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Intercontinental Set for 2021 Laos Debut

Intercontinental Set for 2021 Laos Debut

Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG) is set to open its first Intercontinental-brand property in Laos in 2021, as part of the new mixed-use World Trade More »

Changing Mekong Currents Compound Dam Anxieties in Southeast Asia

Changing Mekong Currents Compound Dam Anxieties in Southeast Asia

The government of Laos officially submitted the Pak Beng Dam to the Mekong River Commission in mid-November and has begun preparatory work around the More »

AirAsia Creates New Link to Laos

AirAsia Creates New Link to Laos

AirAsia has expanded its connectivity in Laos with the launch of flights between Kuala Lumpur and Luang Prabang. Marking the first direct link between More »

Singapore-Laos Avoidance of Double Taxation Agreement Enter Into Force

Singapore-Laos Avoidance of Double Taxation Agreement Enter Into Force

The new Singapore-Lao People’s Democratic Republic Avoidance of Double Taxation Agreement (DTA) entered into force on 11 November 2016. The DTA provides clarity on More »

Laos is World’s Greenest Country

Laos is World’s Greenest Country

Among Asian countries, Laos has the highest percentage of forest area at 92.1 percent of the total area of the country. On the other More »

Australia Continues to Support Lao Students


The Australian government is continuing its support for local students to further their education by studying at the National University of Laos (NUOL) this year.

The support comes from the Laos Australia National Scholarships (LANS) Programme, focusing on helping poor students around the country.

This year, about 52 scholarship awardees …

Australia Seeks Nominees for 65th Anniversary Awards


To help mark 65 years of Australia-Laos diplomatic relations, the Australian Embassy is seeking nominations for awards to recognise the substantial contribution by individuals or groups to Australia-Laos relations.

The awards will be conferred at next year’s Australia Day reception at the Australian Embassy on January 26; an event, which …

150 Vientiane Students Receive Scholarship from SCG


50 students from Vientiane received scholarships from the Siam Cement Group (SCG) yesterday, after the SCG announced the names of the recipients on Tuesday.

The scholarship fund handover ceremony took place in Vientiane on Wednesday and was attended by Deputy Minister of Education and Sports, Mr Lytou Bouapao, the Education

Vehicle Fives Rage in Southern Provinces


Khammuan provincial police are trying to determine the cause of a fire involving two fuel tankers on Tuesday at a petrol station in Phonsoung village, Thakhaek district, Khammuan province.

Head Office of the Public Security Command in Khammuan, Lieutenant Colonel Sithandone Chounlamany, told Vientiane Times yesterday the fire occurred at …

Laos Needs to Increase Understanding of E-learning


The National University of Laos held a conference yesterday called the 2nd Dissemination Workshop on E-learning at the National University of Laos (NUoL) in order to increase teachers’ and professors’ understanding of new electronic learning (E-learning) methods.

The workshop was attended by Vice President of NUoL, Associate Prof. Dr Houngphet …

Laos Ready to Host 6th ASEM Sustainable Development Dialogue


Laos is ready to host the 6th ASEM Sustainable Development Dialogue (the Danube-Mekong cooperation initiative) at the end of next year.

The upcoming meeting is expected to be held in Pakxe district, Champassak province in southern Laos, which shares the borders with Cambodia and Thailand.

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Skilled Labour Needed for Development Zones


A large quality of skilled labour remains in high demand for development zones across the country, especially the Saysettha Development Zone in Vientiane, according to a senior official at the zone.

Deputy General Manager of the Lao-China Joint Venture Investment Co., Ltd., Mr Kiengkham Phoutchanthavongsa, spoke to Vientiane Times during …

Central Bank Permits Importers to Borrow in Foreign Currency


The Bank of the Lao PDR has permitted commercial banks to release loans in foreign currency to importers, including those who currently have no income in foreign currency.

The central bank issued a decision recently to relax borrowing restrictions, which previously allowed only those having income in foreign currency to …

China Funds Poverty Reduction in Laos


The Chinese government has agreed to provide grant funding of over 34 billion kip (over 33 million Yuan) to address poverty reduction in Laos, especially in outlying areas of the capital Vientiane and rural areas of Luang Prabang province.

The grant is part of the Pilot Project for Poverty Reduction …

PM Pushes Ministry on Governance, Administration


Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith has called on the Ministry of Home Affairs to adhere to scientific ways in the development of governance and administration, with their strong roots developed from an early stage.

Mr Thongloun made the call yesterday in his address at the annual meeting of the ministry to …

Luang Prabang Handicrafts Festival Attracts more Visitors


Luang Prabang Handicrafts Festival has attracted more than 3,000 local and foreign visitors since the event began on December 4.

The weeklong festival is being organised by Luang Prabang Handicrafts Association and before it concludes on December 11 it is hoped they will be able to attract at least 9,000 …

Laos Reaffirms Commitment to Pursue Paris Climate Change Agreement

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The Lao government is determined to join hands with the international community in implementing the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, a Lao senior diplomat told the international community recently.

Delivering his speech at the recent high-level segment of the 22nd Conference of the Parties (COP 22) to the UN Framework …

This Month, Volunteer Teachers Will Begin Examinations


Volunteer teachers in Vientiane, along with newly graduated education students, will participate in an examination on December 10 of this year in the hope to become full-time civil servants of government.

This year, more than 1200 volunteer teachers, including newly graduated students from the Teacher Training College, have registered at …

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