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Laos-China railway construction ‘progressing well’

Construction of the Laos-China railway is gathering steam with many tunnels being bored despite rainfall, officials said yesterday. All three tunnels in Luang Namtha province are being bored with the Boten Tunnel having progressed the furthest at more than 50 metres, project coordinator for Luang ...

Lao companies to benefit from railway project: Officials

Officials in charge have confirmed that Lao construction companies will benefit from the almost-US$6 billion railway project linking Vientiane to the Chinese border. Director of the Laos-China Railway construction project and Director of the Lao National Railway Company, Dr Koung Souk-Aloun, told Vientiane Times on ...

Tunnel works underway on Laos-China railway project

Efforts to bore tunnels for the Laos-China railway project have begun, marking a new and intensive stage to construction work underground for the landmark multi-billion dollar project. As of Tuesday, more than 10 metres had been bored for the Boten Tunnel, one of the three tunnels ...

Authorities retrieve 50b kip from corrupt officials

The State Inspection Authority (SIA) has retrieved more than 50 billion kip over the past two years from corrupt officials who had previously embezzled State properties. A senior official from SIA who asked to remain anonymous told Vientiane Times on Monday that all State budget ...

Full steam ahead for start of Laos-China railway

Hundreds of trucks carrying machinery and equipment for construction of the Laos-China railway have entered Laos after being delayed at the border, a senior government official has said. A special lane has now been allocated at China’s Mohan and Laos’ Boten border crossing to facilitate ...

Tunnel boring for Laos-China railway expected in coming weeks

The boring of tunnels for the Laos-China railway is expected to begin in the next few weeks following a groundbreaking ceremony to kick off construction of the project in December last year. The tunnel entrances have been earmarked and concreted in preparation for boring, the ...

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 ...

Rail construction yet to begin

Actual work on the Laos-China railway project has yet to start in Luang Prabang and other provinces following the official construction launch in December last year. The railway will run from the Chinese border to Vientiane through the provinces of Luang Namtha, Oudomxay, Luang Prabang, ...

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 ...

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 ...

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