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Lao government, World Bank assess renewable energy development in southern river basin

The Lao government and the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, are conducting a basin-wide Cumulative Impact Assessment (CIA) of renewable energy development in southern Laos’ Xekong River Basin. According to local online newspaper Vientiane Times on Sunday, it is the ...

Weather station upgrades brighten outlook for forecasters

The Japanese government has supported the improvement of weather recording equipment and facilities which were handed over last Saturday to the Meteorology and Hydrology Department. The project was handed over to the department under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment by the Japan International ...

Two killed, nine injured in Xekong bus crash

Two people were killed instantly and nine others sustained injuries after two buses collided head-on in Laksao village, Thataeng district, Xekong province on Sunday. Deputy Chief of the Xekong Traffic Police Office, First Lieutenant Sonevixay Keo-ounvong, told Vientiane Times on Monday the accident happened at ...

Ministry reduces dry season rice target after farmers produce less

The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry has set this year’s target for dry season rice production lower after the country’s rice farmers failed to meet last year’s mark. Last season the Department of Agriculture under the ministry encouraged farmers around the country to grow 126,000 ...

DPM offers measures for Xekong to pursue robust growth

Xekong provincial authorities were told to translate the government’s measures, outlined to boost 2017 socio-economic development, into the province’s planning and projects to drive local growth and improve people’s livelihoods. Deputy Prime Minister Dr Sonexay Siphandone, during his working trip to the province last week, ...

Tourism potential as yet unfulfilled in Bolaven Plateau

The Bolaven Plateau in the south of Laos will be developed into the country’s top agri-business and agri-tourism destination thanks to its year round temperate climate. The Bolaven Plateau runs through Champassak province’s Pakxong district, Saravan province’s Lao-ngam, and Xekong province’s Thataeng district and boasts ...

Ministry to realise rural education improvements

Education improvement in remote rural areas will be realised following the Ministry of Education and Sports’ proposal to begin creating some of the necessary facilities for rural teachers. The proposal was tabled for discussion by the ministry at a meeting of education administrators on January ...

Laos’ Xekaman 3 dam break shuts off power to Vietnam

A break in a critical waterway shut down a hydro-electric dam in southern Laos and raised questions about the quality of construction at the facility that sends most of the power it generates to Vietnam. While officials said the Dec. 16 break in the Xekaman ...

ADB supports sustainable biodiversity management

The Asian Development Bank has approved US$12.8 million in additional financing for the ongoing Biodiversity Conservation Corridors Project in Laos. The grant assistance is sourced from ADB’s Strategic Climate Fund, Forest Investment Programme. The grant agreement was signed in Vientiane on October 18, inked by Deputy Minister ...

Access to healthcare improving in Xekong

Xekong province is among the poorest in Laos, with an infant mortality rate of 70 per 1,000 live births and a maternal mortality ratio of 357 per 100,000 live births, according to 2015 statistics from the provincial health office. Xekong province was one of five provinces-targeted ...

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