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Laos takes steps to tackle six urgent issues

The government has called for the sectors responsible to shoulder more responsibility in finding solutions to six pressing issues that are affecting socio-economic development. The issues were tabled at the government’s monthly meeting held in Vientiane on July 23-24 when cabinet members discussed possible measures to ...

Somsack Pongkhao

Xayaboury dam on track to start commercial operation at year’s end

The Xayaboury hydropower plant yesterday began a trial operation of its fifth generator, setting the first run-of-river dam in the lower Mekong basin on track to begin commercial operation at the end of this year. A senior official at the Xayaboury Energy and Mines Department said ...

Ekaphone Phouthonesy

Lao Anti-drug trafficking efforts highlighted on control group’s bridge visit

Members of the Illicit Drug Control Sector Working Group (IDSWG) visited the Lao-Thai Friendship Bridge in Vientiane last week to better understand the role of Lao Customs and Immigration officials in the fight against drug trafficking. The event was attended by Deputy Head of Office of ...

2020 target of 70 per cent forest cover unlikely to be met: Report

Forest cover is expected to increase to 68 per cent of the country’s land area by 2020, slightly below the target of 70 per cent, the latest report on the matter suggests. A 2015 survey revealed that forest cover stood at 58 percent. With an annual ...

Souksakhone Vaenkeo

Laos approves Tadsakoi hydropower plant

The government has given the green light to Tadsakoi Power Company Limited to build the Tadsakoi hydropower project in Sepon district, Savannakhet province. A concession agreement for the project was signed recently in Vientiane between Minister of Planning and Investment, Dr Souphan Keomixay, Deputy Minister of ...

Phetsamone Chandala

Experienced team sustainably developing Lao mining

Entrepreneurs and business owners in Laos are now able to utilise the vast expertise of Ortus Mining Laos to develop mining projects.   Ortus Mining Laos, a subsidiary of Ortus Mining Capital, told Vientiane Times recently that they are focused on the development of mineral concessions in ...

Khammuan raises the bar in rice production

The agricultural practices commonly employed in Khammuan province are still mostly traditional but farmers are gradually being introduced to modern methods so they can grow better quality rice and earn more money. The introduction of modern equipment is expected to help ease the sowing and harvesting ...

Some 331 species are endangered in Myanmar

More than 5,000 species are endangered in Asia, around 800 in the Greater Mekong region alone. Plants and wildlife are used to produce traditional medicines, clothes and accessories. Hunting and poaching are practiced in about 70 pe cent of sanctuaries. In Southeast Asia and the ...

Why are businesses relocating data centers to Southeast Asia?

Data centres are an essential component of business operations. They are centralised warehouses (physical or virtual) used for the remote storage and processing of data and information. Most daily activities are regulated in one form or another by data centres: from energy bills to health ...

Asia leaders off-the-mark to congratulate Trump on victory

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte congratulated US President-elect Donald Trump, hoping for ‘enhanced Philippines-US relations’ while Bangladesh’s Sheikh Hasina invited Trump and his wife to visit Bangladesh. Leaders across Asia congratulated Republican Donald Trump on winning the bitterly fought US presidential election. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte extended his wishes to the US ...

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