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A Year On, 70% of Attapeu Flood Victims Return Home

About 70 percent of survivors have returned to their villages a year after the catastrophic dam collapse last year in Attapeu, amid ongoing efforts to rehabilitate flood victims. The disaster occurred on the night of July 23, 2018, when water poured over a saddle dam at the ...

Attapeu tourism development requires more all-season roads

Attapeu province in southern Laos has huge untapped tourism potential but still lacks the funding to develop these tourism sites and roads access, officials have confirmed.Without roads access, it would make it difficult for authorities to attract the business sector to develop those attractions and ...

Major deals signed as Vietnam PM visits

Laos and Vietnam have inked deals worth multi-millions of US dollars during a two-day official visit by Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc from April 26-27 that concludes today. The bilateral agreements were signed by respective high ranking officials of both sides in Vientiane yesterday, ...

Attracting more tourists the key to aviation growth

The lack of tourists is among the main reasons for the closure of Attapeu International Airport in recent months, according to senior officials. Infrastructure and tourism development serve as the foundations for developing the main draw-cards in Attapeu if authorities want to attract more tourists ...

ADB supports health security in Laos, Mekong region

The Asian Development Bank and the government on February 4 signed an agreement for a US$12 million loan and grant package from 2017 to 2022, to bolster health security in 12 provinces of Laos and the Greater Mekong Subregion. The package will support the government’s efforts ...

Ministry to realise rural education improvements

Education improvement in remote rural areas will be realised following the Ministry of Education and Sports’ proposal to begin creating some of the necessary facilities for rural teachers. The proposal was tabled for discussion by the ministry at a meeting of education administrators on January ...

Road 13 South safety under scrutiny

There are no almost safety barriers to protect road users along Road 13 South, which runs for about 847 kilometres from Vientiane to Attapeu province via Borikamxay, Khammuan, Savannakhet, Saravan and Champassak provinces. Along the route there are many sections of winding road where motorists ...

Switzerland gives further boost to poverty reduction fund

Switzerland has agreed to contribute US$18 million to help Laos reduce poverty and achieve the targets set in the National Socio-Economic Plan. A grant agreement for the funding was signed recently by the Director of Cooperation for the Mekong Region of the Swiss Agency for ...

Laos prepares for face-to-face EU FLEGT, VPA negotiations

The Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade technical working group on December 15 met in Vientiane to discuss finalised key parts of the draft timber definitions to be submitted to the European Union by the end of this month. The submission is crucial preparation for ...

ADB supports sustainable biodiversity management

The Asian Development Bank has approved US$12.8 million in additional financing for the ongoing Biodiversity Conservation Corridors Project in Laos. The grant assistance is sourced from ADB’s Strategic Climate Fund, Forest Investment Programme. The grant agreement was signed in Vientiane on October 18, inked by Deputy Minister ...

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