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Sound Public Financial Management Key to Economic Recovery in Lao PDR

The economy of the Lao PDR is forecast to grow 3.4% this year and 3.7% next year thanks to the country’s investments to boost exports, according to the Asian Development Outlook (ADO) 2022 released by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) on Apr 6.Rising oil prices ...

KPL

MRC Mekong Monitoring Stations Will Better Protect Downriver Denizens

The Mekong River Commission (MRC) on Friday unveiled the first water-level monitoring station to be positioned atop the Lower Mekong River Basin. The station is part of a broader MRC plan to reduce vulnerability for millions of Southeast Asians whose lives and livelihoods downstream are ...

Manyphone Vongphachanh

Plastic Waste Causing Serious Environmental, Health and Economic Impacts in Laos

Almost a quarter of the waste found in Lao cities is plastic. Plastic waste is now found everywhere in the Lao environment, affecting fish catches, blocking drains, causing air pollution, and harming tourism destinations. The plan considers a “circular economy” approach to help achieve the ...

Latsamy Phonevilay

Rebuilt dam near site of devastating collapse releases water, scaring residents

The company responsible for Laos’ worst ever dam collapse more than three years ago announced last week that its rebuilt dam would begin releasing water, scaring downstream residents, including survivors of the disaster. Keep reading ...

Eugene Whong

Thailand sends fruit to China using Lao railway

The Laos-China railway has been used for the first time to carry Thai fruit to China, according to a report in Thailand’s The Nation on Monday.Two containers carrying 40 tonnes of durian and one container filled with 20 tonnes of coconuts from Rayong made their ...

Somsack Pongkhao

Preventing Violence against Women through Storytelling

According to the 2014 National Survey on Violence against Women, more than 30% of ever-partnered women in the Lao PDR have experienced physical, sexual, or emotional violence by a male partner in their lifetime. During the COVID-19 lockdowns last year, the LWU Counselling and Protection ...

KPL

Laos’ Surging Inflation a Cause for Concern

Inflation in Laos is set to move beyond a six-year high, jumping from 6.25 percent in January to 7.3 percent in February, according to the Lao Statistics Bureau. While the government had set a target of at least 4% annual GDP growth from now through 2025, ...

Latsamy Phonevilay

UNFPA to strengthen reporting, use of vital statistics data

A meeting on the subject discussed the need to harness vital statistics in Laos through the UNFPA and the Lao Statistics Bureau for strengthened collaboration in producing updated vital statistics aligned with international standards.UNFPA will work closely with the Lao Statistics Bureau to use the ...

Phetphoxay Sengpaseuth

Advocating for women’s rights and gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow

Women and men from the government, embassies, international organizations, civil society organizations, non-profit organizations, business sectors, media and youth, advocated for women’s rights and gender equality on Mar 9 at the French Institute.Ms. Mariam A. KHAN, UNFPA Representative to the Lao PDR said:  As we celebrate ...

KPL

Govt aims for annual GDP growth of at least 4 percent

The government has set an annual economic growth target of at least 4 percent from now until 2025, even though there is no indication as to when the Covid-19 outbreak will be contained. The agriculture sector is expected to grow at an average annual rate ...

Somsack Pongkhao

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