Cartoonist

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Cartoon artworks is not very common among Lao peoples, some may have seen several black and white cartoon in elementary school books and  Japanese cartoon or animation through television sometimes.

Since the year 2004 Lao cartoon is booming again with a man who has studied from Arts and Metier school in Paris, and has introduced both print and animations cartoon in Laos, mostly the characteristics or cartoon aimed using for rural development though education and health care which supported by International Organization such as UNICEF, WHO, FAO, WFP, UXO, as well as UNDP., etc…

Chongkham Phonekeo or CK, a creators of many characters which friendly with readers or almost all kind of audiences, he spending most of times during his returned from year 2000 to study the peoples, especially the target group in order to pickup the specific things which relating to their culture, behaviours and refined an altitude of those peoples and finally tracing to the pieces of papers.

Ck is very warm, friendly and lot of humour relating to the cross culture towards the cartoon, it’s a TABOU to say that he seem to see things as cartoon but sometime it’s.

Those Cartoon showing above is published on a tourist guide book in Lao PDR. Do’s and Don’t as we would notice at the sign board showing at the tourist spots.

Mr. Chongkham Phonekeo
Call +856 (20) 55 613 149
Mail: chongkham@gmail.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pg/laocartoon/about/?ref=page_internal

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BCEL

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BANQUE POUR LE COMMERCE EXTERIEUR LAO PUBLIC

ISO 90012015

The most successful and provide the most comfortable services such as SWIFT code, VISA, Union pay, JCB, as well as internet and Mobile Banking.

For an opening the Bank account, it’s necessary to have a work permit and business visa included the passport. For some case some company can issue a contract of work and guaranty paper for a cosign in order to issue the bank account.

 

For facility, the clients can also download an application form though the link below:

http://www.bcel.com.la/bcel/form-download.html?Id=forms&page=1


SWIFT Code: COEBLALA

With BCEL Cards it provided automatically the Union Pay system instate of VISA card it need to provided separately.
With one single card we can withdraw money in 160 countries.

http://europe.chinadaily.com.cn/epaper/2016-12/16/content_27685672.htm

Vientiane, Laos and Tokyo, Japan, May 26, 2015 – (JCN Newswire) – Banque Pour Le Commerce Exterieur Lao Public (BCEL) and JCB International Co., Ltd. (JCBI), the international operations subsidiary of JCB Co., Ltd., have announced to launch BCEL-JCB Credit Card in Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Laos).

https://www.acnnewswire.com/press-release/english/22604/banque-pour-le-commerce-exterieur-lao-public-to-launch-bcel-jcb-credit-card-in-laos

BCEL i-Bank is the Internet Banking Service to allow customers to access their bank accounts and manage their money online from different locations 24/7.

http://bcel.com.la/bcel/product-review.html?prd=e-banking&id=ibank&lang=en


With a new application provided though BCEL One the clients can pay directly from their mobile phone by login to BCEL One, then

  1. Select One Pay icon
  2. Scan the QR Code
  3. Put the amount of payment.

It work only with where showing One Pay card only.

http://www.bcel.com.la/bcel/slide-show.html?id=OnePay&lang=la


BCEL One is one of the most using application among BCEL clients as it’s made for facilitate the online payment, money transferring as well as balance check. The clients can easily download for both Android and iSO system, when having install and application to the mobile phone, it’s necessary to contact with the Bank Head office in order to have a connection to the bank account, username registration and passwords.

https://www.bcel.com.la:8083/reg.php?langid=0

http://www.bcel.com.la/bcel/product-review.html?prd=e-banking&id=bcel1&lang=en

 

 

For yearly road tax, BCEL is included the online payment system though BCEL One. When the payment has done it should be printed the mobile screen for showing to the police before getting an original paper at the head counter.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bcel.bcelone

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/bcel-one/id654946527?mt=8

 


BCEL HEAD OFFICE 01 Pangkham Street vientiane POBOX 2925 Tel:(856-21) 213200-1, 213203, 217899, 222495, 223190, 223243-4, Fax: (856-21) 218977, 223012, 214944 SWIFT CODE: COEBLALA, Reuters: BCEL , Website: http://www.bcel.com.la, Email: bcelhovt@bcel.com.la, bcelhqv@bcel.com.la

 

 

 

 

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Vat Phou

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Vat Phou and Associated Ancient Settlements within the Champasak Cultural Landscape – (extracts from UNESCO’s website). The Champasak cultural landscape, including the Vat Phou Temple complex, is a remarkably well-preserved planned landscape more than 1,000 years old. It was shaped to express the Hindu vision of the relationship between nature and humanity, using an axis from mountain top to river bank to lay out a geometric pattern of temples, shrines and waterworks extending over some 10 km. Two planned cities on the banks of the Mekong River are also part of the site, as well as Phou Kao mountain. The whole represents a development ranging from the 5th to 15th centuries, mainly associated with the Khmer Empire.

Vat Phou 

Inscriptions from to the 5th and 6th centuries mention a sanctuary built on the mountain, during the same period as the foundation of the city. This sanctuary has disappeared and has been replaced by the religious complex we see today. This complex was built during the first part of the 11th century, with some additions and reconstructions from the 12th and 13th centuries. 

Built along an East-West axis, it extends over 1.4 km and climbs up the slope, starting from the plain and ending about 100m above, where the main sanctuary is situated. The main sanctuary is located on a terrace at the foot of the cliff where the sacred spring flows.

The religious complex of Vat Phou is of Khmer architecture and Hindu religion and is situated at the foot of a hill. The summit, the Phou Kao, immediately commands one’s attention because of its shape, identified in ancient times with the linga, the phallic symbol of Shiva, from which originated its ancient name, Lingaparvata, and its reputation as a sacred hill.

The permanent spring, at the foot of the cliffs, is probably one of the main reasons that induced the ancient rulers of the area to establish a shivaist sanctuary at this location. Associated with this religious complex, in the plain below, on the banks of the Mekong, is a pre-angkorian city, the remains of which (large earthen enclosure walls, brick monuments) are barely visible on the ground, although they appear quite clearly on aerial pictures. 

Since 1991, excavations have been undertaken by P.R.A.L. (Projet de Recherches en Archéologie Lao) with the aim of producing a precise archaeological map.

read more http://www.vatphou-champassak.com/

Credit: Rattanavong Lat

Credit: Rattanavong Lat

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Credit: Rattanavong Lat 

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Credit: Rattanavong Lat

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Credit: Rattanavong Lat

Vat Phou Festival 2018

29-31 January 2018

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Lao Youth Trained for Future ICT Policy Formulation

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3rd Left from right Mr Kawasaki Mitsuyoshi

Manythone Keolangsy

(KPL) The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) funded a two-week training course on “Knowledge Co-Creation Programme for Young Leaders” under the theme Policy on Information and Communication for ten Lao youth officials from Nov 27 to Dec 12, 2017.

The course, an activity of the International Cooperation Programme of the government of Japan, was conducted by Toshikatsu Tsuzuki of Fujitsu Learning Media Limited.

A graduation ceremony for the trainees was held on Dec 12 at the Okinawa International Centre where certificates were presented to the trainees by Director General of JICA Okinawa Kawasaki Mitsuyoshi.

The course aimed to foster personnel who will formulate policies relevant to Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in the near future in Laos.

“Since ICT innovation can better improve people’s lives, a policy formulator should always keep eyes on current trends in ICT and should be able to decide what to, where to, and how to apply appropriate technologies with clearly understanding the roles of the government,” said Mr Kawasaki.

The purpose of the training course was to offer chances for participants to observe various ICT application cases in Japan and facilitate them to understand what they should do in the future as a policy formulator.

The training course also offered opportunities for the participants and Japanese citizens to learn from each other and think and create new idea together.

During the training, the participants also had study tours in well known places in Okinawa Prefecture such as Okinawa Metrological Station, Naha Airport, Ishikawa prefectural government office, Okinawa Polytechnic College, Ocean Expo Park, Eco-Park Miyako, Bio-ethanol Plant, Underground Dams and Conditions in Miyako Island, National Project for Miyako Land Improvement and Yaeyama Hospital in Ishigaki Jima.

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Grant aid Government of Japan

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The government of Japan will provide grant aid amounting to 1.4 billion Japanese yen (over US$12 million) to implement the project for improving the lower secondary school environment in the central and southern provinces.The signing ceremony for the exchange of notes for grant aid for the project took place yesterday in Vientiane. 

The notes were signed and exchanged by Ambassador of Japan to Laos Mr Takeshi Hikihara and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Saleumxay Kommasith.

Under the new grant aid, the project will expand and rebuild some 37 secondary schools in four central and southern provinces, and provide furnishings such as desks and chalkboards. 

http://vientianetimes.org.la

Times Reporters

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How Producers in Laos Are Turning to Specialty Coffee

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Let’s grab a Khaafeh Lao and talk about what’s behind your morning coffee – both the beans and the producers. This is the story of the people farming your specialty coffee, and the long process of change they’re going through to meet the growing demand for quality and quantity.

SEE ALSO: What Are the Challenges Facing Lao Hill-Tribe Coffee Farmers?

coffee in LaosA woman spreads coffee cherries out to dry. Credit: CARE International in Lao P.D.R, Chris Wardle

Lao Coffee: The Basics

If you’re drinking coffee in Laos, it’s very likely from plantations established almost 100 years ago by French colonialists.

According to the Lao Coffee Sector Development Strategy (2014), the 1920s French planteurs de caffee first grew Arabica coffee in Laos using Bourbon and Typica varieties. The French were attracted to the elevation and volcanic soils of the Bolaven Plateau in the southern province of Champasak. Later, during the 1950s, Arabica – plagued by frost, leaf rust, and the impacts of war – was replaced by Robusta and a rust-resistant and higher-yielding Robusta-Arabica Catimor.

SEE ALSO: Geisha vs Bourbon: A Crash Course in Coffee Varieties

Phouxay Thepphavong, Secretary General of the Laos National Chamber of Commerce and Industry, shared several facts about our freshly brewed morning coffee. For a start, today, coffee is Laos’ most valuable agricultural export. The coffee export industry was valued at US $50 million in 2015, sizeable for a country of only 6.5 million people.

As for the farmers, Thepphavong explained that rural areas are home to most Lao people and over 70% of the country’s poor. Coffee provides employment for nearly 40,000 families in the seven coffee-producing districts of southern Laos. Production is expanding into other highland areas in northern Laos as well.

LaosMountains in Laos, a landlocked country seeking to graduate from Least Developed Country status by 2020. Credit: Nicole Motteux

The People Behind Your Coffee

In the south, coffee cultivation intensifies. It’s a spectacular scenery of rolling hills, mountains peaks reaching 1,400 m.a.s.l., and pristine rivers, populated by diverse ethnic minority communities. Coffee producers here are typically young ethnic Katu, Talieng and Yae people.

The Dak Chueng district lies in the Sekong Province bordering Vietnam. People here traditionally made a living from shifting cultivation, known as hai in Laos and also referred to as swidden cultivation or slash-and-burn agriculture. It’s one of the oldest land-use systems in the world.

However, many shifting cultivators in Dak Chueng have recently chosen to forgo their traditional agriculture for the ready income of coffee production.

Mr Phosy and Mrs Thip are 35 years old and of Yae ethnicity. Three years ago, they moved from their upland rice hamlet with their three children, aged 16, 14, and 12 years old, to Dak Man village to start their own coffee farm.

Coffee farming beckoned with opportunities they had rarely experienced before. They wanted to send their children to school in the village, get medical care, and buy other goods and services.

The older generation, however, decided to stay upland. Mrs Thip explains that her parents are “too old to move.”

“They cannot change their ways,” she says.

coffee in LaosA young woman during her daily work. Credit: Vincent Rouffaer

Investing for The Future

Coffee trees take three years to produce cherries, and the costs of moving totalled ₭32,234,000 (almost US $4,000). To meet the capital costs of establishing a coffee farm, the family sold some of their livestock and borrowed money from the bank. To make ends meet between planting and production, Mrs Thip relied on her upland family for rice, bananas, and pumpkins for household consumption.

Mr Phosy and Mrs Thip still visit the upland hamlet almost weekly to forage for food in the forest and the family vegetable plots, as well as take care of their elders. They also bring down manure to improve the soil of their coffee gardens, at a rate of two 50-kilo bags per motorbike trip.

Other opportunities to generate income are difficult to come by, but they remain optimistic for the future.

“We are young so we can change,” says Mrs Thip. “Growing coffee seedlings long term is very different to upland farming. We have relatives in the village to advise us. They told us how to produce seedlings and prepare the field. We learned how to weed. We have never pruned our coffee. The only way we can make this change is with the help of our family.”

The Cost of Inexperience

Mr Phosy and Mrs Thip are concerned that their past farming experience hasn’t prepared them for quality coffee production. There are many things they are unsure about: the management of tree rejuvenation and plant nutrition, soil fertilization and mulching, water retention, plant pests and diseases, and more.

In addition, they know that producing specialty coffee requires certain harvesting and processing techniques as well as diligent post-harvest handling. Yet this is completely new to them.

LaosCoffee producers in the Dak Chueng District. Credit: CARE International P.D.R

The family are on the same path of change as other coffee growers who started 10 years earlier. They too mined soil nutrients and mismanaged their coffee because they had no foundation or training in horticulture. With limited knowledge, resources, and capital, smallholder coffee producers face low yields and poor-quality beans – all things linked to soil nutrient deficiencies, diseases, and pests.

Poor harvesting and post-harvesting handling techniques together with a weak understanding of the market did not bring a good return for Mr Phosy and Mrs Thip. Currently, they sell mostly dried cherries and defective red cherries, receiving a very low price for their fledgeling coffee product.

coffee in LaosA worker sorts through drying coffee cherries. Credit: CARE International P.D.R, Chris Wardle

Cash Income Changes Lifestyles

Like many other families, Mr Phosy and Mrs Thip do not receive support from government agricultural services. They rely on other smallholder producers for advice and traders that have outreach programs to secure their supply lines.

Coffee production is a transformational commodity for poor upland farmers in the Bolaven Plateau in southern Laos. The majority of villages in Dak Chueng are dependent on coffee as their main source of cash income.

Many smallholder producers had limited access to cash before. Having cash makes a tangible difference to many households, enabling them to buy food such as rice, tea, salt, MSG, homeware, and 2G mobile phones. It allows children to go to school and the family to access medical care. More successful coffee producers can buy motorbikes and smartphones.

Better Equipment, Better Profits

Several NGOs and international coffee traders work to support smallholder coffee producers in the Bolaven Plateau, the country’s main coffee-producing area. They do so, in many cases, through sharing information on good agricultural practices and coffee post-harvest handling.

For example, I have recently completed a research project with CARE International in Laos. The body implements projects in the Dak Chueng District, including the European Union Food Security Project Women and Income and Nutrition Groups, to support the transition to sustainable production practices inclusive of women and youth.

Their interventions include diversification, the community management of natural resources, intensification of existing coffee plots rather than expansion, sustainable land management, access to finance, and use of communication systems for better market access.

coffee in LaosDiscussing best agricultural practices: Credit: CARE International in Lao P.D.R

Similarly, since 2014, Outspan Bolovens Ltd., a subsidiary of Olam, has set its pricing signals to encourage producers to alter their post-harvest processing practices. Some smallholder producers are switching to using hand pulpers, many provided by CARE International, to remove the cherry pulp before washing and drying the parchment coffee. This allows them to attract a higher price from Olam and so obtain extra income.

Some producers are also processing the cherry to parchment in the village, rather than selling their crops unprocessed. In 2015, Mrs Seng made up to four times more than her usual income by selling parchment instead of cherries.

Additionally, some producers have also started storing parchment during the rainy season, waiting until the roads and river are accessible to get the product to market.

“Evaluations highlight a high level of local ownership and significant positive impact on ethnic communities, particularly women and girls,” says Phounsy Phasaveng, Provincial Program Manager at CARE International in Laos.

coffee in LaosAdding cherries to the depulper. Credit: Mr Lat Rattanavong

These changes are small and slow, yet they have the power to make a real impact to coffee producers in Laos. Accessing the specialty market can provide cash, education, healthcare, and more.

It’s important that producers continue to learn about good agricultural practices and local post-harvest processing – something that will, to begin with, require the support of traders or NGOs.

I encourage you, as you buy your coffee, to look out for origins and brands like this. Improve the quality of the coffee in your cup, as well as the opportunities for producers along the supply chain.

Written by Nicole Motteux, based on a case study with CARE International in Lao P.D.R (Nicole Motteux, 2017: Disconnect – the transition from shifting cultivation to coffee production). All interviews were conducted with Mr Thongchanh from the Coffee Research Station as an interpreter.

Perfect Daily Grind

see original link: https://www.perfectdailygrind.com/2017/10/producers-laos-turning-specialty-coffee/

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Lao coffee Development

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coffee plantation Boloven plateau

The government is planning to develop coffee-rich Bolaven Plateau in southern Laos as the country’s top agri-business and agri-tourism destination due to its perfect climate and fertile volcanic soils.
A master plan for developing the plateau is being drafted by the National Economic Research Institute to ensure sustainable development in Bolaven.
Officials from the institute told Vientiane Times on Friday that zones of the plateau would be identified and allocated according to their suitability for organic crop plantations and tourism activity development.
http://vientianetimes.org.la
Somsack Pongkhao

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108 Jobs

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108 Jobs is a website where providing Jobs for local and foreigner candidate, the clients can also post the jobs.

 

https://108.jobs/home

 

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Laos, Japan to revise air service agreement

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business March 20, 2017 01:00

By  VIENTIANE TIMES
ASIA NEWS NETWORK
VIENTIANE

A DELEGATION from Japan will meet with Lao government officials in Vientiane this week to negotiate improvements to the air service agreement signed by the two parties last year.

Lao Airlines has long-term plans to start a direct flight to Japan but this is unlikely to happen in the near future because the airline is still in the process of improving services, an official with the Civil Aviation Department, Viengxay Singkham, said recently.

In the meantime, Japanese authorities are studying the feasibility of a Laos-Japan route, he said.

The department official was unable to say when such a flight might become operational. At present, people in Laos wanting to travel to Japan for work or leisure have to transit through Bangkok or Hanoi, from where it takes about five hours to reach Japan.

This is in addition to the one hour or more that it takes to fly to Thailand and Vietnam.

The governments of Laos and Japan signed an air service agreement in January last year, which was regarded as a landmark in civil aviation cooperation between the two countries, the Civil Aviation Department said.

 The agreement was seen as fundamental to civil aviation cooperation, particularly the opening of direct flights between the two countries to facilitate the air transport of people and goods and to promote tourism, trade and investment in Laos and Japan.

Japan is the 27th country to have signed an air service agreement with Laos.

The number of Japanese visitors to Laos currently stands at about 30,000 people a year, according to the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism, while only about 4,000 Lao people travel to Japan each year.

In 2014, Japan began issuing multiple-entry visas valid for up to three years to Lao nationals in an effort to improve business links and tourism between the two countries.

In addition to Lao Airlines, other foreign airlines fly in and out of Laos, including AirAsia, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Thai Airways, Bangkok Airways, Vietnam Airlines, Jin Air and Silk Air. 

 

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Telephone and Internet services

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Many peoples is wondering if once has arriving to Laos, what is the best phone and internet services? Which one is the most convenience, cheap, and better? The phone and net services in Laos today is quite convenience and easier to access and bring people to connect each other with internet services such as 3G and 4G also available today.

The phone and internet service are available for both cell phone sim cards, and net sim cards. For a net sim card, it should be aware if the phone is limited to 3G, then should use 3G sim net.

The sim net is can use for both, cell phone and pocket WIFI, and please do not forget user name and passwords.

Pocket WIFI, most use in Laos, also aware some may use only with 3G net sim

Simple pocket WIFI use 4G net sim


Lao telecom.

How to refill your credit? 

*121*…………# dial

How to check your credit?

*122#

How to know your number?

*110#

 

Sim net, use Sim net is lower price and it only allow to use for internet only.

Lao telecom 4 G sim card

Laotelecom 3G sim card

Refill phone credit cards

How to refill your internet credit?

 

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For more information
http://www.laotel.com/en/

 

http://s-max.jp/archives/1669709.html


Beeline

 

Beeline

Beeline can also provide similar services like other provider, but Beeline is mostly limited for the city only, but Beeline can make easier for calling to the same network in Vietnam and Cambodia.

http://deets.feedreader.com/beeline.la/

How to refill your credit? 

*121*…………# dial

How to check your credit?

*122#

How to know your number?

*110#

How to refill your internet credit?

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Beeline sim card

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Beeline refill cards


 

 

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