November 13, 2017

Laos working hard to rise above LDC status

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1. President Xi Jinping to arrive in Vientiane today
Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives in Vientiane today on a state visit to Laos from November 13-14.
The two-day state visit by President Xi and his delegation is in response to an invitation from Lao President Bounnhang Vorachit. The following is a biographical sketch of Xi Jinping:
Xi Jinping, male, Han ethnicity, was born in June 1953 and is from Fuping, Shaanxi province. He began his first job in January 1969 and joined the Communist Party of China (CPC) in January 1974. Xi graduated from the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Tsinghua University, where he completed an in-service graduate programme in . . . More >>>

2. President highlights connectivity as vital for international cooperation
President Bounnhang Vorachit highlighted the need for stronger regional and international connectivity while attending the APEC 2017 Economic Leaders’ Meeting which ended in Danang, Vietnam, on Saturday.
The meeting took the theme “Partnering for New Dynamism for a Comprehensively Connected and Integrated Asia-Pacific” and was attended by the leaders of 21 member economies.
Chaired by Vietnamese President Tran Dại Quang, the meeting aimed to promote trade, investment and economic integration as well as connectivity in the Asia-Pacific region.  . More >>>

3. Laos-Korea Paediatric Training Centre opens
The Laos-Korea Paediatric Training Centre officially opened on Friday to upgrade the skills of Lao paediatricians and nurses responsible for improving the health of children and newborns.
The new centre, which cost about US$1.4 million, was funded by the Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), and contains inclusive teaching materials, a demonstration room and furniture. There are some bedrooms for provincial paediatricians who need to stay overnight when they come for training.
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4. Laos, China publish books on Lancang-Mekong cooperation
Laos and China have introduced a set of books written in Lao to explain their shared vision for cooperation in activities relating to the Mekong River, which is known as the Lancang in China.
Deputy Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr Buangeun Xaphouvong, and Deputy Minister of China’s State Council Information Office, Mr Guo Weimin, attended a ceremony held in Vientiane on Friday to present the books.
The series is called “Nourished by the Same River” and is a joint project between China’s Yunnan Education Publishing House and Laos’ State Publishing and Book Distribution House.
The books discuss activities undertaken by China and other countries in the Mekong basin to enhance industry and productivity, the One Belt, One Road initiative, cooperation principles, the success of Yunnan province’s cross-border economic cooperation and the opportunities it provides, and the province’s initiative on industrial development.. More >>>

5. Laos working hard to rise above LDC status
Laos may achieve some of the criteria required for graduation from Least Developed Country (LDC) status next year, but the government faces many challenges in its development efforts.
This was the assessment of a pre-consultation meeting held on Friday ahead of the 2017 Round Table Implementation Meeting (RTIM) to be held later this month.
The meeting reviewed the integration of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into the government’s development agenda and preparations for the LDC review.
In her remarks at the meeting, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Ms Khamphao Eunthavan referred to the preview of the Committee on Development Policy made in March 2015, which concluded that Laos was not yet at the point where it could be declared to have risen above LDC status.. . . More >>>

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- Contest helps cement Laos-China special friendship 
The China Charity Federation and Lao line ministries will continue to hold activities for primary school students to enhance friendly relations between the people of the two countries.
The activities are part of the ‘One Belt, One Road’ initiative of Chinese President Xi Jinping, which will contribute to increased cooperation between Laos and China.
The information was outlined by the Director of the Lao-China International Education Centre at Pakpasak Technical College, Mr You Wei, who is a member of the committee that organised a recent drawing contest in Vientiane.
The contest, themed ‘Friendship and aspiration - Vientiane and Beijing imagination’, attracted around 2,000 entries from Chinese and Lao primary school students, giving them the opportunity to share knowledge and ideas and build a bridge for stronger friendship in the future, according to the centre....
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-  Poverty Reduction Fund follows up project activities in Savannakhet
The World Bank and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation have conducted field visits to Savannakhet province to assess the Poverty Reduction Fund (PRF) projects supported by them.
 They visited a Village Nutrition Centre in Palor village, Nong district, which was built by local residents using contributions from the community and the Fund.
The centre is used by pregnant and lactating women to improve their nutrition knowledge and learn new recipes using local foods that can fulfill their specific nutrition needs during the all-important first 1,000 days of a child’s life. The centre is also used for other training purposes.
The Poverty Reduction Fund has also supported the setting up and capacity building of eight Self Help Groups with a total of 97 members in Palor village. It contributed 78 million kip that can be used as a loan by group members to invest in livelihood-linked nutrition activities..More >>>

 - Laos-China team provides free cataract surgery at Mahosot
Chinese and Lao ophthalmologists are providing free cataract surgery in Laos from November 6 to 18 to help impoverished people regain their eyesight.
People in Vientiane and nearby provinces who believe they have cataract problems can be treated by the team at Mahosot Hospital in Vientiane. 
The surgery is being performed through a joint China-Laos project, with support from the Chinese government.
 A  Lao ophthalmologist at Mahosot Hospital, Dr Phaivanh Xayalith, spoke with Vientiane Times last week about the surgery plans and said the team would remove cataracts from about 300 elderly people.
She said the procedure would help all of the patients by giving them the opportunity to access high quality medical services. With their eyesight restored, they would be able to care for themselves instead of depending on others.
 The project, called Bright Journey, is funded by the Chinese government to help Lao people and coincides with President Xi Jinping’s visit to Laos this week, she added. .. . More >>>


How to protect yourself against pneumonia
Pneumonia is the world’s leading killer of children under the age of five and among the most common cold weather diseases that children are likely to develop. . . More >>>


Khaolam: making the most of newly harvested rice
The end of the year also sees the end of the rice harvest in Laos. The gentle fragrance of the new rice as it’s steaming wafts out from kitchens around the country and is a reminder of days past when khaolam was cooked by housewives at this time of the year.. More >>>


Thai boy triumphs after struggling to get an education in Singapore
Children often have problems at school when they move with their parents to another country where a different language is spoken.
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Fashion designer draws inspiration from his failure
Khamphao Sungdai spent a month at a temple in Vientiane to restore balance in his life after the failure of his 10-year-old garment business. ... . More >>>

Arts & Culture

Chao Anouvong statue commemoration marks king’s contribution to Laos
This weekend marks the 7th anniversary of the installation of the Chao Anouvong statue in Vientiane with activities organised today and tomorrow to commemorate this important event.
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Ministry delegation explores environmental education in Germany
Let's join in relates to a No Plastic! initiative in the city of Bonn, Germany. This tagline became the daily motto of a Lao Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (MoNRE) delegation exploring environmental education. . More >>>


Phabath-Phonsan temple, the star attraction in Borikhamxay 
People may have heard of Borikhamxay province in Laos as it is home to Nam Song Si (the two-coloured river) or the meeting point of the Pakkading and Mekong rivers, but one of its other popular destinations is Phabath-Phonsan temple... More >>>


Savannakhet-Lao Bao railway project’s progress revealed
Progress has been made on the Savannakhet-Lao Bao 220km dual track standard gauge electrification railway project, marking a step closer to launch construction.... More >>>


Miss Laos 2017 finalists gear up for thrilling contest
The winner of Miss Laos 2017 will serve as a cultural ambassador to promote the country’s culture among the public and foreign tourists during Visit Laos Year 2018..... More >>>


Belt and Road Initiative produces tangible benefits for Laos
The Belt and Road Initiative has been producing tangible benefits for Laos including the China-Laos railway, first Lao Satellite and conversion of local terrestrial analogue radio... More >>>

World news

TPP-11 agreement deferred: Vietnam’s trade minister
DaNang (Vietnam News) -- Minister of Industry and Trade Tran Tuan Anh said Friday that an agreement in principle on the Trans-Pacific Partnership.. .More >>>


China and Laos: Working together for a community with a shared future and strategic significance
At the invitation of Bounnhang Vorachit, Secretary General of the Central Committee of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party and President of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, I will soon pay a state visit to the Lao PDR.. .More >>>


What leadership lessons can we learn from Chao Anouvong?
Celebrations to mark the 7th anniversary of the installation of the Chao Anouvong monument took place over the weekend. .... . . More >>>


Savannakhet taekwondo team training hard for National GamesSavannakhet province’s taekwondo team is in regular training aiming to win gold medals at the 11th National Games being hosted by Xieng Khuang province next year.. .. More >>>

Dining Out

Som pa – a fishy souvenir from Vientiane province
Pickled fish wrapped in banana leaves, or som pa, is a well-known traditional Lao food, which can be found across the country.. .. . More >>>

Poverty Eradication

Traditional straw mats boost income for villagers in Khammuan
Buckling under the weight of two heavy loads of straw balanced on her shoulders, Ms Muan Vannalath hurries to put her load down as she arrives home.
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