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Lao gov't to improve investment climate

The Lao government is streamlining procedures in a bid to improve ease-of-doing business as Laos' international ranking in this area deteriorates. The World Bank's EDB ranking showed that Laos' ranking dropped to 141 in 2018 down slightly from 139 in 2017, out of 190 economies worldwide.



Laos to sell electricity to Myanmar: official

Laos and Myanmar are mulling an electricity agreement to empower Laos' development needs, local daily Vientiane Times quoted a senior Lao official as saying on Tuesday. Office Head of the Lao Ministry of Energy and Mines, Daovong Phonekeo, told Vientiane Times that the two sides will sign a Memorandum of Understanding this week, which will allow Myanmar authorities to initiate a feasibility study.



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Hotel-Online >> News >> AVANI Hotels & Resorts to Make March 2018 Debut in Northern Laos Following Rebranding of 53-Room Azeri Hotel Bangkok, January 15, 2018: AVANI Hotels & Resorts is proud to announce the launch of its first hotel in the historic town of Luang Prabang, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in northern Laos. The 53-room hotel is located on a narrow peninsula at the joining of the Nam Khan and Mekong Rivers.



Lao New Economic Zones Expected To Hire More Locals

The Lao government is turning its full attention to the growth of special and specific economic zones as a means of generating more employment opportunities for local people, China's Xinhua news agency reported. The Lao Ministry of Planning and Investment's recently unveiled plan says factories located in these zones should generate thousands of jobs in 2018, local daily Vientiane Times reported on Monday.



Lao gov't to submit Hin Nam Nor for UNESCO listing

The Lao government is to apply its Hin Nam Nor National Protected Area to UNESCO's list of world heritage sites next year, local online newspaper Vientiane Times quoted an official as saying on Sunday. According to the report, the 88,000-hectare national park, some 230 km east of Lao capital Vientiane in Khammuan province, is being nominated as a potential Natural World Heritage Site because of its unique limestone karst formations and the area's rich biodiversity of wildlife and plants.



U.S. hands over more equipment to help clear UXO in Laos

The United States has handed over more equipment for the clearance of unexploded ordnance in Laos, to prevent local residents from being injured, disabled or killed, local online newspaper Vientiane Times reported on Sunday. The U.S. government provided vehicles and field equipment worth 1.25 million U.S. dollars to the Lao National Unexploded Ordnance Programme.



Laos transfers 104 telecom fraud suspects to China

Lao police on Friday transferred 104 telecommunications fraud suspects to the Chinese side following a handover ceremony held at Wattay International Airport in Lao capital Vientiane. In the second half of 2017, according to information from the public, together with investigation, Chinese police found that a group of crime suspects were conducting fraud activities in Laos with a huge amount of money involved.



Rally route to highlight poaching

Guwahati: Nearly 50 cars will join the India Asean Car Rally, 2018, beginning here on Friday and take the route possibly used by rhino poachers to spread awareness against the killings. The nearly 7,000km rally will traverse the Northeast, Myanmar, Thailand and Laos in 24 days before coming back to Guwahati.



Lancang-Mekong mechanism demonstrates new pattern for sub-regional cooperation

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang attends the second Lancang-Mekong Cooperation leaders' meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Jan. 10, 2018. Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen and Li Keqiang co-chaired the meeting, which also brought together Lao Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith, Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Myanmar Vice President U Myint Swe.



Ramayana festival, khadi jackets: Stage set for ASEAN at Republic Day

A RAMAYANA festival, Ramayana stamps, specially-made Khadi jackets, and, of course, the Republic Day parade - India is planning a grand show for the 10 Association of South East Asian Nations leaders, who will be in the capital from January 24 to 26. Officials said a Ramayana festival, which has a special connect with many of the ASEAN countries, has been curated by top artists. Sources told The Indian Express that this was an idea suggested by Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen at the ASEAN-India summit in Manila in November last year.



AVANI to Open Hotel in Laos

AVANI Hotels & Resorts announced the launch of its first hotel in the historic town of Luang Prabang, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in northern Laos. announced the launch of its first hotel in the historic town of Luang Prabang, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in northern Laos.



Spotlight: Lancang-Mekong Cooperation boosts development of China-ASEAN community of shared future

The 2nd Lancang-Mekong Cooperation Leaders' Meeting is being held here Wednesday, with the leaders from the six LMC countries gathering to discuss the future development of the LMC mechanism. Against the backdrop of a lackluster world economy and a growing trend of anti-globalization, the LMC mechanism has been radiating a unique charm since its establishment only less than two years ago, with many fruits having been made, and many speed records having been set.



Armenia's Karen Grigoryan wins Laos Open Chess Championship

PanARMENIAN.Net - Armenian grandmaster Karen Grigoryan won the Laos International Open Chess Championship 2018, held in the capital city of Vientiane on January 1-7. Scoring a total of 7.5 points, Grigoryan competed against some 70 players from 15 countries, including four grandmasters and four international masters.



Vietnamese company resumes construction of northern Lao airport

Construction of Nongkhang airport in Laos' northern Huaphan province has been resumed after a one-year delay following financial difficulties of Vietnamese contractor, local daily Vientiane Times report on Saturday. The project was given the green light in June 2013 when the Lao government signed a contract with the Vietnamese Hoang Anh Gia Lai Joint Stock Company worth more than 74 million U.S. dollars.



India needs to mark 25 years of Indo-ASEAN by breaking diplomatic stasis

"But India is not performing!" was the remark of a panelist at a recent conference of the CSCAP held in Thailand. He was responding to a query about ASEAN's subtle resistance to the concept of "Indo-Pacific", and preference for "Asia-Pacific", which, by definition, seems to exclude India.



Laos urges foreign tour operators to hire local tour guides

The authorities also warned that foreign tour operators must partner with local counterparts in arranging package tour programs in Laos; if not, they will face punishment, local daily Vientiane Times reported on Friday. The warning came after a report emerged that some foreign tour operators brought in tour groups without cooperating with local tour operators, which violates relevant regulations, said the daily.



Laos could sustain growth by promoting mega projects in 2018: economist

Laos could accomplish economic growth of 7 percent in 2018, but needs to push for stronger development of mega projects, a Lao economist said. Leeber Leebouapao from the National Economic Research Institute told Vientiane Times that the further progress of mega projects would serve as the main driver for economic growth amid the government's revenue shortfall.



Photo contest celebrates the Mekong River as a shared resource

A selection of 30 winning photographs submitted to the Mekong River Commission as a part of their first photo contest are now online, depicting scenes from the mighty river and the communities that depend on it. The MRC is an international research body that periodically reports on the condition of the Mekong River and its dependent ecosystems, providing data on pollution, fisheries, droughts, floods, agriculture and socio-economic indicators.



Laos says to enjoy success in foreign affairs

Laos has made important steps in regional and international integration, actively participating in international cooperation in the region and worldwide. These achievements were highlighted at the annual foreign affairs meeting held in Lao capital Vientiane on Wednesday, local daily Vientiane Times reported Thursday.



Much-anticipated but delayed hotels to welcome first guests in 2018

Aman Resorts' Amanyangyun property, due to open on January 8, on the southern outskirts of Shanghai, comprises salvaged Ming and Qing dynasty buildings and replanted ancient trees. Leading this wrap-up column last year was one of the most anticipated openings expected in 2017.