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September 11, 2017

Visitor arrivals to fall short: Gov't forecasts

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1. Govt vows to further boost economic growth
The Ministry of Finance has been instructed to re-inspect sources of revenue and the taxes paid by businesses as well as identify challenges that need to be addressed in the years to come. The government agreed to use more electronic methods in tax collection in the wake of a revenue shortfall and vowed to deal with financial leaks. . . . . More >>>

2. Xieng Khuang UXO hazard could linger for a century: Governor
It could take another 100 years to remove unexploded ordnance (UXO) from the province due to the paucity of funding available for the Herculean task according to Xieng Khuang's governor. Provincial Governor Prof. Dr Somkot Mangnomek told Lao media last week that the large number of missiles and munitions from the extensive wartime aerial bombardment remain a grave threat to the lives of local people and hinder development. . . . More >>>

3. Development, GDP per capita gap remains huge, minister says
The gap in overall development and incomes between cities and rural communities is substantial, Minister of Planning and Investment Dr Souphanh Keomixay has said. This is reflected in the significant difference between Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and GDP per capita among the various provinces, he told a two-day meeting between government cabinet members, the Vientiane Mayor and provincial governors, which ended on Friday. . . . . . More >>>

4. Government on track to reduce poverty
The government is working towards raising 4,833 families out of poverty by the end of 2018, lowering the total number of poor families to 66,139, or 5.67 percent of all households nationwide. Deputy Minister of Planning and Investment Dr Kikeo Chanthabouly reminded members of the National Assembly (NA) recently that this was the target set in the draft socio-economic development plan for 2018. Meanwhile, the government is on track to raise 5,580 families out of poverty by the end of 2017, reducing the number to 69,772, or 5.98 percent of the total, a report presented at the meeting stated. . . . More >>>

5. Visitor arrivals to fall short: Gov't forecasts
The government is forecasting that it won't achieve its visitor arrivals target of 5.4 million this year and the accompanying US$875 million in revenue. . More >>>

Home news

- Australia, ChildFund inject funding for youth project
The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs (DFAT) and ChildFund Australia have granted US$256,195 to the Children Participation for Resilience project. . . . More >>>

- Laos plans events to mark International Ozone Day
The 30th International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone layer will be observed in Laos on September 15 to inform the public about the importance of this issue. . . . . More >>>

- Listing of Plain of Jars as world heritage site comes one step closer
Laos plans to send a draft document this month to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) to nominate the Plain of Jars in Xieng Khuang province as a World Heritage Site. .. . More >>>

City's schools observe International Literacy Day
Government officials and students gathered in Vientiane on Friday for special activities to promote reading and celebrate International Literacy Day. . More >>>


Make time to visit some of Thailand's fascinating places
If you are planning to visit or spend your holiday in Thailand, these places may be good choices for you to consider. . . . More >>>

Poverty Eradication

Rearing fish for sale a sound investment
Everyone has a different way of earning a living depending on their skills, and Mrs Somlan Bounmychit's family chose to breed fish for their personal consumption and sale so they could have better living standards. . .   . .. .. . More >>>

Arts & Culture

Hor Khaosalark festival: preserving tradition with basket offerings
Yesterday morning, people nationwide enjoyed visiting their village temples to present bamboo baskets of offerings to monks and novices on the day of Boun Hor Khaosalark or Hor Khaosalark festival. More >>>


Ministry delegation explores environmental education in Germany
Let's join in relates to a No Plastic! initiative in the city of Bonn, Germany. This tagline became the daily motto of a Lao Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (MoNRE) delegation exploring environmental education. . More >>>

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Domestic sales of goods, services set to rise
The government expects to record around 51.7 trillion kip in trade in goods and services over the year, exceeding the target forecast in its plan by some 4.5 percent. . More >>>


Teams gear up for Lao dance theatre contest
Fanglao Dance Academy and Hoppin will host a Dance Theatre Contest as part of the Urban Youth Dance Contest 2017 to seek the best rising dance team in Lao entertainment. . .More >>>


Steak a hit with Lao diners
European cuisine is available in Vientiane and other provinces of Laos, at street food stalls and high end restaurants that cater to varying tastes and budgets. . More >>>

World news

Rohingya rebels declare truce as desperation hits camps
COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh (AP) -- Rohingya insurgents, whose attack on Myanmar security forces last month triggered savage military reprisals, declared a monthlong truce Sunday as refugees continued to flood across the border into Bangladesh only to face scant basic reso urces, hunger and illness. . . . More >>>


What preparations should we make for Visit Laos Year?
As the country gears up for Visit Laos Year 2018, Vientiane Times asked around for people's thoughts on the best ways to interest visitors and generate interest in Laos' customs and culture. . More >>>


Beach volleyballers off to SE Asian Championships
Four men and two women will represent Laos at the 29th South East Asian Beach Volleyball Championships to be hosted by Singapore from September 27-30. . . . More >>>


Medics encourage seasonal influenza immunisation
The National Centre for Mother and Child Health's Expanded Programme of Immunisation is continuing to provide H1N1, H3N2 and Brifgane/60/2008 seasonal influenza vaccinations to at-risk groups as these viruses have been reported in some neighbouring countries. . . . More >>>


Organic crops eating into veggie sales
Organic croppers serving the capital's markets are shifting produce in increasing volumes, generating significant incomes for households and local communities. ..More >>>


Skilful coaches lead athletes to sporting achievement
Lao coaches have been passing on their knowledge and experience at the national and international level for many years and will continue leading sports teams to medal and trophy winning success in the future. . .

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