11 January 2022

LDB launches new logo and online banking apps, reviews banking performance ## Arrival of Korean students signals return of tourism

- Laos, Vietnam pledge to boost special ties
The governments of Laos and Vietnam have vowed to create favourable conditions to enable the sectors responsible to broaden cooperation in trade, investment, education and other areas of potential.
The two sides also agreed to increase the value of year-on-year two-way trade by 10-15 percent this year. In addition, they agreed to expand cooperation in communications and transport, as well as in hydropower development, electricity transmission, and the purchase of energy.
These were some of the outcomes of the 44th Laos-Vietnam Inter-governmental Committee held in Hanoi on Monday. The meeting was chaired by Prime Minister .. ....More >>>

S. Korea’s EDCF funds the Construction of UHS Hospital in Laos with consultancy support from SNUH
Medical services in Laos are set to improve with the construction of a hospital attached to the University of Health Sciences (UHS) in Vientiane.
The new hospital will enhance Laos’ health and medical environment as well as provide professional training and health research.
Seoul National University Hospital (SNUH) in the Republic of Korea has been selected as the main consultant to advise the Ministry of Health on the construction of the hospital, which will be built with funding from Korea’s Economic Development and Cooperation Fund (EDCF) operated by the Korea Eximbank.
A signing ceremony and inception report briefing on consulting services for the construction of the UHS Hospital took place in Vientiane on Friday. . ...More >>>

- Arrival of Korean students signals return of tourism
Tourists and members of various international organisations are now starting to arrive in Laos after the government reopened the country to foreign nationals this month.
The first group to arrive on Monday heralded the revival of tourism after Laos closed its doors to foreign nationals in March 2020 when the Covid pandemic struck. The group comprised 17 students and six teachers from Ipo High School in Seoul, Republic of Korea, who arrived at Wattay International Airport. ....More >>>

- LDB launches new logo and online banking apps, reviews banking performance
The Lao Development Bank (LDB) has set a target of generating profits of more than 200 billion kip during 2022 after it made more than 100 billion kip last year, a senior leader of the bank’s management has said.
The target was unveiled last Friday during the launch of the bank’s new logo and the LDB Trust and LDB Biz banking applications to provide customers with new technology and innovations to enable them to easily access banking services...More >>>

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- University to reopen with most classes to be online 
Administrators at the National University of Laos have decided to resume lectures on January 17, with most to take place online while practical courses will be taught face to face.
All of the university’s teaching will take place in line with standard Covid control measures, to ensure that students and staff are safe while lectures go ahead in an organised and unified way. ....More >>>

Drug user kills wife in brutal nighttime attack
A known drug user stabbed his wife to death with a pair of scissors at their home in Phayaluangkhampingtai village, Long district, Luang Namtha province, police say.
Deputy Chief of the Long district Police Department, Major Sengkham Phongsaly, said the stabbing occurred after Mr Mueko, 41, had taken his wife to his son’s house for dinner. . ...More >>>

Health ministry stresses importance of Covid booster shots
Medical teams are working to ensure that everyone in priority groups is fully vaccinated against Covid-19, including having a booster shot of a Pfizer vaccine. The Centre of Information and Education for Health, under the Ministry of Health, has set times and locations for the . ....More >>>

- Stay-at-home Covid patients must follow doctors’ advice: health official
Covid-19 patients who are caring for themselves at home are advised to follow the advice given by health professionals in order to reduce the risk of becoming seriously ill or even dying. So far, at least 11,000 people have decided to stayl. ...More >>>

- Covid claims 421 lives in 2021
Health authorities say that 421 people died from Covid-related causes last year and that more than 100,000 people contracted the virus. More than 7,000 people were treated for Covid in hospitals around the country, the National Taskforce for Covid-19 Prevention and Control announced.....More >>>

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Bokeo International Airport to open in March
Bokeo International Airport is set to open to passengers in March after the first test flights at the enlarged airport successfully ....More >>>

Rising star to join Lao Fashion Week 2022
An up and coming model, Mr Soutthakone Ountay, participated in a training session last week with other models who passed the audition ....More >>>

Must-visit spot for Japanese food aficionados in Vientiane
Japanese cuisine is renowned for its freshness and use of healthy ingredients that are attractively ....More >>>

US bases in Japan to come under tighter COVID-19 controls
KYODO (The Japan Times/ANN) -- The United States has agreed to impose stricter .... More >>>

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What are your thoughts on the proposed salary increase for civil servants?
The government is considering raising the salary index for civil servants from 7,200 to 7,350 kip.....More >>>

Football federation hires German coach
Over the next three years, Mr Michael Weiss from Germany will work with the Lao U-23 football team to hone their skills in an attempt to . ..More >>>

A new holiday gem awaits in Vangvieng
People who like to travel but who don’t want to go too far from Vientiane now have a great new opportunity for.. More >>>


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