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1. Regional forum ends with adoption of sustainable transport statements
The Intergovernmental Tenth Regional Environmentally Sustainable Transport (EST) Forum in Asia, which took place in Vientiane from March 14-16, ended yesterday with the adoption of two declarations on sustainable transport development. More >>>

2. Vientiane airport expansion not up to speed
The Vientiane International Airport Terminal Expansion project is now 13 percent complete after construction began in December 2015, but is a little behind schedule. More >>>

3. Foreign tourist arrivals drop by 10 percent in 2016
The number of foreign tourists visiting Laos dropped for the first time in 2016 after several successive years of visitor growth, newly compiled statistics suggest. More >>>

Laos, Brunei strengthen cooperation
Laos and Brunei Darussalam have agreed to strengthen their cooperative relationship, focusing on various fields to boost economic ties and development. More >>>

Lao Front discusses achievements, structural improvements
Achievements over the past year and approval of a new organisational structure are tabled for discussion by the Lao Front for National Construction (LFNC) this week at the Front Committee's second ordinary plenary session of the Tenth Congress. More >>>

Home news
- Ministry introduces ICT security system
The Lao Computer Emergency Response Team (LaoCERT) under the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications has introduced a system for the protection and management of networks and information analytics, for use by the government and private sectors. More >>>
- Govt to strengthen skills of lab workers to enhance bio-security
Laos plans to build the capacity of medical technicians working in laboratories and hospital in the fields of bio-safety and bio-security. More >>>
- Vientiane selecting top students for national exam
The Vientiane Education and Sports Department is selecting the 11 best students in the capital to take part in the National Best Students Exams 2017, which are held for primary and secondary school children. More >>>
- Alumni celebrate sapphire anniversary of Laos-Australia diplomatic ties
Around 200 of the more than 1,500 Lao graduates from Australian universities gathered in Vientiane this week to help celebrate 65 years of diplomatic relations between Australia and Laos – our “sapphire” anniversary. More >>>

Monta Champassak Garden draws visitors to Pakxong
Monta Champassak Garden in Pakxong district, Champassak province, is set to become a highlight for visitors with an interest in agriculture after temporarily opening in December 2016. . .More >>>

Poverty Eradication

Saravan family turns to pig farming to bring home the bacon
Waking up early and starting the hard work of tending to animals and crops each day is normal for Mr Phouy Chanthavong and his family and they depend on their labour to keep themselves above poverty. . . . . . ..

Arts & Culture

Holy water sprinkling a respected Buddhist tradition
The holy water sprinkling ceremony that took place at That Luang on Sunday to honour the country's most senior and revered monk carries great meaning for all monks and Lao people. . .More >>>


Mobile library opens new chapter in children's education
Reading is essential for children if they are to rise up the education ladder but many of them are held back because so many schools don't have enough books, both in rural areas of Laos and towns. . . .
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SMEs to be helped by policy revision
Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Laos will soon be helped by improved policies aimed at driving expanding growth opportunities and access to wider markets. . More >>>


Vietnamese singing contest marks 50th anniversary of Asean
A Vietnamese singing contest titled “Vietnam-Asean Singing Festival 2017”, celebrating the 50th anniversary of Asean, was held in Vientiane this week. More >>>


Popular Lao restaurant reopens in Vientiane
I don't know if others will agree with me or not but when I travel one of the most important things is a taste of the local cuisine which, for me, touches on the real culture and tradition of an area. . More >>>

World news

China reiterates support for Asean
China, B eijing: has always put the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) in a priority position in its neighbourhood diplomacy, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said on Wednesday. More >>>


How can we guard against fires and are fire fighting systems adequate?
More than 40 accidental fires occurred nationwide in the first two months of this year, damaging or destroying 60 houses and killing four people. In comparison, during the whole of 2016 some 140 fires were reported. More >>>


Baton Run signals Lao sport's preparations for SEA Games
Laos is readying to send more than 20 sporting teams to the 29th SEA Games in Malaysia from August 19-31 following tomorrow's Rising Together Baton Run in Vientiane. More >>>


Medics mull strategies to cope with health impacts of climate change
Senior Lao doctors and ministry and institution officials have discussed public health strategies in response to climate change . . . More >>>


Taemsaeng Club inspires photography students
The Taemsaeng Club exists to inspire students at Vientiane Secondary School in photography and now has aspirations of expanding to other schools after earning a respected reputation. More >>>


Celebrating RAMSAR Convention Day
Anniversary of the signing of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, internationally known as the “Ramsar Convention”, named after the city of Ramsar in Iran where the convention was signed on February 2, 1971 . . . More >>>

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