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Laos Authorizes Two Crypto Exchange Platforms

Authorities in Laos have officially authorized two licensed cryptocurrency exchange platforms to operate in the country.

The Bank of Laos (BOL) has granted their Agreement in Principle for Cryptocurrencies Exchange Platform to LDX (Lao Digital Assets Exchange Co.), a joint venture between AIF Group and Phongsupthavy Group, and to Bitqik, a subsidiary of Simuong Group.…

https://laotiantimes.com/2022/01/17/laos-authorizes-two-crypto-exchange-platforms/
Laos to See Decline in Coffee Exports This Year

Coffee exports are expected to slow for Laos this year as the number of coffee plantations decreases.

In 2022, Laos is predicted to export just 20,000 tons of coffee, down from 30,000 tons in 2021, KPL reports.

President of the Lao Coffee Association, Mr. Sinouk Sisombat, said on Friday due to the volatility of the…

https://laotiantimes.com/2022/01/18/laos-to-see-decline-in-coffee-exports-this-year/
Laos Confirms 733 New Cases of Covid-19, Three Deaths

Laos has recorded 733 cases of Covid-19 across the country today, with three deaths.

The National Taskforce for Covid-19 Prevention and Control reported that 4,597 tests were conducted across the country over the last 24 hours, with 733 new cases confirmed.

There were 730 cases of community spread and three imported cases across the country.…

https://laotiantimes.com/2022/01/18/laos-confirms-733-new-cases-of-covid-19-three-deaths/
Health Authorities in Laos Ease Requirements for Newly Discharged Covid Patients

Health authorities have eased requirements for Covid-19 patients after being discharged from hospital, allowing them to resume their lives without further testing or isolation.

According to a notice issued yesterday by the Department of Health Care and Rehabilitation, under the Ministry of Health, Covid-19 patients in Laos can now be discharged from hospitals after receiving…

https://laotiantimes.com/2022/01/18/health-authorities-in-laos-ease-requirements-for-newly-discharged-covid-patients/
Laos and Cambodia to Strengthen Tourism Cooperation

Laos and Cambodia are to strengthen cooperation in tourism and facilitate more convenient cross-border travel between the two countries.

Khmer Times reports that representatives of the two countries met for bilateral talks on the sidelines of the ASEAN Tourism Forum, held in Cambodia from 16 to 22 January.

The two sides have signed a Memorandum…

https://laotiantimes.com/2022/01/19/laos-and-cambodia-to-strengthen-tourism-cooperation/
Laos Confirms 1,281 New Cases of Covid-19, Seven Deaths

Laos has recorded 1,281 cases of Covid-19 across the country today, with seven new deaths confirmed.

The National Taskforce for Covid-19 Prevention and Control reported that 5,298 tests were conducted across the country over the last 24 hours, with 1,281 new cases confirmed.

There were 1,279 cases of community spread and two imported cases across…

https://laotiantimes.com/2022/01/19/laos-confirms-1281-new-cases-of-covid-19-seven-deaths/
Government of Laos Signs Agreement on Blockchain with Welnance Finance

With the advent of modern technologies and as the world enters the era of the 4.0 industrial revolution, it has potentially become more and more interconnected. There are links between the tangible and intangible world, connecting things through digital technology and a colossal source of information like the internet.

One of them is Blockchain, also…

https://laotiantimes.com/2022/01/19/government-of-laos-signs-agreement-on-blockchain-with-welnance-finance/
Laos to Experience Cooler Temperatures and Rain This Week

Cooler weather and rain is expected in several parts of Laos this week, with temperatures dropping by up to three degrees.

According to a notice issued by the Department of Meteorology and Hydrology, under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, the weather is forecast to be cooler over the next few days, and particularly…

https://laotiantimes.com/2022/01/20/laos-to-experience-cooler-temperatures-and-rain-this-week/
Authorities in Laos Draft Law on Hydropower Safety

The government of Laos has completed drafting a law on hydropower safety to improve safety and reduce accidents.

The law will cover dams and hydropower installations and set standards or quality control procedures for each phase of construction, Lao National Radio reports.

Deputy Minister of Energy and Mines, Mr. Sinava Souphanouvong, spoke during a conference…

https://laotiantimes.com/2022/01/20/authorities-in-laos-draft-law-on-hydropower-safety/
Foodpanda Reveals Pau-Pau as a Brand Ambassador

foodpanda reveals Pau-Pau as a brand ambassador who is friendly, easygoing, and ready to shake the food and beverage delivery industry.

On January 5th, 2022, foodpanda Laos introduced a fresh face for the brand – Pau Pau, joining the celebration of foodpanda’s 10th anniversary as the pioneering food and grocery delivery platform in Asia. A…

https://laotiantimes.com/2022/01/20/foodpanda-reveals-pau-pau-as-a-brand-ambassador/
Schools in Laos Begin Face-to-face Classes

Schools in Laos are to begin reopening face-to-face classes following months of closure due to heavy Covid-19 restrictions.

Education authorities are reviewing the preparedness of schools in Vientiane Capital to resume face-to-face classes for Grade 5 of primary schools and Grades 4 and 7 of secondary schools.

Schools are required to demonstrate compliance with 70…

https://laotiantimes.com/2022/01/20/schools-in-laos-begin-face-to-face-classes/
Thailand to Resume Test And Go Travel Scheme

Thailand has announced it is to resume the Test and Go travel scheme from 1 February.

The Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration announced today that the country will resume its program of quarantine exemption for international travelers from 1 February.

Bangkok Post reports that visitors arriving in Thailand under the scheme must undertake two RT-PCR…

https://laotiantimes.com/2022/01/20/thailand-to-resume-test-and-go-travel-scheme/
Laos Sees Trade Deficit of USD 80 Million in December

Laos reported a trade deficit of USD 80 million in December 2021 with imports and exports totaling approximately USD 1.18 billion.

According to information from the Lao Trade Portal, Laos’ exports in December were USD 552 million, while imports totaled USD 632 million, resulting in the highest trade deficit of last year.

Major exports from…

https://laotiantimes.com/2022/01/20/laos-sees-trade-deficit-of-usd-80-million-in-december/
Savannakhet Police Shoot and Kill Armed Assailant

A man has been shot dead by police in Savannakhet Province after injuring several people in a machete attack.

The man attacked and wounded two people with a machete before police were called to the scene, Security News reports.

The incident occurred last week in Nongvath Village, Songkhone District, Savannakhet Province.

Police at the Songkhone…

https://laotiantimes.com/2022/01/21/savannakhet-police-shoot-and-kill-armed-assailant/
Oudomxay Residents Affected by Laos-China Railway Receive Compensation

Some 72 percent of residents in Oudomxay Province affected by the Laos-China Railway have received full compensation.

Acting Head of the Oudomxay Provincial Department of Public Works and Transport, Mr. Khamsouk Srithilat, says that authorities in Oudomxay have compensated those who have been affected by the railway project, Lao Youth Radio reports.

The Laos-China Railway…

https://laotiantimes.com/2022/01/21/oudomxay-residents-affected-by-laos-china-railway-receive-compensation/
Laos Considers Easing Restrictions on Entrance Visas

A new notice issued by the Prime Minister’s Office has instructed authorities to consider easing certain Covid measures, including restrictions on entry to the country.

The notice, issued yesterday by the Prime Minister’s Office and signed off by Head of the Prime Minister’s Office, Khamchen Vongphosy, asks authorities to consider easing restrictions on entry to…

https://laotiantimes.com/2022/01/21/laos-considers-easing-restrictions-on-entrance-visas/
Thailand Ships 1,000 Tonnes of Rice to China Via Laos-China Railway

A shipment of 1,000 tonnes of rice from Thailand has been delivered to China via the Laos-China Railway.

According to an announcement by Thailand’s Agriculture and Cooperatives Ministry, the shipment of rice was delivered to Chongqing in 20 carriages.

Exports of other agricultural products using the new rail link are to follow, Bangkok Post reports.…

https://laotiantimes.com/2022/01/21/thailand-ships-1000-tonnes-of-rice-to-china-via-laos-china-railway/
Laos Confirms 676 New Cases of Covid-19, Ten Deaths

Laos has recorded 676 cases of Covid-19 across the country today, with ten new deaths confirmed.

The National Taskforce for Covid-19 Prevention and Control reported that 4,337 tests were conducted across the country over the last 24 hours, with 676 new cases confirmed.

There were 670 cases of community spread and six imported cases across…

https://laotiantimes.com/2022/01/21/laos-confirms-676-new-cases-of-covid-19-ten-deaths/