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Mekong dams must release less water in dry season to preserve habitats, experts say

Abnormally high-water levels in the Mekong River at the end of May indicate that dams on the river must release less water during the dry season to protect the ecosystem, experts said at an online panel Monday. Rain levels during the dry season this year have ...

Eugene Whong

Laos to Restrict Development on Agricultural Land

Laos currently has 4.5 million hectares of agricultural land, with 2 million hectares dedicated to rice farming and the rest to crop and animal farming.The ministry is implementing land allocation and demarcation projects for protected areas in response to small, medium, and large investments in ...

Manyphone Vongphachanh

Fuel Shortages Threatens Rural Crisis in Laos

For the past few months, the nation has been hit by rising global oil prices and a weakening local currency, which have led to a steep rise in the price of fuel and widespread shortages. In April, petrol and diesel prices rose 72 percent and ...

Sebastian Strangio

Kip depreciation deals heavy blow to Lao economy

The Lao kip has plunged to a record low in recent days against the US dollar and Thai baht despite the government’s attempts to stabilise currency exchange rates.The value of the national currency has nosedived since the end of March, the Governor of the Bank ...

Somsack Pongkhao

Building a strong justice system to break the cycle of violence against women

For the first time in the Lao PDR, on May 26-27, key justice agencies came together to explore how they could fulfill their role in responding to and preventing violence against women. This training session follows the recommendations outlined in a detailed capacity needs assessment ...

KPL

Govt appoints taskforce to address fuel crisis, skyrocketing prices, foreign currency shortfall

The government has formed a new taskforce to address the fuel crisis, the spiralling price of consumer goods, and dwindling foreign currency reserves.The move comes as Laos battles a damaging fuel shortage in the wake of the depreciation of the kip. The unfavourable exchange rate ...

Souksakhone Vaenkeo

Public advised to avoid unnecessary travel, to save fuel for agriculture

The Ministry of Industry and Commerce and the Lao Fuel and Gas Association are urging members of the public to be frugal in their use of fuel and not to travel unnecessarily, so that enough reserves of petrol are available for use for farming and ...

Phetphoxay Sengpaseuth

Opened the first modern underground mine in Laos

Community and government stakeholders yesterday visited Lane Xang Minerals Limited (LXML) Sepon mine opened the first modern underground mine in Lao PDR.With a mineral resource of 9.5 million tonnes and projected ore production to increase from 400,000 tonnes in 2023 to 1.2 million tonnes per ...

Manyphone Vongphachanh

A Splash of Good News for Mekong River Communities

The first four months of 2022 were some of the wettest in several years, the result of increased rainfall and China releasing more water from its upstream dams, according to monitoring data of the Mekong River Commission (MRC).These two factors combine to unleash greater flows ...

Laotian Times

Fuel shortage causing hardship for Lao people

Fuel businesses and importers are struggling to supply enough fuel to meet public demand due to fluctuating currency exchange rates and the volatile global oil market.Fuel shortages forced petrol stations in Vientiane and some provinces to close on Monday, with many of desperate motorists going ...

Phetphoxay Sengpaseuth

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