Users’ services feeling USAID cut

Taing Phoeuk, the Khmer-American director of Korsang, glumly brushed the ash from his cigarette on a restaurant balcony overlooking Sihanouk Boulevard. “It’s going to kill us,” he said, contemplating the prospect of his organisation’s demise as its USAID funding evaporates. Founded in 2004 by American ...

No immediate plan to change returnee policy

Despite the Foreign Ministry reiterating its request to suspend and renegotiate its repatriation agreement with the US – which allows for the deportation of Cambodians with criminal convictions living in the States back to the Kingdom – the timetable for such a plan remains uncertain. ...

Document suggests US aid cuts

A document purported to have come from the US State Department appears to show plans to slash US development assistance to the Kingdom down to zero, a move observers said yesterday would further weaken the US’s standing in the country, allowing for China to cement ...

Government postpones meet with US on demining

The Cambodia Mine Action and Victims Assistance Authority has abruptly postponed a UN- and US-supported conference scheduled for next Monday. The conference to present of the Draft National Mine Action Strategy 2017-2025 was set to take place at Phnom Penh’s Sunway Hotel. The postponement follows ...

$158 million to develop agriculture

The United States Agency for International Development and the International Fund for Agricultural Development jointly agreed on February 7 in an agreement to earmark $158 million as support to the kingdom’s Agricultural Strategic Development Plan. “The agreement will oversee the development and enactment of policies with the ...

US builds blood centre for southern provinces

The US Embassy to Laos has built a blood centre in Champassak province as one of several major infrastructure assistance projects completed last year, at a total cost of over US$850,000. The new blood centre will provide emergency blood services to people in the southern ...

Four people killed in UXO-related accidents over 10 months

Four people have died and 11people have been injured in UXO-related accidents from January to October 2016, according to a report from the Lao National Unexploded Ordnance Programme (UXO Lao). The report was disclosed on November 25 at UXO Lao’s annual meeting to summarise their work ...

Trade GSP can’t make profit for Myanmar in short term

Some 5000 goods from Myanmar have been granted classification under the United States Generalised System of Preferences export scheme, however this will not see a rapid turnaround in profits, say industry figures. The United States trade representative body announced on its official website that preferential tariffs ...

US funds construction of Lao-American Nutrition Institute

The United States government has provided US$3.7 million or about 30 billion kip for the construction of the Lao-American Nutrition Institute in Dongphosy village, Hadxaifong district, Vientiane. A groundbreaking ceremony for the Lao-American Nutrition Institute took place in Dongphosy village on November 2, attended by Minister ...

USAID funds project to monitor HIV prevalence

Laos has a concentrated HIV epidemic compared to other countries, with the prevalence of HIV still at a low level in key groups. But risk behaviours threaten to increase the prevalence of HIV transmission amongst the population so the National Centre for HIV/AIDS and Sexually Transmitted ...

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