Bandid Lasavong, owner of Men Folder, was invited to join the press conference and showcase his fashion collection on a runway in front of officials and guests who attended the event at the Seacon Bangcare Shopping Centre. Vientiane's WOW Fashion Week 2017 is being organised to celebrate the success and growth of the magazine in its fifth year.
Canada Rare Earth Corp. is pleased to provide an update on significant progress towards the permitting of the completed, full capability rare earth separation refinery located in Vientiane, Lao PDR described in our news releases of May 9, 2016 and November 9, 2016. On January 27th, our Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer conducted the 1st rare earth seminar ever held for the Lao PDR government.
Southeast Asian foreign ministers are to meet this week in Boracay to discuss ways to revitalize the 50-year-old, 10-nation Association of Southeast Asian Nations bloc amid the various challenges confronting the region and the world. Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay will chair the ASEAN foreign ministers' retreat on Tuesday, the first major meeting of ASEAN under the Philippine chairmanship of ASEAN in 2017.
Boats dock on the bank of the Mekong River in northern Laos last year at the planned construction site for the Pak Beng Dam. International Rivers Environment Ministry official Eang Sophalleth said yesterday that he has made a request to the Mekong River Commission that Laos adequately investigate the potential impacts of the proposed Pak Beng hydropower dam ahead of a meeting this week.
Late but better than never, Lao police last week finally broke a disturbing silence and acknowledged the arrest of more than 30 members of dope-peddling syndicates, one of which is said to be even bigger than that run by recently detained drug lord Xaysana Keophimpha. It is to be hoped that the arrests signal a serious effort to bring the drug gangs to heel and that prosecutions proceed in earnest.
Dozens of elephants, adorned in bright colours and with garlands of flowers, paraded through a Lao town on Saturday in a celebration of a species that has become increasingly scarce in the Southeast Asian country. Known historically as the "Land of a Million Elephants", Laos now has only a few hundred left in the wild and not many more than that in captivity, most of which are used in logging.
An elephant takes part in the rehearsal before the opening of the Elephant Festival, which organisers say aims to raise awareness about elephants, in Sayaboury province, Laos. - Reuters Police block about 200 protesters from entering Government House after the Energy Policy Committee decided to go ahead with a coal-fired power plant in Krabi.
The implications for a city in the midst of swift urbanisation are perfectly clear. Already the daily commute is no longer a leisurely cruise.
ELEVEN provinces across four countries in the upper Mekong basin have agreed to join in a development-cooperation agreement that will seek sustainable tourism integration across the subregion and its borders. Officials from these provinces signed a memorandum of understanding on the mechanism of their cooperation last Saturday at the conclusion of a half-day meeting held in the Golden Triangle Special Economic Zone in Bokeo province, Laos.
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The Nam Song is the lifeblood of Vang Vieng and brings new hopes for ecotourism after years of shame from unruly backpackers. The roof rack on the songthaew was built for backpacks, but on this trip into town there was only one.
It could take 1,000 years to clear all the unexploded bombs from Laos, a dark omen for Yemen and Syria, now enduring the same kind of bombardment. Chan Kenglaung was harvesting wild rattan when he hit an unexploded Vietnam War-era bomb.
U.S. President Barack Obama delivers an address at the Lao National Cultural Hall, on the sidelines of the ASEAN Summit, in Vientiane, Laos on September 6, 2016. In my new book, A Great Place to Have a War: America in Laos and the Birth of a Military CIA , I examine how the covert war in Laos, during the 1960s and early 1970s, dramatically changed the Central Intelligence Agency.
Laos will enter into a Voluntary Partnership Agreement on Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade with the European Union next year after almost seven years of preparations. When Laos signs on to the agreement, it will provide opportunities for Lao wood processing businesses to access markets in the EU, Japan, America and Australia.
The Ministry of Digital Economy and Society is following up the use of social media by dissidents in Laos on lese majeste violations, said Deputy Prime Minister Prajin Juntong yesterday. The ministry is probing whether the names used on the social media accounts are real, and it cannot confirm that those behind the accounts are Thais who have fled the country.
THE 39TH meeting of the Vietnam-Laos Intergovernmental Committee was held on Wednesday in Hanoi and reaffirmed the two countries' foreign-policy priorities in developing friendship and cooperation. Laotian Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith led a delegation to Vietnam to attend the event, which also aimed to increase political trust and direct the implementation of high-level agreements to boost ties.
Capital development When Laos opened up to independent travellers, in the late 1980s, practical information about the country was scarce. Lonely Planet's South-East Asia on a Shoestring gave it just two pages in a closing five-page chapter called "The Other South-East Asia", which also briefly covered Vietnam and Kampuchea .