April 11, 2018

Health ministry, experts mull information system upgrade

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- SMEs to access finance via Laos-China cooperation scheme 
Small and medium enterprises (SME) are set to enjoy easier access to finance thanks to a new financial cooperation scheme between Laos and China.
Under the scheme, Lao SMEs can access low-interest loans from a total pot of more than 2,487 billion kip (US$300 million), Chinese ambassador to Laos Wang Wentian told Lao and Chinese reporters in a recent interview at his embassy. Both sides signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) under which the China Development Bank will provide the loan, during a state visit to Laos by Chinese President Xi Jinping in November last year. Acknowledging that SMEs are a significant part of the Lao economic structure, the ambassador said China was willing to help these enterprises to overcome their challenges..... More >>>

Huaphan wages war against locusts
Many hectares of bamboo in Huaphan province have been affected by yellow-spined bamboo locusts while local authorities are working to destroy locust eggs by spraying them with chemicals. This year, locust eggs were found in 906 places in 553 villages in the provinces of Luang Prabang, Huaphan, Phongsaly, Xieng Khuang and Oudomxay, according to the Department of Agriculture of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry. In Huaphan, locusts have been identified in 216 places in eight districts and the locust population is expanding, according to local authorities. Director of Huaphan’s agriculture sector, Mr Siviengsab Phengphomma, told Vientiane Times on Tuesday “We have found locusts in 216 places, with each area being about one hectare in size.”.. . More >>>

Authorities face challenges recovering misappropriated State money
Millions of dollars have been embezzled by greedy officials in Laos annually, posing a challenge for authorities in the retrieval of all the pocketed money, according to inspectors.
Inspectors have warned that all sectors need to work together to protect the interests of the nation as less than half of the lost money was recovered last year.
According to the latest report from the Party’s Inspection Committee, over 1.3 trillion kip, about 11 million Thai baht, US$4.8 million, and 20 million Vietnamese dong was lost as a result of misappropriation last year. . . . More >>>

- New legislation rewards well-behaved prisoners
Prisoners who demonstrate good behaviour and meet certain criteria can expect to be freed earlier or have their terms reduced, thanks to a new Presidential Ordinance.
President Bounnhang Vorachit recently issued Ordinance No 001 detailing certain criteria that prisoners would need to fulfill in order to be eligible for a pardon.
The ordinance defines more comprehensive principles, measures and regulations on matters relating to pardons.
Previously, pardons were issued in line with a direction issued by the national committee in charge of pardon affairs...... More >>>

- IFAD boosting smart agriculture in Laos
The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) will continue to work with the government and partners through the provision of finance for innovative, adapted approaches and technologies relating to climate-smart agriculture.
This was the message at an annual country portfolio review meeting of IFAD-funded programmes in Laos which took place recently in Vangvieng district, Vientiane province.
As a yearly held platform for IFAD-funded projects, the meeting was designed to review the status of and to share experiences and good practices of programme implementation and management during 2017......More >>>

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- Remains of almost one half of American MIAs now located
The remains of almost half of the 573 American service personnel presumed missing in action (MIA) in Laos during the Indochina War have been located.
According to a press release from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the United States has informed the Lao government that as of today the remains of 281 soldiers have been found and handed over to the US. Laos and the United States are committed to continuing to search for the other 292 personnel through joint humanitarian activities between the two countries.... More >>>

- Health ministry, experts mull information system upgrade
Government officials met with experts from international organisations yesterday to share ideas for improving the District Health Information Software 2 (DHIS2) system and the 2017-2025 strategy to distribute health information.
The workshop discussed the implementation of the DHIS2 system as a national health information system as well as upgrading the quality of health data...More >>>

- Laos, Germany applaud decades of fruitful development cooperation
The Lao People’s Democratic Republic and the Federal Republic of Germany have enjoyed a good relationship and great cooperation over the past more than half a century, with Germany making a significant contribution to this least developed country in Southeast Asia. This outstanding achievement was the focus of high-level officials from Laos and Germany when celebrating 60 years of diplomatic relations and 55 years of development cooperation between the two countries....More >>>

- Paediatricians beef up on use of radiology
Officials and paediatric staff under the Ministry of Health from target provinces met recently in Vientiane to learn about radiology and the most effective therapies in paediatrics. The course aimed to improve the health of newborns and infants in Laos, according to the I-HOPE project under the Korea International Cooperation Agency, while continuing to strengthen the skills of local paediatricians...More >>>


Improved school curriculums teach children about nutrition
Under- and malnutrition are recognised in Laos as significant public health and development challenges, with annual economic costs to the country estimated at 2.4 percent of Gross Domestic Product.. . .... More >>>


Khaen plays integral role in Lao culture 
The sound of the khaen has been an inherent part of Laos for thousands of years. Today, wherever there are Lao people, there is always the sound of the khaen. .. More >>>


Learned Luang Prabang lad leads the way to national exam
While everyone has high hopes or dreams of being number one in their field it is not always the case for many of us. But one teenager is studying hard trying to be the best student in the nation. .. .. . . . . More >>>


Blind stool maker crafts his own determined path through life
While life has a way of throwing up all sorts of challenges for us in the pursuit of our dreams, perhaps the best test of character is how we deal with any misfortunes which befall us... More >>>


Thirteen elephants knocking on heaven’s door
Thirteen elephants handed over to Elephant Conservation Centre by Lao government.

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Wall exhibit breaks down barriers to Vientiane’s past
While Laos’ convoluted history is often just studied in textbooks, today’s generation can now sample a part of it from the 16th century for themselves – the Vientiane city wall.


Dried meat snacks a tasty treat

Today, many people are looking for the highest standard when it comes to food products, which is why businesses are striving to produce top quality products to boost their sales. . . More >>>


Almsgiving - a tradition worth preserving
Almsgiving is a fine tradition that Lao people have practised every day around the country since ancient times, so much so that it has become a reflection of the country’s culture. ... .
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Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam agree to expand cooperation
The leaders of Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam signed a joint declaration at the 10th Development Triangle Area Summit in Hanoi last month committing the three countries to fully expand cooperation beyond their border provinces. .. .. More >>>


Lao Life’s a beach for Mekong’s Pi Mai attraction
Don Chan beach will officially open to the public at Lao New Year and the company plans to keep the site open until the start of the rainy season, President of the CNP Group Ms Chanhnapha Vongsamoraphoum told Vientiane Times yesterday...... More >>>


Indee Records singers to perform during Pi Mai Lao 
Indee Records has lined up several performances by its singers to entertain people during the Lao New Year celebrations from April 14 to 16.
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Vat Phou conservation experts meet to review progress
At this time of the year when the weather is fine, plenty of people arrive at Vat Phou Champassak to explore this extensive temple complex and wander among the ruins. . ..More >>>

World news

Amid missteps, Zuckerberg faces congressional inquisition
WASHINGTON (AP) -- After privately assuring senators that his company will do better, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is undergoing a two-day congressional inquisition that will be ....More >>>


Laos-Vietnam special solidarity becomes priceless legacy
Laos-Vietnams relations have been marked by an unalloyed solidarity that is rare around the globe. The rare relationship has become a priceless legacy of the two nations.
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How can we prevent road accidents over the Lao New Year holiday?
During Pi Mai Lao last year, there were 159 road accidents nationwide which killed 22 people over the three days of the holiday. This year, the Ministry of Public Security will be working with the Ministry of Public Works and Transport to facilitate road travel and ensure safety on the roads. Vientiane Times asked around to get people’s thoughts on this troubling problem. .... More >>>


Lao Division 1 attracts growing club interestMany clubs have expressed interest in competing in Lao Division 1, the nation’s second tier football tournament, which hopes to kick off in the capital next month. So far, 15 FCs have shown a willingness to contest Division 1 2018 with all games to be held at the Lao Football Federation (LFF) ground in Huayhong village, Vientiane. ...More >>>

Dining Out

Seafood buffet a perennial hit in Vientiane
Seafood buffets are a huge hit with diners in Vientiane, especially families and groups of friends, even though they aren’t easy to find in the capital’s restaurants. . . More >>>


Upcoming e-Library expected to provide faster, more accessible information
A quick glance into the library and one might not see many people there. But nowadays that’s not such a strange sight because fewer people enjoy reading books at the library. ... .
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