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Singapore President Tony Tan Makes Official Visit to Laos

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President Bounnhang Vorachit received the President of the Republic of Singapore, Dr Tony Tan Keng Yam, at the Presidential Palace yesterday for diplomatic discussions.

Laos and Singapore are to strengthen relations and continue cooperation in a number of areas.

Dr Tan and his delegation arrived in Vientiane on Wednesday, and …

Regional Transport Infrastructure Remains Challenged

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Despite limited funding, Laos has been doing its best to develop and improve most of the regional transport infrastructure that passes through the country.

This was the message delivered by Deputy Minister of Public Works and Transport, Dr Santisouk Simmalavong, when speaking at the third session of the United Nations …

Army Stationed to Remove UXO for Laos-China Railway

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Soldiers from the Lao People’s Army have been deployed to clear unexploded ordnance (UXO) along the route earmarked for the Laos-China railway so that construction of the track can begin.

An official ceremony to launch the deployment of the UXO clearance teams took place on Wednesday at the Ministry of …

Laos, Cambodia to open New Border Crossing

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A new international border crossing between Laos and Cambodia is set to open next week.

The border crossing will connect Champasack Province in Laos with and Stung Treng Province, Cambodia.

The crossing, officially named the Nong Nokkhiane – Trapeang Kriel Border Checkpoint, is being established to help facilitate trade and …

Khammuan Clamps Down on Sale of Substandard Goods

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Authorities in Khammuan province are carrying out strict checks to remove substandard goods from market stalls and shops in a bid to put an end to a chronic problem.

Local authorities found various substandard and out-of-date products in Khounkham and Bualapha districts and disposed of these goods, which included food …

Prime Minister Visits Sakura Park in Viengxay

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Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith recently visited the Lao-Japan Friendship Sakura Park in Viengxay district, Huaphan province, to tour the park planted with Sakura or cherry blossom trees.

Viengxay district officials told Vientiane Times that the experts have maintained the Sakura trees well and expected they will begin blooming during the …

SDGs’ Message Dispersed in Luang Prabang

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About 500 officials, lecturers and students at Souphanouvong University in Luang Prabang province gained insight about the implementation of the nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) this week.

The information on SDGs was presented in Luang Prabang on Monday by speakers from international agencies along with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs …

Foreign Aid on the Decline

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Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith has called for central and local departments to do more to pursue the development agenda and strive for greater self-reliance as foreign aid to Laos declines.

The premier gave the advice at a two-day meeting held last week to instruct officials on the implementation of the …