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Asia News Network US backs UXO-related activities with US$5 million
By: PHETPHOXAY SENGPASEUTH,   Vientiane Times (Laos)  Vientiane Times (Laos)/Asia News Network  22/01/2020
The work will be undertaken in the provinces of Huaphan, Khammuan, Savannakhet, Saravan, Champassak and Attapeu. The funding will support a national survey to locate UXO, as well as clearance, risk education and compensation for victims, according to the US Embassy. A Memorandum of Understanding on   (382 words)
Asia News Network Experts recommend policy, technical standards for electric vehicles
By: NEWS DESK,   Vientiane Times (Laos)  Vientiane Times (Laos)/Asia News Network  22/01/2020
They provided recommendations in the areas of EV registration, EV technical inspection, taxation, financial promotion, and the importation of EVs. They also discussed an awareness-raising campaign in Vientiane, along with potential opportunities and the next steps to EVs in Laos. The meeting on   (345 words)
Asia News Network Asean textile industry reps eye seamless export trade
By: NEWS DESK,   Vientiane Times (Laos)  Vientiane Times (Laos)/Asia News Network  22/01/2020
The AFTEX 43rd Council Meeting and 40th Plenary Session took place last week and was hosted by the Association of Lao Garment Industries. The meeting shared information about garment business operations in Asean, considered the global garment market, and discussed ways to collaborate in the export of   (133 words)
Asia News Network FEATURE: Mekong media personnel learn new lessons from China
By: PATITHIN PHETMEUANGPHUAN,   Vientiane Times (Laos)  Vientiane Times (Laos)/Asia News Network  22/01/2020
The programme comprised many interesting activities such as a visit to the offices of the People's Daily, and trips to JD.com Company, Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China, and then two days of lectures on new media and new   (587 words)
Asia News Network Research institute needs to branch out, PM advises
By: NEWS DESK,   Vientiane Times (Laos)  Vientiane Times (Laos)/Asia News Network  22/01/2020
The premier made constructive and open suggestions at a meeting held at the institute on Tuesday and heard a report on the past years' achievements and future research plans. Mr Thongloun and other senior government officials were warmly welcomed by the institute's senior officials, led by its Acting   (501 words)
Asia News Network US welcomes S. Korea's troop dispatch to Strait of Hormuz
The Nation (Thailand)  The Nation (Thailand)/Asia News Network  22/01/2020
South Korea's defense ministry announced earlier that it will expand the operational area of its anti-piracy mission in the Gulf of Aden to cover the Strait of Hormuz amid heightened tensions between the US and Iran. The 300-strong Cheonghae Unit will operate independently of the US-led International   (262 words)
Asia News Network Korea's 2019 growth slowest in decade in 2019, Q4 expansion faster than expected
The Nation (Thailand)  The Nation (Thailand)/Asia News Network  22/01/2020
South Korea's gross domestic product expanded 2 percent in 2019 from a year earlier, according to advance data from the Bank of Korea.   The figure marks the slowest on-year growth since 2009, when Asia's fourth-largest economy expanded 0.7 percent in the aftermath of the financial crisis   (382 words)
Asia News Network Investment under Foreign Business Act surges 60% last year
The Nation (Thailand)  The Nation (Thailand)/Asia News Network  22/01/2020
Weerasak Wangsupakitkosol, Deputy Minister of Commerce, said on Tuesday (January 21) that 697 foreign investors were permitted to invest in Thailand last year under the Act. Most of the investments were in capital -intensive businesses such as engineering service, software development, and application   (94 words)
Asia News Network New round of bidding expected in April for gas exploration
The Nation (Thailand)  The Nation (Thailand)/Asia News Network  22/01/2020
Director-general Sarawut Kaewtathip said the department is expected to conclude next month the number of plots to be put up for the 23rd round of bidding.  The department is expected to open bidding for the plots in the Gulf of Thailand first.  The new round of bidding is the first in 13   (269 words)
Asia News Network PM appoints panel to speed up trade, investment
The Nation (Thailand)  The Nation (Thailand)/Asia News Network  22/01/2020
Finance Minister Uttama Savanayana said on Tuesday (January 21) that a cabinet meeting in Narathiwat province acknowledged the PM's order to appoint the committee. The Cabinet also gave the green light to a Bank for Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives (BAAC) recapitalisation of Bt20 billion over   (327 words)
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