U.S. Suspends Issuing Visas To Lao Citizens

VIENTIANE, June 22 (NNN-KPL) – The Consular Department, under Lao Ministry for Foreign Affairs, issued an official notice, to inform the general public that the U.S. government has suspended the issuance of visas to Lao citizens, local daily, Vientiane Times, reported today.

The Consular Department received an official notification from the U.S. embassy, saying that, starting from Apr 1, the U.S. government discontinued issuance of all immigrant and non-immigrant visas for Lao citizens and nationals, applying in Laos, except for certain types.

Laos to press ahead with new dam, its third on Mekong

BANGKOK, May 13 (NNN-AGENCIES) — Environmentalists have criticised Laos for pressing ahead with plans for another dam on the Mekong River, a waterway already strangled by hydropower schemes.

The flow of the Mekong, Southeast Asia’s longest river, is interrupted by a cascade of dams in China — where it is called the Lancang.

Two downstream dams — the Xayaburi and Don Sahong — have been built in Laos, which wants to construct seven more as it strives to live up to its billing as the “Battery of Asia”.

Laos Sees Increasing Income From Rice Export To China

VIENTIANE, Feb 26 (NNN-KPL) – Laos earned more from the sale of rice to China in the past few years due to trade preference arrangements between the two countries.

In 2017, the value of rice sold to China was 5.6 million U.S. dollars. This figure increased to 7.25 million U.S. dollars in 2018, and to 14.54 million U.S. dollars in 2019, according to the Lao Ministry of Industry and Commerce.

ASEAN Information Ministers Pledge To Build Smart Connectivity

VIENTIANE, Laos, Oct 26 (NNN-KPL) – The 19th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Telecommunications and Information Technology Ministers Meeting (TELMIN) and related meetings were held here on Thursday and Friday.

According to the joint media statement issued by ASEAN on Friday, the meeting, talking over smart connectivity for ASEAN digital transformation, agreed to further intensify cooperation to propel ASEAN towards a digitally-enabled economy that is secure, sustainable, and transformative; and to build an innovative, inclusive and integrated ASEAN.

Laos To Expand Energy Trade With Vietnam

VIENTIANE, Laos, Aug 22 (NNN-KPL) – Laos is targeting an increase in electricity trade with Vietnam on a year-on-year basis, after the two sides reached agreements on developing energy and mining projects and electricity trading contracts earlier this year.

The bilateral cooperation agreement on developing energy and mining projects, was among several pacts signed at the 40th Meeting of the Laos-Vietnam Inter-governmental Committee in Vietnam in 2019.

'Hundreds missing in Laos after dam collapse'

24 July 2018; (KPL) Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith has suspended the planned monthly meeting of the government for August and led his cabinet members and other senior officials to Sanamxay to monitor rescue and relief efforts being made for flood victims. 

The collapse of the Xepian-Xe Nam Noy hydropower dam on Monday caused flash flooding in six villages of Sanamxay district including Yai Thae, Hinlad, Mai, Thasengchan, Tha Hin, and Samong. Hinlad and Mai villages were hard-hit.

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