Aid and development

World Bank highlights opportunities and challenges for Lao economy

The Lao economy is projected to steadily recover in the medium-term, but growth will remain below pre-pandemic levels at 4.5 percent in 2022. The Lao economy is projected to grow at 3.6 percent, down from the 4 percent growth anticipated in March 2021. The main risks ...

Somsack Pongkhao

China Remains the Largest Foreign Investor in Laos

China remains the largest foreign investor in Laos, undertaking a total of 813 projects worth USD 16 billion. “China also plays a significant role in special economic zone investments, with the Lao government having authorized 89 projects worth over USD 215 million,” Mr. Sonexay Siphandone ...

Phayboune Thanabouasy

Laos, Switzerland sign agreement to cement development cooperation

Laos and Switzerland have signed an agreement to enhance their bilateral longstanding ties and cooperation, during an official two-day visit to Laos by the Swiss Vice President Mr Ignazio Cassis. The agreement aims to deepen cooperation in the areas of employment and vocational training, agriculture ...

Times Reporters

Civil Society Organisations Support Lao Government Response to COVID-19 Prevention Across Country

The 12-month partnership agreements were signed as part of the ‘Civil Society Action to Prevent and Mitigate COVID-19’ (CiSAC) project, which will improve the nations’ long-term response to the global COVID-19 pandemic.  These ten CSO projects, funded by the European Union, will reach over 100,000 ...

Advertorial Desk

Follow the Data, Invest In Midwives: UNFPA, Ministry of Health Jointly Mark International Day of the Midwives

A virtual event conducted by the Ministry of Health (MoH) with support from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Laos under the theme: “Follow the Data, Invest in Midwives” highlights the importance of midwives’ role in saving lives of mothers and babies and the needs ...

KPL

Govt approves Bokeo-Boten expressway linking China, Thailand

Construction of the 176.3km expressway is expected to cost US$3.8 billion. It will enable vehicles to travel at 80km per hour and will cut the travel time between Boten and Huayxai to just one and a half hours. The expressway runs for a distance of 440km ...

Times Reporters

Australia, Germany, Switzerland to provide nearly USD13 m to improve Mekong’s overall state

Australia, Germany, and Switzerland on Jun 24 committed nearly USD13 million in funding to the Mekong River Commission (MRC) to assist Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand, and Viet Nam to respond to pressing challenges while safeguarding the ecological function of the Mekong River and improving people’s ...

KPL

Pfizer vaccine will be used to protect most vulnerable

A shipment of 100,620 doses of the vaccine arrived in Laos on Monday, provided by the COVAX Facility a partnership between the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, UNICEF, and the World Health Organisation (WHO). The government will use this batch to vaccinate ...

Phetphoxay Sengpaseuth

Civil Society supports Lao government response to COVID-19 prevention across 10 provinces

Ten Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) on May 28 signed partnership agreements to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic in 10 provinces across Lao PDR. The 12-month partnership agreements were signed with Plan International in Lao PDR to implement activities as part of the ‘Civil Society Action ...

KPL

MRC to monitor Mekong flow with French support

The French Government granted EUR 1.5 million to the Mekong River Commission (MRC) to monitor rainfall and river flow in order to better understand flow changes and the corresponding impacts on development projects. New funding will continue to improve and expand its network for better ...

Times Reporters

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