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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 ...

Northern provinces assess efforts to control locust outbreak

Five northern provinces recently reported on their efforts to prevent and control locust outbreaks in the 2015-16 fiscal year, and announced plans to prevent a further invasion this year. The five provinces are Huaphan, Luang Prabang, Xieng Khuang, Oudomxay and Phongsaly. More than 4,000 hectares ...

Govt secures World Bank loan for nationwide road upgrades

The government has secured a loan of US$25 million from the World Bank to further strengthen road maintenance and improve road connectivity throughout the country. The Ministry of Finance signed the loan agreement with the World Bank on February 7, with the two parties represented ...

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 ...

Proposed hydropower plant in Laos to affect lower Mekong River in Vietnam

Laos is making hectic preparations for the building of one more hydropower dam – Pak Beng – on the Mekong river section which runs through Oudomxay province, despite strong warnings about the influence on the lower course, especially in Vietnam’s Mekong River Delta. The Mekong ...

Laos plans to promote traditional medicines

Laos plans to develop its human resources in the traditional medicine sector, seeking to capitalise on a broad base of traditional knowledge and a wide range of natural medicinal compounds. Lao peoples have had a long history in the use of traditional medicines in the ...

Accidental explosion kills trainer, injures 26 students

A trainer was killed and 26 secondary school students suffered minor injuries in an explosion accident on January 24 morning during a military-tactics training drill at a secondary school in northern Oudomxay province, a police officer said. The tragedy happened as the trainer, Military First ...

Oudomxay eyes development of tourist sites

About 100 tourist sites in Oudomxay province await development so that visitors can fully enjoy them in comfort. The Oudomxay Tourism Office says there are 106 officially designated tourist sites in the province. An official at the office, Mr Van Mingboupha, told Vientiane Times on ...

Residents await Laos-China railway compensation payments

Preliminary counts have been completed in the provinces through which the Laos-China railway will pass, to pave the way for compensation to be paid to the affected villagers and residents who will be relocated. However affected residents in the provinces through which the railway will ...

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 ...

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