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Government Issues Order to Cut Superfluous Spending


In an effort to decrease frivolous spending, government officials have announced that new vehicle purchases for State administrative affairs will be restricted for 2018, advising State agencies to accordingly utilize existing vehicles already at their disposal.

A five-page Prime Ministerial Order No.09 signed by Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith on May

Maternal Mortality Rates Still Unacceptable in Vientiane Hospitals


With so much effort and focus being directed towards free healthcare for mothers, it has been made clear by an obstetrics expert from the Ministry of Health, that if mortality rates within mothers are to drop, national obstetrics and gynecology services must improve.

Due to the lack of medical training

EDL, Billions of Kip in Debt


Electricite Du Laos (EDL) has caught the attention of the National Assembly due to the massive debt  it has acquired.

During a recent National Assembly session, the Minister of Energy and Mines, Dr Khammany Inthilath, was questioned by NA members as to how the excessive debt was accrued.

The minister

Laos Must Focus on Family Planning in Order to Prosper


In line with nationwide efforts to graduate Laos from Least Developed Country (LDC) status by 2020, Laos strategically held its First National Conference on Family Planning at the beginning of this month.

Themed, “Investing in Family Planning for Economic Prosperity”, the Ministry of Health initiated the conference that gathered more

Laos to Link to Vietnamese Oil Pipeline


A feasibility study has shown that a proposed oil pipeline designed to connect Hon La Harbor in Vietnam to Kammuan province in Laos, will reduce petroleum prices for the country significantly.

As previously reported by The Laotian Times, the Laos-Vietnam oil pipeline project is an ambitious plan to import …

Laos and France Bolsters Ties

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In an effort to propel Laos from Least Developed Country status by 2020, the French government is continuing to support and assist many sectors within the country.

Since 1994, the French Development Agency (AFD) has supplied EUR 80 million in loans and has dispensed EUR 150 million into grants, pledging …

National Assembly Seeks Price Stability

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The price of merchandise in Laos, specifically food products, has been under tough scrutiny by the public for many years. Social media has given disgruntled citizens a platform to criticize the cost of goods that can vastly differ between markets and shops within the same city, suggesting to the government

Free Healthcare For Young Children; A Work in Progress

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In a country that is considered below par on accessible healthcare, Lao officials are putting their best foot forward and attempting to provide free healthcare to all children under five at government hospitals.

According to the Ministry of Health, the new policy aims to upgrade health facility development and provide …