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Provincial and local governments

Looking Ahead: Laos in 2020 and beyond

The next Party National Congress of the ruling Lao People’s Revolutionary Party (LPRP) is scheduled for early next year and, through this process, new leaders and a new politburo will be elected. While a cloak of secrecy makes it is extremely difficult to predict what ...

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Requiem for victims of traffic accidents in Vietnam

The National Traffic Safety Committee and the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee on November 11 held an annual requiem for the victims who lost their life to traffic accidents in Vietnam this year. The event aims to raise an alarm in the whole society on traffic accidents ...

Mekong Delta takes action to prevent drowning incidents

The Mekong Delta has the highest rate of drowning in the country, particularly in Dong Thap province, where the number of deaths due to drowning is 10 times higher compared to that of dengue fever and hand, foot and mouth disease combined. Over the years, though ...

Vietnamese land grabbers linked to Cambodian firm

A senior Virak Chey National Park official on Monday said the 12 Vietnamese nationals being held in pre-trial detention for allegedly crossing the border illegally into Ratanakkiri province and clearing land are suspected of having links to a Cambodian company. Sou Khon, Virak Chey National Park ...

Road to a better Cambodia: Increase local government funding

Despite decades of political stability and economic growth, the post-conflict Cambodia is still struggling to address extreme poverty, poor governance and the improvement of public services as the result of weak institutions and a bureaucracy in which state functions and resources are centralised and patronaged. Indeed, ...

Myanmar’s fading democratic sheen

When Aung San Suu Kyi and her National League of Democracy (NLD) party won the general elections in 2015, a new wave of hope swept Myanmar. Previously under a military junta for almost 50 years from 1962 to 2011, Nobel Peace Prize winner Suu Kyi ...

Going Live: Round Table Meeting Reviews Laos’ Development Streamed On Youtube

The long, winding road to widespread and deep-rooted socio-economic development for the benefit of all people in Laos passed a milestone yesterday with the 2018 holding of the annual Round Table Implementation Meeting of Lao policymakers, stakeholders and partners including the United Nations streamed live ...

Negative income tax under study

Finance Minister Apisak Tantivorawong said on June 8 that his ministry was studying ways to pay for the proposal. In May, the Cabinet approved a Bt50 billion assistance package for low-income earners. The government is considering whether funds from this package could help pay for the ...

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 ...

Myanmar ethnic groups partially agree on federal state principles

Representatives from the Myanmar government, military and eight armed ethnic groups reached agreements on various matters of contention, including the basic principles for establishing a democratic federal system that would give the groups greater autonomy, at the second meeting of the 21st Century Panglong Peace ...

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