Airport Shuttle Bus Service

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January 10, 2018 

Vientiane Wattay Airport Shuttle Bus

Download map and schedule here:

http://bit.ly/VientianeAirportShuttle

A new airport shuttle bus service will commence operations next week, taking passengers to and from Wattay International Airport.

The airport shuttle buses will depart every 40 minutes from the Morning Market central bus station in Nong Chan Village, running from 9am until 10pm. Tickets are to be priced at 15,000 kip for a one way trip.

“Until now, the only public transportation to the airport has been taxi services, which charge around 58,000 kip to the airport from the city center,” said Mr Sithiphon Chanthavong, Deputy Manager of the Vientiane 2 City Bus Service.

“Our shuttle bus will stop at 16 locations via the Presidential Palace, and along Souphanouvong Road,” he added.

Furthering the passenger experience, an app will be available for Android smartphones allowing passengers to check bus routes and hail taxis from their location.

The City 2 bus service, under the Vientiane State Bus Enterprise (VSBE) launched its original service between ITECC and the Morning Market in November last year.

The 34 buses operated by the service were donated by the Kyoto City Council amid hopes to assist in easing traffic congestion.

Official bus stops have been designated around the city to prevent the traditional practice of hailing buses at random locations, which can be problematic to the flow of traffic.

Source: Laotian times

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Laos-China Hi-Speed Railway Construction Progresses 16%

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Laos-China Hi-Speed Railway Construction Progresses 16%

(KPL) Laos-China Railway Construction Project stretching from Bohan-Boten (Laos-China border) to Vientiane Capital has been actively implementing and had a satisfactory progress, which is 16.4 percent complete and expected to complete as scheduled by the end of 2021.

Over the past two years, sub-contractors completely drilled 53 channels passing through mountains, built 36 bridges with a total length of 54,000 metres, cleared land for building roads access to construction areas with a total length of 800 km, installed transmission line with over 400 km stretch and 233 transformers and built 93 km long of water supply.

China Railway No 2 Engineering Group Co., Ltd. a subcontractor in the sixth section of railway construction running 65.7 km from Phonhol district, Vientiane Province to Vientiane Capital which its framework consists of a 51-km infrastructure construction, construction of 17 bridges and four stations, has completed to install 130 poles and expected all poles to be installed by middle this year.

Laos-China railway with a total stretch of 417 km is a top-standard single track, which designed operating speed of 160 km per hour.

A combined investment of the railway is US$6 billion and the construction work kicked off December 2 2015, a part of celebration of 40th anniversary of National Day. This is the biggest investment project of China in Laos so far.

The project, under “one belt, one road initiative” will be a significant part of socio-economic development of Laos to be grown and moved upwards. 

Laos and China is a shared plight community that existed a mutual trust under Laos’s strategy to turn land-locked country into land-link.

KPL

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City Bus Vientiane

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City Bus – Route Map

New Japan donated buses used for Lao ITECC – Talat Sao line

Bus Routes and Timetables

There are a handful of bus routes in Vientiane city, all city buses depart from the Central Bus Station (CBS) and pass through a few places as listed. There is a route map that you can download in PDF too (scroll down)

Check vientianebus.org.la for bus timetables and fares.

Dongdok (National University of Laos)

  • Bus #29: Central Bus Station (CBS) → Patuxay → Phonkeng → Phonpanao → Army History Museum → Kaysone Museum → Southern bus station →and Lao National University (Dongdok).
  • Bus #31: Central Bus Station (CBS) → Chao Anouvong national stadium → Thongkhankham market → Phonthong → Mittapab hospital → Ban Sivilay → and Lao National University (Dongdok)
  • Bus #33: This line has been discontinued.
  • Nansuang
    • Bus #05: Central Bus Station (CBS) → National Cultural Hall → Fa Ngum Statue → Wattay Airport* → Sikai Market → Nansuang.

    Thongphong

    • Bus #30: Central Bus Station (CBS) → National Cultural Hall → Fa Ngum Statue → Wattay Airport* → Sikai Market → Thongphong.

    Nong Teng

    • Bus #49: Central Bus Station (CBS) → National Cultural Hall → Fa Ngum Statue → Wattay Airport* → Sikai Market → Nong Teng Rd. → Ban Nong Teng

    Pialath

    • Bus #06: Central Bus Station (CBS) → National Cultural Hall → Fa Ngum Statue → Wattay Airport* → Mekong Breeze Hotel → Nong Da temple → Pialath.

    *The buses do not go into the airport but it’s only 5 minutes walk from the main road.

    Donpamai

    • Bus #32: Central Bus Station (CBS) → Dongpaina Rd. → Lao-Thai Rd. → 103 Hospital → South Korea Embassy → Myanmar Embassy → Sweden Embassy → Sangvuy Temple (end of route here).

    Lao-ITECC-Talat Sao Mall1 

    • Lao ITECC→ ASEAN Mall→ BCEL Bank Branch → That Luang Square Mall →That Luang Tai Temple →  That Luang Esplanade → Nongbone Temple → Indochina Bank→ Ministry of Finance→ Malaysia Embassy→ Patuxai → Ministry of Energy and Mines → Ministry of Public Security →Talat Sao Mall 1. See route map for more details.

    This line was previously run by electric vehicles. From November 27 onward, they will be permanently replaced by Kyoto Buses.

Thangon

  • Bus #23: Central Bus Station (CBS) → Lane Xang Avenue → Patuxax → Army History Museum → Kaysone Museum → Southern bus station → Thangon.

Thadeua via Lao-Thai Friendship Bridge

  • Bus #14: Central Bus Station (CBS) → Thadeua road → KM3 → Sounmon → Jinaimo → KM8 → Lao-Thai Frienship Bridge → Thanaleng → Thadeua → and Buddha Park (locally known as Xiengkhuan).

Northern Bus Station

  • Bus #08: Central Bus Station (CBS) → National Cultural Hall → Fa Ngum Statue → Nong Duang temple → Ban Dongnasok → Sithong Rd. → Northern Bus Station.

Dong Kham Xang

  • Bus #20: Central Bus Station (CBS) → Thatfoun temple → Phonexay temple → That Luang → Huakhua market → Ban Non Koh → Ban Non Vai, → Muangnoi market → Ban Xiengda → Dong Kham Xang Market.

Regular city Map. PDF file

Lao ITECC bus route

Lao ITECC Bus lines rout map

Student Bus Pass (SBP)

What is Student Bus Pass (SBP)?

SBP is a card for students to use for bus rides instead of paying cash everytime. They just need to pay up front once when they register and they can use it for 1 month, 3 months, 6 months or 1 year.

As the name implies, the card is for students only. It is designed to help them to save money on thier transportation cost as well as to make their bus trips convenient.

SBP card can be used with all bus routes that operated by Vientiane Capital State Bus Enterprise (VCSBE). It can be used as often and as many times as needed until the card expires.

Card Options

There are four(4) options to chose from:

  • 1 Month – Paper Based Card, cost 100,000kip
  • 3 Months – Paper Based Card, cost 200,000kip
  • 6 Months – ICT Card (Contactless), cost 300,000kip
  • 12 Months – ICT Card (Contactless), cost 500,000kip

How to apply for the card

You can apply for the card at the Central Bus Station Office (Morning market bus station)

You need to bring the following items at the time of application

  1. Your student ID card
  2. Two(2) photos (photo size: 40 x 30mm)
  3. Cash (amount 100,000 – 500,000kip depends on which option you chose)

Note:

You need to present your SBP everytime you get on the bus. Only buses that operated by Vientiane Capital State Bus Enterprise (VCSBE) accept the SBP card.

Your SBP card can only be used by yourself, it CANNOT be lent or sold.

If your SBP card is lost or stolen, you need to inform VCSBE. They can re-issue the SBP card for you with a small service fee. No refund or exchange can be provided.

More information:

For information regarding bus timetables, bus routs, bus stops, fares or Student Bus Pass (SBP) check out the website www.vientianebus.org.la

Contact numbers (during business hours from 8:00am to 8:00pm):

021 216507, 020 9949 7131, 020 5582 1115, 020 5567 5122

Bus Location System

Now you can get the Bus Location System via your smartphone.

With the Bus Location System, you can see bus position in real time that makes it easy for your bus catching venture. You don’t have to get out of your house to wait for the bus long before it arrives. Just get out when you see the bus moving closer to your bus catching point.

The bus routes are color coded so it’s easy to identify. Just click/touch the line that represents the route and information such as destination and fares will pop up.

You can also select a destination from drop-down list to see the position of that particular route. You can switch between Lao and English.

Get it here: https://lao.busnavi.asia 

App for smart phone is also available, check it out in Play Store or  App Store

Enjoy your Vientiane City Bus venture, and happy traveling.

For more informations

 

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Mulberries

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We represent a family silk farming and handicraft cooperative in Laos, operating as Mulberries and Phontong-Camacrafts Handicrafts Cooperative.

Photography by Paul Wager

Our organisation emerged in 1976, when Kommaly Chanthavong gathered 10 internally displaced and desperately poor women weavers from her home province of Hua Phan, Xam Neua, and initiated the Phontong Handicraft Cooperative. In 1990, Phontong and Camacraft joined ventures to assist Hmong hill tribe and Lao village women by utilising their artistic resources to design handcrafted products as a means to social and economic recovery.

In 1993, Mulberries organic silk farm was established in Xieng Khouang province as a research and model silk farm. The purpose of the farm is to revive and encourage the Lao traditional practice of silk fibre production, by providing training and support in silk worm rearing, art and craft practices of weaving. This in turn aids the social and economic development of rural and remote villages. Today the cooperative consists of 3,000 farmers, weavers and artisans from over 200 village families.

Our aim is to advance an ecological, economic, cultural and socially sustainable Lao silk and handicraft enterprise that improves the livelihood of the people we work with. An important part of our work is to ensure that our environmental, cultural and artistic resources are safeguarded for future generations.

Our role is to build close relationships with Lao village producers and contribute to improving their livelihood and standard of living. We also create market opportunities by bringing their products and stories to a global marketplace that connects and fosters an understanding between consumers and producers.

In purchasing products from Mulberries Fair Trade online store, you will be supporting the economic livelihood of Lao village communities. You can help us to ensure that traditional skills and artistic designs distinctive to Lao culture are passed on to younger generations.

http://www.mulberries.org/

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Laos, Japan forge new economic partnership

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Laos, Japan forge new economic partnership

(Vientiane Times) Laos and Japan are pushing towards greater economic development cooperation as the relationship between both governments reached a new height on Wednesday.

Japan currently ranks as the top donor for infrastructure and social development project in Laos. Last March, the government of Japan approved grant of US$32 million to Laos for development initiatives in electricity, health and transportation.

 

In Vientiane on Wednesday, a memorandum of understanding to build business and investment relationships was signed between the Acting Director of the investment Promotion Department of the Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI), Mr Achong Laomao, and the Head of Asia and Oceania Unit of Mizuho Bank, Mr Hiroshi Suehiro. The signing ceremony was attended by the Minister of Planning and Investment Mr Somdy Douangdy, Japanese Ambassador to Laos, Mrs Junko Yokota, and senior officials from the two countries.

It marked the first MOU which the MPI has ever signed with foreign institution. It will be one of the most effective means to promote investment and develop trust between both parties in a project which will see Japanese investors expand their business interests to Laos.

Last December, an agreement was reached between Banque pour le Commerce Exterieur du Lao public and Mizuho Bank which enhances collaborations.

Mr Achong believes that Wednesday’s MOU agreement will facilitate Mizuho Bank in expanding is financial services into the greater Mekong sub-region. Turning the Bank’s investment direction towards this regions in line with Japanese foreign policy.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has outlined a firm policy which considers Asean as a significant target for socio-economic cooperation. Therefore, Laos has taken this opportunity to promote Japanese investment through various means. To attract more Japanese investment the future, the Lao government will continue to market the manufacturing, garment and textile, modern wood processing and service industries. Other areas earmarked to attract foreign direct investment are organic farming, transportation, education, and health.

At present, Laos has created 10 special economic zones with two more on the way in the near future. the country also has numerous specific economic regions as well.

He said he is confident that the MOU will open the door to more investment and convince high quality businesses from Japan about the sustainable economic development plans in Laos.

Mr Hiroshi said Mizuho’s primary target region Is Asia. “We have been making efforts to enhance our service in this area, especially within the Mekong sub-region,” he said.

“The memorandum we signed today aims to develop the MPIs and Mizuho’s ability, to provide information to Japanese corporations which are considering expanding their businesses or investment into Laos, and also to drive our support structure for market entry and investment procedures.”

Specific initiatives will include Mizuho and the MPI holding investment seminars and providing support to Mizuho’s customers though the MPI in relation to business expansion and investment in Laos.

Mizuho Bank is a one of the major component of Mizuho Financial Group. Mizuho Financial Group is one of the world’s largest full-service financial conglomerates with offices in over 30 countries and has over 56,000 staffs worldwide. It has served customers over 140 years and it has reliable credit ratings at A+ and A- given by S&P and Fitch, respectively.

 

Edited by: Mr. Phouvong Phaophongsavath, IPD’s officer, Email: ipd55892212@hotmail.com Tel/Fax: (+856) 21 219568

 

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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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PM Urges Continued Addressing of Economic Difficulties

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Prime Minister Urges Continued Addressing of Economic Difficulties

Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith addresses the meeting at National Convention Centre, Vientiane on Thursday

(KPL) Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith has urged cabinet members, Vientiane Mayor and provincial governors to continue to address economic difficulties and achieve the targets of the national socio-economic development plan 2017 thus laying strong foundation for socio-economic development for 2018 and beyond. 

Addressing the closing ceremony of the two-day meeting between the government and Vientiane Mayor and provincial governors on Sep 8, Prime Minister Thongloun urged continued rural development and poverty eradication and greater attention to improving the quality of education and health service in remote and rural areas and increase investment in basic infrastructure development and improvement in these vulnerable areas saying that such investment must meet sustainable standards. 

The Prime Minister asked the participants to strengthen the strictness of the management and inspection of timber exploitation and timber movement, make timber businesses integrated and promote the participation of local communities in managing and inspecting national forests. 

He also urged them to increase the effectiveness of the rule of law and improve the collaboration mechanisms between central sectors and local administrations with respect to the implementation of the socio-economic development plan. 

He also asked cabinet members, Vientiane Mayor and provincial governors to make greater efforts in supervising, monitoring, promotion and inspection of the implementation of the priorities under their responsibility. 

Last week’s meeting provided the participants with the opportunity to evaluate the implementation of resolutions, orders, notifications and agreements of the government over the past months including the implementation of Prime Minister’s Order No 15 on the strengthening of the strictness of the management and inspection of timber exploitation, timber movement and timber business and direction on the promotion of commercial production and food security as well as the government’s preparation for the launch of visit Laos Year 2018. 

The meeting was also attended by representatives of Party organistions, the National Assembly, legislative bodies, judicial bodies, Lao Front for National Construction and mass organizations, provided the participants with the opportunity to share comments on the evaluation of the government implementation of the national socio-economic development plan 2017 and direction of the draft 2018 edition and the implementation of the results of the overseas visits by Party and government officials. 

Source: KPL

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Convalt Energy Studies into Solar Power Investment Opportunities in Laos

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Convalt Energy Studies into Solar Power Investment Opportunities in Laos

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At the signing ceremony in Vientiane on Aug 31, 2017

Manythone Keolangsy

(KPL) Convalt Energy LLC has spent over 3.3 trillion kip (US$400 million) to conduct a feasibility study into the possibility of developing a large scaled solar power project in Bolikhamxay and Attapue provinces.

A memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed on Aug 31 in Vientiane Capital between Deputy Minister of Planning and Investment, Mr Khamlien Pholsena and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of ACO Investment Group and Convalt Energy, Mr Hari Achuthan in the presence of representatives from the Ministry of Energy and Mines, an provincial planning and investment departments of Bolikhamxay and Attapue.

Convalt Energy, the first U.S. based company to conduct such a study in Lao PDR, founded as a Delaware LLC in 2011 is a portfolio company of ACO Investment Group.

The solar power development project will involve the construction of a solar power plant on 150 ha in Namdeua village, Pak Kading district, Bolikhamxay Province and another one on 464 ha in Attapue province. Both will have a combine generation capacity of 300 megawatts.

The project is expected to created jobs for hundreds of local people.

The solar power project comes under the Convalt Energy LLC’s construction plan on renewable energy and is in line with the Lao PDR government’s energy policy. The project construction is expected to last approximately two years.

“Convalt Energy primarily focuses on developing, operating and maintaining energy generation, transmission and distribution assets. Convalt is gearing to become a global Independent Power Producer in Solar, Onshore and Offshore Wind, Hydro, Waste to Energy and Energy Storage technologies,” said Mr Hari.

“The firm combines global vision with local insight, relying on a top-flight team of operational professionals to deliver superior service, maintenance and management.  In the short to mid-term, we are developing utility scale solar farms.  In the mid to long term, we expect in addition to developing generation assets to focus on transmission and distribution projects, while we operate and maintain our projects via long term maintenance contracts,” said Mr Hari.

Convalt is currently developing a large utility scale solar farm in South East Asia and in the Americas including Myanmar (300MW), Egypt (50MW of Solar Power and 50MW of Wind Power), India (2,000MW of Solar Power and 600MW of Wind Power).

Source: KPL 

 

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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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