Aid and development

Bilateral development assistance

Iceland offers Vietnam support in renewable energy, fishing

Iceland President Olafur Ragnar Grimsson said on 5 November his country would like to support and share its experience with Ho Chi Minh City in producing renewable energy and using high technology for fishing and food processing.   Keep reading ...

Laos, Thailand move forward with bilateral cooperation

Laos and Thailand have made progress in their cooperation on border demarcation as well as collaboration in economic, health and social development efforts. This was the conclusion of the 20th Lao-Thai Joint Commission meeting held in Chiang Rai, Thailand, earlier this week, co-chaired by Laos’ Deputy ...

Korea signs US$80.8 million loan for hydropower project with Laos

The Korean Economic Development Cooperation Fund from the Republic of Korea has signed a loan agreement for US$80.8 million (about 658 billion kip) with the Lao government. The funds will be used for the development of the Xepian-Xenamnoy hydropower plant in Champassak province. The loan agreement was ...

Chinese-built bridge opens in Phnom Penh

A new Chinese-built bridge in Cambodia’s capital opened for public use on 22 October, having taken about three years to complete at a cost of $27.5 million. Keep reading ...

YCDC searches for more water as households run dry

Only 60 percent of Yangon’s water needs are being met, officials say. The Yangon City Development Committee is hunting for fresh sources, even as work proceeds to fix leaky pipes that lose half the water they are supposed to carry. The search for water security is part ...

Cambodian Minister, South Korean official meet over aid, university

Foreign Affairs Minister Hor Namhong met with South Korea’s dep­uty minister for political affairs on 14 October to offer his gratitude for a $35 mil­lion university that South Korea has pledged to build in Cambodia, an of­ficial said. Keep reading ...

US and Laos host Mekong disaster response initiative

The government of Laos, in partnership with the United States, recently hosted the Lower Mekong Initiative Disaster Relief Exercise and Exchange in Vientiane.  The exercise and exchange is an annual initiative between the governments of Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, and the United States. Each year ...

South Korea to fund Laos–Vietnam railway feasibility study

Vietnam’s transport ministry and the Korea International Co-operation Agency (KOICA) have agreed to study the feasibility of a 500 km-long railway link from Laos’ Vientiane to Vung Ang in central Ha Tinh Province of Vietnam. The study will be conducted with a $US3-million ODA grant from KOICA for ...

25 bridges to be built in Vietnam with JICA loans

The Vietnamese Prime Minister has approved the construction of 25 bridges with the second transport sector loan for the national road network improvement project. The bridges’ total investment is about VND1.686 trillion ($75 million), funded by the Japan International Co-operation Agency ODA loans. Keep reading ...

Lower Mekong nations collaborate on flood response during exercise in Laos

Dealing with and attempting to mitigate disaster scenarios is why experts, both military and civilian, from six nations were in the capital of Laos participating in the 2015 Lower Mekong Initiative Disaster Relief Exercise and Exchange. The LMI DREE is an annual civil-military disaster preparedness and ...

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