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We are offering the highest and best coverage for cars & motorbikes in Laos ! No other Lao insurance company provides such exceptional coverage !
And we offer the most competitive premiums !
Our motor insurance covers:
– Comprehensive Coverage (damage to your own car, theft, fire, glass) up to the insured value
– Driver & Passenger Coverage
– Third Party Coverage (among others, bodily injury Kip 1’100 Mio per accident, medical expenses up to Kip 18 Mio and material damage up to Kip 110 Mio)
We can also cover your car against damage, theft and fire when driving in Thailand !

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Beeline Taken Over By Lao Government

VEON Ltd. , a leading global provider of connectivity and internet services headquartered in Amsterdam and serving more than 235 million customers, today announces that its wholly owned subsidiary, VimpelCom Holding Laos B.V., has entered into an agreement to sell its 78% stake in VimpelCom Lao Co. Ltd (VimpelCom Lao) to the Government of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Government of the Lao PDR) for gross proceeds of USD 22 million.

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Laos Merely A Bystander As China Pushes Belt And Road Ambitions

An ambitious $6 billion high-speed railway project in Laos that would link China with the Laotian capital of Vientiane on the Thai border is meant to be a symbol of cooperation under Chinese President Xi Jinping’s flagship Belt and Road Initiative. But with Beijing calling the shots and leaving out locals, it has instead become another example of the pitfalls faced by small Southeast Asian countries in relying economically on their much larger neighbor.

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Looking For The Best & Highest Car Coverage ? We Have It !

We are offering the highest and best coverage for cars & motorbikes in Laos ! No other Lao insurance company provides such exceptional coverage !
And we offer the most competitive premiums !
Our motor insurance covers:
– Comprehensive Coverage (damage to your own car, theft, fire, glass) up to the insured value
– Driver & Passenger Coverage
– Third Party Coverage (among others, bodily injury Kip 900 Mio per accident, medical expenses up to Kip 11 Mio and material damage up to Kip 80 Mio)
We can also cover your car against damage, theft and fire when driving in Thailand !

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Lao Prime Minister Vows Teachers Will Be Paid

Responding this week to appeals by Lao schoolteachers who have gone unpaid for months, Lao Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith ordered that teachers receive their salaries on time, threatening to punish officials found blocking or diverting their pay.
“From now on, no one is allowed to use funds budgeted for teachers’ salaries for other purposes,” Thongloun told a ….

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Congratulations To The Winners Of J&C Services’ Lucky Draw

“My warmest congratulations to the winners”, says Stephan Aeschbach, J&C Services’ Senior Partner. “We have been celebrating the opening of our new office space together with our clients. Every client purchasing an insurance policy were entitled to a chance winning one of the exciting prizes in our lucky draw.”
And these are the winners:

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That Luang Renovation Restores Iconic National Treasure

The fourth restoration of Vientiane’s Pha That Luang, which began early last month, aims to preserve this national and cultural icon.
The restoration aims to return the revered stupa to its traditional glory in readiness for the 450th anniversary celebrations that will take place alongside the annual That Luang festival next month.
The stupa is of great national, religious and …….

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Insure And Participate In Our Lucky Draw !

With J&C Services’ recent move to the new office at Villa LuBeDu, Saphanthong Tai Village in the Vientiane International School vicinity, the entire J&C team is ready to better service the needs of new and existing expatriates in Laos.
“We celebrate this special moment together with our clients” says Stephan Aeschbach, J&C Services’ Senior Partner. “Every client purchasing an insurance policy is entitled to a chance winning one of the exciting prizes in our lucky draw*”.
Get ready for the ultimate entertainment experience with this new Samsung Full HD TV 40″ ! Or with the ….

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Thailand Wary As Zika Cases Soar Close To 100

Since the Zika virus first caught the world’s attention following one of the most serious outbreaks, in Brazil last year, Thai health authorities have been at pains to allay local fears that a similar outbreak could occur in the Southeast Asian country, which reported its first confirmed case of Zika in 2012.
But there has been a dramatic increase in the number of Zika cases since the beginning of 2016, with 97 reported across 10 provinces, after only …..

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British Woman Creates New Stamp For Lao Post

The art of a British woman based in Vientiane has been used as the basis for a new Lao stamp which is the first to be presented to the Queen of England.
British Artist Jan Wollen moved to the capital in December 2014 and soon became involved in the local art community. WIG LAOS, a well known organisation in Vientiane held a photo competition for their …..

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First Lao Woman Receives Commercial Pilot’s Diploma

The achievement of the graduation of Lao female pilot, Ms Soudaphone Visounnarath, aged 23, from the Ecole Nationale de l’Aviation Civile (ENAC) in Toulouse, France on April 16 makes her the first national female commercial pilot in the country.
The graduation is part of Lao Airlines State Enterprise stepping up its international standards and advancing human resource development particularly for pilots who need to be highly competent and experienced to comply with the demands of the airline.
Ms Soudaphone is from the ……

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Higher Power Bills, Wages Could Trigger Border Run: Thai Manufacturers

Rising electricity bills and higher expected wages are the main reasons Thai manufacturers will relocate their production bases to neighbouring countries.
Despite the improving economy, these factors will definitely affect local industries and make operators look for opportunities to set up plants in cheaper wage countries such as Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar.
Thai operators could see a rise in the minimum wage in the near future, even as …..

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Laos, China To Strengthen Governance Ties

Laos and China plan to more closely share their experiences in the area of governance so as to constantly improve the ruling parties’ governance capacity.
Laos greatly values its ties with China and is willing to further deepen exchanges and cooperation between the two ruling parties as well as those between the two countries.
Mr Liu gave a keynote speech at the opening ceremony of a seminar on ‘the rule of law’. The CPC attaches great importance to the rule of law and it is of great ….

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Laos’ Coffee Giant Eyes Thailand For Expansion

Dao-Heuang Group, a leading coffee producer in Laos, is set to enter Thailand next year via a contract to grow coffee on a 1,000-rai plot of land in the North.
This move is part of the company’s plan to boost its production capacity to meet rising demands once the Asean Economic Community (AEC) is launched in 2015, the group’s vice president Boonheuang Litdang said at a press conference yesterday.
“We will be growing coffee in Thailand in order to serve rising demand in Asean countries,” she said. The group, which is a member of the ….

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Transport Sector Booms In Laos

Laos has witnessed a steady growth in the transportation sector along with greater connectivity in the region following the government’s enormous investment in the development of infrastructure.
The road networks in Laos now extends to a total of 43,600 kilometres in total across the country in 2013, which is an expansion of more than 7 percent compared with the previous year.
However, the transport of passengers on water routes dropped 11.7 percent to 1.9 million people in 2012. In order to boost water transport, the ministry is ….

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Lao Education Quality Lags Despite Investment: World Bank

There are still concerns about the quality of education in Laos, despite greater investment in the sector in recent years, a World Bank report has suggested.
Despite sustained economic growth since the mid 1980s, the Lao education system faces challenges in meeting its goals of providing all students with access to education and improving learning outcomes.
“There are concerns about education quality as well, particularly whether students are completing primary school with sufficient mathematics and literacy skills,” the bank said.
In mathematics learning outcomes are particularly poor and results from ….

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BMW To Open First Official Showroom In Laos

BMW Group Asia has expanded its business presence to include Laos in its East Asia region. Premium Auto Laos, the authorised BMW importer in Laos, will open its new showroom in Central Vientiane.
“As the demand for BMW continues to grow in our region, we are now onto the latest phase of our ongoing strategic expansion plan to include the frontier markets of ……

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Laos Inflation May Deter Investors

Rising inflation in Laos is undermining the country’s attraction as a low-cost manufacturing base, a report said on Thursday, although investment figures remain solid.
External investors, particularly Japanese, are put off by inflation and rising labour costs, the state-run Vientiane Times said.
“Many companies are facing difficulties recruiting workers due to the fact they are not willing to offer …..

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Foreign Diplomats Urge Action On Wildlife Trafficking Syndicate

The US$1 million reward to dismantle the transnational wildlife trafficking syndicate, known as the Xaysavang Network, was underscored at a press conference of foreign diplomats held in Vientiane last Thursday.
The “linchpin”, Lao national Mr Vixay Keosavang, the director of Xaysavang Trading Export Import Company Limited, was recently seen in Laos.
US Ambassador to Laos Daniel Clune said Mr Vixay is still in Laos. “We offered the reward in November and we are in the process of gathering information that we received in response to that reward,” he added.
Attending the conference, German Ambassador to Laos Robert von Rimscha cited a major German news organisation, Der Spiegel, which claims it has access to Mr Vixay and that ……

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Social Security Insurance To Cover Whole Population

All members of the public may now be able to access social security following the promulgation of new legislation.
President Choummaly Sayasone recently issued a presidential ordinance announcing the new law after the National Assembly approved the bill in July last year.
The law expands the government’s social security scheme to cover the whole of society, including those who are self-employed and those who volunteer to participate in the scheme, unlike two previous prime ministerial decrees that only afforded limited coverage…..

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Temperatures To Plummet Further

The Meteorology and Hydrology Department has issued a warning urging the public to rug up and keep warm to protect their health as temperatures are set to drop even lower across the country.
China’s cold snap is still gaining strength and will be passing over all parts of the country in the next few days.
The department’s Weather Forecasting and Aeronautical Meteorology Division has predicted temperatures will plummet to between 0 and 2 degrees Celsius in northern and central parts of Laos today, with fog coverage over large ….

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Japan Funds Lao Airport Expansion

Japan announced Sunday it will provide Laos with an aid package worth 10.46 billion yen (3.24 billion baht) to help the Southeast Asian country build infrastructure.
“I hope that our aid will contribute greatly to Laos’ economic development,” Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said at a joint press conference with Lao Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong after their talks at Mr Abe’s office.
While Southeast Asia is recognised as a centre of growth, financial disparities in the region remain between the …..

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Thailand Ranks Near Bottom In English Proficiency; Laos Not Listed

Thailand ranks near the bottom in an English proficiency survey, showing the persistence of one of the key competitive weaknesses of the Thai economy.
Out of 60 countries and territories where English is not their mother tongue, Thailand manages only 55th place – outdoing only Panama, Kazakhstan, Algeria, Saudi Arabia and Iraq, according to the EF English Proficiency Index. Laos is not included in that listing.
Poor English skills indicate the small base of competent adult English speakers necessary for a globalised workforce. The survey was conducted in the realisation that English is now a …..

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Nam Phou: City Centre or Dumping Centre ?

Nam Phou, located in Vientiane’s city center, always has been a meeting place for local residents spending time relaxing and enjoying their free time. During French colonialism, the area was designed as a market before being developed into a fountain 50 years ago. One year ago, after being renovated, the Nam Phou fountain reopened to the public and international tourists.
Have you visited Nam Phou recently ? You will be surprised, guaranteed ! In every corner there are rubbish bags piling up and the public space is obstructed with metal structures for tents, wood and metal scrap. If that isn’t enough to scare of the visitors, the piled up chairs and tables (mostly all broken) will do the rest.
Before the redevelopment the Nam Phou was …..

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Search After Laos Crash Lacks Manpower, Equipment

Exasperated officials in Laos said Friday they lack the equipment and manpower to locate the fuselage and more than 20 bodies still unaccounted for two days after a plane crashed and disappeared into the Mekong River.
International experts arrived from France and Thailand to help with forensics and locating the flight data recorder, which could help explain why the virtually new Lao Airlines ATR-72 turboprop crashed.
Heavy rain forced a suspension Friday of the search for bodies and the ….

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Interest Picks Up In Savannakhet Industrial Zone

Before Thailand experienced its crippling floods in 2011 and the minimum wage hike in 2012, the Savan-Seno Special Economic Zone (SEZ), the first of its kind in Laos, was struggling to attract foreign companies. But now the location is gaining notice as a new choice for businesses looking for a low-cost, low-risk location.
Two of the pioneers at the site in Savannakhet have been Toyota Boshoku Asia, a major supplier of seats and interior parts for Toyota, and Nikon, the Japanese camera maker. Their presence is expected to draw other suppliers in the ….

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Major Tax Revamp Trials Next Month

The government is planning to start using an electronic system for tax collection early next year with a test of the system on motor vehicles to begin next month.
Revenue collection has not reached the planned target because of various violations of the regulations and loopholes in procedures, which has resulted in a further deficit and hike of the government debt.
The new method of taxation will calculate tax based on a vehicle’s engine capacity (both the size and number of cylinders), its brand and model, but not its ……

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UK Visa Service Launches In Lao

A mobile UK visa application service will start in Lao PDR in September which will mean that residents of Lao PDR will no longer need to travel to Bangkok to make a UK visa application.
The British Ambassador to Lao PDR, Philip Malone, announced today that the new mobile visa clinic will be available approximately every 3 months at the British Embassy in Vientiane, the first to be held on September 26. “We are pleased to be able to introduce this service to residents of Lao PDR. The new service reflects the …

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Fighting Drug Gangs In The Notorious Golden Triangle

A Thai police gunboat prowls the waters of the Mekong River searching for the drug gangs that haunt this territory deep in the Golden Triangle, an age-old smuggling route — with a new scourge.
At one time this frontier region, where the remote edges of Thailand, Myanmar and Laos meet, was awash with heroin, flooding over the border from the then world’s biggest opium producer Myanmar.
Times have changed and now the drug of choice is methamphetamine often in the form of “yaba” — Thai for “crazy medicine” — bound for the streets and clubs of Asia. “It is very difficult …..

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Thailand’s Obsession With So-Called ‘Nazis Chic’ Just Won’t Go Away

Schoolchildren dressing up as Nazis and a billboard advert showing Hitler were just the start. Thailand’s obsession with so-called ‘Nazis chic’ just won’t go away – and now a fried chicken takeaway called Hitler – complete with a logo showing the Nazi leader in a bow tie – has opened its doors.
The bizarre restaurant opened last month in Thailand and images of it are doing the rounds on Twitter as shocked customers take photos of the offensive eatery……

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Noodle House Vientiane

It’s my first time to write a review on a noodle shop, not because I don’t like pho or kao piak, but because I would feel strange writing about one of those side of the street shops where you sit on a stone bench and look into the begging eyes of a dog while trying to keep the flies away from your soup.
This review is different though, the Noodle House is a clean, stylish, fully air-conditioned restaurant, where clients are welcomed by friendly staff. The interior of Noodle House is very trendy & stylish (reminds me more of a bar than a noodle place), offering lots of space. The kitchen is open, so customers can actually watch the ……..

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Satellite Project On Track To Launch In 2015

A senior government official confirmed on Friday that the Lao satellite project is on track for launching in 2015, the year when Laos celebrates its 40th anniversary.
“Project officials are in the process of purchasing the satellite,” said a government official, who asked not to be named. Once Laos has its own satellite, it will be easier to further develop its telecommunications industry, since it will not be dependent on subscribing to satellite services from foreign countries like Thailand and China.

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Sesame Oil For Health and Beauty – Produced By Lao Khmu And Akha Villagers

For several years now Khmu and Akha villagers have been producing in Luang Namtha province 100% natural sesame seed oil. Sesame seeds are grown locally without using pesticides or fertilizers.
Known as the queen of oils, used for its healing purposes for thousands of years, sesame oil has many health-giving properties. It can be used for cooking, therapeutic massage or skin care against aging and pathogens…..

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Coffee Is Lao’s Top Export Crop

Coffee leads the way as Laos’ top commercial export crop, followed by the increasingly popular sweet corn.
Last year, the country received US$150 million from coffee exports, US$33 million from sweet corn, US$11 million from job-tear, US$14 million from rice and cassava and US$6 million from sugarcane, according to the Agriculture Department.
The volume from the coffee crops is continuing to grow each year, especially in the warmer southern provinces of Champassak, Saravan and Xekong, with each grower averaging a harvest of …..

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Pizza Company Opens Second Outlet in Vientiane

The Pizza Company, one of the most popular fast food franchise restaurants in Thailand, has opened the company’s second restaurant in Phonesinuan village, Vientiane.
The restaurant has been well received among domestic and foreign consumers in Laos, as more people develop a taste for international food. In the past, large numbers of people crossed the border to Thailand to eat at restaurants serving Western style food.

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