Vientiane 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

Inflation rate closes in on two digits

The year-on-year inflation rate in Laos surged to 9.9 percent in April, the highest figure recorded since January 2016, according to the latest report from the Lao Statistics Bureau. The consumer price index jumped at its fastest pace in recent months, further putting the squeeze ...

Souksakhone Vaenkeo

Govt announces full reopening of Laos starting May 9

The government has announced that all international border crossings will reopen, so that Lao and foreign nationals, well as stateless people, can enter and exit Laos freely.The Prime Minister’s Office on Saturday (May 7) issued a notice declaring that borders would reopen.The reopening of Laos ...

Souksakhone Vaenkeo

Fifth Lao-Thai Friendship Bridge over 30 percent complete

Construction of the fifth Lao-Thai Friendship Bridge linking Borikhamxay province to Bueng Kan province in Thailand across the Mekong River is now 32 percent complete. The project consists of two components: the first concerns the construction of the bridge across the Mekong River and the ...

Times Reporters

Revamp of EDL seen as part of economic revival

The government has formed a committee to overhaul the operations of Electricite du Laos (EDL) as part of its efforts to strengthen business operations across all state enterprises.The committee will suggest measures that will enable EDL to earn more revenue and pay off the debts ...

Somsack Pongkhao

Irrigation scheme begins providing water to improve crop yields in Phongsaly

An irrigation scheme funded by Phase 2 of the Lancang-Mekong Cooperation Project has begun supplying water to boost crop yields for farming communities in Phongsaly province. The ceremony, which took place at the reservoir of the Level 6 Hydropower Station on the Ou River, marked ...

Advertorial Desk

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

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

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

Laos expects to assume management of Vung Ang seaport in July

Laos is expected to assume management of the Vung Ang seaport in Vietnam’s central Ha Tinh province in July, a Lao investor involved in the project has said. The news comes after the Vietnamese government agreed to increase Laos’ share in the project from 20 ...

Souksakhone Vaenkeo

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