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10 January 2020

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- PM encourages Chinese firms to invest in Laos
Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith met with Chinese business leaders this week as part of his official visit to China from January 5 to 9.
The meeting took place in Beijing on January 7. The event was held in cooperation with the Lao embassy to China and the Asean-China commerce
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- Third phase of civil aviation training project takes flight
The Ministry of Public Works and Transport and a Swiss-based company, Partners in Aviation and Communication Technologies (PACTEC), are continuing to work together to train the next generation of commercial pilots in Laos.
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- Vientiane named among cheapest cities for backpackers
Vientiane has been named the second cheapest city in Asia for backpackers to visit in 2020, a study conducted by the UK-based Alpha Travel Insurance has revealed. Hanoi, the capital of neighbouring Vietnam, tops the list of 31 destinations listed on the company’s guide titled ‘Backpacker Index - the Cheapest Cities to Visit in Asia’.
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- ADB unveils new financial support for Laos
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has launched a new business plan which includes funding arrangements to support development in Laos over the next few years.. ... More >>>

- Authorities plough through 438 project assessments in search of land tax
Authorities last year assessed 438 projects nationwide involving land leases and government concessions in a bid to tighten up on the payment of land taxes.. ... More >>>

- PM expresses condolences over Australian bushfires
Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith on January 7 sent a message of sympathy and condolence to his Australian counterpart Scott Morrison, whose country is suffering from widespread bushfires.. .. More >>>

Economic, agriculture censuses to get underway next month
The government will launch the Census of Agriculture III and Economic Census III for 2019-2020 next month, aiming to use the findings as a reference for the next national socio-economic development plan from 2021-25. ...More >>>

- Govt officials bolster efforts to empower women
The Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism and the National Commission for the Advancement of Women, Mothers and Children have joined forces in the fight against the abuse of women.. ...More >>>

- Xieng Khuang to offer accommodation discounts during national games
Xieng Khuang authorities will ask local hotels and guesthouses to lower their rates in a bid to attract domestic and international visitors to the province during the upcoming national games....More >>>

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Oudomxay court convicts teenager after accident victim dies

The People’s Supreme Court in Oudomxay province sentenced Mr Nerm, 18, from Phoukheua village in Namor district, to two months and 18 days in prison and fined him 5 million kip after he was found guilty of violating the traffic regulations and causing the death of another man by careless driving.
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Price of premium fuel may rise, diesel likely to remain unchanged
Consumers of fuel in Laos are keeping their fingers crossed and hoping that the price of imported oil to the country. ... More >>>

The microphone may be mightier than the pen
A talented singer and a young reporter at the Setthakit Sangkhom newspaper, Phengta Vongsamai (aka Phouthai Meuangvang), is now more likely to.. .More >>>

The Lao People’s Revolutionary Party

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FMs of Egypt, France, Greece, Cyprus say Turkey’s security deals with Libyan gov’t “invalid”
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How can we improve the tourism industry and attract more visitors?
Laos received more than 4.5 million visitors in 2019, which is beyond expectations, according to a government report but authorities need to work with
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Xieng Khuang all set for National Games in March Xieng Khuang province has almost completed the construction of sports stadiums and ... More >>>

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Workshop on Citizen Journalism

Those between the ages of 25 and 35 and with an interest and experience in journalism, communications or blogging are invited to apply for the 2020 YSEALI Citizen Journalism and Free Flow of Information Workshop in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
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