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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 ...

Stakeholders discuss Oudomxay’s proposed Pakbaeng dam

Stakeholder groups met in Vientiane last week to learn about progress and responses on concerns raised at the 1st Regional Stakeholder Forum held in February in Luang Prabang to discuss the proposed dam in Oudomxay province. Meeting at the Mekong River Commission’s 2nd Regional Stakeholder ...

China steps in to help control locust plague

The locust invasion in the north has reached plague proportions and despite a chemical spraying campaign their numbers are continuing to grow in Huaphan, Luang Prabang, Oudomxay, Phongsaly and Xieng Khuang provinces. In an attempt to stop the pests destroying all crops in their path, ...

Clean, organic agriculture production set to expand

Expanding clean agriculture production to supply market demands together with improved international market access can serve to catalyse growth in the Lao organic produce sector, an audience including the Minister of Agriculture and Forestry was told on April 20. Director General of Department of Agriculture, ...

Joint panel discusses prior consultation process for Pakbaeng dam

Delegates from Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam met on April 4 at the second meeting of the Joint Committee Working Group on the procedures for notification, prior consultation and agreement for the Pakbeng hydropower project. The Pakbaeng hydropower project is one of the five Mekong mainstream ...

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 ...

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 ...

LEARN project to improve learning for 35,000 disadvantaged children

Dubai Cares, Plan International Laos and Save the Children Laos have officially launched the Lao Educational Access, Research and Networking (LEARN) project to improve learning for 35,000 disadvantaged children in Laos. The project national-level launch meeting took place last week and was co-chaired by Minister ...

Project reviews progress of basic education

The steering committee of Basic Education Quality and Access in Laos programme met on February 21 to review progress on the implementation of the project and discussed the BEQUAL plan 2017. The programme seeks to address barriers to effective participation and ensured that all children, particularly ...

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, ...

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