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The People’s Friendship Association in Guangdong province, China, on Wednesday donates 100,000 face masks and 500 thermometers worth 226,000 yuan to a representative of the Laos-China Friendship Association, Dr Khammany Inthirath (fifth right). The supplies will be utilised by Deputy Prime Minister and member of the National Taskforce for Covid-19 Prevention and Control, Prof. Dr Kikeo Khaykhamphithoune (fourth left), to support Laos’ response to the Covid-19 outbreak.                         --Photo Pathetlao

The KOICA Office in Laos and KDI held an online training titled “Strengthening Capacity on Socio-Economic Research and Effective Development Planning in Laos”. 23 participants from the Ministry of Planning and Investment attended this training which took place online from October 11-18. The main aims were to learn about South Korea’s experiences and lessons learnt in socio-economic development, policy analysis, formulation of economic policy, economic policy research methodology and statistical database management. With the cooperation of professors and staff from KDI, all groups actively participated, raising issues and solving them creatively. This year there were two online training courses among nine courses supported by KOICA. KOICA believes that online training is an effective means of strengthening cooperation between Laos and the Republic of Korea during the pandemic.                                   --Photo KOICA

Residents of Chanthabouly district on Wednesday gather to pray near Vat Chan temple. The simple ceremony took place following the cancellation of the annual boat racing festival in Vientiane and traditional activities to mark the end of Buddhist Lent this week, because of the ongoing Covid-19 outbreak.                            --Photo Pathetlao

A student at the vocational training centre in Oudomxay province gives blood for use in the provincial hospital. A large number of other students also give blood on the same day.
--Photo Pathetlao

Although it is the end of Buddhist Lent, people in Vientiane and some of the provinces are unable to give offerings to monks at temples as normal because of the Covid-19 outbreak, so some have left offerings nearby for collection.       --Photo Pathetlao

The wives of government leaders (right) in Vientiane hand over 300 million kip to monks and representatives of the Foundation for Assisting Poor People of the Lao PDR for use in the response to Covid-19, at Pha-o temple in Luang Prabang province, which is being used to accommodate people with the virus. The money was donated by the general public.                                                                                     --Photo Pathetlao

Monks wear face masks as they accept offerings and urge members of the public to do the same when attending religious or other events. 
--Photo Pathetlao

To enhance diplomatic relations and promote friendship and cooperation between Laos and the Republic of Uganda, on September 27 a Joint Communique on the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between the two countries was signed at the Permanent Mission of Uganda to the United Nations in New York. The signatories were the Permanent Representative of Laos to the United Nations, Ambassador Anouparb Vongnorkeo (right), and Permanent Representative of Uganda to the United Nations, Ambassador Dr Adonia Ayebare (left).                                --Photo Lao National Radio

The travel ban in Saravan province has been extended for another 16 days until November 1 to prevent the spread of Covid-19. Provincial authorities have also banned parties and all traditional events to mark the end of Buddhist Lent such as boat races and the floating of lighted offerings on the river.                     --Photo Pathetlao

A representative of PTL Holding Co., Ltd., Mr Bounmy Phimmasone (left), on Monday hands over Covid-19 test equipment and other items worth 400 million kip to health officials. The supplies will be used in various districts of Vientiane.  --Photo Pathetlao

Members of the Lao-Korea Tourism Association (left) on Monday donate goods worth 8 million kip for use during the Covid outbreak to officials from the Supreme People’s Prosecutor Office in Vientiane. --Photo Pathetlao


Army personnel take part in Covid testing in Vientiane on Monday, to support efforts to check for the virus among officials and returning migrant workers.  --Photo Lao National Radio






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