Move Over Thailand, the Philippines is Southeast Asia’s Strong Man

Move Over Thailand, the Philippines is Southeast Asia's Strong Man

With a greater focus on manufacturing, a young population and a president committed to stable growth, the Philippines is pulling ahead
The Philippines is no longer the `sick man of Asia’, Economic Planning Secretary Arsenio Balisacan declared yesterday after the economy grew a better-than-estimated 6.9 percent last quarter from a year earlier. That capped three successive years of above-6-percent growth, placing it well ahead of Thailand, once a growth engine of …. Continue reading

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Lao Central Set For Return To Skies

Lao Central Set For Return To Skies

Lao Central Airlines will soon reopen for business after it temporarily halted flights in the middle of last year to improve services and management systems and study the possibility of expansion.
The airline called a temporary halt to operations after being in business for about two years, during which time it fully tested its services.
It is currently expanding its fleet because Laos is now ….. Continue reading

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Govt May Revoke 34 Business Licences

Govt May Revoke 34 Business Licences

The Ministry of Finance (MOF) may cancel 34 business licences this month after the companies failed to declare tax payments to the ministry after they were warned in June last year.
“Earlier this month, we submitted a report to the minister about the need to revoke these 34 licences,” said Mr Khamhack Vivanxay of the ministry’s Revenue Collection Management Division, under the Tax Department.
“They are mostly mining and construction companies, both local and foreign owned. If they do not declare their tax payment, they should come and …… Continue reading

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Canadian Man Dies At Wattay International Airport

Canadian Man Dies At Wattay International Airport

Vientiane Police Office reported last week that a Canadian man was found dead on the second floor of Wattay International Airport, Vientiane, on Thursday morning.
Chief of the office’s scientific crime sector, Major Amay Luangpakdy, said investigators found the deceased, aged 28, with three stab wounds to his body, including his stomach, left chest area and the right side of his neck.
The stab wound to the right side of his ….. Continue reading

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Executives Must Prepare for SE Asia Corruption Risks

Executives Must Prepare for SE Asia Corruption Risks

As economies in the West remain shaky, Southeast Asia beckons investors. But alongside some of the world’s fastest growing economies is the risk of corporate corruption in a region where winning deals still sometimes means greasing the right wheels. Last month, the French engineering giant Alstom SA pleaded guilty to ….. Continue reading

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Choosing A School In Vientiane

Choosing A School In Vientiane

Education is one of the most vital institutions in our children’s lives and deciding upon the right school can be challenging under the best of circumstances. When a family is relocated overseas it can be even more daunting because of the myriad issues and unfamiliar choices involved. The basic (K-12) school choices in Vientiane fall into the following categories: Continue reading

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Top 10 Coffee Spots In Luang Prabang

Top 10 Coffee Spots In Luang Prabang

Coffee has been a staple of Laos ever since it was introduced by French colonialists in the early twentieth century. Coffee is currently the largest agricultural export commodity, and the Bolaven Plateau is one of the most fertile regions to grow coffee. In Lao, coffee is pronounced “khaafeh” (similar to how you would say café). If you want real Lao coffee, you must order “khaafeh Lao”.
At first I was considering using a rating system in order to categorize different coffee spots in Laos, but I felt that it did not give enough justice to some of the more local places I visited. This list is thus …. Continue reading

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New at Senglao DVD Shop

DVD

These are the latest DVDs at Senglao DVD shop:
– Fury
– Whiplash
– The Interview
– The Retrieval
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