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Vientiane Times, the first English newspaper in the Lao People's Democratic Republic, officially launched as a weekly tabloid in April 1994. By 1996 the newspaper published twice weekly on Tuesdays and Fridays, expanding to Monday to Friday in 2004 and adding a Saturday edition in 2007.

The newspaper covers a wide range of domestic and international news and provides information reflecting government policy and socio-economic development in the Lao PDR.

Vientiane Times is part of the Lao Press in Foreign Languages, a specialised agency of the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism. The press agency is managed by a board of directors and manned by over 60 staff, including reporters and administrative officials. The founders of the newspaper included Mr Somsanouk Mixay, who is also
Former Director General and Editor-in-Chief of Lao Press in Foreign Languages, Mr Savankhone Razmountry, who is also former Director General and Editor-in-Chief of the paper, Mr Thongsavath Chansombath the former Director General and Editor-in-Chief of the paper.

Director General and Editor-in-Chief of Lao Press in Foreign Languages: Thonglor Duangsavanh
Deputy Director General of Lao Press in Foreign Languages and Managing Editor of Vientiane Times: Phonekeo Vorakhoun
Deputy Director General of Lao Press in Foreign Languages: Ms Phonesavanh Thikeo


1. Mr Somsack Pongkao
2. Mr Souksakhone Vaenkeo
3. Mr Khonsavanh Latsaphao
4. Mr Sangkhomsay Phoubphanouvong
5. Mr Somxay Sengdara
6. Mr Phetphosay Sengpaseuth
7. Ms Keoviengkhone Bounviseth
8. Mr Phomphong Laoin
9. Ms Siladda Souliyong
10. Ms Viengdavanh Banphahaksa

11. Mr Ounkham Phimmata

Business News Division
1. Mr Manichanh Pansivongsay
2. Mr Phonsavanh Vongsay
3. Mr Bounfaeng Phaymanivong
4. Mr Khamphone Syvongsay
Feature Division

1. Mr Ekaphone Phouthonesy
2. Mr Xayxana Leukai

3. Mr Meuangkham Noradeth
4. Ms Lamphone Phasanthong
5. Mr Patithin Phetmeuangphuan
6. Mr Sisouphan Amphonephong
7. Mr Visith Teppalath

Page Layout and Archive Division

1. Mr Souknilundon Southivongnorath
Ms Vansoukhy Thammavong
3. Ms Amphavanh Souvannalath
4. Ms Samly Singhanath
5. Ms Viphaphone Phommabouth
6. Mr Vanhphachanh Sengphongphanh

Adminstration Division

1. Mr Sisay Vilaysack
2. Mr Panyasith Sensouphon
3. Ms Somphone Vongsa

4. Mr Somsanith Sensouphoun
5. Ms Chansamone Xaypanya
6. Ms Chanthachon Phaosadakhom
7. Ms Khonemany Oudom
8. Ms Lina Matxaypadith
9. Ms Monekhai Inthirath
10. Mr Vixian Insysiengmay
11. Ms khamphao Vongkesone

Advertising and Distribution Division

1. Mr Phoutthasack Inthakhoummane
2. Mr Bounthong Kongmany

3. Ms Vatsana Sisomvang
4. Ms Souksamai Boulom
5. Mr Phetsamone Chandara
6. Mr Chansavath Chansombath

Online Divion

1. Mr Khamphan Lasamouth
2. Mr Phoonsab Thevongsa

3. Mr Somphavanh Siramath
4. Mr Bouaphanh Vibounsak

Vientiane Times Phonpapao Village, Unit 32, Sisattanak District, P.O.Box: 5723 Vientiane, Lao PDR
Tel: (856-21) 336042, 336048, Fax: (856-21) 336041

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Copyright © 1999 Vientiane Times Newspaper.