singapore... ...
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Lao businessman committed to making country greener
Come summer, when the temperature in Laos can shoot up to 40 degrees Celsius, one can see people making a beeline for trees so that they can rest under them or park their cars in the shade... More >>>


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.


Ice-cream refreshes life of young entrepreneur

Making ice-cream has helped Mr Anan Thongsavath to earn at least 1.6 million kip a day, resulting in his family becoming a model household in Phonphanao village, Xaysettha district, Vientiane... . More >>>


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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Dan Khou Ha Rock Park - a wonderful weekend getaway
The Dan Khou Ha rock park, which is also known as Dan Soung, is currently being promoted by a private company as a tourist site that will help conserve nature. This area with numerous rock formations is located at the top of Phouphanang hill... More >>>


Huawei launches Seeds for the Future Programme
Huawei partnered with the Ministry of Education and Sports last week to launch the Seeds for the Future Programme in Vientiane. Minister of Education and Sports,... More >>>


Lao awardees of 2018 Mekong River Literature Award announced
A press conference to announce the Lao awardees of the Mekong River Literature Award 2018 was held at the Institute of Mass Media, Culture and Tourism in Vientiane on Friday. ...More >>>


From a pig farm to an energy bank with a breath of fresh air
Eighteen months ago it was hard to draw a deep breath in Ban Phao village, Vientiane. A pig farm located in the village was creating more than just discomfort.. ...More >>>

World news

Trump, Kim ink document on denuclearisation, security
(China Daily) -- US President Donald Trump and Democratic People’s Republic of Korea leader Kim Jong-un signed a document after their historic summit covering both the complete....More >>>


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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What should be done to encourage more people to buy Lao products?
With rapid economic development in Laos new companies are coming on line and turning out new products. But they struggle to compete with imported brands, even in local markets. ..More >>>


Lao Telecom, TVLao to broadcast World Cup
Football fans in Laos will be able to follow every match of the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia live on their smartphones and TVLao, with the tournament taking place from June 14 to July 15. ..More >>>

Dining Out

Top of the range restaurant offers one-stop taste of Indochina in Vientiane
Located in the heart of the Indo-Chinese peninsula, Laos has diverse tourist attractions such as the world heritage town of Luang Prabang and the beautiful city of Vientiane, while the landlocked country also offers a variety of international cuisines.. . . More >>>


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. ... . More >>>

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