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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 ...

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, ...

Business operations face high logistics costs, study says

High logistics costs in Laos are still a major obstruction for business operations throughout the domestic private sector and can also deter investors, a recent study suggests. Logistics costs in the country are as high as double compared to other neighbouring or ASEAN countries according to ...

Savannakhet bridge immigration fee ruling not yet enforced

Immigration staff at the Lao-Thai Friendship Bridge, which links Savannakhet province to Mukdahan province in Thailand, are still waiting for instructions from the provincial office about ending the collection of immigration and service fees. Head of bridge operations, Mr Bounkham Phutthichak, told Vientiane Times by ...

Savannakhet educators, students readied for uni relocation

The faculties of agriculture and food science are set to be the first from Savannakhet University to open at its new site as 1,500 students from these faculties prepare to study in brand new facilities. Construction is in progress on a 300-hectare site in Nongpheu ...

Savannakhet immigration officials ordered to end border crossing fees

Immigration officials working at the second Lao-Thai Friendship Bridge in Savannakhet province, which forms the border with Mukdahan province in Thailand, have been ordered to stop the collection of immigration and service fees. The Prime Minister’s Office last week issued a notice to the Deputy ...

Project review assesses progress of flood risk mitigation

Over 61,000 people in Vientiane will benefit from the Flood and Drought Risk Management and Mitigation Project (FDM) after its completion, a review meeting heard on Friday. The project has been improving flood and drought risk management on more than 20,000 hectares of land, reduced ...

Billions of kip embezzled in Savannakhet

At least 20 finance officials in Savannakhet province have been found guilty of spending billions of kip of state money on personal affairs, according to a report released this week. The officials allegedly collected more than 5.8 billion kip from state revenue sources but did ...

UNICEF supports education, clean water programmes

UNICEF has provided more than 36 billion kip (US$4.4 million) to fund education and clean water programmes in some 100 targeted schools across the country. The money will be used to finance early childhood education, primary education as well as water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) ...

Savannakhet orders 253 furniture plants to shut down

Savannakhet provincial authorities have ordered 253 family-based furniture plants to shut down many of them operating without business licenses, while some are failing to meet set standards. Some 166 plants are operating without business licenses, while the 87 remaining plants approved by districts’ authorities failed ...

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