Phongsavanh Group Backs Smart City Development Project in Vientiane Capital

Managing Director of Phongsavanh Bank, Mr. Phaiboun Phongsavanh says that the smart city project’s structures and other facilities will be constructed on 1,500 hectares of land, with Phongsavanh Group contributing to the project’s design and development on 300 hectares.A Smart City has been described as ...

Mekong Countries Urged to Take Action as River Experiences Three Years of Low Flows

The Mekong River Commission (MRC) Secretariat has renewed its call for the six Mekong countries to urgently address regional low flows, water fluctuations and drought as the Lower Mekong River experiences record low flows for the third consecutive year. Keep reading  ...

Vaccine Hesitancy Higher in Rural Communities Across Laos

People in rural communities fear potential side effects attributed to vaccines, with health officials working in remote areas reporting the widespread belief that side effects from Covid-19 vaccines and other vaccinations can be fatal. Meanwhile, those living far from urban centers say they believe they ...

Laos-China Railway Inaugurated Amid Mounting Debt Concerns

Officials from China and Laos today marked the official launch of the $5.9 billion railway connecting the two nations, officially completing the first link of a long-envisioned rail line connecting southwest China with Singapore. The project will no doubt bring an economic jolt to Vientiane ...

Start of rail passenger, freight services scheduled for December 3

The inauguration of the Laos-China railway on December 3 will see the start of both passenger and freight transport. All tests of the railway have now been completed and trains are ready to be put into service on Friday. Keep reading  ...

[Call for your participation] to complete the WWF survey to strengthen environmental data ecosystems in the Mekong Region

As part of the WWF Mekong for the Future project, the Open Development Initiative (us!) is conducting a survey to learn how you want to strengthen environmental data ecosystems in the Mekong Region. The survey is available here.The survey should take a maximum of 30 ...

[Webinar] “Improving customary land tenure for smallholder farmers in Laos”

Village Focus International (VFI) with the support from GLTN/UN-Habitat is organizing a webinar session, topic: “Improving customary land tenure for smallholder farmers in Laos”  to present the experiences and outcomes from the BMZ funded project – Secure Access to Land and Resources (SALaR) project in ...

Contract farming in Laos: Responding to a rising agricultural trend

MRLG and IPD published Discussion Note on “Contract farming in Laos: Responding to a rising agricultural trend”. This discussion note presents common practices of contract farming (CF) in Laos, analyze the benefits and challenges of CF from the perspectives of farmers, investors and government agencies, to ...

UNESCO: One Opportunity, One Teacher, Limitless Dreams in Lao PDR

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