Govt Faces Challenges Collecting Revenue As Planned

Laos Facing Large Revenue Shortfall

The Ministry of Finance still has a difficult task in collecting revenue as per the plan approved by the National Assembly for fiscal year 2014-15, a senior government has noted.
“In the past six months of the fiscal year, we’ve been able to collect 13,000 billion kip. This means that we have to collect 17,000 billion kip in the last six months of the year in response to …… Continue reading

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Migrant Workers Instructed To Wear ID Wristbands: Thailand

Migrant Workers Instructed To Wear ID Wristbands - Thailand

Thailand — In an effort to crackdown on undocumented immigrants, police in Pathum Thani have instructed migrant workers in a major market to wear wristbands indicating they have been properly registered.
Pol.Maj.Gen. Montri Yimyaem, commander of Pathum Thani Police, said that workers from neighboring countries who have registered with police will be required to wear the dark red wristbands in public ….. Continue reading

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Public Urged To Save Water Over Summer Months

Public Urged To Save Water Over Summer Months

Water supply shortages during the current period of hot weather require members of the public to use water more efficiently and economically.
If anyone finds water leaks, people stealing water or destroying water meters, please call Vientiane State Water Supply Enterprise’s (VSWSE) hotline number 1169, representatives from the enterprise asked.
It’s accepted that the company’s plants are not able to supply enough water to the public due to the population …. Continue reading

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Burglary Number One Crime During Pi Mai Lao

Burglary Number One Crime During Pi Mai Lao

The Vientiane Police Headquarters Office revealed this week that there were 26 cases of crimes committed during the recent long holiday of Pi Mai Lao involving millions of kip.
Before the holiday Police and local security officials had warned the public to be on their guard against opportunist thieves on the streets, vehicle theft and social disorder over Pi Mai Lao and during the period there were …. Continue reading

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Expatitis: Is Your Glass Half Empty or Half Full..

Expatitis: Is Your Glass Half Empty or Half Full..

Some of the Westerners who come to Laos to live and work come here with unrealistic expectations. They have been here on holiday and expect that life in Laos will be totally free of frowns.
Most often they are in for a rude awakening and that awakening often turns them into cynical, bitter, angry whiners who see themselves as victims. They are miserable and they frequently make others miserable. The reason for this is that they acquired a disease we will call Expatitis and any depression or problems they …. Continue reading

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China Halts Timber Imports From Laos

China Halts Timber Imports from Laos

On 8 April China’s National Endangered Species Office issued a directive suspending imports of CITES listed timber species (Pericopsis elata) and (Dalbergia cochinchinensis) from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Laos.
The Office reminded timber importers not import CITES listed timber from the two countries until the …. Continue reading

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J&C Awarded “Top Gold Agent”: Toko Assurance

J&C Awarded “Top Gold Agent” - Toko Assurance

Toko Assurance held its 7th Anniversary Celebration at a Don Chan Palace Hotel with roar of success and confidence.
The Award Ceremony for its top agents was the climax of the evening setting a positive tone for an even better performance in 2015. J&C Services, represented by Mr. Stephan R. Aeschbach, Senior Partner, was awarded with “Top Gold Agent” together with Public Bank.
J&C Services received already in previous years “Top Agent” awards. “J&C Expat Services strong performance is impressive” explains CEO Lim. “J&C Services has become an important link between ….. Continue reading

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Harnessing The Mekong Or Killing It ?

Harnessing the Mekong or Killing It?

Dams are rising all along the Mekong. The people of Southeast Asia need the clean electricity—but also the fish and rice that an undammed river provides.
Pumee Boontom lives in northern Thailand, but he tunes his television to the Chinese weather forecast. A big storm in southern China means a big release of water from the Chinese dams upstream—and, in turn, a good chance his village will be flooded. The Chinese government is supposed to warn downstream …. Continue reading

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