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Luxembourg injects 23m euro to develop rural areas

The government of Luxembourg has granted 23 million euro (205 billion kip) to Laos to carry out local development projects in four target provinces. The programme aims to improve infrastructure and nutrition, ease poverty, and bolster sustainable environmental management as outlined in the 8th national socio-economic ...

NA members push gov’t on addressing national issues

Revenue collection system modernisation, investment authorisation procedure improvement, and poverty reduction have topped the list of issues at the debate at the National Assembly session on April 25. NA members called on the government to accelerate its realisation of the plan for closing the leakage ...

Over 200 families to relocate for Pakbaeng dam

Over 200 families in seven villages of Pakbaeng district in Oudomxay province are set to move to higher ground and new sites to make way for construction of the Pakbaeng hydropower project. The dam will be the third to be built on the Mekong River. It ...

Japan gives boost to education in northern Laos

The Japanese government has provided grant assistance for education development in the provinces of Oudomxay, Bokeo, Xieng Khuang and Vientiane. The US$560,000 initiative, through Japan’s Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects, will expand and reconstruct school buildings at six primary and secondary schools. Grant ...

Authorities hopeful of rebounding rubber price this year

Luang Namtha provincial authorities are hoping an increase in the world price of rubber will boost exports to China and local farmers’ incomes. The end of rubber tapping season October-November last year saw the price reach 8,000-9,000 kip a kg for raw rubber and this ...

Chinese investors reconsider plantations as profits prove elusive in banana business

Some Chinese investors plan to shutter their banana farms in Laos and relocate to other countries while others plan to replace the yellow herbaceous fruit with other agricultural crops after sustaining losses. The northern province of Bokeo has been a major location for banana plantations ...

Fish kill in Huayxai attributed to hazardous chemicals

Lao authorities confirmed that fish found floating dead in the Nam Ngao river in Huayxai district, Bokeo province died as a result of poisonous chemicals contaminating the river.​ Officials confirmed the findings after samples of the dead fish were brought for analysis last week. The ...

Authorities inspect cause of fish deaths in Houayxai

Authorities in Houayxai district, Bokeo province are suspecting that the cause of death of a large number of fish and other aquatic animals is due to a chemical substance from a yet unknown source. Local residents found many dead fish and aquatic animals in the ...

Laos, Thailand, China, Vietnam pave way for tourism integration

Eleven provinces across four countries in the upper Mekong basin have agreed to join in a development cooperation agreement that will seek sustainable tourism integration across the sub-region and its borders. Officials from these provinces signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the mechanism of their ...

13 new midwives ready to serve Bokeo health centres

Plan International’s second cohort of scholarship recipients for classes that teach them to be skilled birth attendants are ready to return to their hometowns and work in rural health centres in Bokeo province. The young midwives have spent two years at the Health Training Centre ...

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