The Vientiane Times

Asean vows to strengthen regional cooperation

Southeast Asian foreign ministers opened their annual meeting in Bangkok, Thailand, yesterday to discuss and further strengthen Asean community building and enhance regional cooperation. Lao Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr Saleumxay Kommasith attended the 52nd Asean Foreign Ministers’ Meeting and Related Meetings hosted by Thailand. Those present ...

EU-funded project tackles wildlife trafficking

The European Union has provided 8 million euros to support a new project in seven countries including Laos, in a move to strengthen their governments’ actions to combat wildlife trafficking and forest crime.     In Laos, the national launch event of EU action, titled Partners against Wildlife ...

Somsack Pongkhao

Xieng Khuang cracks down on illegal logging and corrupt officials

Authorities in Xieng Khuang province are investigating more officials allegedly involved in taking bribes in connection with the illegal timber trade which has caused great damage to the nation. The provincial Governor, Mr Bounton Chanthaphone, told a news conference, which was held as part of a ...

Somsack Pongkhao

Cash for work project benefiting flood-hit communities

Local communities impacted by flooding are benefiting under a ‘cash for work’ project as part of the collaboration between the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare and the United Nations Development Programme. The project began in 2018 to support the most vulnerable families, most of ...

Phetphoxay Sengpaseuth

Govt unveils foreign aid projection

The government is anticipating a significant drop in the amount of foreign grants it will receive this year, so the country will have to make some policy changes to sustain revenue generation. According to the National Socio-Economic Development Plan for 2019, the government expects to receive ...

Asean countries struggling with inadequate labour skills

About half the population of the Asean region live in rural areas and suffer from a shortage of quality jobs and underemployment. In addition, rural people lack training opportunities in line with the needs of the labour market and suffer from the traditional exclusion of ...

Regional media raises cooperation, tourism promotion to new level

Media organisations from the six Mekong-Lancang River countries have signed cooperation agreements to promote mutual benefits from media cooperation, enhance promotion for regional tourism and the development of new media.  Keep reading ...

Lao agriculture atlas to help decision-making towards SDGs

A new first of its kind atlas detailing data on changes in agricultural production across the country was launched in Vientiane on Thursday.  The ‘Atlas of Agriculture in the Lao PDR – Patterns and Trends between 1999 and 2011’ is intended to serve in planning, decision-making, ...

Champassak extends dolphin conservation zone

Authorities and residents of Champassak province, especially those living in Hang Sadam and Hang Khon villages, Khong district, recently agreed to extend the conservation zone of the Mekong Dolphin, making it seven times larger. The move has been taken in a bid to conserve the ...

Centre opens to promote Langcang- Mekong cooperation

The Global Centre for Mekong Studies of Laos (GCMS-Laos) in Vientiane officially opened to the public on Wednesday, to promote cooperation among the six countries of the Lancang-Mekong region. Keep reading ...

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