Aid and development

Development policy and administration

Lao Statistics looks to attain international standards by 2020

The Lao Statistics Bureau (LSB) under the Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) has informed that it has now successfully created a strategic development plan of sustainable national statistics for 2016-25 and its vision for 2030. This will be a further step to integrate with ...

Help clear mines, Canada urged

Cambodia has asked Canada to consider resuming aid for demining. Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn made the request when he met Canadian ambassador Donica Pottie, who is based in Bangkok, at the Foreign Ministry on February 16. Canada’s development aid for Cambodia, including assistance on demining, ended ...

Cambodia seeks demining aid

Cambodia has asked Belgium to help it get rid of wartime mines and unexploded ordnance, still a cause of injuries and deaths. Ouch Borith, a secretary of state at the Foreign Ministry, spoke of the request after Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn met Belgian Ambassador to ...

PM affirms ‘One-China’ stance

Prime Minister Hun Sen has told a solidarity dinner with the Cambodian-Chinese Association that Cambodia backs the “One-China policy” and will not allow the Taiwanese flag to be raised in the kingdom. This stance would avoid affecting the good relationship between the two countries. “I could not ...

Slow ODA disbursement hampers Vietnam

Slow ODA disbursement is badly affecting Vietnam’s credibility and development according to a workshop on ODA programmes heard on October 18 in Hanoi. The problems were discussed at the workshop on accelerating the implementation and disbursement of ODA programmes and projects. According to the Deputy Minister of ...

Flood protection embankment to be built in Hadxaifong

Construction of a 30-km embankment along the Mekong River starting near the Lao-Thai Friendship Bridge in Vientiane will soon begin. The flood protection levy will run from the Vientiane-Nong Khai Friendship Bridge downstream through Huaymarkhia village to Dongphoudy and Thamuang villages in Hadxaifong district. The project, known ...

Govt, World Bank Group discuss disaster risk management

The Department of Waterways under the Ministry of Public Works and Transport is concentrating on the implementation of the South East Asia Disaster Risk Management Project in Laos. The project development objective of the proposed South East Asia Disaster Risk Management Project shall be funded by ...

Laos parliament approves development plans

The inaugural session of the National Assembly’s 8th Legislature ended on 22 April with the approval of the 8th five-year National Social Economic Development Plan for 2016-2020, the 10-year Strategy for 2016-2025, and the 15-year Vision for 2016-2030. The three-day session elected Mr Bounnhang Vorachit as President ...

Development partners to further support Laos: UNICEF

UNICEF will continue to expand its partnership with government counterparts, development partners and UN agencies, INGO/CSOs under the umbrella of the Vientiane Declaration on Aid effectiveness. The agency will work closely with all related partners to develop a new country programme of cooperation for 2017-2021 within ...

Parliament approves more than $300m in soft loans

The Pyidaungsu Hluttaw on 26 August gave the green light to US$305 million in new development loans focused on improving electricity supply, water supply and a major highway. MPs approved a $240 million loan from the Asian Development Bank, $20 million from the ASEAN Infrastructure Fund ...

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