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Economic Atlas: Decade of Population Trends Revealed in Laos

Socio-Economic Atlast of the Lao PDR

Data and analysis illustrating decade-long trends in population as illuminated by Laos’ censuses have been released in the form of the Socio-Economic Atlas of the Lao PDR – Patterns and Trends from 2005 to 2015.

Undertaken in 2015, the census provides a snapshot on changing demographics between 2005 and 2010 in multiethnic Laos.

“Socio-Economic Atlas of the Lao PDR provides readers with a highly detailed, multidimensional set of insights into geographic and temporal patterns of the demographic, social, and economic characteristics of the population of the Lao PDR.”

“It combines statistical data from the last two Population and Housing Censuses of 2005 and 2015 with detailed geographic information to present a wealth of new information on a large set of highly detailed thematic maps that are accompanied with descriptive texts. ”

Available online without charge, its chapters deal with subjects such as Demography, Migration, Literacy and Education, Health, Ethnicity, Economic Activities, Living Conditions and Poverty.


French Embassy Announces Research Week, with Focus on Public Health

The Embassy of France to Laos and partners held a joint press conference on Thursday to announce the programme for the 6th edition of “Research Week for Development”.

Research Week will take place in Vientiane from November 16-18, with the theme “Public health challenges in Laos” and featuring contributions from health research and regional perspectives.

The event will take place at the Francophone Institute for Tropical Medicine and the University of Heath Sciences, with participation by researchers and stakeholders from Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam and Myanmar.

Speaking at the press conference, French Ambassador, Mrs Claudine Ledoux said the focus of Research Week will be identifying and addressing emerging health risks linked with environmental and economic practices through an integrated approach known as One Health.

Researchers will illustrate the contributions of research in the field of surveillance and infectious disease fighting in Laos and the region.

A diversity of health professionals and researchers will share their experiences and work with Lao youth, highlighting the opportunities of research for public policy and career development.

Since the first edition held in 2009, the Research Week for Development has pursued a three-pronged ambition: feed into scientific debates for the Lao PDR’s and the sub-region’s development; support decisions and policy makers; and attract young students to scientific careers.

Proving the international dimension of this symposium, talks will be given in French, English and Lao with simultaneous translations.

Scientific presentations and high-level panels will bring together policy makers and scientific experts. There will also be interactive events for a wider audience (workshops, stalls, competitions, tours, screenings and exhibitions).

Quality training, sustainable practices in agriculture, and optimised national strategies are three key levers for public health development in Laos.

Laos is characterised by high biodiversity and a multifaceted society, and is a crossroads for cultural, human and economic exchange. Laos is subject to many challenges in a dynamic region prone to environmental, human, and climatic changes.

More than any other public action, the role of scientific research is fundamental in public health. In addition, current economic development allows authorities to consider an ambitious policy for the development of the health and wellbeing of the population.


Source: Vientiane Times

Agricultural Research in Remote Areas to Be Extended

The National Agriculture and Forestry Research Institute and National University of Laos will continue a collaborative research project for the improvement of the livelihoods of small-scale farmers in semi-mountainous areas.

The two parties will continue to work at the Japan International Research Centre for Agricultural Sciences (JIRCAS) for the development of the project after seeing the progress made under the project from 2011-2016.

The message was relayed during an inception workshop held yesterday in Vientiane led by the Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Mr. Thongphat Vongmany and the Ambassador of Japan to Laos Dr Takeshi Hikihara.

The three parties are also planning to carry out the following four components of the projects in Laos, particularly in the central and northern areas, according to a statement from the institute.

Those components are multiple use and value addition of the regional resources for sustainable improvement of productivity in semi-mountainous villages in Indochina; formation of food value chain through the value addition of food resources for supporting sustainable rural development; development of forestry technologies in indigenous tree plantations on slopes in Laos; and technical development for the captive breeding of indigenous freshwater shrimp.

The above projects include more research fields to try to improve the food value chain, forestry and indigenous shrimp culture techniques in addition to the livelihood improvement of the small scale farmers in semi-mountainous areas.

Yesterday’s meeting was co-chaired by the university’s Acting President Prof. Dr Somsy Gnorphanxay , JIRCAS President Mr. Masa Iwanaga, and the institute’s Director General Dr Bounthong Bouahom.

Source: Vientiane Times

PM Urges more Efforts in Research Work

The Ministry of Science and Technology has to work harder in developing the sector so that its achievements serve those of other sectors, contributing to socio-economic development in the country.

Economic Research Is Vital For National Financial Planning

The financial sector has been told to carry out global economic and financial research about potential impacts on Laos so that the country can prepare to handle any possible changes in its circumstances.