Lao Economy Projected To Grow At Only 2.2 Percent This Year: IMF

The IMF’s downgraded growth for Laos is linked to both external and internal factors, with the report forecasting that global growth will decrease from 6.0 percent in 2021 to 3.2 percent in 2022 and 2.7 percent in 2023.

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Noncommunicable Diseases Responsible For 45 Percent Of Deaths In Laos

Four noncommunicable diseases – cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease – claim 30,000 lives annually and are responsible for 45 percent of all deaths in Laos

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Just Scan To Pay: S’pore And 4 SEA Countries To Link QR Code Payments By Nov, Bypassing USD

The central banks of five Southeast Asian (SEA) countries have agreed to link their payment systems by November of this year, in order to allow for easier transactions for travellers within the region.

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World Population Day: A Time To Support Individuals’ Rights 

Local authorities around the country, as well as families, teachers and communities, must do more to uphold the rights of local people and ensure their needs are met, according to Deputy Minister of Planning and Investment,  Dr Sthabandith Insisienmay.

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Tourist Levy Hits Further Turbulence With Fears It Could Harm Airline’s Effort To Boost Flight Numbers: Thailand

Thailand’s efforts to introduce a foreign tourism levy on incoming passengers and arrivals to the kingdom have been postponed again with the assistant permanent secretary at the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, Mongkon Wimonrat, at this time, citing concerns about how to record the arrival of passengers by sea and land to the country as the reason for the delay and the continuing hiatus relating to the measure.

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Why A Monopoly Like The Lao Electricity Company Is Making Losses

Electricite du Laos (EDL), a monopoly company which should generate a significant amount of revenue from its dominance in the energy market, has been operating at a loss for many years and has accumulated huge debts.

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State Enterprise Reform: Some Now Profitable, Others Dissolved

Two banks previously owned by the state and which suffered chronic losses have begun making a profit following major reforms that saw a 70 percent stake in the banks sold to local investors

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Covid-19 Cases In Laos Surpass 200,000 But Infections Are On A Downward Trend Despite Festive Season

The National Taskforce for Covid-19 Prevention and Control reported in an announcement yesterday that the Covid-19 situation had not been dramatically affected by new year celebrations.

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Foreign Currency Deficit Among Economic Challenges Confronting Laos

Laos’ overall balance of payments situation is negative despite a trade surplus of US$1.32 billion in 2021 because foreign exchange inflows represent only 26.45 percent of the total export value.

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Ministry Mulling Cancellation Of Lao New Year Festivities

The Ministry of Health is considering cancelling Lao New Year festivities because of the Omicron outbreak, with the number of new Covid cases reported each day having risen from under 200 to upwards of 800.

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Work On Vientiane-Vung Ang Railway Expected To Start In November

The railway, estimated to cost US$5 billion, is a proposed line that the Lao and Vietnamese governments have agreed to jointly develop. It would enable landlocked Laos to access the deep seaport – the closest feasible seaport to Vientiane.

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Exim Bank ‘Reckless’, Sought ‘Collateral Advantage’ When Selling Don Chan Palace Hotel, Rules Court

The properties included the Don Chan Palace Hotel, a 5-star international hotel constructed on a swathe of land measuring almost 176,000 sq metres along the Mekong River in Laos valued at US$140 million.

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Measures To Free Stranded Trucks, Rail Transport To China Outlined  

Lao authorities will ask their Chinese counterparts to consider reopening more border crossings to allow trucks carrying goods to enter China as hundreds remain stranded at the Boten-Mohan crossing on the Laos-China border.

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Laos Records First Locally-Transmitted Case Of Omicron

The National Taskforce for Covid-19 Prevention and Control has warned the public to be vigilant following the identification of the first locally-transmitted case of the Omicron variant of Covid-19 in Borikhamxay province.

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Schools Prepare To Resume Face-To-Face Classes

Education authorities are assessing the readiness of schools in Vientiane to restart face-to-face classes in Grade 5 of primary schools and Grades 4 and 7 of secondary schools following months of closure due to the Covid outbreak.

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S. Korea’s EDCF Funds The Construction Of UHS Hospital In Laos With Consultancy Support From SNUH

The new hospital will enhance Laos’ health and medical environment as well as provide professional training and health research.

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