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Urban water, environment improved steadily

While Vientiane has been improving its drainage network, the water quality in drainage canals and marshes is still declining relative to other cities in Asean, an audience including the city’s Vice Mayor heard in the capital yesterday.Increased discharge of domestic wastewater from urban areas is ...

Laos-World Bank launch next 5-year partnership framework

The World Bank Office in Vientiane on May 24 presented the bank’s Partnership Framework for Laos 2017-2021 to stakeholders, together with the findings of the Systematic Country Diagnostic and the launch of the annual publication entitled Lao Economic Monitor. The new partnership framework between Laos and ...

Laos, Thailand boost trade, investment cooperation

High ranking Lao and Thai officials met in Vientiane on May 24 to discuss increased cooperation across different sectors in order to promote trade and investment between both nations. Laos was led by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Mr Somdy Duangdy, while Thailand by Deputy ...

Govt approves Vientiane-Vangvieng expressway corridor, legislation

The government has approved the Vientiane-Vangvieng expressway’s corridor and legislation in a move to boost socio-economic development.The approval was made at the monthly cabinet meeting for May, chaired by Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith and attended by the cabinet members. The 113.7-km corridor is part of ...

International visitors top expenditure of regional tourists

International tourists have generated a bigger expenditure in the country over regional tourists, even though regional tourist arrivals were 92 percent higher last year. According to a newly released national statistics report from the Tourism Development Department under the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism, the ...

Vientiane factories in need of wastewater treatment

Most factories in Vientiane are in need of wastewater treatment systems, according to a study by the Project for Urban Water Environment Improvement.​ The results were revealed at a seminar on Industrial Wastewater Treatment Management held on April 4 by the project and Lao National Chamber ...

Asean delegates prepare for sustainable tourism awards

Delegates from ASEAN member states are in Vientiane to attend a training session titled ASEAN Master Assessors on ASEAN Sustainable Tourism Award, to prepare for awards in January 2018. The aims of the award are to encourage jointly responsible actions among public, private and local ...

Nam Ngum I dam expansion to increase capacity by 80MW

The Nam Ngum 1 Hydropower Plant in Vientiane province will increase its generation capacity by more than 80MW after the seventh and eighth generators of an expansion project are completed later this year. The project is now more than 80 percent complete, a Nam Ngum ...

Laos, Cambodia eye extra flights to boost tourism

Laos and Cambodia on Monday signed a document agreeing on the need to increase flights between the two neighbours to meet the growing demand for air transport. Head of the Air Transport Division, Department of Civil Aviation, Mr Viengsay Singkham told Vientiane Times  on March ...

Weekend storms batter parts of Laos

Sporadic tropical storms will continue to lash many parts of Laos from now until the middle of May and the public should be on the alert at all times. Head of the Weather Forecast and Aeronautical Meteorology Division of the Meteorology and Hydrology Department in ...

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