Overall Mekong River flow patterns do not change–report finding

Two hydropower projects along Southeast Asia’s most important river have had measurable, but moderate, impact on water flow, sediment and fisheries, according to preliminary findings of a report by the Mekong River Commission (MRC) released last week. With roughly one year of monitoring data, the MRC ...

Vientiane Times/Asia News Network

Laos issues overflow alert for Mekong communities

Laos’ Xayaboury province is advising people living alongside the Mekong River to prepare for possible flooding, while neighboring Thailand has warned its seven north-eastern provinces to brace for sudden overflows along the river until Thursday. The Lao province issued the alert following heavy rainfall in recent ...

Vientiane Times/Asia News Network

Vietnam condemns China’s illegal activities in Paracel, Spratlys

Vietnam asked China to stop illegal activities in the areas around Vietnam’s Hoang Sa and Truong Sa archipelagoes. Vietnam demanded China immediately end illegal activities in the areas around Vietnam’s Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagos, to respect the Southeast Asian country’s sovereignty over the archipelagoes ...


Laos, Mekong countries discuss challenges to economic development

The 41st Southeast Asia Seminar of Economic Development in Laos and the GMS is being held at the Faculty of Economics and Business Management of the National University of Laos (NUOL) from November 2-7.The event is being attended by NUOL Vice President Associate Professor Dr Houngphet ...

Vientiane Times staff

Harnessing digitization to power up governance in Asean

[] Asean faces some key challenges that will test the resilience of governments: business and tech life cycles are moving at a faster pace; the rise of the disruptive platforms and their impact on services; use of data analytics to engage citizens; the rise of ...

Claus Andresen

Energizing EU-ASEAN trade

EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström visited Manila recently to discuss trade with ASEAN Economic Ministers. The summit was a milestone in itself as the Ministers discussed the next steps toward the resumption of the ASEAN-EU Free Trade Agreement negotiations as well as ways to enhance ...

Stanchart: PH economy on track to beating ASEAN counterparts

Despite external headwinds, the Philippines is expected to grow the fastest among ASEAN economies until next year on the back of robust domestic demand and strong services exports, Standard Chartered Bank said on November 24. “The Philippines’ domestic growth engine is firing on all cylinders, ...

ASEAN urged to chart own course

ASEAN, now on its first year of economic unification, needs to decouple from China and become much better at telling the global community about its economic prospects, Citi’s regional fund services experts said. In the past, ASEAN had benefited from its robust trade with China, with ...

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