The Laotian Times

Increase in Trafficking of Lao Women to China Amid Covid-19 Pandemic

Trafficking of women from Laos to China to serve as wives for Chinese men or to work in prostitution is increasing amid economic pressure following the Covid-19 pandemic.Trafficking is typically brokered by Lao middlemen who recruit young women or convince parents to marry off their ...

Phayboune Thanabouasy -

Laos COVID Taskforce Unveils New Contact Tracing QR Code

The Lao National Taskforce for Covid-19 Prevention and Control has announced that people living in Laos will be required to install the LaoKYC app on their smartphone and check in with a QR Code as part of new contact tracing regulations. The use of the QR ...

Latsamy Phonevilay

New Houaphan Airport 92% Complete

The construction project of Nong Khang Airport is now 92.34% complete after being temporarily suspended in March 2020 due to financial and environmental problems.An unexpected increase in construction costs has meant the project had to wait for further approvals from the government, while the Covid-19 ...

Latsamy Phonevilay

Telcos Discount Voice Calls and Data Rates During Lockdown Period

Telecommunications companies in Laos are to provide users with a 15 percent discount on voice calls and discounts on some data packages during the lockdown period.According to a notice issued by the Lao Telecommunication Regulatory Authority, the telecommunications companies will discount voice calls and some internet ...

Phayboune Thanabouasy

Authorities Open Online Registration for Covid-19 Vaccinations in Laos

Health authorities in Laos have launched an online registration program for Covid-19 vaccinations aimed at priority groups.According to an announcement by the Centre of Information and Education for Health, residents of Vientiane and foreign citizens will be able to register online for Covid-19 vaccinations.Keep reading  ...

Phayboune Thanabouasy

Vientiane Enters Lockdown Following Covid-19 Outbreak

The Prime Minister of Laos has ordered a 14-day lockdown for Vientiane Capital in the wake of a surge of coronavirus cases, while other provinces are urged to consider intensifying prevention measures.The nation’s capital announced over twenty new cases of Covid-19 today following an outbreak believed ...

Latsamy Phonevilay

New Prime Minister To Address Seven Urgent Issues in Laos

Newly-elected Prime Minister Phankham Viphavanh has raised seven urgent issues that his government will address over the next five years. When submitting a draft of the 9th five-year National Socio-Economic Development Plan for 2021-25 and State Budget Plan for 2021-25 to the National Assembly on ...

Latsamy Phonevilay

COVID-19 Vaccines Shipped by COVAX Facility Arrive in Laos

Laos today received its first shipment of COVID-19 vaccine doses through the COVAX facility, a partnership between the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, UNICEF and the World Health Organisation (WHO). Keep reading  ...

Latsamy Phonevilay

Government of Laos Dissolves Ministry of Science and Technology

The government of Laos has dissolved the Ministry of Science and Technology, transferring its departments to various different ministries.According to a notice issued by the Politburo of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party, the Ministry of Science and Technology has been dissolved, leaving Laos with just ...

Phayboune Thanabouasy

First Phase of Sithandone SEZ Development Project Underway

According to a report by Socio-Economic News, the first phase of the construction of the Sithandone Special Economic Zone project began in 2018 and is scheduled to be completed in 2025.Vice President of Sithandone Joint Development Co., Ltd, Mr. Laty Sisouphannavong, says the Sithandone SEZ has already ...

Phayboune Thanabouasy

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