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6 September 2021

Hor Khao Pa DabDin festival cancelled in some areas ## Economic fallout from Covid deepens: World Bank survey

   

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- Economic fallout from Covid deepens: World Bank survey
The continuing Covid-19 pandemic has deepened the economic fallout in Laos over the second quarter of this year as employment fell off sharply and households and businesses suffered declining income and revenue, according to a World Bank survey.
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- National Road 13 South undergoes improvement
A 78-km section of National Road 13 South from km190 to km168 in central Borikhamxay and Khammuan provinces will be upgraded to improve conditions on the country’s main transport artery.
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- Laos to assume management of Vung Ang Seaport
A major Lao business group - PTL Holding Company Limited -(PTLH) is set to assume management of the Vung Ang Seaport in Vietnam’s central Ha Tinh province in November, a company representative has said.
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- Welcome Leasing Lao supports Laos’ fight against Covid-19
Welcome Leasing Lao (WLL) on September 3 donated 50 million kip to the Vientiane Administration Office to support authorities’ efforts to curb the Covid-19 outbreak.
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- Unitel, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry plan digital transformation projects
Star Telecom Company (Unitel) in cooperation with the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry plans to set up model pilot projects for digital transformation in the agriculture sector at three locations in Vientiane.
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- Xieng Khuang to entice visitors with upgraded tourist attractions
Authorities in Xieng Khuang province plan to make tourist attractions in the province more appealing to local visitors to offset the drop in foreign tourists, whose numbers have plummeted by 80 percent during the Covid pandemic.
The plans are in response to growing interest in the province’s attractions among Lao visitors, with more than 10,000 Lao nationals coming to Xieng Khuang province  in the first three months of this year.
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Hor Khao Pa DabDin
festival cancelled in some areas
Authorities in Khammuan, Saravan and Bokeo provinces and in Vientiane have cancelled the annual Boun Hor Khao Pa Dab Din on Monday to prevent the spread of Covid-19, with the event limited to monks preaching inside temples.
On this occasion, which is held on the 14th day of the waning moon in the ninth month of the Buddhist calendar, Lao people make donations to honour the dead and spirits, in the form of food delivered to them symbolically through monks.
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- China to build quarantine centre in Phongsaly
Phongsaly province has entered into an agreement with authorities in Pu’er city, China, to build a 200-room quarantine centre in Nhot-ou district, which is expected to be complete within two months.
The agreement, which was signed on Wednesday at the Laos-China border crossing, follows on from a Memorandum of Understanding signed by the two sides on Covid-19 cooperation during a meeting held on July 17.
China agreed to design and build the quarantine centre, while Laos will be responsible for providing labourers, vehicles and construction equipment as well as revoke all related tax charges.
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- Asean set the path for youth development
Senior officials from Asean countries including Laos are finalising the monitoring and evaluation framework of the Asean Work Plan on Youth. The expected outputs will be supported by the Asia-Pacific Interagency Network on Youth for Asean secretariat in tracking and evaluating the progress made throughout the implementation of the Asean Work Plan on Youth for 2021-2025. Within the formulation of monitoring and evaluation framework, the Asia-Pacific Interagency Network on Youth will mainly perform an advisory role and support the identification of indicators.
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- Attapeu mums receive cash payments under UN grant scheme
The Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare has begun transferring cash to beneficiaries of the Mother and Early Childhood Grant (MECG) programme in Sanamxay district, Attapeu province.
The grants provided under the scheme are part of a joint initiative between UNICEF, ILO and UNCDF, aimed at improving access to health and child protection services in Laos.
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