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Laos Swine Flu Outbreak Sees Thailand, China Ban Pig Imports

Laos Swine Flu Outbreak Sees Thailand, China Ban Pig Imports

China and Thailand have both ban pork and pig product imports from Laos following the country’s first outbreak of African swine fever. More »

Vientiane’s 200-year-old Trees Demolished for Hotel Construction

Vientiane’s 200-year-old Trees Demolished for Hotel Construction

Vientiane residents have taken to social media in protest of the felling of a number of trees along the capital’s riverside, purportedly to make More »

Flying Colors

Flying Colors

A Lao Airlines Retrospective Lao Airlines celebrates its 30th anniversary this year as a state enterprise. More »

Laos and SK Engineering Clash over Cause of Dam Collapse

Laos and SK Engineering Clash over Cause of Dam Collapse

A South Korean construction firm has dismissed the latest findings by the Lao government that are cited as the reason for a fatal hydropower dam More »

Japan x Sabai: Sounds, Sights, Tastes, Smiles, Friendship a Feast at Tokyo’s Laos Festival ’19

Japan x Sabai: Sounds, Sights, Tastes, Smiles, Friendship a Feast at Tokyo’s Laos Festival ’19

Dancing, Friendship, Frivolity & Unmistakable Sound of World Heritage Listed Bamboo-Piped Khaen Among the Greetings to Tokyo’s Famous Yoyogi Park for Japan’s Laos Festival 2019, The More »

Laos Swine Flu Outbreak Sees Thailand, China Ban Pig Imports

China and Thailand Ban Pig Imports from Laos

China and Thailand have both ban pork and pig product imports from Laos following the country’s first outbreak of African swine fever.

Vientiane’s 200-year-old Trees Demolished for Hotel Construction

Banyan trees hacked away by developers

Vientiane residents have taken to social media in protest of the felling of a number of trees along the capital’s riverside, purportedly to make room for construction of a new hotel.

Laos Improves Trade Regulations for Foreign Companies

Laos updates trade regulations

Foreign companies that export products to Laos will no longer require a domestic business license under new trade regulations issued by the Ministry of Commerce.

Mrs Khemmani Pholsena, Lao Minister of Industry and Commerce, issued a ministerial decision on June 6 ending the requirement for a domestic business license by foreign firms exporting products to Laos.

Under the new regulations, international companies wishing to export goods to Laos may simply submit a request for trading rights directly from the Import and Export Department.

To be granted trading rights, foreign firms will need to submit a request for certification at the Import and Export Department, Ministry of Industry and Commerce.  Eligibility will require foreign companies to be registered in countries that are members of the World Trade Organization, and provide evidence that they operate their businesses legally, and without having been investigated for financial crimes.

Certain documents will be required and will need to be verified by the Lao embassy in the countries where companies are registered, or by authorized representatives.

According to the ministry, the new Decision is part of a move to improve the business environment in Laos, and to assist Laos in moving up the ranks in the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business Index, where the country is currently ranked 154.

The Hungry Tuk Tuk Safari

One portion Lao cuisine mixed with one portion tuk tuk creates a recipe for culinary adventure.

48 Hours in Shanghai

Long a link between the east and the west, dynamic Shanghai embraces the past while building the future.

The Hidden Gems of Pakse

Handicrafts and Local Life

Pakse provides more than just great transport links to other Southern Laos destinations.

Flying Colors

A Lao Airlines Retrospective

Lao Airlines celebrates its 30th anniversary this year as a state enterprise.

Finding His Way

How a Self-Trained Cartographer Made the Best – and Only – Maps of Southern Laos