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April 24-30, 2017

Is Laos’ New Leader Really a Reformer? (Diplomat)
Thongloun Sisoulith is trying his best to appear modest. He never expected to become Prime Minister of Laos, he says, speaking to a Thai journalist some months ago, and was unprepared when the Central Committee elected him to the position at the last Party Congress, in January 2016. Dressed in an unassuming black suit with a thick, fuchsia tie, the 72-year-old embodies
Laos' GDP Growth in 2016 Lower Than Expected (KPL)
Laos’ gross domestic product last year saw a growth of only 7 percent, amounting to 108,605 billion kip (USD 13.27 billion) that was lower than the expected 7.5 percent, as a consequence of the global economic turndown, a decrease in copper prices and climate change. The Minister of Planning and Investment, Mr Souphanh Keomixay, made a statement at the third Ordinary Session
Laos clothing products in demand by European markets (Nation)
From 2013-16 the Lao garment products exported to Germany were worth over US$221.31 million while unprocessed coffee products came in second with a value of more than $26 million. In fact Laos has exported over 40 products to Germany; including agricultural products, handicrafts and beverages with a value of more than $262.38 million.  At the same time, some 48 products have
Lao and now: Mekong River, Vientiane, Thailand (Australian)
“We think kids are old enough to go to school when they can reach over their head and touch their opposite ear,” says the young Lao schoolteacher at the village of Ban Phar Leib on a remote stretch of the Mekong River. Among tribal communities, where record-keeping can be a low priority, the “touch-your-ear” age gauge seems to work well enough.
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Major deals signed as Viet PM visits (VT)

... Laos registers trade surplus in first quarter (VT)

... OICA pledges US$5m for skill development in Laos (VT)

... Ministry Committed to Eradicating Malaria by 2020 (KPL)

... 6th European Food Festival to be Held in Vientiane (KPL)

... Lao Exports Increase Last Year and Get Trade Surplus (KPL)

... Vietnam, Laos vow to place top priority on nurturing ties (VBN)

... Tobacco control needs further improvement: Lao Minister (VT)

... Lao NA members push gov’t on addressing national issues (VT)

... Lao, Chinese scientists team up to understand environment (VT)

... Chinese company to build modern agricultural industrial park in Laos (XN)

... WWF continues to promote sustainable aquatic development in Laos (Sina)

... Lao Govt Should Grant Concession Leases Based on Investment: Former Official

... ADB commits assistance to Laos’ goals (Nation)

... Lao Government Addresses Several Problems (KPL)

... Lao-Khmer: Winning the war on drugs (Khmer Times)

... 1st national food safety laboratory opens in Laos (Sina)

... Ministry of Health says free treatment for all Lao children (VT)

... Power generates seven percent plus growth in past year (VT)

... Viet PM’s visit set to boost special Vietnam-Laos relations (VOV)

... Heritage centre planned to preserve culture in Champassak (VT)

... Cross-border bridge congestion target of Savan Park proposal (VT)

... World Malaria Day: challenges to Lao’s health system (BioMedCentral)

... ISUZU May Be Interested in Building a Plant in Laos if Market Demand is High

... Laos may fail to eradicate malaria by 2030 without adequate prevention (Topix)

... Gov’t Faces Budget Deficit of Over 950 Billion Kip [~US$ 116 mil] in 1st QT (KPL)

... NA ordinary session opens to debate socio-economic performance, law making (VT)
... Laos still striving to become malaria-free (VT)

... China slowdown affects Phongsaly investment (VT)
... Vientiane Residents Show Interest in IP Fair 2017 (KPL)
... First Lao team to vie at Microsoft’s Imagine Cup (Nation)

... Food safety first as national laboratory opens in Laos (VT)

... ADB commits assistance to Laos’ development goals (VT)

... Laos to provide free health care for children (Vietnam Plus)

... Lao cabinet approves seaport project in Vietnam (XinhuaNet)
... 340 Transport Projects Invested in in Xayaboury Province (KPL)
... Lao official: Inspection underway on reported import of human sperm (VT)

... Police to launch another major operation against Lao drug network (Thai Visa)

... The 'not so idyllic' life in an Esan village in Thailand [or Laos] (Buriram Times)

... Police: Lao-Hmong man admits to stabbing wife in the head after argument (WCNC)
... ADB Impressed with Lao Economic Growth (KPL)
... Laos participates in European cultural marathon (VT)
... Thai Police Widen 'Mr X' Drug Trafficking Probe (KPL)
... Children in Laos to receive free healthcare in 2017 (VT)
... Historical bomb shelter in Xieng Khuang being developed (VT)
... Lao-Thai: Semen smugglers to face legal action (Bangkok Post)
... Lao-Thai: Bangkok Fertility Clinic Denies Trafficking Semen (KhaoSod)
... Cabinet approves direction of seaport project, discusses work plan (VT)
... More funding sourced for construction of Phongsaly provincial capital (VT)
... Over 100 Top Lao Students [Grade 9 & 12] to Sit National Exam 2017 (KPL)
... Vietnam shares joy with Laos over Bul Pi May festival in Geneva (Talk Vietnam)
... New team of Chinese young volunteers to offer six-month service in Laos (Sina)
... Laos actively supports China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative: official (XinhuaNet)

April 17-23, 2017

Thai man arrested for allegedly smuggling human semen into Laos (AO or NIE)
A Thai man was arrested at a customs checkpoint in Nong Khai for allegedly smuggling six tubes of semen from two men stored in a nitrogen freezing tank. Nithinon Srithaniyanan, 25, was arrested at the Thai-Laotian Friendship Bridge checkpoint in Nong Khai's Muang district at 9am Customs officials searched Nithinon and found the tubes containing semen after they have spotted
Love Laos: Keep it Clean (Asia Foundation)
Sitting beside the Mekong River, sipping a cold drink and enjoying the scenery is a welcome break for tourists and locals alike in Laos. You can usually see men out in their boats following the large seine nets that float down the river, and women dipping and then hoisting their large lift nets as they catch fish for their supper. But as one’s gaze is drawn to the shoreline, this idyllic setting is spoiled by another view: plastic bags, drinking water bottles, plastic foam containers, and other rubbish scattered along the banks of the river.  The tourists will move on, but this litter dumped in the fields and
Laos 'drug kingpin' denies Thai smuggling charges (Daily Mail or BP)
An alleged Laos drug lord linked to some of Thailand's rich and famous denied being a major player in the regional narcotics trade when he appeared in a Bangkok court Tuesday. Xaysana Keopimpha, 42, was nabbed by Thai police on his way through Bangkok's main airport in January, shining a rare spotlight on communist Laos' shadowy role in the Southeast Asian pill trade.
Lao Govt warned to manage growing debt ~ US$ 3.55 billion as of 2015 (VT)

For the whole of 2017, the government plans to collect 23,801 billion kip in revenue with expenditure set at 32,262 billion kip. This means the budget deficit is set at 8,461 billion kip, equal to 6.52 percent of GDP...  As of October 2015, 20 central state organisations, four provinces and the capital of Vientiane accumulated debts totalling 29,107 billion kip (~US$ 3.55 billion).
Northeast Laos & the Mysterious Plain of Jars – What You Need to Know (Tripzilla)
Almost everyone who travels to the ‘Kingdom of a Million Elephants’ has the UNESCO-listed old town of Luang Prabang on their itinerary. For long, Vang Vieng was a popular destination, offering the chance to float down a river on a rubber tube while consuming cocktail buckets and more, but the town is now much calmer. However, unlike the countries that encircle it, Laos does not have
Refugee community mourns Lao Family co-founder Chaosarn Chao (SacBee)
Northern California’s refugee communities will come together this weekend to mourn the passing of Chaosarn Chao, an ethnic Iu Mien who helped thousands of Hmong, Afghans, Iu Mien and other refugees escape poverty through the nonprofit group he co-founded, Lao Family Community Development. Chao died on April 5 at age 66 following a bone marrow transplant and health
Other stories about Laos around the world
... New Lao ambassador to Japan takes post (VT)
... Laos identifies tourism objectives (TTR Weekly)
... Lao National Assembly to open third session (VT)
... Viet Prime Minister to visit Cambodia, Laos (VBN)
... Lao businesses face ‘high logistics costs’ (Nation)

... Chinese-created drama premiered in Laos (XinhuaNet)

... The Plight of a Country Child in Huaphan Province (KPL)

... Lao companies to benefit from railway project: Officials (VT)

... Clean, organic agriculture production set to expand in Laos (VT)

... Laos warns public of possible dengue fever outbreaks (Sina or VT)

... Laos to host 1st Clean Agricultural Products Trade Fair (XinhuaNet)

... Lao-Viet: Police struggle to combat drug border trafficking (VietnamNet)

... UXO clearance of China-Laos railway's 1st phase almost completed (Sina)

... Observe 10 prohibitions or face punishment, Lao finance officials warned (VT)

... Bail set for Wisconsin (Lao-Hmong) man charged in student's death (AP/Yahoo)

... Bank of Laos shuts down real estate leasing company & three pawnshops (KPL)

... Lao Govt Issues Decision Banning Finance Officials from Making Fake Reports (KPL)
... New decree strengthens environment fund in Laos (VT)
... The mysterious Plains of Jans, northern Laos (7 Tales)
... Laos retrieves 6.1 mln USD from corrupt officials (Sina)
... Mekong River survey begins despite opposition (Thai Visa)
... Tunnel works underway on Laos-China railway project (VT)
... Historic pottery discovered in Savannakhet (Eleven Myanmar)
... Laos to Bring 5,500 Families Over Poverty Line This Year (KPL)
... Heads Will be Dismissed If Corrupt, says Lao Vice President (KPL)
... Northern Laos: Nam Ou 7 Hydropower Project 10% Complete (KPL)
... UXOs Cleared by Laos-China Railway Project in Luang Namtha (KPL)
... Business operations face high logistics costs in Laos, study says (VT)
... Laos' Finance ministry welcomes public feedback with new hotline (VT)
... Company to develop Mekong beach as popular tourist attraction in Vientiane (VT)
... Laos Transforms Vang Vieng from Party Town to Ecotourism Hub (Herald Tribune)
... Students learn about identity and history at Hmong language & culture class (Madison)
... Laos tackles its drug problem (Asia Times)
... Tourism sector looking to boost its capacity (VT)
... Phu Bia Mining Recognised for Road Upgrade (KPL)
... Fires in 2016 Leave Billions of Kip in Damages (KPL)
... Lao authorities retrieve 50b kip from corrupt officials (VT)
... Laos eases investment terms to boost economy (Nation)
... Laos cuts maximum concession period to 50 years (Sina)
... 22 Die in Road Accidents During Lao New Year (KPL or VT)
... Lao Finance Ministry Opens Hotline for Public Complaints (KPL)
... Arrest shines light on Laos role in Asia drug trade (Shanghai Daily)
... AsianFace director reportedly involved in business fraud in Cambodia (VT)
... Caffeine high as Laos tops South-East Asia's coffee producer rankings (VT)
... Lao-American Obituary: Khambong Kim Somsanuk Keokham (Pilot Tribune)
... Hostel Fire in Sisattanak (KPL)
... Historic pottery discovered in Savannakhet (VT)
... People nationwide welcome the Year of the Rooster (VT)
... Xamtay to Vietnam road construction expects delays (VT)
... Laos' new law offers incentives to attract investment (Nation)
... Laos to make great efforts to achieve UXO clearance goals (VBN)
... Explore the UNESCO treasures of Luang Prabang (Pattaya Today)
... Laos to Make Great Efforts to Achieve UXO Clearance Goals (KPL)
... Lao Ambassador Commits to Strengthening Laos-Japan Ties (KPL)
... Vientiane's Adventurous Eats Dinner Is Not for the Squeamish (Philly Eater)
... Maximum concession period cut to half century in investment promotion overhaul (VT)
... Lao New Year Celebration (KPL)
... Veit PM welcomes Laos’ top legislator (Talk Vietnam)
... Lao President Bounnhang Delivers New Year Wishes (KPL)
... Mengpin Project in Laos Receives Certificate of Merit (4-Traders)
... People celebrate Songkran festival in Vientiane, Laos (XinhuaNet)

April 10-16, 2017

What’s Behind the China Banana Ban in Laos? (Diplomat)

On April 12, Radio Free Asia cited local government sources as confirming that Lao government orders to shut down environmentally destructive Chinese-owned banana farms, first reported in Bokeo province in January, are in fact also in force in six other provinces in the Southeast Asian state. New revelations of the China banana ban are yet another testament to the reality that
Lao New Year (US Dept of State)
On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, best wishes to the people of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic as they celebrate the Lao New Year. This past year our two countries announced a Comprehensive Partnership, which opened a new era in the U.S.-Lao relationship and deepened our diplomatic, commercial and people-to-people ties.  We celebrate our friendship with the Lao people and look forward to new opportunities for our two countries to work together. Best wishes for a prosperous and joyful New Year.
Bizarre twist at the Cambodia-Laos border (PPP)
As tensions between Cambodia and Laos flared over an ongoing territorial dispute in February, Lao soldiers seized and imprisoned a Cambodian border policeman, Sing In, who said he was drinking wine at his Lao wife’s native village across the border. In became the unwitting pawn in a fractious game between Laos and Cambodia, whose forces are standing off across still-unmarked sections
Zip-lining: Enjoy a birds-eye view and protect the rainforest in Laos (iNews)
To one side, the rainforest stretches away in folds of blue-green to the horizon. On the other, a 120m waterfall crashes down a vertical rock face, so close I can feel the spray on my face. And below? Just empty space and rushing air, between me and a canopy of the lush trees. This feels about the closest a human being can get to flying – and is certainly the closest you can get to
Laos witnesses slight drop in tourism revenue in 2016 (XinhuaNet or VT)
Tourism injected more than 724 million U.S. dollars into Laos' national budget during 2016, according to the latest data from the Tourism Development Department under the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism on Sunday. The revenue generated by tourism in 2016 dropped slightly from the figure of more than 725 million U.S. dollars generated by the sector in 2015. 
Other stories about Laos around the world
...  China Gifts Military Equipment to Laos (Diplomat)

... Laos Sees Chemicals Law Facilitating Economic Growth (BNA)

... Lai Chau leader delivers New Year greetings to Lao students (Talk Vietnam)

... Two Laotians arrested in Thailand trying to transport a Toyota truck to Laos (CRT)

... SEA: Mekong rice (Inquirer)

... More Chinese-Owned Banana Plantations to Close in Laos (RFA)

... Troubled road project along Cambodia-Laos border rolls on (PPP)

... Mobile Library Still a Draw for Children in Poverty-Stricken Laos (LAHT)

... How the Hmong-CIA alliance shaped government policies today (Wisc SJ)

... Chinese embassy presents office equipment to Lao defense ministry (ECNS)

... Dan Bunn Takes His Calumet College of St. Joseph Education With Him to Laos

... Won a prestigious award, poet dives into Lao-Hmong roots in new book (FresnoBee)

... Vientiane Launches Road Safety Campaign (KPL)

... Laos-China Railway Tunnel Boring Kicks Off (KPL)

... Golden Triangle International Motorcycle Rally held in Laos (Sina)

... Laos villagers hope for rain during vibrant rocket festival (Barcroft)

... Troubled road project along Lao-Cambodian border rolls on (PPP)

... Biggest bronze Buddha image to be built in Bokeo (Eleven Myanmar)

... Lao-Hmong in U.S.: Specializing in finding forever homes (Chico ER)

... Technological revolution in Laos agriculture as workforce moves out of farming (ABC)

... Vientiane Discusses Mobilising Community Participation in Dengue Prevention (KPL)
... MVT 10 Crowned Miss Vientiane 2017 (KPL)
... Cops to read riot act to Lao New Year revellers (VT)
... Laos: New law offers incentives to attract investment (VT)
... Yuwen Michelson ’17 Awarded Fulbright ETA to Laos (Hamilton)
... Two killed, nine injured in southern Laos' Xekong bus crash (VT)
... Dozens of Rescuers Trained in Emergency Medical Services (KPL)
... Prompt Measures for Delayed Road Construction in Xaysoumboun (KPL)
... Long-lost family and Luke Skywalker lead Lao-American poet to Modesto (MB)
... Vietnam – Laos – Cambodia student cultural exchange in Ho Chi Minh city (TV)
... Helping Human Trafficking Survivors Reintegrate Across Mekong Countries (KPL)
... Kyrgyzstan ratifies agreement with Laos on mutual visa exemptions for diplomats (AP)
... Laos moves to ensure progress (Nation)
... Lao Airlines arranging extra New Year flights (VT)
... 30 Additional Buses Ready for Lao New Year (KPL)
... China reclaims top foreign investor spot in 2016 (VT)
... Over 200 families to relocate for Pakbaeng dam (VT)
... Tourism pours millions of dollars into govt coffers (VT)
... Lao New Year Celebration Kicks Off in Vientiane (KPL)
... Vientiane Needs Proper Strategy to Control Dengue (KPL)
... Experts to inspect bombsites found in Luang Prabang (VT)
... Standoff on Cambodia-Laos border intensifies (SEA-Globe)
... Thailand Repeats Request For Laos To Arrest 'Kotee' (ACN)
... Solid Growth Expected For Laos 2017 And 2018: ADB (JC Lao)
... Buying That Luang Condos Will Not Grant Lao Citizenship (KPL)
... You Could Lose this Contest and Still Get a Free Trip to Laos (Viva)
... Laos Embassy celebrates Bun Pi May festival in Hanoi (Talk Vietnam)
... How can Laos retain economic growth motivation in 2017 (XinhuaNet)
... A Guide To The Many Ridiculously Magical Caves In Laos (Pedestrian)
... UXO tragedies still a headache for Laos decades after war (XinhuaNet)
... Miss Laos 2011 Louknum posts "Japan" via social media (Kyodo News)
... Win a $250,000 Dream Life in Laos By Making a Two-minute Video (Yahoo)
... Lao leaders praise support from Vietnam’s state audit office (VietnamNews)
... Construction of China-Laos railway speeds up to beat rainy season (Global Times)
... Dream Life: This filmmaker is giving away her bookstore, café and art gallery in Laos

April 3-9, 2017

Laos Expected to Enjoy Economic Growth through 2018 (KPL or VT)
The Lao PDR’s economic growth is picking up this year and is expected to continue growing in 2018, supported by the expansion of production, sale of electricity, buoyant service sector growth, and construction of the cross-border railway project ... the gross domestic product (GDP) growth for Laos is forecasted to reach 6.9% in 2017 and 7.0% next year, a slight increase from 6.8%
Border Troops On Standby After Threat From Laos (Cambodia Daily)
Cambodian soldiers in Stung Treng province have been placed on standby following threats of violence by Laotian authorities due to a dispute over Laos’ attempt to construct a military base near a stretch of undemarcated border, a spokes­man for the provincial government said on Friday. On April 1, the Laotian military began digging a trench for a new base 30 meters from an area of undemarcated border
Tension on Laos Border De-Escalated for Khmer New Year (CD or PPP)
A recent escalation in military tension between Cambodia and Laos over the construction of a border-crossing post cooled on Wednesday, with the two sides agreeing to a plan that includes the retreat of soldiers until after the Khmer New Year, officials said. On Sunday, about 20 Laotian soldiers sought to block the construction of a small wooden border post inside a disputed tract of
Along the Mekong River of S. Laos, a Timeless Place Where Time Marches On (NYT)
Deep in the folds of the hill, up steep stone stairs flanked with frangipani trees, stood the inner sanctum of the ancient Khmer temple of Vat Phou. We faced the mountain ridge, our backs to the waters of the Mekong River, looking for the chamber. From this angle, it was hidden. But other parts of the temple had begun revealing themselves to us. Down here, along the rutted stone path
Thai police want to question Laos' alleged drug kingpin Sisouk (TV or RFA or Nation)
Thai anti-narcotics police are requesting permission from Laos to interrogate Sisouk Daohuang, an alleged Laotian drug kingpin believed to control a larger network than Xaysana Keopimpha, who was arrested three months ago and is in Thai police custody. Narcotics Suppression Bureau deputy commissioner Pol Maj General Pornchai Charoenwong said that Lao police arrested Sisouk
Full steam ahead for start of Laos-China railway (VT)
Hundreds of trucks carrying machinery and equipment for construction of the Laos-China railway have entered Laos after being delayed at the border, a senior government official has said. A special lane has now been allocated at China's Mohan and Laos' Boten border crossing to facilitate the passage of the trucks, the project coordinator in Luang Namtha province, Mr Chanthachone
Other stories about Laos around the world
... Big Bombs Found in Luang Prabang (KPL)
... MRC visits Laos dam ahead of May meet (PPP)
... Attracting more tourists the key to aviation growth (VT)
... Lao gov't aims to promote SEZ management (XinhuaNet)
... Five Bans to be Strictly Enforced During Lao New Year (KPL)
... Luang Prabang arranges special Lao New Year activities (VT)
... Hmong: Female Author Receives an Award by AAUW (UNPO)
... Tension Flares Up Again on Cambodia’s Border With Laos (CD)
... Laos breaks promise to withdraw forces from border (Khmer Times)
... Laos marks World Health Day, focusing on depression prevention (VT)
... I was ready to quit nursing until I went to work in a Laos hospital (Guardian)
... SEZ management decree under scrutiny, aiming to draw more investors (VT)
... Laos - Hom Xai Group: A loan of $3,000 helps a member to purchase water filters
... Guide to Luang Prabang & Vang Vieng (TMTG)
... Investigation underway over AsianFace scandal (VT)
... More Vans, No Fare Change During Pi Mai Lao (KPL)
... Vietnam, Laos should step up relations: Lao Party chief (VBN)
... Savannakhet bridge immigration fee ruling not yet enforced (VT)
... Laos placed among the lowest contraception usage in Asia (VT)
... Lao PM pushes for further success on back of Asean Summits (VT)
... Luang Prabang Makes Preparations for Nang Sangkhan Parade (KPL)
... Lao Furniture Makers’ Need Better Craftsmanship to Make It Overseas (KPL)
... Canadian Filmmaker gives away $250K dream life in South-East Asia (Yahoo)
... Addressing Gender-based Violence in Laos and Nepal Initiative (Funds for NGOs)
... New Forests acquires a majority stake in Laos plantation to boost sustainable timber
... Judge Elected In Milwaukee County Is First Female Hmong-American On The Bench
... Vientiane Furniture Fair Begins (KPL)
... Massive land area awaiting UXO clearance (VT)
... Laos reports no cases of Zika virus in 2016 (VBN)
... Laos-Cambodia border closed over tensions (PPP)
... Vientiane gears up for an exciting Lao New Year (VT)
... UXO victims decline in Laos in 2016 (XinhuaNet or KPL)
... Vientiane factories in need of wastewater treatment (VT)
... Dh20m learning scheme launched for children in Laos (KT)
... Cambodian Real Estate Firm Defrauds Lao Investors (RFA)
... Dubai charity to help 35,000 school kids in Laos (Gulf News)
... Private Firm to Turn Lao Agarwood into Global Market Products (KPL)
... Activities of "Chinese Culture Enters ASEAN" held in Laos (XinhuaNet)
... SK E&C Completes Hydroelectric Power Plant and Dam in Laos (BSK)
... Joint panel discusses prior consultation process for Pakbaeng dam (VT)
... PM Thongloun Expresses Condolences for Russia Subway’s Explosion (KPL)
... Award-winning Hmong author leaves impression on area AAUW branches (SM)
... Russia awards National Assembly President (VT)
... Laos-China direct flight serves to promote cooperation (VT)
... Dispute with Laos reignites over checkpoint (Khmer Times)
... Burned Market Thongkhankhamon Makes a Comeback (KPL)
... PS Lao to return money to partners over business uncertainty (VT)
... Paklay Mekong Bridge to Be Opened Temporally for Pi Mai Lao (KPL)
... Savannakhet educators, students readied for university relocation (VT)
... Laotian Soldiers Suspend Construction of Cambodian Border Post (CD)
... Vientiane Capital Announces Top-Scoring Students for National Exam (KPL)
... Laos speeds up railway construction machinery import from China (XinhuaNet)
... Actress Napapa “Patt” Tantrakul Admits 1.5 Million Bht Came From “Benz Racing" (BT)
... Luang Prabang packed out (TTR Weekly)
... Laos extends support for MIA activities (VT)
... US, Laos hold first meeting under TIFA (Bilaterals)
... Vietinbank celebrates five years in Laos (Vietnam Plus)
... Laos to select kick-boxers for SEA Games (XinhuaNet)
... Laos observes 40th National Day with grand parade (VBN)
... Beware of illegal business ventures, Lao central bank warns (VT)
... XiengKuang: Nam Mo 2 Hydropower Plant to Be Built Soon (KPL)
... Improved VAT Procedures Expected to Make Paying Taxes Easier (KPL)
... Water management cooperation to flow from Laos, China joint efforts (VT)
... Savannakhet immigration officials ordered to end border crossing fees (VT)
... Lao-Asean Hospital Prepares to Register on Lao Securities Exchange (KPL)
... Launching first arts-literature drive on Vietnam-Laos-Cambodia solidarity (TV)
... 'A Great Place to Have a War': The CIA's adventure in Laos while Vietnam raged
... Pakxe looks forward to new park with embankment construction set to start (VT)
... Almost 100 Ratch Lao Workers Submit Resign Letters Following Ignored Requests

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Currency Rate

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Lao Population (overseas)
Laotians in US - 232,130
France - 140,000
Canada - 12,000

Lao-Hmong in US: 260,070

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