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Myanmar Dismisses Rohingya-Crisis General Amid EU Sanctions

Myanmar’s military announced the ouster of a key general Monday as the European Union sanctioned him and six other senior officers in connection with alleged massacres and the forced exodus of hundreds of thousands of minority Rohingya last year. Keep reading ...

Upgrade country’s statistics standards to make most of cooperation efforts, official says

Laos will have difficulties in the implementation of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) agenda as well as pushing the country to graduate from Least Developed Countries (LDC) by 2020 without accurate and timely statistics, a government official has stated.Addressing a statistics seminar in ...

PM vows purge on weapons smuggling

Stricter measures must be implemented to crack down on weapons smuggling and be applied to all involved, whether they be military personnel or not, says Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha. Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon has told investigators to identify the mastermind behind a weapons trafficking ...

NLA proposes VAT hike to 8 per cent

The National Legislative Assembly has agreed that the value-added tax should be increased from 7 per cent to 8 per cent. However, the final decision on the tax hike will be made by the Cabinet after the NLA submits its proposal for approval.  The proposed VAT ...

PM calls for more openness in corruption cases

Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith has asked that every prosecuted case related to corruption be revealed to the public in hopes that misconduct by government officials is halted. Mr Thongloun gave the advice on Thursday when addressing National Assembly members at the Assembly’s ongoing third ordinary ...

MADB’s ministry relocation aims to improve efficiency

Myanmar Agricultural Development Bank, the only state-owned bank in the agriculture sector, was under the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation. But from now on, the institution has been relocated to the Ministry of Planning and Finance which will make loan processes more efficient, according ...

Laos, Vietnam tighten financial cooperation

Laos’ and Vietnam’s finance ministries recently signed a cooperation agreement for the period 2017-2020. The agreement was signed in Vientiane by Lao Ministry of Finance Office Head Mr Somboun Inthapatha and Deputy Director General of the International Cooperation Department of the Vietnam Finance Ministry Mr ...

Lao, Viet police extend partnership in prevention of cross-border crime

Laos’ Ministry of Public Security and Vietnam’s Ministry of Public Security will continue to support each other in protecting national security and preventing cross-border crimes. During a visit to Vietnam from March 15-17, Lao Minister of Public Security Major General Somkeo Silavong signed an agreement ...

Laos, Vietnam NA agree to deepen cooperation

Lao and Vietnamese top legislators have agreed to deepen cooperation between the two countries’ National Assemblies as Lao NA president, Ms Pany Yathotou made an official goodwill visit to Vietnam. The six-day visit by Ms Pany was made at the invitation from her Vietnamese counterpart, ...

Australia to reshape foreign policy, trade

Australia will call home all of its overseas ambassadors for a meeting, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said on March 2, as it reshapes its foreign policy to balance ties with long-time ally the United States and China, its largest trading partner. It is the first ...

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