December 13, 2017

Overvalued development projects face scrutiny

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- Child health, nutrition among benefits as UNICEF allots 516 billion kipUNICEF will provide a budget of more than 516 billion kip (US$ 62.8 million) to assist child support efforts and related infrastructure from 2017-2021.  This budget will be used to improve health and nutrition, water and sanitation, climate change resilience, education, child protection and social inclusion.
The information was outlined during the annual programme review meeting for 2017 held yesterday in Vientiane.. . More >>>

- Single door service continues to be part in administration reformPromotion of single-door services, building capacity of local administrations and broadening partnerships at local level are among aims toward fostering governance and public administration reform (GPAR) in the country.
The Ministry of Home Affairs on behalf of the government joined development partners to review and discuss the implementation of this plan yesterday.   . More >>>

- Tighter regulation to squeeze small business credit
Small family businesses around the country may find it even harder to access finance with a new financial directive putting in place higher standards for property documentation used when securing bank loans.
The Bank of the Lao PDR recently ordered all banks and financial institutions to stop approving loans to small businesses that only use temporary land titles as collateral to guarantee the loans. . More >>>

- Health officials brush up on financial planning, accounting
The nation needs improved planning and accounting within the health sector so that adequate resources can be effectively and efficiently directed to target groups and projects.
While some progress has been made in the health sector over recent years, inadequate planning had meant that in many areas, local people still faced barriers to access health services including those related to projects completed, Deputy Minister of Health, Mr Khamphone Phoutthavong said.. . More >>>

- Laos urges ongoing support for malaria prevention
Laos needs ongoing support in the eradication of malaria by 2030 otherwise it may not achieve its target because of funding limitations, according to a leading official.
Deputy Minister of Health, Associate Assoc Prof. Dr Phouthone Muongpak, made the comments at the Asia Pacific Malaria Week 2017 High-Level Meeting to accelerate malaria elimination in the Greater Mekong Subregion, which was held in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar recently. . . . More >>>

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- Laos commits to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions
Laos is set to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions while becoming more resilient to negative impacts from climate change.
In addition, the country is planning to increase its share of renewable energy to 30 percent of its consumption by 2025.
To reach the goal, the country has plans to enhance public transportation and using biofuels as well as to focus on electrification of rural areas to offset energy generation from the combustion of fossil fuels.
This information was revealed this week by the Lao delegation after returning from the Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP23), held recently in Germany.  . . More >>>

 - Foreign ministry disseminates treaties and international agreements lawGovernment officials met in the capital yesterday to learn about the Law on Treaties and International Agreements as part of concerted efforts to increase regulatory understanding among civil servants.
The meeting took place at the International Cooperation and Training Centre in Vientiane on Tuesday morning and was attended by Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Saleumxay Kommasith, and government officials.
The purpose of the meeting was to give participants more understanding about the law on Treaties and International Agreements for uniform implementation of the law. Participants also discussed and share experiences on principles and regulations about devising and implementing treaties and international agreements.. . . More >>>

- Eastern Star School lends helping hand to Pakxong schoolchildren
Eastern Star School recently donated school supplies to primary schools in Pakbong, Houaytevy and Paksamek villages of Pakxong district, Champassak province.
Teachers and students from Eastern Star School travelled all the way to Km79 to donate school supplies to Pakbong Primary School with the remainder taken to Houaytevy and Paksamek schools later that day.
According to Eastern Star School, this was the second “Love Drive” that Eastern Star Pakxe has organised with the Champassak provincial Education and Sports Department. Last year, they made donations to two other schools in Pakxe district. This year, the Pakxong Education and Sports Office also assisted.. . More >>>


Mekong countries call for accelerated action to eliminate malaria before 2030
Drug resistance is still the main concern for health authorities in Cambodia, China, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam. . . . More >>>


Dhamma guides students towards improved conduct, virtuous lives
Sharing the importance of leading people, especially youngsters, to a more virtuous life and contributing to human resource building and development was the aim of a Dhamma-dissemination and preaching effort led by the central Lao Buddhist Fellowship Organisation to students of Vientiane Secondary School. .. More >>>


Lao teacher brings new life to literacy programme
As an educator with 29 years of experience, Amphone Onxaivieng has seen many sides of local education. He was born and raised in Phonthong district, Champassak province and having. . . More >>>


Lao reporter honoured with Hemmaraj Award in Bangkok
A  journalist from Laos’ Lao Economic Daily, Mr Somsavine Vongsisouphan, has been honoured for his outstanding efforts in the media during the Hemmaraj Award in Thailand last week.... More >>>

Arts & Culture

Busan’s Asean Culture House promotes regional understanding in Korea
The Asean Culture House (ACH) not only enhances the Korean public’s understanding of the culture and society of Sout-East Asian countries but also helps visitors to learn more about their own rich culture. . More >>>

Poverty Eradication

Organic vegetables help family in remote area have better living standards
Growing organic vegetables can help supplement the income of people in rural areas without vocational skills and Mr Sythong Duangphasert’s family has benefited from this trend and moved out of poverty.. .. . . More >>>


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 >>>






Embracing local nature, culture at Oudomxay’s must-see Nam Kat Yorla Pa
Imagine waking up fully refreshed nestled among soft sheets and comfortable pillows in a bedroom every bit as charming.. More >>>


Laos expects to earns stable export value 
Value of raw tea exports in Laos is increasing steadily, with figures on track to exceed those registered last year.... More >>>


Vangvieng Music Festival 3 to kick off in Vientiane
Residents of Vientiane are set to be rocked this month by the Vangvieng Music Festival 2017 organised by the Lao Pride and Lao Bangfai Prime Association.
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People affected by railway project still waiting for compensation
More than 30 families in Dongxiengdy village of Naxaithong district, Vientiane, who have been displaced by the Laos-China railway project are yet to be paid compensation.
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World news

China calls for joint efforts with Russia, India to maintain int’l stability
NEW DELHI (Xinhua) -- Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Monday that China, Russia and India should play active roles in the changing global structure and work towards a world with stablisation and certainty...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 >>>


Time to crack down on overloaded vehicles
Two students were killed when the driver of an overloaded taxi-truck carrying school children lost control of the vehicle at Veunthaen village of Xaythany district, Vientiane, last Thursday. . More >>>


Wushu warriors strive for experience ahead of Asian Games 2018
Lao Wushu Federation is seeking to support the nation’s most promising in the martial art in their goal of gaining greater in-bout experience at the international level as fighters work towards the Asian Games in Indonesia in August 2018.More >>>

Dining Out

Europe Steak House is perfect destination for food lovers
A wonderful dinner on the occasion of the Lao National Day earlier this month totally answered my question on why my mother usually asked my sisters to bring her to the Europe Steak House for a meal... . More >>>

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