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 ...

KEARRIN SIMS

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 ...

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 ...

Reasons revealed for slow power grid expansion

A number of unapproved power grid expansion projects have been suspended stemming from the fact that there has been no progress on the projects, a minister recently told the National Assembly. Minister of Energy and Mines Dr Khammany Inthirath made the comment while responding to ...

Village politician changes sides

After six years with the opposition, deputy commune chief Yoeun Yong has decided to jump ship and join the ruling CPP for the upcoming commune elections. Mr. Yong’s name was the seventh to appear on the CNRP ballot paper for the Koh Anlong Chin commune ...

Laos extends support for MIA activities

Lao-American cooperation in locating the remains of American service personnel missing in Laos during the Indochina War has been underway in Khammuan province, with valuable contributions by all parties involved. Exploration teams from Laos and the United States reported on their activities to Deputy Minister ...

Land and buildings tax draft gets nod

The cabinet on March 21 approved the draft bill for the long-awaited land and buildings tax, intended to narrow economic disparity, after a review by the Council of State. Nathporn Chatusripitak, an adviser to Prime Minister’s Office Minister Suvit Maesincee, said the draft bill amended by ...

Withdraw illegal NRCs issued: Rakhine Hluttaw

National Registration Cards issued to non-Myanmar nationals since August 2016 should be declared invalid and withdrawn, Rakhine Hluttaw Original Rights of Citizens and Special Cases Investigation Committee said. This was among six suggestions made by the committee in its report submitted to the state Hluttaw ...

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