The Vientiane Times

World Bank provides emergency financing for small businesses

The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors last week approved US$40 million in emergency finance support for small and medium-sized businesses in Laos to help them recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the bank said in a press release. The funding will be channelled ...

Times Reporters

KOICA grants US$11 million for Nam Ngum River basin project

The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) has agreed to provide a grant of US$11 million for a project to establish an effective water resources management system and enhance disaster response capabilities for the Nam Ngum River basin. According to the KOICA Office in Laos, the project ...

More use of technology essential in education: minister

Governments around the world including Laos have been promoting and developing digital education systems, which is now an important global issue and a key priority for the education sector. Minister of Education and Sports, Mrs Sengdeuane Lachanthaboune, recently shared her views and experiences on the topic ...

Phetphoxay Sengpaseuth

Experts mull adolescent research to aid development agenda

Experts in the field of adolescent research came together this week to discuss their findings and how to adapt it to the national socio-economic and 2030 Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) agendas. Around 170 participants from government ministries, research institutions and international organisations in Laos attended the ...

City takes steps to control noise levels

Vientiane authorities will impose a new legal measure designed to control noise as part of efforts to transform the capital into a more peaceful and socially-ordered city. Mayor of Vientiane, Dr Sinlavong Khoutphaythoune, on September 19 endorsed the capital’s decision to limit the noise emanating from ...

Laos, EU discuss targets for trade in legal timber products

Representatives of the European Union (EU) and the Lao government have held discussions on an agreement on combating illegal logging and promoting trade in legal timber products. The issue was discussed at the fourth Joint Expert Meeting (JEM) on a voluntary partnership agreement (VPA) on forest law ...

Champassak folk benefit from Beung Kiat Ngong Ramsar Wetland conservation project

Households in eight villages surrounding the Beung Kiat Ngong (BKN) Ramsar Wetland in Pathoumphone district, Champassak province, are benefitting from the Lower Mekong Basin Wetland Management and Conservation Project at the BKN Ramsar Site. The project works to improve livelihoods and provide jobs in local communities, ...

Storm causes disruption in the south

Storm Noul hit southern Laos on Friday after passing through Vietnam, bringing heavy rain and flooding to many areas. In Xekong province, the main road in Ta-oy district was flooded on Friday, causing problems for traffic. A local official said “Livestock was moved to higher ground ...

Times Reporters

WWF, fisheries dept announce community co-management for aquatic reserves

World Wide Fund for Nature in Laos (WWF-Laos) in cooperation with the Department of Livestock and Fisheries on Wednesday announced community fishery co-management regulations for Xebanghieng River’s 10 fish reservations of Savannakhet province, focusing on protection of threatened aquatic species. The announcement and official launch of ...

Times Reporters

Champassak to focus on agricultural production

Champassak provincial authorities have pledged to promote and strengthen agricultural production to take advantage of growing domestic demand as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak. Deputy Governor of Champassak, Mr Malaithong Kommasith, told local media recently that Covid-19 has had a major negative impact on the ...

Somsack Pongkhao

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