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Hydro plants power Laos into middle-income status

Speaking at the official opening of the Xenamnoy 2-Xekatam 1 hydropower plant in Champasak province on Friday, Minister of Energy and Mines Dr Khammany Inthirath said the landlocked country has progressed rapidly in producing electricity, which it now supplies to local communities as well as ...

Wichit Chaitrong

Govt seeks investors to fund Vientiane-Pakxe expressway

The government is seeking investors to bankroll construction of the planned Vientiane-Pakxe expressway to link the country’s capital with Pakxe the capital of the southernmost province of Champassak. The Ministry of Planning and Investment recently issued an announcement asking local and foreign companies and investors ...

Location earmarked for Laos-Cambodia bridge

Lao and Cambodian officials have earmarked a location for the planned bridge across the Xelamphao River linking Laos and Cambodia to encourage people-to-people visits and boost tourism in the region. The bridge will link Nonyang village in Mounlapamok district of Laos’ southernmost province of Champassak ...

Out-of-action irrigation may cut crop yields

Thousands of hectares of farmland are expected to be affected by a lack of irrigation this dry season as provinces are suffering funding shortages for the repair of irrigation systems. This year there are as many as 453 irrigation systems that require repair with the ...

China to buy 20,000 tonnes of organic rice from Laos

China has approved the purchase of 20,000 tonnes of organic rice a year from Laos, according to Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith. Mr Thongloun said in talks with Khong district authorities in Champassak province last week that Chinese premier Li Keqiang had agreed to the deal. The ...

Laos, Cambodia open new international border checkpoint

Lao Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith and his Cambodian counterpart Hun Sen will attend the official opening ceremony of the new Nong Nokkhiane-Trapeang Kriel international border checkpoint on January 10, according to Laos’ Ministry of Foreign Affairs on January 5. The new international border checkpoint will ...

Cambodian Deputy PM observes fish passage improvements at Don Sahong dam

A high-ranking delegation from Cambodia led by Foreign Affairs Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Mr Hor Namhong visited the Don Sahong hydropower project in Champassak province on October 29 to observe progress of the project, especially fish passage improvements. Mr Hor Namhong and his delegation are ...

USAID funds project to monitor HIV prevalence

Laos has a concentrated HIV epidemic compared to other countries, with the prevalence of HIV still at a low level in key groups. But risk behaviours threaten to increase the prevalence of HIV transmission amongst the population so the National Centre for HIV/AIDS and Sexually Transmitted ...

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 ...

Laos, Cambodia to benefit from new border checkpoint

A new international border checkpoint linking between the Nong Nok Khiene area in Khong district of Champasak province and the Trapeang Kriel area in Cambodia’s Stung Treng province is scheduled to officially open next month. In fact the border checkpoint has been open to the public ...

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