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Lao rice exports to China still facing challenges, official says

This means Lao producers will have to try a lot harder to produce high quality rice products, depending on the deals made between the exporter and producer. "We [the Ministry of Industry and Commerce] will keep encouraging active cooperation between the various government sectors, the owners of rice mills and rice farmers, urging them to meet the standards demanded by the Chinese market," the ministry's Trade Promotion Director General Mr Somvang Ninthavong told Vientiane Times yesterday.



ASEAN officials discuss broadband internet cooperation

Representatives of the 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations met Thursday in Lao capital Vientiane to share information and experiences on broadband internet in the region in support of strategic regional cooperation. The workshop brought together officials from the Lao Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications and more than 40 participants from ASEAN members as well as ICT specialists and experts from the region, local daily Vientiane Times reported on Friday.



Asia's Future Cities: High-speed rail on track to connect Vientiane to the region

VIENTIANE: On the outskirts of the Lao capital, a blue passenger train rattles from its station and across a dry landscape. Reverberating sirens ring out as boom gates block a nearby road, a handful of motorcyclists almost bemused by the misfortune of being made to wait.



More Cambodia-Laos air links to boost tourism

Laotians at the statue of King Chao Anouvong on the banks of the Mekong River in Vientiane. Cambodia is trying to get more tourists from Laos to visit the country.



To West Coast, with love from Laos

That quote could have come from any number of Eagles fans in WA, after yet another drug scandal engulfed the club in controversy yesterday. This time it was the leak of a previously unreleased AFL report from 2008 that examined illicit drug use at the club from 2001 to 2007, a period in which Ben Cousins won a Brownlow and the Eagles won a flag.



VN's Vung Ang Port seen vital for Lao's shipments

VIETNAM has announced that it will continue to create favourable conditions for the transit of Laotian goods via Vung Ang Port in central Vietnam's Ha Tinh province. This was relayed by Vietnamese Deputy Transport Minister Le Dinh Tho to Laotian Planning and Investment Minister Souphan Keomixay and Laos' minister of public works and transport, Bounchanh Sinthavong, during their recent working visit to Vietnam.



Boring for Laos-China rail tunnels weeks away

THE BORING of tunnels for the Laos-China railway is expected to begin in the next few weeksfollowing a groundbreaking ceremony to kick off construction of the project in December last year. "The boring machines are being installed and it's expected that boring will get under way soon," he told Vientiane Times.



Rosewood Hoi An to Open in 2019

Rosewood Hotels & Resorts has been appointed by Hoi An South Development Limited to manage Rosewood Hoi An in Vietnam, scheduled to open in 2019. The property will join the international collection's growing number of ultra-luxury hotels in the Asia region, including Rosewood Beijing; Rosewood Phnom Penh in Cambodia, opening this year; and the group's first Asia resorts in Sanya, China; Phuket, Thailand; and Luang Prabang, Laos.



B.Grimm Power allots B1.8bn for Laos

An aerial view of a B.Grimm hydropower project in Laos, where the company aims to build more power-generating projects. Champasak, Laos: B.Grimm Power Co, a unit of B.Grimm Group, plans to invest 17 billion baht in 2017-18, including for the development of hydropower in neighbouring Laos.



Laos, Malaysia keen to expand cooperative relations

Laos and Malaysia are keen to expand bilateral cooperation particularly in areas relating to investment, banking, finance, transportation, tourism, education and human resource development for mutual benefit. This was the outcome of a bilateral meeting held between Malaysian Foreign Minister Anifah Aman and visiting Lao Foreign Minister Saleumxay Kommasith.



Laos, Japan to revise air service agreement

A DELEGATION from Japan will meet with Lao government officials in Vientiane this week to negotiate improvements to the air service agreement signed by the two parties last year. Lao Airlines has long-term plans to start a direct flight to Japan but this is unlikely to happen in the near future because the airline is still in the process of improving services, an official with the Civil Aviation Department, Viengxay Singkham, said recently.



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The investment budget for fiscal year 2018 to develop the Eastern Economic Corridor has been set at Bt11.73 billion, up 67 per cent from Bt6.99 billion in fiscal 2016, according to a source at the Office of the National Economics and Social Development Board. The investment budget to devela op 10 special economic zones has also been hiked to Bt17.29 billion for fiscal 2018, up 423 per cent from Bt3.3 billion in fiscal 2016.



Uganda strengthens anti-money laundering law to avoid blacklist

Uganda is racing against time to avoid the possibility of being blacklisted by the Financial Action Task Force on money laundering , something that would have overriding implications on the economy. On Wednesday, Members of Parliament passed amendments to the Anti-Money Laundering Act that require disclosures to be made when transactions of Shs100m and above are being made.



Vientiane seeks fix to ease transport jam

The project will encourage city people to use sustainable modes of transport, Vientiane Vice Mayor Keophilavanh Aphaylath said on Tuesday when addressing the Intergovernmental Tenth Regional Environmentally Sustainable Transport Forum in Asia. At the meeting in Vientiane, Keophilavanh said the rapidly growing number of motorised vehicles was bringing new challenges.



ASEAN to strengthen cooperation in bio-safety and bio-security

Members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations will work to strengthen cooperation to build capacity in bio-safety and bio-security for laboratory and hospital technicians, officials and experts agreed Wednesday. The agreement was made at the ASEAN-Canada Global Partnership Program Forum in Lao capital Vientiane.



KBank ramps up Laos operations

KASIKORNBANK has opened a Laotian head office in Vientiane to capture opportunities in a growing economy. The bank aims to foster better connections for Asean companies seeking to do business in Laos amid rising trade and investment flows from Thailand and other foreign investors.



Civil society participation key in international forestry programs in Laos

The participation of civil society organisations in the international REDD+ programmes seeking to reduce deforestation, forest degradation and CO² emissions could play a key role in enhancing collaboration between local and international natural resources governance actors in Laos. Furthermore, the EU's Action Plan on Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade could increase the opportunities of civil society organisations to participate in responsive natural resources governance, according to a new study from the University of Eastern Finland and the European Forest Institute.