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Luang Prabang Film Festival Announces 2017 Lineup

Luang Prabang Film Festival Announces 2017 Lineup

The Luang Prabang Film Festival (LPFF) has announced the lineup for its eighth annual event, which will run 8-13 December 2017. Official selections are More »

BCEL One Offers Alternative Way to Pay for 2017 Road Tax

BCEL One Offers Alternative Way to Pay for 2017 Road Tax

The uncertainty and miscommunication regarding payment of the 2017 road tax may be coming to an end as BCEL offers to accept road tax More »

Audit Uncovers Over One Trillion kip of Unauthorized Spending

Audit Uncovers Over One Trillion kip of Unauthorized Spending

Over one trillion kip of unauthorized state spending has been uncovered due to a 2015-2016 state budget audit. Parliament has been notified by the More »

Annual WIG Bazaar Announced for November 11

Annual WIG Bazaar Announced for November 11

WIG Laos has announced that its annual WIG Bazaar will be held on Saturday, 11 November 2017 at the National University of Laos Faculty More »

Daiso Japan Enters Lao Market

Daiso Japan Enters Lao Market

Everyone’s favorite budget-friendly chain has just made landfall in Laos, opening its doors for the very first time to the Lao public at the More »

HEADLINES

Seatbelt Regulation To Be Rolled Back, Revised

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Last week, The Laotian Times reported road users in Hadxayfong District receiving hefty fines for failure to use seatbelts. Vientiane drivers took to social media to vent their frustrations on the seatbelt crackdown, outraged that without warning, they were suddenly being fined 150,000 LAK per traffic violation, with paper receipts of the

Star Telecom Wins Bid to Develop Population Management for Laos

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On June 9th, the Ministry of Home Affairs signed a contract allowing Star Telecom (widely known as Unitel) to move forward in developing the Population Data Management System Creation Project for the fiscal year of 2017-2018.

Star Telecom, a joint venture between the Laos-Asia telecom company Vietnam’s Viettel telecom group,

Connecting the Unconnected with an Offline Internet System

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In this day and age, one thing is for certain; information is power. Over four billion people in developing countries are missing out on that power, due to the lack of proper internet access.

More than half of the Lao population are uninformed on the life-changing benefits of connectivity, particularly …

Private Businesses Struggle to Find Financing

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Business banking in Laos has taken a severe hit in the past few years as government officials have started limiting funds that have been typically granted to developers for implementing infrastructure projects in the past.

Construction of roads, mining, land concessions and various infrastructure projects have all been suspended due

ITECC Mall Hosts Top Thai Brands 2017 Trade Fair June 7-11

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For the first time in Laos, ITECC Mall will host the Top Thai Brands 2017 trade fair, with over 300 booths stocked and displayed with quality products from Thailand.

Held in the old building, the trade fair is scheduled to run in Vientiane from June 7-11, and not only aims

China’s Dams Proving Beneficial

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Known as the Lancang River in China, the Mekong river is the heart of Southeast Asian countries, with over 60 million people depending on the river and its tributaries for food, water, transport and many other aspects of their everyday routine.

Since 1993, China has installed six dams along the

Authorities Level the Playing Field for Local Fishermen

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Following a fishery legislation installed in 2009, which bans the use of traps and tools that can severely harm fish stocks, authorities in Khong district, Champassak province have recently destroyed hundreds of fish traps along the Mekong River, and the fisherman working upstream are reaping the benefits.

Over 400 fish …

Seatbelts Now Compulsory on Vientiane Roads

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While regulations on seatbelt use have existed since 2013, the law has rarely been enforced. Recently, however, Vientiane residents have begun receiving fines from diligent police for failure to buckle up.  

According to Article 18 of the Law on Land Traffic, drivers and passengers of vehicles with four