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New law to better serve Lao diplomatic mission oversees

Members of the National Assembly (NA) yesterday passed a newly drafted law to better facilitate Laos’ diplomatic mission in foreign countries and to protect the interests of the nation and Lao expats overseas. Presenting the drafted law on Lao representative offices in foreign countries, Minister of Foreign Affairs Saleumxay Kommasith told the NA’s ongoing 6th […]

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Dialogue aims to boost Japanese investment climate in Laos

Dr Souphan Keomixay (right)and Mr Takeshi Hikihara chair the dialogue.  Representatives from Laos and Japan yesterday discussed several key issues to improve the investment environment in the country. Aims of the 12th meeting of the Laos-Japan Public and Private Sectors Joint Dialogues in Vientiane included seeking solutions to problems faced by Japanese businesspeople and investors […]

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Regional meeting reviews progress on standards, quality

Experts from Laos and partner countries in the region have gathered in Vientiane for the 50th Meeting of the Asean Consultative Committee on Standards and Quality (ACCSQ) and its Related Meetings from December 10-14. Topic discussions centre around Asean economic integration with participants convinced the standards and quality considerations under the ACCSQ will contribute to […]

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Nation’s first biomass tech information centre opens in Xaythany

Mrs Maytee Vongkhamsao (front left) and MrJossy Thomas (front second right) join the official ribbon cutting toopen the new centre. Laos’ first official Biomass TechnologyInformation and Learning Centre (BTILC) opened on Monday in Vientiane aiming topromote the production of solid biofuel for energy generation to replace fossilfuel usage. The newly opened centre in the capital’s […]

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Laos, Vietnam joint committee reviews border cooperation

The Lao delegation (left) and Vietnamese delegation at the talks. The Laos-Vietnam joint border committee agreedyesterday in Vientiane to work together to increase border trade and investmentalong their shared border, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has said. They also accorded that both sides intensify cooperation on border management, culture and tourism along the border areas. […]

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Agricultural research to get additional funds injection

The government plans to inject more funds into research activities so that it can use the scientific studies as a reference when developing an agriculture promotion policy, according to a senior government leader. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Mr Somdy Duangdy, told a National Assembly conference at the end of last month that […]

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NA members urge stricter measures to manage currency exchange

Mr Bounthong Phommachanh speaks at the ongoing NA session.   —Photo PhouviengkhamT Individuals and legal entities who do not run a financial institution should not be permitted to operate currency exchange businesses as their operation has affected the value of the national currency. National Assembly (NA)’s members made the suggestion when debating the amendment draft to […]

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Govt awareness raising focus marks International Anti-Corruption Day

Mr Sinay Mienglavanh. The government has been focusing on anti-corruption awareness raising among officials and students as it marks the 15th anniversary of International Anti-Corruption Day (December 9). A celebration ceremony for International Anti-Corruption Day took place in the capital last week and was attended by Vice Chairman of the State Inspection and Anti-Corruption Authority, […]

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Govt experts meet to improve pesticide management

Rural people’s difficulty in accessing information and the lack of coordination between government levels and agencies were identified as reasons for continuing pesticide misuse, according to a leading official.Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, Mr Bounkhouang Khambounheuang made the remarks at a workshop in Vientiane recently regarding the New Prime Ministerial Decree on Pesticide Management […]

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DPM urges ongoing nutrition investment in local communities

Dr Sonexay Siphandone (left) at the forum. Laos still needs to continue investing in nutrition at the local level to create an enabling environment in which communities can produce and access nutritious food for themselves. While the Lao Social Indicator Survey (LSIS-II, 2017) reported stunting has decreased from 44 percent in LSIS-I to 33 percent, […]

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