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thursDAY march 19, 2015

Vientiane Times ISSUE 66


The First National English Language Newspaper
60th

of the Lao Peoples


Revolutionary Party
22/3/1955
22/3/2015

On the occasion of the 60th


Anniversary of the Founding

4500 kip

UXO clearance body SEZs seen as key to


anticipates funding cut expanding economy
Somsack Pongkhao industrial and service sector Committee for Special Economic
Times Reporters gradually growing while the Zones (NCSEZ) Ms Bouatha
Special and specific economic agriculture and forestry sector is Khattiya said at a meeting in
The Lao National Unexploded zones (SEZs) have become the declining. Vientiane this week that the rising
Ordnance (UXO) Programme main driver for growth in the Within the SEZs themselves number of foreign investments in
(UXO Lao) is anticipating a industrial and service sectors the industrial sector accounts for the SEZs demonstrates investors
drop in funding support from in Laos, laying the foundation 28 percent of the total economic increasing confidence in doing
international donors. for diversifying the nations activity while the services businesses in Laos.
Speaking at the UXO economy into the future. sector makes up 44 percent. Over the past 12 years,
Project Board Meeting in The development of SEZs is This is in stark contrast to the about 198 companies have been
Vientiane on Wednesday, UXO part of the governments policies overall general economy where approved to invest in the SEZs
Lao Director Mr Thippasone to boost economic growth and agriculture still comprises the in Laos with the total value of
Soukhathammavong said the generate job opportunities largest share of the economy. investment amounting to over
organisation had been in a for local people through The government has invested US$6 billion.
funding crisis since the middle increased modernisation and more than US$8.8 million to Of the total figure, more than
of last year. industrialisation. facilitate the development of US$1 billion has already been
Looking ahead, we predict The governments policy to special and specific economic spent on development activities
that funding in 2016 and 1017 encourage the industrialisation zones (SEZs), aiming to boost at the zones. The largest number
will decline and we expect that of Laos economy is resulting economic growth. of foreign companies investing
UXO Lao may receive only 13 in changes to the countrys Deputy Minister and Vice in the SEZs zones is from China.
billion kip in the next two years, economic makeup, with the President of the Lao National Continued page 2
he said.

157 human trafficking


The organisation employs 83
teams of people who detect and
remove unexploded munitions.
Last year 19 teams were
temporarily suspended owing to
the shortage of money.
victims rescued in 2014
His message to donors was Souksakhone Vaenkeo the more popular destination for be named.
that more than 13 billion kip Lao migrant workers as Thai Sexual exploitation has
is needed to reinstate these 19 Some 157 Lao nationals who fell authorities are taking tougher been a common form of human
teams. victim to human trafficking were measures to address the illegal trafficking which most Lao
In another cutback, UXO risk rescued in Thailand last year, an flesh trade. migrants fall victim to, while
education teams in six provinces increase from the 103 rescued Most of the Lao nationals smaller numbers become victims
had to discontinue their work for A line of bombs awaits destruction in a field in Saravan province. the year before, statistics showed. who fall victim to human of labour exploitation, being
three months last year, breaking (File Photo) Those rescued were sent back trafficking are reportedly found forced to work hard and long
off from their work in several to Laos under a memorandum of in neighbouring Thailand, while hours on farms and in the fishery
villages. Mr Bounphamith Somvichith, This preliminary work will understating (MOU) between rare cases are occasionally industry.
UXO Laos target is to clear suggested that the UXO risk result in much faster clearance the Lao and Thai governments, reported of victims found in In the last few days, Thai
unexploded ordnance from education programme be carried of large areas, releasing land according to the Social Welfare other Asian countries, according officials returned a Lao man,
3,490 hectares of land, but only out over the radio so that more more quickly for agriculture Department under the Ministry to the official, who asked not to Continued page 3
3,080 hectares have been cleared people could learn about the or development. In the past, of Labour and Social Welfare.
due to a lack of funding. Some
6,680 devices were detonated
dangers of unexploded bombs. clearance has been quite slow Of the 157 victims, only two
were male and 135 of the total

He said this would benefit the as it has been the policy to clear
or otherwise deactivated during scores of people who cannot read all areas marked red on a map, were under 18 years old, statistics LAO FREIGHT FORWARDER CO., LTD
clearance operations. Lao, as they would be able to indicating where UXO is thought provided by the department - Offers transport, forwarding and packing of
About 75 percent of the land listen to the information instead. to be. showed. all kinds of outgoing and incoming goods by
cleared by UXO Lao is required In the future, UXO Lao According to the National The largest number of them overland, river, air and sea.
for agriculture while the rest will and other non-government Regulatory Authority, over came from Vientiane followed by
be used for various development residents of Vientiane and Luang -Worldwide Courier Express Service
organisations plan to survey 44,000 hectares of land have Please contact us at:
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Vientiane police continue targeting


crime and social problems
this will lead to better operations
in the future.
Dr Bounxou also asked
officials to cooperate with
other involved sectors when
investigating targets causing the
social problems.
According to the Vientiane
Police Office over 2,400 criminal
cases were recorded last year,
leading to the arrest of over 2,200
people which also caused the
loss of about 8.5 billion kip in
assets from the government and
public. The theft of vehicles and
safes as well as the activities of Mr Bounchao Phichit (right) and Dr Tran Bao Khanh shake hands after signing the agreement.

Vietnam TV extends training


drug dealers were highlighted as
Brigadier General Dr Bounxou Nammachack (left) and Chief of major problems of the last year.
the Vientiane Police Office Lieutenant Colonel Soukphachanh The offices interrogative and
investigative section reported

support for Lao counterparts


Bouddakham co-chair the meeting in Vientiane.
that the stealing of safes escalated
Souknilundon get drunk along with large groups rapidly during the year but police
Southivongnorath of motorcyclists flouting the law. managed to stop the problem
The report noted that in when their investigations led to
The capital still faces significant general Vientiane was a peaceful the arrest of criminals behind the Times Reporters and computer studies. and spare parts.
problems with crime and city but those social problems wrongdoing. VTV first provided Dr Khanh informed those
antisocial behaviour but officials were still the focus of authorities 1,154 motorcycles and 25 Vietnam Television (VTV) assistance to LNTV with this present about the progress of the
have plans to reduce illegal efforts to maintain law and order cars were also stolen in Vientiane, will continue to assist Lao progamme in 2012, when about Lao trainees in Vietnam, saying
activities this year, police with officials vowing to decrease however some of them were National Television (LNTV) 30 LNTV staff attended courses some of them had proved to be
reported yesterday. crime in the year ahead. returned to their owners after with training for personnel in in Vietnam. outstanding in their practical
Vi e n t i a n e P o l i c e Chief of the Vientiane Police police investigations led to programme production and At the signing ceremony, work.
Headquarters held its annual Headquarters, Brigadier General various arrests. Officials also various technical skills. LNTV Director General Mr He also spoke about the
meeting to review operations of Dr Bounxou Nammachack told arrested almost 1,000 people LNTV Director General Mr Bounchao Phichit thanked the challenges the students faced,
the Vientiane Police Office over over 180 leading officials at the related to the distribution of Bounchao Phichit and VTVs Vietnamese side and said he citing a lack of knowledge
the last year while outlining their meeting they needed to work illicit drugs and seized over training school Director Dr Tran highly valued their assistance, of Vietnamese, which is the
mission for 2015. harder to maintain peace for the 150,000 yabaa tablets, 18.5 kg Bao Khanh yesterday signed both in the past and in the medium of instruction.
Various forms of robbery public, while paying attention to of heroine along with significant an agreement on educational future, saying the quality of He suggested that students
including breaking and entering, their duties and required good quantities of methamphetamine, opportunities for Lao staff. personnel dictated the success attending courses have
bag snatching and the theft of strategies for investigations. opium, marijuana, ecstasy and Under the agreement, the of every project. sufficient language skills to
vehicles, especially motorbikes, He asked all officials to other drugs. Vietnamese side will provide LNTV needs personnel benefit from the training.
made up the majority of crimes in act with integrity at all times The office also reported 10 scholarships each year for with expertise, so they can Deputy Minister of
Vientiane. Authorities noted that and confidently follow the that some social problems LNTV staff to attend the VTV become national broadcasters, Information, Culture and
illegal drugs remained a major guidelines set by their leaders. were inevitable as the capital training school over the next he said. Tourism, Mr Savankhone
source of criminal activity. Each department should meet continues to grow and develop, three years, starting this year. According to the director Razmountry, and Charge
This flowed-on to other to evaluate their work to identify however their efforts were Courses will be given in general, VTV has also given dAffaires of the Vietnamese
social problems such as youths good points and weak points after vital to maintaining ongoing journalism, camera operation, equipment to LNTV, worth Embassy to Laos, Mr Hoang
congregating to take drugs and implementing missions, because public safety. TV and movie technology, about US$100,000 (800 Xuan Hai, witnessed the signing
electronics, communications, million kip), including cameras of the agreement.
NRA training in SEOD course SEZs seen as key to... from page 1
The SEZs not only SEZ developments. beneficial to local people affected
The NRA Director contribute to urbanising the Laos currently has two by their development.
General Mr remote regions of Laos and special economic zones and The 10 SEZs in Laos include
Phoukhieo boosting economic growth but eight specific economic zones, the That Luang Marsh specific
Chanthasomboun also contribute to generating which combined cover an area economic zone in Vientiane,
(sixth from the
left, back row)
income for Lao people. of more than 13,600 hectares. Savan-Seno special economic
poses with Currently over 10,000 Despite the achievements, zone in Savannakhet province,
officials during people are employed in the she said, Laos will need Golden Triangle special
their attendance zones, of which 32.4 percent to continue to handle economic zone in Bokeo
at the Senior are Lao people and the rest are some challenges and some province, Boten Dankham
Explosive foreign nationals. shortcomings notably related to specific economic zone in Luang
Ordnance
Disposal course
The government is land compensation, legislation Namtha province, Vientiane
yesterday. committed to focusing on for SEZ management and plans Long Thanh Golf Course in
labour skill development so to supply Lao labour to the zones. Vientiane and the Phoukhiew
that more Lao people are Another challenge was to specific economic zone in
employed and benefit from the ensure that the SEZ projects are Khammuan province.

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Hot weather NA President visits Nam


reduces water supply Ngiep1 hydro project
Times Reporters need to be more careful with to be finished within 2016, said
their use of water at this Mr Viengthouay.
Vientiane State Water Supplies time even though the output During the hot, dry season,
Enterprise is using water trucks from the Nampapa Nakhone the company has called on the
for emergency deliveries Luangs plants remains stable public to save water as much
after water consumption has at 180,000 cubic metres a day, as possible.
increased in the hot weather. Mr Viengthouay said. The areas most affected by
We a r e a l s o p a y i n g According to recent the current water shortage are
close attention to following studies, Vientiane currently Chommany, Kham Houng and
up on water leaks to save requires about 320,000- Sivilay villages in Xaythany
as much water as we can, 340,000 cubic metres a day but district, he reported.
Nampapa Nakhone Luang the company can supply only People who need water can
Deputy General Manager Mr 180,000 cubic metres which contact us on the emergency
Viengthouay Vannarath told is equivalent to 72 percent number 1169 to get six cubic
Vientiane Times yesterday. of demand in the citys seven metres of water delivered for
The water truck service districts, excluding Pakgnum 165,000 kip.
cannot always supply on time, and Sangthong. To provide maximum
however, as the demand for The company plans to service to the public, staff
water is very high at this time increase the supply of water operating the two trucks are
of year and the company has to achieve 80 percent this year working non-stop during this
only got two trucks for round after the Dongmarkai water period of high water demand.
the clock delivery, he said. supply project is completed The lack of trucks has,
He explained that between by the end of this year with however, caused some people to Ms Pany Yathotou meet local authorities and villagers during her visit to Nam Ngiep1 project.
March and May, the public a capacity of 100,000 cubic complain about our slow service,
uses a lot of water for daily metres a day. Mr Viengthouay commented. Phetphoxay Sengpaseuth Laopaoxiong Navongxay as members then had an opportunity
living. The company is also As a result of continuing well as members of the board to raise issues of concern with Ms
The demand for water in building a water supply plant at water supply problems some President of the National of directors and management of Pany who was able to respond to
Vientiane during this season Thamuang village, Hadxaifong residents in Sivilay village Assembly (NA) Ms Pany Nam Ngiep1 Power Company their questions directly.
goes up high so piped water district with a 20,000 cubic have had to dig wells for their Yathotou paid a recent visit to (NNP1PC). Her visit culminated with the
shortages can occur. People metre output which is expected household needs. Nam Ngiep1 hydropower project While in Hat Ngeun the handover of medical supplies
in Borikhamxay province. President of the NA listened on behalf of the NNP1PC
Wildlife trade thriving The main purpose of the
visit was to tour the project
to reports from local authority
representatives, village chiefs
to representatives from the
affected villages. NNP1PC is

despite repeated crackdowns


site and meet village chiefs and respected members of the co-owned by KPIC Netherlands
and representatives from the community from villages that will (45 percent) which a subsidiary
villages affected to discuss issues be affected by the hydroelectric of Japans Kansai Electric
concerning the hydroelectric project. Power, EGAT International of
Times Reporters power project. Managing Director of Thailand (30 percent) and the
Ms Pany travelled to the N N P 1 P C , M r Yo s h i h i r o Lao Holding State Enterprise
Despite concerted efforts by village of Hat Ngeun close to Yamabayashi also made a brief (25 percent).
officials to prevent the illegal project site, accompanied by presentation on the recent status of The projects objective is to
trading of wildlife through government representatives the project, followed by an address provide electricity to the Lao
regular inspections in markets including the Governor of by the Governor of Borikhamxay national grid and to neighbouring
around the country, the trade Borikhamxay province Mr Parn province who addressed issues countries to earn foreign
is still flourishing, while the Noymany, Deputy Governor facing the project. Village chiefs exchange needed for national
government is working to of Xaysomboun province Mr and respected community development.
sustainably preserve aquatic
and wildlife and protected areas.
Wildlife is illegally traded
for a variety of uses, including
157 human trafficking... from page 1
food, breeding, domestic
pets, and for release during 29, after he escaped from a they are not ready to be sent to operate the rehabilitation
festivals, an official from the fishing boat in the southern back, will be sent to temporary centres [shelters]. We also
Ministry of Agriculture and part of Thailand. The victim, shelters where they will receive provide the victims with skill
Forestrys Vientiane Agriculture who together with his 17 treatment and rehabilitation. training with some funds to
and Forestry Department said friends had been lured by a We are working with enable them to make a living,
yesterday. human trafficker into working international organisations the official said.
The official, who asked not in Thailand since 2011, told
to be named, told Vientiane police that six of his friends Weather forecast
Times that to reduce wildlife were missing and the remainder
and aquatic trading and hunting are still working there with their
around the country, especially fate unknown, according to
in Vientiane, the authorities Vientiane authorities.
had urged traders and others Lao authorities have warned
to protect the countrys natural parents and families to be
resources. aware of the human traffickers
Protecting natural resources, who deceive the victims with
particularly wildlife and aquatic the promise of arranging legal
life, is essential to ensuring employment with a good salary
sustainable food supplies, he in Thailand. Those wanting to
said. work in Thailand are advised to
The authorities are Protected wildlife on sale illegally at a market in Vientiane province. get there through local labour
encouraging restaurants and --Photo Phoonsab recruitment agencies.
other places to assist in enforcing Since 2001, as many as 2,261
control measures. We have put up posters in throughout the country. human trafficking victims have
Many animal species in Laos schools, markets and bus stations The objective of the exercise been rescued and sent back to
face a high risk of extinction to let the public know about was to explain, particularly to Laos most of them were sent
because they are hunted on the harm caused by this illegal people working in markets, back from Thailand. Of the
a daily basis by rural people. trade. We travel to special places restaurants, bus stations and 2,261 victims, only 108 were
These species are also hunted we know have a big trade in airports, the importance of males and 75 percent of the total
and killed for sale to individuals wildlife, the official said. wildlife protection and the was below 18 years.
and restaurants. After conducting checks diseases that can be caught by Under the MOU between
Vientiane is the centre of in Vientiane markets and eating wildlife. the Lao and Thai governments,
illegal wildlife trading in Laos restaurants, since 2004 authorities Dead animals that were victims of human trafficking
because it has big markets and a have seized thousands of live removed from markets and will not be prosecuted or
large population. and dead animals, according restaurants in the five target penalised including those
Since 2002, the Wildlife to a report from the Vientiane districts were burnt. Some entering or working illegally in
Conservation Society, supported Agriculture and Forestry animals that were still alive Thailand. Instead the victims
by the UNs World Food Department. were released into protected will be offered assistance,
Programme, has focused on The department has raised forest areas. including sending them back
patrolling markets and restaurants awareness about forest ecology The department plans to to their country of origin.
in the five target districts of and wildlife conservation laws, increase public awareness and Upon their return to Laos,
Chanthabouly, Sikhottabong, as well as undertaking public knowledge of the value of preparations are made to send
Sisattanak, Xaythany and campaigns on the impact of biodiversity and actions that the victims back to their families.
Xaysettha to track down people illegal wildlife trading, in schools will conserve wildlife and natural Those in poor condition, such as
involved in wildlife trading. and various organisations areas in Laos. mental conditions that mean
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Phongsaly villagers News in Brief


get free health check-ups Xayaboury branch of EDL reports loss in 2014
Electricite du Laos Xayaboury provincial branch has suffered losses of more than
57.8 billion kip after their outlay far exceeded earnings. Depreciation costs were a
contributing factor to the high expenditure.
Branch officials said that in 2014 revenue amounted to 67.6 billion kip while
expenses exceeded 125 billion kip.
Dr Luc The branch contributed 6.5 billion kip to the government budget last year, an increase
Janssens and
his colleague of more than 200 million kip compared to the previous year.
treat a woman But on the plus side, the branch provided electricity to villagers in 11 districts of
in Phongsaly
province. Xayaboury province and expanded transmission lines into rural areas.

Officials confiscate wild animal meat on sale in Xayaboury


A forestry inspection team operating in Phiang district, Xayaboury province, has
confiscated the carcasses of wild animals on sale in local markets.
They found more than 4kg of illegally traded wild animals and 10.5kg of dried
meat from bamboo rats, wild chickens, chipmunks and doves.
District police arrested several vendors and hunters and warned them not to kill
Times Reporters of mothers and infants, improve obstacles to accessing healthcare wild animals for the purpose of trade. They will be fined if they continue to flout
health education in oral hygiene but distance, limited access to the regulations.
More than 3,380 people, including and ear, nose and throat care, and hospitals and the fact that many
2,000 women, in villages in Ngot- provide information for expectant people cannot afford to travel to
Ou and Samphan districts of mothers. provincial hospitals remain major Sangthong residents receive free health checks
Phongsaly province, recently Despite the doctors work, there challenges. The Ministry of Health last week organised free health checks for residents of
received free dental, ear, nose and are still many people with oral, ear, Cavities and deafness are
throat, and eye examinations, along nose, throat and eye diseases in pressing public health problems Yaichaleun village in Sangthong district, Vientiane.
with general health check-ups. remote areas of the country who are and the healthcare of expectant The event was attended by Minister of Health Professor Dr Eksavang Vongvichit
The services were provided in need of assistance, LRFs project mothers and children is a priority and other officials. Most of those examined were children and expectant mothers.
by a team of doctors from the Lao coordinator Dr Phetsamone Indara for the Ministry of Health.
Rehabilitation Foundation (LRF) told Vientiane Times yesterday. Unfortunately, many other
and Oudomxay and Phongsaly Many of these conditions people in remote areas are still Police arrest drug dealers, users in Sikhottabong
provincial hospitals, according could easily be prevented and waiting for better healthcare Police in Sikhottabong district, Vientiane, recently arrested two drug dealers and
to the Oudomxay provincial treated if education and the right services, Dr Phetsamone said.
hospitals Eye Unit. equipment were available in each The mobile health care five habitual drug users.
The services, funded by the district, he said. service was also attended by LRF The dealers were named as Mr Pakaithong, 30, and Mr Nouy, 27, of Phonsomboun
LRF at a cost of US$53,920, were The main causes of infant President Dr Luc Janssens. village. Police found 123 amphetamine tablets in their possession.
provided with support from the mortality are breech and transverse The programme began in 2008
United States-Laos Rehabilitation presentations in pregnancy, which and so far more than 20,000 people The two men confessed they had been buying and selling amphetamines for a long
Foundation and Australias Fred should be followed up at the in the northern provinces have time. They would buy 50 tablets for 16,000 kip per tablet and sell them for 20,000
Hollows Association. provincial hospital. received health check-ups. kip each. Mr Pakaithong and Mr Nouy will stand trial while the five drug users
The aim of the project was However, for the majority The mission operates without
to prevent dental cavities and of people, limited funds and discrimination regarding gender, have been sent to the Somsanga Treatment and Rehabilitation Centre.
deafness, help prevent the deaths lack of awareness are the main age, ethnicity or religion.
Vientiane Times Thursday March 19, 2015 Photo news 5

The International Organisation for Migration (IOM), with support from the government of Canada,
hands over e-passport readers, workstations and IOMs software, called Verifier TD&B, to three
border checkpoints last week in Laos: Wattay International Airport, first Lao-Thai Friendship
Bridge and Luang Prabang International Airport. This equipment will contribute to strengthening
the capacity of Lao Immigration in document examination and imposter recognition. Former students, representatives from the governments of Australia and Laos, Australian tertiary
institutions, Australian volunteers, and the Australian Chamber of Commerce, celebrate the contribution
of Australian Alumni to Lao-Australian relations and socio-economic development in the Lao PDR at
the Australian Embassys annual alumni function last week which was attended by over 300 people.
Applications for Australia Award Scholarships for 2015 are currently open, closing on April 30. The
Australian Embassy to Laos encourages people interested in applying for a scholarship to visit www.
australiaawardslaos.org for further information about the scholarship application process.

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In brief from Asia
News Network
Indonesia calls off search for Cyclone Pam moves away
from New Zealand after
EU urges Pakistan to
reinstate moratorium
on death penalty
remaining AirAsia victims three-day battering
Pakistan (Dawn) WELLINGTON (Xinhua) -- A reaching 90 to 100 km an hour
-- A spokesperson of the small island community east at times, said a statement from
European Union (EU) said of the New Zealand mainland the ministry.
on Wednesday that the was still under a state of Although these gusts are
government of Pakistan emergency on Wednesday as not quite warning strength,
should halt all executions as Tropical Cyclone Pam ended they still have the potential
capital punishment violates its three-day battering of the to cause further damage
international law and basic country. to structures weakened by
human rights. Civil Defense Minister the cyclone and may make
The spokesperson referred Nikki Kaye said the Chatham travelling around the islands
to the death penalty as an Islands - a small group of difficult, it said.
unjust and cruel punishment islands about 750 km east of Waves were likely to peak
and said capital punishment the South Island and home to at about 9 metres in coastal
should be eliminated about 600 people - were still areas, but the storm would start
globally. experiencing rough weather slowly easing later Wednesday.
on Wednesday. Damage to the Chatham
Wharves had been Islands appeared to be minimal,
Hebei cities dominate damaged, one community had but damage assessments were
top 10 list for smog in been isolated by road closures continuing, it said.
February and high winds remained a Kaye said that given the
China (China Daily) -- Six concern, Kaye said. size and strength of Cyclone
cities in Hebei province Local civil defence are Pam and the destruction
made the top 10 in the still responding to people who it caused in the Pacific, it
ranking of 74 major cities in have been affected, ensuring was right to take the storm
terms of the severity of air they have accommodation seriously.
pollution in February, with and essential supplies, said The government will
Baoding ranked first, the Kaye. I have spoken to the continue to support local
environment watchdog said mayor to ensure they have all authorities during the
on Tuesday. A crew member stands near the newly-recovered remains of the fuselage of the ill-fated AirAsia Flight the support they need, and I recovery phase. This can
The consumption of coal 8501 on the deck of rescue ship Crest Onyx at Tanjung Priok port in Jakarta. --Photo AP intend to travel to the Chatham include financial assistance
for heating and setting Islands in the next week. towards response costs, to
off fireworks during the JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) Indonesias second-largest city, retrieval operations ended The Ministry of Civil enable communities to focus
Spring Festival holiday -- Indonesia has called off to Singapore. So far, 106 bodies Tuesday night. Defence and Emergency on recovery as quickly as
were the major reasons for Management said on possible, she said.
the search for the remaining have been recovered in the The main search and
the increased smog in the Wednesday Cyclone Pam was More than 100 people
victims of the AirAsia plane last three last weeks from the rescue operation had been almost 600 km east-southeast on the North Island were
top 10 cities, all located in
crash in the Java Sea. underwater wreckage. called off March 3, but of the Chatham Islands and evacuated from their coastal
northern China, according
All 162 people aboard The operations director small-scale efforts continued slowly moving further away. homes when the storm hit
to the monthly report
released by the Ministry of Airbus A320-200 died when of the National Search and for another two weeks at However southwest Monday and the army was put
Environmental Protection. it went down December 28 R e s c u e A g e n c y, Ta t a n g the request of the victims gales were continuing over on standby to help with rescue
while flying from Surabaya, Zaenudin, said that the final families. the islands and gusts were and relief operations.
Vientiane Times Thursday March 19, 2015 Region 7

Seven dead in suicide blast on


Afghanistan government compound
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan provincial police chief Nabi Jan media directors, said Lashkar
(AP) -- A massive car bomb Mullahkheil said. Gah director of public health
attack on the governor s Helmand governor Nimatullah Ghafari.
compound in southern Helmand Mohammad Nahim Balouch No one immediately
province on Wednesday killed at was not at the compound at the claimed responsibility for the
least seven people and wounded time of the attack. blast. Taliban insurgents have
43, officials said. The governors Mullahkheil said Omar been under pressure from an
spokesman was among several Z w a k , t h e g o v e r n o r s army offensive in northern
bureaucrats hurt in the attack spokesman, was in his office Helmand and appear to be
in the volatile southern city of when the blast occurred and retaliating with attacks on
Lashkar Gah. was hospitalised with serious Lashkar Gah.
A suicide bomber detonated wounds that were not believed Suicide attacks and
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Laos Asean Senior Officials Meeting (SOM) Leader, a car full of explosives at the to be life-threatening. ambushes have taken a heavy
Mr Alounkeo Kittikhoun (centre) with other delegates during the 2nd Meeting of the High Level back wall of the Helmand Other wounded government toll in recent weeks in districts
Task Force on Asean Communitys Post-2015 Vision being held March 16-19 in Bangkok, governors compound and officials included the district where the armys anti-insurgent
Thailand. The meeting is discussing the draft Asean Communitys Vision 2025 and the document the adjacent residence of the governor of Nad Ali, and the effort is most intense, as well as
on Asean Political-Security Community. head of the provincial council, provincial agriculture and in Lashkar Gah.

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World
Dutch vote in local elections Netanyahus Likud party wins in
with national consequences Israeli parliamentary elections
JERUSALEM (Xinhua) by the new centre party Kulanu, But in a dramatic turn
Prime Minister Mark Rutte. -- Incumbent Israeli Prime which won 10 seats. overnight, Netanyahu opened
The 570 provincial Minister Benjamin Netanyahu The u l t r a - n a t i o n a l i s t a six-seat lead over Herzog,
representatives elected in emerged early Wednesday as Jewish Home garnered eight which guaranteed the 65-year-old
Wednesdays vote will, in turn, the decisive winner of Israels seats, followed by Shas with hardliner a fourth term in office
choose a new Senate on May 26. parliamentary election, official seven seats, United Torah and a third consecutive term.
Ruttes two-party coalition results showed after 99 percent Judaism with six seats, Yisrael However, Netanyahu will
already lacks a majority in of the ballots had been counted. Beitenu with six seats, and still have to work hard to form
the Senate and relies on three Israels ruling right-wing leftist Meretz with four. The a new coalition with at least 61
opposition parties to help pass
Likud party won 30 seats in the final results are expected to be members, as required under the
new laws.
120-member parliament and released later Wednesday by Israeli parliamentary system.
Polls suggest that the results
beat opposition leader Isaac the Israeli Central Elections Netanyahu announced his
expected late Wednesday could
Herzogs Zionist Union, which Committee. victory in a speech in Tel Aviv
leave even Ruttes ad-hoc five-
won only 24 seats. Turnout was 71.8 percent, late Tuesday, after exit polls
party senate grouping without
The Joint List came in third 4 percentage points higher than showed a narrow lead to his party
a majority, putting in question
with 14 seats, a landmark result in the previous elections in 2013. over the Zionist Union camp.
the governments ability to
for the newly-formed alliance of Last nights exit polls Against all odds we
push legislation through both
Belgiums Prime Minister Charles Michel (left) and Dutch Prime Arab parties, which ran together indicated a tie between Netanyahu have achieved a great victory
Minister Mark Rutte comment on their meeting during a joint press houses of parliament.
for the first time. and his Zionist Union rival, for the Likud party and the
conference in The Hague. --Photo AP Polls show Ruttes Liberal
Centrist Yesh Atid, headed following by weeks in which he national camp, Netanyahu
Party likely to lose seats, but
by former Finance Minister Yair was trailing behind Herzog in the told supporters at the Tel Aviv
THE HAGUE, Netherlands councils, in a vote that could remain the largest party, while
Lapid, won 11 seats, followed opinion polls. Convention Centre.
(AP) -- The Dutch are going to have profound consequences junior coalition partner Labour
the polls to elect 12 provincial for the ruling coalition of could lose up to half its seats.
Russia holds nationwide military drills
Americans worries about potential MOSCOW (Xinhua) -- Russian groups have joined the drills, according to the ministry.
terror attack rise sharply Armed Forces have been put
on high alert in its western and
searching for imaginary
enemy submarines and
simulating air defence
Airborne troops were
relocated using 10 Il-76 transport
aircrafts from Central Russias
southern military districts, as
WASHINGTON (Xinhua) -- worry a great deal about the However, the top concern for well as in the western sector of combat in the Barents Sea. Ivanovo region and northwestern
More than half of Americans possibility of a terrorist attack, a Americans is the availability and Arctic, the Defence Ministry said These groups comprise Pskov region to the Arctic.
Tuesday. anti-submarine ship Admiral Moreover, tactical aviation
now worry about a potential rise of 12 percentage points over affordability of healthcare, with
According to the ministrys Levchenko, the Sovremennyy- fleets and anti-aircraft Iskander
terror attack on US soil, a the last survey in 2014. 54 percent expressing worries class destroyer Admiral Ushakov, systems are being relocated to the
press service, the landing troops
sharp rise over the past year About 28 percent of about them, down by three of the Northern Fleet in the several dozen anti-sub aircraft as western enclave of Kaliningrad,
largely caused by the rising Americans worry about the points over the year. Barents Sea, which involved the well as Mi-8, Mi-24 and Mi-26 while strategic bombers Tu-
threat from the Islamic State racial relations, up 11 percentage The economy, last years large landing ship Kondopoga, helicopters. Meanwhile, units of 22M3 will be deployed in
(IS), found a Gallup poll points from 2014. Americans top concern for Americans, have been alerted at short notice the Baltic Fleet, southern military Crimea against the background
released Tuesday. worries about illegal immigration ranked second with 53 percent and left their base in Kola Bay. district and Airborne Forces of Wednesdays one-year
The March 5-8 poll showed also climbed over the past year, expressing worries about it, Five other ships of the started their movements to the anniversary of its incorporation
that 51 percent of Americans up by six points to 39 percent. down six points over last year. Northern Fleet and aviation designated areas in the Arctic, into Russia.

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Lao Minister of Posts and Telecommunications


visits Huawei Hall on MWC 2015
solutions provider, Huawei
shared its vision for the ICT
industry. Open ROADS to
a Better Connected World at
Mobile World Congress 2015
in Barcelona, and indicated
that The telecom industry
needs rapidly move towards
an open digital ecosystem.
Huawei is committed to
collaborating with customers
and industry partners to build
an enhanced, fully connected
world.
Huawei was awarded Best
Mobile Infrastructure prize
for its innovative indoor mobile
broadband solution-LampSite
on the event of MWC 20l5.
Meanwhile, Huawei unveiled
a series of wearable devices
including the Huawei Watch,
Mr Hiem Phommachanh (second left) and other Lao delegates visit Huawei Hall at the MWC 2015. TalkBand B2, and TalkBand
N1. The wearable device
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solutions and shared how it will continuously make a H u a w e i s c o m m i t m e n t
nnovative information is helping operators build contribution to Lao ICT to inspiring creativity and
and communications an ubiquitous, oceanlike industry development. creating products that will
ong global
technology (ICT) ultra Mobile Broad Band Mr Hiem highly praised enhance the consumer s ed to gain popularity am
Huawei watch is expect
solutions of China (MBB) network and to that Huawei is a leading global ecosystem. customers.
technology giant, Huawei were achieve digital transformation ICT solutions provider, and
showcased and drew great and offer digital services to impressed with this visit in
attention at the 2015 Mobile individuals, families and Huawei Hall and wished
World Congress (MWC 2015) industry customers by building Huawei grows rapidly, and to
held in Barcelona, Spain. an open digital ecosystem, enhance strategic cooperation
The annual international aggregating global content and with the Ministry of Posts
telecommunication industry applications, and developing and Telecommunications,
event was held on March 2-5. resources. telecom operators and related
A Lao delegation led During the visit at the government departments
by Minister of Posts and Huawei Hall, Mr Hiem and Mr in Laos in order to make a
Telecommunications, Mr Thansamay had a conversation larger contribution to Lao ICT
Hiem Phommachanh was with Mr Li Jinge, senior vice development.
among the guests visiting the president of Huawei. Mr Li D u r i n g t h e f o u r- d a y
Huawei Hall during the event. Jinge expressed his gratitude MWC 2015, more than 2,000
Lao Deputy Minister of Posts to Ministry of Posts and companies demonstrated their
and Telecommunications, Mr Telecommunications of Laos latest products, technologies
Thansamay Kommasith was for helping and supporting and solutions, which attracted
among the delegates admiring Huawei to carry on the global media and industry
the Huawei technologies. business in Laos. analysts to attend the event. Lao delegates headed by Mr Hiem Phommachanh get an explaination of Huaweis innovative ICT
Huawei demonstrated The ministrys support As a leading global ICT solutions.

Exchange rates as of March 18, 2015


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Foreign Currencies Buying Selling

US Dollar 50-100 8,104 8,135

Thai Baht 248.50 249.75

Euro 50-500 8,578 8,620


10 Business Thursday March 19, 2015 Vientiane Times

In brief
Enhancing value in
a crowded space
Singapore (The
Namhoung 1 dam construction contracts signed
Straits Times, ANN) Times Reporters

S
-- Retailers catering
to bargain hunters are imeuang Group
finding it harder to Company Limited,
survive here due to project owner of
the many international the Namhoung 1
firms swooping in hydropower plant, has signed
over the years, says a construction agreement with
the spokesman for the three Korean contractors to
Al-Futtaim Group, the build the plant.
Dubai- based owner of The three are Dowoo
Robinsons and John Engineering (JV), Phungjin
Little. This is partly why Industry Company and Dowoo
the John Little store at Engineering and Construction
Marina Square will close Company and they will be
on April 26 and the Tiong responsible for all the civil
Bahru Plaza outlet will works in building the plant.
shut in the final quarter The contract covers the
of the year. That will full scope of the civil works
leave the firm to focus on on Namhoung 1, which is
the Plaza Singapura and located in Xayaboury district
Jurong Point stores. and province. Mr Ekkaphan Phaphithack (right) shakes hands with Mr Lee Sauk Seung after signing the agreement in front of invited guests in Vientiane
Simeuang Group Co., yesterday.
N. Korea interested Ltd President Mr Ekkaphan
in W. Java shoes, Phaphithack signed the contract was scheduled to commence BET Hydropower The province is still the Ministry of Energy and
textiles with the Vice President of soon after the agreement was Engineering and Mining dependent on electricity Mines, the total energy supply
Jakarta (The Jakarta Dowoo Engineering Company signed. Consultant Company is imported from Thailand to this first quarter was about
Post, ANN) -- West Limited (JV) Mr Lee Sauk Completion of the project is a member of the Simeuang supply businesses and local 3.4 billion kWh, valued at
Java governor Ahmad Seung, a director of Dowoo planned for 2017, according to Group. residents. more than 1.71 trillion kip
Heryawan says North Engineering & Construction a company representative, who The plant will have a 15 Despite the fact that Laos (US$214.2 million).
Koreas intention to Company Limited, Mr Kang said the civil works for the plant MW installed capacity and the exports electricity to Thailand, Energy exports were 2.3
import West Java shoes, Here Yang and a director of will not include the installation company expects to sell all the some parts of Laos still face a million kWh, worth about
textile and rubber Phungjin Industry Company, of generating machines. power generated to Electricite shortage of electricity. 934.4 billion kip (US$116.8
a plan the country Mr Lee Sang Bok. The companys contractors du Laos (EDL) for supply to This means the Lao million), a 17.9 percent drop
conveyed on Tuesday in Senior officials from will cover the civil works for the the national grid when the plant government is spending a lot of from the same period last year.
a meeting between North relevant ministries, local plant but this doesnt include is operational, according to a money to re-import electricity Electricity imports from
Korean government authorities and company the installation of the electricity project report. back from Thailand to cover Thailand, Vietnam and China
figures, businesspersons representatives witnessed the generating machinery, said the Local authorities expect the the shortage, even though the amounted to 423.9 million
and West Java signing ceremony. Director of BET Hydropower dam will provide farmers with price of the imported power is kWh at a cost of 202.4 billion
administrative figures in Completion of civil works Engineering and Mining the water they need to grow rice higher than the original export kip (US$25.3 million), a 127
Bandung, West Java at the hydropower plant will Consultant Company, Mr and other commercial crops for price. percent increase on the same
was impressive. cost over US$16.9 million, and Samly Mahavong. sale to other provinces. According to a report from period last year.
Among the meeting
attendees were director
of the central committee
of the Workers Party
Egyptian small investors Airline worlds tiny secret:
of Korea, An Jong-su,
chief secretary of the look for a role infatuation with model planes
Pyongyang Committee
Party of Korea, Kim Sun- president Abdel-Fattah el-
gil, and counsellor Ri Sissi, is ready to widen the base NEW YORK (AP) -- In America, businessmen shake hands. In Japan, they bow. But
Hyong -ju. of participation and move away all over the world airline executives engage in a greeting that is all their own: the
A number of unnamed from a centralised operation exchange of model airplanes.
businessmen also that long benefited a small pro- When airlines start flying to new cities, make deals with other carriers or finance
attended the meeting regime clique. new jets, these high-quality models typically one to two feet long provide the
dressed in uniform attire In the privatisation and perfect photo backdrop, can help break the ice or serve as a cherished thank you.
a dark blue suit with investment drive of the 2000s While a business card might be quickly stuffed away in some desk drawer, models
red pins bearing Kim under longtime autocrat remain prominently displayed on the desk of politicians and industry power brokers.
Jong-uns image. Hosni Mubarak, Egypt scored Puerto Ricos governor, Alejandro Garca-Padilla, has models from JetBlue, Lufthansa,
impressive economic growth,
Avianca and local airline Seaborne in his office. Each has established or expanded
Vietnam seeks to Egyptian Minister of Investment reaching an all-time high of 7
service to the island since his 2013 inauguration.
boost motorbike Ashraf Salman addresses percent. But it failed to translate
Its one of these gifts that people get and dont put in the closet, says Jeff Knittel,
exports amid a session of the Egyptian
Economic Development
into wider prosperity. The
who oversees aircraft leasing for financier CIT Group Inc.
flat domestic Conference, in Sharm el-
number of Egyptians below
European aircraft manufacturer Airbus took in 1,456 passenger plane orders from
consumption Sheikh, Egypt. --Photo AP the poverty line swelled. A
few skyscrapers went up along 67 airlines around the world last year. It also placed 30,000 of its own orders for
HANOI (Xinhua) -- model Airbus jets.
Motorbike manufacturers the Nile, gated communities
SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt flourished in the capitals suburbs Multimillion dollar plane purchases are decided on the fuel efficiency of a jet,
in Vietnam must be (AP) -- Hisham Khalil heads its maintenance costs, how much cargo it holds and how far it can fly. However,
serious in seeking ways but infrastructure elsewhere
a medium-sized construction languished. Mubaraks sons and desktop models help start the conversation, says Chris Jones, vice president of North
to boost their exports, company, the sort of firm that
according to insiders on top businessmen in the ruling American sales for Airbus.
past Egyptian governments party became symbols of the Putting a model on the table wont sway a deal but it might get their attention,
Tuesday. Statistics by generally ignored in their grand
Vietnam Register (VR) inequalities. Jones says. After the sales pitch, the model is left behind for the most-senior person.
economic reform projects in The squeezed middle class Its a little bit of a teaser.
under the Ministry of favour of close friends and mega-
Transport showed that as well as upper-class Egyptians The tradition of exchanging model planes has been around for decades. Walk
businesses. who had no buy-in into the through the headquarters of any airline and rows of models including those of
in 2014, the country So when Egypt launched its
consumed some three system were the first to trigger competitors can be spotted.
latest roadmap to an economic the popular uprising in 2011 that Gerry Laderman, senior vice president of finance and procurement at United
million motorbikes, future at an international
reducing from 3.2 million ousted Mubarak. Airlines has collected his fair share after 30 years in the business. Theres no room left
conference this past weekend, At the weekends conference,
in 2013 and 3.3 million in in his Chicago office, so new acquisitions are displayed on the hallway windowsill.
Khalil accepted an invitation Khalil, 42, says he saw some
2012. In 2015, a total of to attend, looking to see for I stopped counting after 100, Laderman says. My wife doesnt let me bring
2.7-2.8 million motorbikes signs of a new attitude enough
himself if this crew will be any home models anymore.
are forecast to be sold to keep him listening, even if hes
different. not totally convinced. Model planes have their roots with aerospace engineers, who used them in an age
in Vietnam, local Bao He wasnt the only one. before computers to design planes and then test them in wind tunnels.
Cong Thuong (Industry Perhaps most impressive
Many of the Egyptian investors for the mid-sized Egyptian Then in 1946, two workers from the Douglas Aircraft Co. started Pacific Miniatures
and Trade News), an at the S h a r m e l - S h e i k h with the encouragement of the aircraft manufacturer. It was right after World War II
online newspaper under companies was simply that
gathering making up nearly they had a seat at the table. and Douglas faced a major challenge in getting nervous travelers to fly.
the Ministry of Industry a third of the over 3,000 They were tasked with promoting the romance and luxury of air travel, says
and Trade quoted VR At the massive, glitzy event,
attendees were young younger businessmen mingled Fred Ouweleen, Jr., current owner of the company affectionately known as PacMin.
as saying on Tuesday. and came from small and The company, based in Fullerton, California, created large cutaway models that
With total output of four directly with government
medium-sized businesses. In officials and ministers, at times showed aircraft interiors to a public that had for the most part never stepped foot
million motorbikes per the new push for investment
year, in 2015, motorbike complaining to them over on a plane. Those models would become a mainstay of travel agencies for decades.
to rescue the economy, they obstacles or debating ideas to Soon there was demand for smaller models that could fit on peoples desks and
manufacturers in Vietnam wanted to know whether
are striving to export their improve the environment or bookshelves. Today it is those models, scaled to one hundredth of the size of a jet,
the government, led by the ensure businesses are socially that PacMin is best known for.
products. former military chief-turned- responsible.
Vientiane Times Thursday March 19, 2015 Business 11

Asean Economic Community

BCEL only listed stock to gain yesterday

Mr Thansamay Kommasith (centre), Mr Ruprecht Niepold (left) and Mr Le Van Tuan address the Asean
spectrum policy meeting in Vientiane.

The index has held onto the mid 1400s since its biggest four-year (+62 point) surge to Asean nations mull changes
to telecoms spectrum use
1,483.83 on 6 March.
Yesterdays volumes were near a 20 percent gain on the previous days volumes with
three of the four listed stocks falling and an INDEX in a minor adjustment closing on a
fall of -9 points or 0.62 percent.
BCEL Bank the only gainer yesterday, registered a +50 kip gain to 7,200 kip/
share trading on a slight rise in turnover compared to Monday with 9,942 shares for Times Reporters including 3G and 4G. These issues will be

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71,582,400 kip. This so-called re-farming illustrated by practical
EDL-Gen Hydropower reversed -50 kip to 7,300 kip/share trading its best he growing demand for of spectrum can generate experiences through
turnover since the 5th March with 73,977 shares for 543,505,950 kip. wireless broadband significant benefits - particularly presentations by Asean and
Lao World (LWPC.LA) exhibition / property stock remained unsighted and no connectivity and the for consumers benefiting from EU speakers. They will then
trades in eight straight days fell -100 kip or -1.05 percent from 9,500 to 9,400 kip/share. need for additional advanced mobile data services. be discussed in an interactive
Petrotrade (PTL.LA) had an up and down day with the days high being 3,950 spectrum has made it necessary But it also requires plenary session with a view to
kip and the low and close at 3,850 kip/share, trading another day of at value thin volumes to devise a better management consideration of a number of formulating recommendations
of 3,106 shares for 11,985,300 kip. policy. technical issues, e.g. in-band for best practices in re-farming
The issue is being discussed interference and economic 2G spectrum.
at the fifth meeting of the Asean challenges, and the potential The workshop is important
Spectrum Policy Forum (ASPF- impact on competition in the because it will address the
5) and workshop on re-farming mobile market. interesting issue of how to make
2G bands 800/900/1800MHz. The workshop is addressing the 2G spectrum available for
Laos is hosting the meeting, these challenges and seeks to new technologies including 3G
which is taking place in identify areas of best practice and LTE (4G), Mr Thansamay
Vientiane from March 18-19. for national governments and said.
The meeting is chaired regulators to consider, as well Laos attaches great
by Deputy Minister of Posts as identifying areas where a importance to the development
and Telecommunications, Mr common Asean approach could of telecommunications and
VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT Thansamay Kommasith, co-
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ICT in the process of its socio-
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Ruprecht Niepold, and co-chair meeting are: the issues to added.
We are an established insurance company with vacancies to fulfill of the ASPF, Asean, Mr Le Van be considered in relation to Mr Thansamay believes that
Tuan. Participants come from re-farming of 2G spectrum, re-farming the 2G spectrum can
our expansionary program need. Candidates who are career minded Asean member states. inventory of re-farming generate significant economic
in the wide ranging career in insurance may apply to fill the following The main objective of the developments to date in the benefits, especially for users
workshop is to consider the EU and Asean regions, 2G benefiting from mobile
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Plan International Laos

Call for Expressions of Interest from Consultants and Institutions:


Midterm Review Basic Education Program in Oudomxay Province

Plan International commenced work in Lao PDR in 2007. Over the first five years,
Plan has developed programmes in Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD),
Basic Education, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) and Child Protection. All of
these now operate in three districts of Oudomxay Province. In January 2013, Plan
will expand to 3 districts in Oudomxay Province, Pak Beng, Houn and Nga.

The midterm review will be results focused and identify what has been achieved,
what is too ambitious, and what can realistically be achieved during the remaining
period to 2017, this review will (i) take stock of progress towards current targets
as well as reporting to NO about the progress made in implementing the approved
budget; (ii) to inform the review the program activities its operational approaches
and impaction the remaining period to 2017; (iii) to provide guidance for a potential
next proposal for the extension to Nga district and beyond 2017. This proposal
describes overarching TOR to achieve these common objectives of the BEP in
Oudomxay.

Consultancy Activities
The Midterm Review offers the opportunity to assess the implementation of the
project technically as well as to identify weaknesses and strengths in current
implementation strategies
The main objectives of the Midterm Review are as follows:
1. Assess the project in relation to :
The sphere of control : how has the project managed and will manage to
reach the outputs. Specifically assess Relevance and quality of the project
design, effectiveness of project implementation, in relation to the objectives
and expected results, efficiency of implementation, and sustainability
(1) The sphere of influence : how has the project managed and will manage to
reach some outcomes
(2) The sphere of interest :to what extent will the project manage to contribute
to long term changes regarding education in the province and at national
level(impact or the potential for impact):Specifically assess the projects
impact on gender equality in the education sector in Oudomxay, as well as
other aspects of inclusion addressed or not addressed in the project such as
ethnicity, poverty and remoteness.
the relationship between Plan and the government education services at
central, provincial and district level, with a particular focus on strengthen
capacities, sustainability and accountability
The identification of the projects key challenges during implementation, and
lessons learnt;
2. Describe two cases of best practices or approaches which can be used for the
benefit of future interventions in the education sector by Plan and others in
Oudomxay and other parts of Lao or internationally;
3. Generate concrete conclusions and recommendations that can feed in to planning
and design of the next program phase

CONSULTANT MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS


1. At least a graduate degree or equivalent professional qualification in education,
or social science development areas;
2. At least five (5) years experience in project evaluation, with a preference for
evaluation of education projects in Asian country.
3. Experience working in the Lao education sector or Lao community development
is advantaged;
4. Knowledge and experience of EC projects is an advantage;
5. Excellent English writing skills and verbal communication;
6. Demonstrated experience in evaluating gender equality and inclusion in
international development projects
All consults must agree to follow the Plan child protection policy, which will be
provided when the Consultant has been selected.

Time Frame and Location


The Midterm Review shall start May 2015 and to be completed in the middle of
June 2015.
Interested?
For a full TOR please send an email to Phitsamai.sitpaseuth@plan-
international.org
Interested parties will then be invited to send an electronic copy of their
Expression of Interest to planlaos.jobvacancies@plan-international.org
before the 01st of April 2015

The expression of interest should include:


Candidate CVs, a one page note on their understanding of the TOR and a rough
work plan including number of days required for the task, and a daily consultancy
rate for all involved consultants.

PLAN INTERNATIONAL LAOS, PO BOX 6026, VIENTIANE, LAO PDR. Tel 021 353409-11
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Opinion

Streetwise
What progress has Laos made under Party leadership?
On the 60th anniversary of the founding of the Lao Peoples Revolutionary Party (22/3/1955), Vientiane
Times asked people for their views on the progress Laos is making along the road to development.
Times Reporters of roads and factories, and growing and the Party and
built up agriculture, after government have stimulated
Mr Hansana Sisane, the countrys infrastructure the production of many kinds
businessman and President and economy was destroyed of handicrafts.
of the Lao Handicraft during the Indochina War. Laos cannot survive
Association: Since the The Party has also has independently and we have
liberation of Laos in 1975, developed our human to join forces with other
the Party and government resources to drive economic countries through the World
have made great strides in the growth. Most importantly, Trade Organisation, for
the Party is wise and ready example, and the Asean
to adjust itself and make Economic Community, which
policy changes as new we are all hearing about these
circumstances present days.
themselves. Today Laos
enjoys political stability and Ms Minivan Thammavong,
the production of foodstuff a resident of Suanmon
continues to grow robustly. village, Sisattanak district:
We can now grow enough I am very appreciative of the
rice to meet the needs of the
population and it is also used
in the processing industry.
Back in 1975, Laos was
reliant on donations of rice Partys leadership to lead Mr Visith Thepvongsa, a Mr Kongkham Phimmasone,
from overseas. Lao people to fight foreign retiree living in Thongkang a second year student at the
The production of handicrafts aggressors, construct and village, Sisattanak district: Polytechnic School: Under
has been restored since develop the country. It has The Party has played a the leadership of the Party,
liberation. During the brought new changes to leading role in driving Laos is developing very fast
development and protection war many people stopped the country and the people. development over the past compared to previous years.
of our country. They have weaving, raising silkworms The Party has done a great 60 years. Laos has undergone Transport is very convenient,
improved living conditions, and growing mulberry job of leading people of all rapid development and telecommunications are
overseen the construction trees. But this sector is now ethnicities in the tasks of economic growth and poverty modernising, and education
national construction and is slowly being eradicated. is being overhauled. The
development. As we can see, Roads in particular are much development of human
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Time for EDL to address the What the Lao papers say
problem of short circuits Gravel trucks
Editorial Desk Thanks are due to EDL that all their customers receive is old implies that it has some
should cover loads
I
for warning the public to be clear information. kind of expiry date. But how
f anyone suspects their careful about their use of Im quite certain that most can we tell the difference
old electrical wiring is electricity during hot weather. households in Vientiane are between sub-standard and Translated by Meuangkham Noradeth
substandard or dangerous I am one of EDLs many not aware of the fact that good quality wiring, which is
they can ask officials to customers and Im sure others EDL has asked members on sale at markets in Vientiane. These days Vientiane is full of construction sites and
carry out a check to avoid an are in the same position as me of the public to contact the The EDL needs to explain there are large numbers of trucks carrying sand and
explosion or fire, Director of and dont really understand the companys service centres in clearly that electrical wiring stones along the roads. But many of these trucks do not
Electricite Du Laos (EDL) word used by electricians to each district to ask EDL staff comes with a date on which it cover their loads to prevent sand and gravel dropping
Vientiane Power Distribution mean old electrical wiring, to check the condition of their will expire after installation. off.
Department, Mr Mixay which in Lao translates as wiring. How long can wiring be used As a result, many roads are covered in a thick layer
Chittalath, said recently. saifaifarkao. What exactly It is good news that EDL for? Most householders do not of dust, as the owners of these vehicles do not seem to
He said it is critical for all does saifaifarkao mean? intends to help everyone by know the answer. Although we care about the mess they leave in their wake.
families to be aware of the risk The regulations state that all trucks that transport
Ive been told that old ensuring that every household might not give the matter much
sand and stones must tightly cover their loads and show
of electrical short circuits and electrical wiring and overuse is protected against short consideration, it can have a respect for neighbourhoods and other road users when
possible resulting fire, which of power are the main causes circuits and the overuse of large impact. driving around the city.
is more likely in the hottest of electrical fires, as a small power and that no house has EDL should advise However, it seems that officials never bother to
months of the year. wire that draws too much old or substandard wiring. everyone to make sure their carry out checks so truck owners habitually ignore the
The department expressed power can overheat and begin EDL has generously offered wiring is safe and in good regulations.
its concerns after fires to burn. Also, much electrical to cooperate with every condition. Not everyone We would like members of the public to share their
consumed several houses and wiring in Laos is substandard. household to check their wiring knows the difference between ideas so we can find a solution to this problem and keep
markets in Vientiane and the To h e l p e v e r y o n e and advise homeowners if their sub-standard and standard the city clean and dust free.
provinces, causing a great deal understand the matter and wiring is in poor condition. wiring. It would be helpful if Officials should conduct strict checks of trucks so
of damage and heavy financial reduce electricity usage during EDL will be familiar with EDL stepped up cooperation the owners are made aware of their responsibility and
losses. Some of these fires the hottest time of the year, the situation in every house in with the public so we can respect the regulations.
were attributed to poor quality I would like to share my Laos, especially in Vientiane. prevent short circuits in the The rainy season will soon be upon us and if this
electrical fittings. thoughts with EDL to ensure By saying that electrical wiring future. situation continues the roads will get even dirtier and
the drains will become blocked.
--Pathetlao Daily, March 18
Shoring up the rupiah
Editorial Desk dollar by about 6 percent to been well designed to reduce the use of biodiesel and requiring
Watch out for
(The Jakarta Post, ANN) --
over 13,000 rupiah in just the
first 10 weeks of this year.
current-account deficit through
the granting of fiscal incentives
exporters of agricultural and
mining commodities to cover overcharging by tuk-tuk
The government will launch
next month a package of six
But judging from past
reform plans in this country,
to boost export earnings and to
encourage foreign companies
their shipments with letters of
credit (L/Cs). and jumbo drivers
policies to bolster exports launching policy instruments to reinvest their earnings But we do not see any
and reduce imports in a more is one thing, but actually and dividends, waiving visa significant improvement either Many people use tuk- tuks and jumbos to get from
concerted bid to strengthen the implementing them is quite requirements for tourists from in the sense of urgency or one place to another because they travel all around
rupiahs exchange rate, which another. 30 more countries, cutting in institutional capacity that Vientiane, but the owners of these vehicles should be
has weakened against the US The reform measures have fuel imports by increasing the would convince us that this ethical in their dealings with customers and not cheat
time the government really them.
means business with the new While some drivers are proud of the service they
reform package. provide, many of them take advantage of people who are
Take for example the not regular users of these vehicles and grossly inflate the
promotion of palm oil-based price. How can the sector concerned solve this problem
fatty acid methyl ester for so that prices are fair for everyone?
VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT (for Lao National only) biodiesel to cut down fuel One lady called the Pasaxon Van Athit about an
imports. The government said it incident she was involved in last week.
Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) is a Korean governmental would increase the compulsory She said that normally she takes a bus from the
organization to implement the grant aid of the Republic of Korea to boost social and content of renewable palm oil main bus station to the Chinaimo area in Hadxaifong
in biodiesel from 10 percent district and pays 6,000 kip. But as she was waiting for
economic development of Lao PDR. the bus last week she heard a jumbo driver ask where
now to 15 percent to save about
US$1.3 billion worth of fuel she wanted to go.
KOICA Office is recruiting permanent staffs for an exciting opportunity, hiring Project imports a year. She told him and asked how much it would cost and
Coordinators, Volunteer Coordinators and Receptionist, to be based in Vientiane But we are doubtful that this he said it would be the same as the bus fare so she agreed
Capital. programme will run smoothly to go with him. When they reached Chinaimo she gave
because it has been hindered him 50,000 kip but he gave her back only 30,000 kip.
since 2013 by the acute lack of She questioned this, but the driver said they had
Qualifications: not picked up any other passengers along the way so
infrastructure for the blending,
- Highly motivated to join our organization transportation and storage of he would have to charge her 20,000 kip.
- Have a long-term vision for KOICA biodiesel across the country. The lady felt she been cheated, and now calls upon
- Able to communicate and work in spoken and written English Yet more worrisome is the lack the bodies responsible to look into this issue so that
- Excellent in communications and collaboration of incentives for consumers passengers can be sure they are treated fairly.
- Happy to work in multicultural environment and producers, especially now --Pasaxon Van Athit Weekly, March 15
- Willing to challenge and learn new things patiently when oil prices have been
hovering below US$50 per
- University degree
- Basic computer skills (MS Word, Excel, etc.)
barrel.
Likewise, the government
Garbage trucks should
Responsibilities:
has, since 2009, required
exporters of natural-resource
make timely collections
- Assist KOICA staff and experts to proceed KOICA Projects in the Lao PDR commodities to cover their Garbage trucks carry out an important service but
shipments with L/Cs to boost they should try to avoid collecting rubbish during the
(Project Coordinator)
the flow of foreign exchange morning rush hour when many people are travelling to
- Support KOICA volunteers throughout the Lao PDR (Volunteer Coordinator) to the economy.
- Coordinate in line with Ministries, international agencies and development partners work and school, because they leave behind a bad smell
This policy was and hold up traffic.
- Any other relevant responsibility requested by the Manager strengthened in 2011 by a Households, hotels, guesthouses, markets and
regulation of the central bank, restaurants produce a large amount of rubbish, so its
Salary and Benefits: which made it compulsory for essential that this is all collected and removed to keep
exporters of natural-resource the city clean and tidy.
KOICA offers a competitive salary regard to ability and benefit package including
commodities, except oil and Rubbish is a source of disease, so the sector
employee health insurance, 13 month salary, severance benefits and career gas, to repatriate and place their
development opportunities. responsible should encourage the public to keep their
foreign-exchange earnings immediate environment clean and not throw rubbish
in domestic banks. But these away indiscriminately.
Application: measures, like biodiesel In many districts, garbage trucks remove bags of
Please send us your CV with photo by the 22nd March 2015 via E-mail promotion, have also suffered rubbish once or twice a week.
from weak enforcement. If consideration is given to rubbish pick-up times,
The plan to grant fiscal the overall situation would be much more convenient
More inquiry: incentives to companies that
KOICA office in Lao PDR, Vientiane Plaza, 3rd floor, Sailoum Road, Hadsady villages for everyone, including road users.
reinvest their earnings in the --Pasaxon Van Athit Weekly, March 15
Tel: 021 263 331 ; Fax: 021 263 332 country has also been on and
E-mail: laos@koica.go.kr / laos_development@koica.go.kr off the public-policy debate
since 2013.
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Luang Prabang night market buffet:


a heaven for vegetarians
Ounkham Pimmata style but adjusted to the tastes attracting many visitors to head

Y
of western tourists. straight for the food.
ou could have up to It is also a budget conscious Most tourists are hungry
20 different kinds travellers paradise because you after a day spent exploring
of food on your can eat as much as you can fit Luang Prabang and then
plate but all of them onto a plate for just 10,000 kip strolling through the night
are cooked without meat and (US$1.25). market as the evening sets in.
are not overly spicy. However you will have Of course, Luang Prabang
Luang Prabang vegetarian to pay extra if you fancy a bit is full of options when it comes
buffet is offering tourists who of meat in the form of spring to local food but this street
love healthy food a large of rolls or grilled fish, but these is now well-known for its
selection of dishes including dishes wont exactly break vegetarian buffet set out in
fried tofu, vegetables and fried your budget either. a colourful spread of brown,
rice. On the sidewalks along yellow and green.
The vendors serve up Sisavangvong Road, the smells Brown is the colour of the
various types of vegetarian from the food stalls of local various kinds of fried noodles
foods which are cooked in local traders waft through the air, which are cooked in local style.
Some shops will also serve
you spaghetti in their own style
where you can enjoy a taste
you may not have eaten before,
which is a little salty but sweet.
Fried noodles here are
often cooked with sugar which
makes the colour of the noodles
somewhat brown but the taste Food vendors display their offerings for tourists to peruse.
is exceedingly good.
Meanwhile some other papaya salad, and pumpkin, so the eating benches are blood which makes them
traders will mix their noodles which can taste rather sweet normally full by 8pm. taste a little salty as well as
with vegetables to reassure but you can ensure a good Recommended menu somewhat sweet and are best
customers that the food is fresh taste when you eat it with Papaya salad is a Lao served with some freshly
and clean. fried rice or non-glutinous traditional food which local picked mint.
Tourists select from the various offerings of vegetarian fare which Yellow is offering fried steamed rice instead. traders have adjusted by Meanwhile Larb vegetarian
are available for the very cheap price of 10,000 kip. fruits such as pineapple, Meanwhile green is varying their cooking style is another well-known Lao
offering fried vegetables and from spicy to mild which suits traditional food, cooked
green beans for people who the palate of tourists who dont by mixing various kinds of
CARE international humanitarian organization fighting global poverty with a special focus fall in love with vegetarian like their foods too hot. vegetable with fermented fish
on assisting women and girls to lift their communities out of poverty. CARE International
in Laos PDR (CARE Laos) works with the poorest and most marginalized communities to food. However you will still salt and fried rice.
address the root causes of poverty and vulnerability. Each stall offers different smell the aroma of fermented Most Lao people believe
varieties of food but rest fish salt, a symbol of Lao eating larb will bring you
VACANCIES ANNOUNCEMENT
CARE Laos is looking to recruit qualified and motivated Lao national to fulfil the positions assured that all visitors will peoples food which is often good luck so it is definately
MCH Project Manager and Technical Officer to be based in CARE Laos/Phongsaly Office find something that suits their included in papaya salad. something that all visitors
MCH Project Manager x 1 position tastes. Lao fried noodles ( Khua should try as they introduce
The Project Manager (PM) will lead CAREs maternal and child health projects in Phongsaly Province. This
position will work in partnership with other projects under the remote ethnic women (REW) program, and in But if you dont happen Mi) are cooked with a mix themselves to the new flavours
close coordination with other CARE development projects in Lao PDR. The position covers management to be a vegetarian and fancy of sugar and boiled buffalo of local food.
of all aspects of the project including ensuring a high technical quality of project delivery, managing a bit of protein to charge your
partnerships with government, human resources, monitoring and evaluation, project cycle management and
financial management. The PM will also provide technical support to ensuring the quality of M&E systems. energy, you can order various
varieties of grilled meat for an
During year one, the PM will be responsible for two projects funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of
Luxemburg. The first one focuses on maternal and child health through Community Health Volunteers,
additional price.
Community Based Distributors and training of midwifes and will phase out end of 2015. The second Grilled chicken, for
project starts in March 2015 and focuses on Maternal and Child Health and works in two ways: 1) With instance, costs 10,000 kip
District Health Offices in Khua, Mai and Samphan Districts to improve capacity of District Health Services.
2) Directly with communities to improve access to health services, preventative health practice, and while grilled fish will set you
specifically, improved nutrition status of women and young children. For this project, the PM will lead on back 20,000 kip.
both components, with a focus on managerial, technical and government coordination and is supported Traders also have roasted
by the Local Advisor on Maternal and child Health and Gender.
Technical Officer x 1 position chicken and grilled pork to
The Technical Officer is responsible for working closely with District Health Office staff of the three target provide additional options
districts for the planning and implementation and monitoring health activities, particularly those related to for tourists to enjoy with their
CAREs reproductive health project in the Phongsaly. S/he will also be responsible for ensuring the needs
of women from remote communities and ethnic minorities are addressed in planning and implementation evening meal.
of activities. Of course, whether it is
vegetarian fare or a bit of
S/he will provide technical support to the community development team for the implementing and monitoring
of health related activities at the community level. Under the supervision of the project manager, s/he will meat as well then most people
work with the DHO for planning, implementing and monitoring all activities under the Mother and Child choose to wash it down with an
Health project. S/he will need to ensure that the project activities are well planned and goals are met with ice cold Beerlao as well.
community participation, equitable gender involvement, giving special attention to people with disabilities,
and partnership with local government units, NPAs and the private sector. The position will be based either Time to go to the buffet
in Mai or Samphan but provide technical input for all three districts. At 5 pm every evening,
Selection Criteria
local traders set up their shops
For PM: Medical degree or other degree in a public health related field; for TO: Nursing degree, public
health degree or community health background At least 3-5 years of relevant experience. Experience along Sisavangvong Road,
working with NGOs an advantage which is close to the night
For PM: Experience in management, of advantage if in a development or humanitarian response market area. Traders often start
environment. For TO: experience with participatory extension approaches
Experience in Maternal and Child Health and/or District Health Planning advantageous cooking their food at around 2
Willing to work in remote areas working with poor communities, engaging directly in activities with pm to ensure that it is still fresh
target communities. and hot.
Proven problem solving and organizational skills, flexibility and calm under pressure In my opinion, the best
Strong communication skills, with solid written and spoken English; Khmu or Akha language skills
would be highly valued. time to head down to the
Application Submission buffet is around 6.30pm as
Qualified candidates should submit a CV and a letter of application that address the Qualifications and all of the foods are now
Experience required to lao.jobs@careint.org before the dateline: March 25th, 2015
CARE Laos is committed to working towards equitable relationships and opportunity for available and you will make
women and men. We seek to create and maintain an organization environment that is free of sure that you arent too late
harassment and exploitation of children. Members of ethnic groups of Lao PDR, women and to get a seat.
people living with disabilities, who meet the selection criteria are strongly encouraged to apply.
(Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview. CVs and other documents submitted to There are only four shops
CARE will not be return) serving up their own special
versions of a vegetarian buffet The eating tables are often full by 8pm at the famously cheap buffet.
20 History Thursday March 19, 2015 Vientiane Times

60th
22/3/1955 Health sector thriving after 60 years
under Partys directive
22/3/2015

On the occasion of the 60th


Anniversary of the Founding
of the Lao Peoples
Revolutionary Party

focus on reaching every district changing health conditions


and village. are closely linked with war
Prior to 1975, there were and peace, social stability
only two hospitals in Laos and security, poverty, hunger
- Mahosot and Operation and malnutrition. Preventable
Brothership (OB). m o r b i d i t y, i l l i t e r a c y,
There are now five hospitals superstitious beliefs and
in Vientiane alone - Mahosot, risky lifestyles are additional
Setthathirath (formerly OB), challenges to creating a healthy
Mittaphab, Mother and population.
Newborn Hospital, and the New challenges to health
Childrens Hospital. In addition, are present in globalisation
every province has its own and international integration,
hospital and there are also many the market economy under
district hospitals. Dispensaries the leadership of the Party and
and medical kits have also been government management, and
Prof. Dr Eksavang Vongvichit. provided as part of the medical the emergence or re-emergence
service network. of diseases such as HIV/AIDS,
Xayxana Leukai In addition, there are various SARS, avian influenza, Ebola
centres and institutes related to and others.
The Ministry of Health will health promotion and disease In addition, societal
continue to reduce maternal prevention. development has changed
and infant mortality as part of In the 1930s and 1940s, peoples lives for both the
efforts to remove Laos from people from Nong Khai, Udon better and the worse. Negative
Least Developed Country status Thani and other north-east health impacts have resulted
by 2020. provinces in Thailand sought from smoking, drug abuse, Party leaders consider vaccinations to be vital for disease prevention, which helps the government to
Reducing the death rate of medical treatment at Mahosot and excessive drinking and achieve the Millennium Development Goals.
mothers and children is one of Hospital. related accidents. Physical
the Ministry of Healths eight Today, the health network inactivity has, in many cases, major preventable diseases: are working in the capital, 4,586 percent of the population to
priorities in propelling Laos extends throughout 90 percent led to diabetes, hypertension, measles, polio, whooping are working in the provinces, have access to hygienic latrines
towards this target. of the country. Almost 6,000 cardiovascular diseases, strokes cough, hepatitis B, tuberculosis, 7,113 in districts, and 4,261 in by 2015 and 80 percent by
T h e m i n i s t r y s e i g h t medical kits and more than and cancer. tetanus, rubella, pneumonia and rural dispensaries. But many 2020.
priorities are: the promotion and 900 dispensaries have been All the abovementioned diphtheria. Laos has enjoyed more qualified staff are needed By 2020 the ministry aims
expansion of model villages of provided, while privately issues have become the polio-free status since 2000, in rural areas. to improve staffing at district
health throughout the country; owned pharmacies also serve responsibility of the health while the measles immunisation In addition, the Ministry health centres both in terms
reduction of maternal, neonatal more than 90 percent of remote sector, which urged all sectors to campaign has reached 96 of Health has its own plan of quality and quantity, and
and child mortality rates villages. There are 130 district band together to find solutions. percent of the population. to achieve the health-related to provide enough nurses,
There is an old Party line which Malnutrition or Millennium Development midwives or birth attendants for
states: Health is the endeavour micronutrient deficiency has Goals (MDGs) by 2015. pregnant women in rural areas.
of the whole Party, the whole received more attention. Iodine The ministry aims to cut Social health protection
state and all people. deficiency has been erased in deaths among birthing mothers schemes should cover 50
This holistic approach more than 85 percent of the to 260 out of every 100,000 percent of the population
suggests that preventive country, while vitamin A, iron births by 2015, down from 300 by 2015 and 80 percent by
measures must be combined supplements, and deworming in 2010. It is also targeting a 2020, while free healthcare for
with curative care, and that tablets are widely available. reduction in the death rate of children under five and free
modern and traditional forms Unsafe birthing practices children under one year old birthing services should be
of medicine must be integrated. have been reduced by training from 55 to 45 out of every 1,000 realised across the country.
Despite these challenges, the traditional and skilled birth infants, and for children under To help reach the MDG
health sector is decentralising attendants and midwives to five a reduction from 75 to 70 targets, Prof. Dr Eksavang said
healthcare by following the assist in safe deliveries both in out of every 1,000. that health reform should be
policy and guidance of the the home and at delivery and Another of the ministrys focused on five priority areas:
Party and government. This maternal waiting houses, and targets is for 80 percent of the human resource development;
has been achieved through health centres. population to have access to health financing; organisation,
the commitment of related The number of health clean water by 2015 and 90 management and working style;
sectors and local authorities, the workers has grown to almost percent by 2020. health services and information;
dedication of health workers, 20,000. Some 3,744 of those It is also aiming for 60 and monitoring and evaluation.
and the continued support of
external organisations.
Built in 1910, Mahosot was the first hospital to open in Laos. Following development
guidelines given by the Lao
through education; promotion hospitals and 16 provincial President to the health sector
of nutrition activities, combined hospitals. on January 22, 2007, the
with disaster and epidemic Prof. Dr Eksavang said subsequent Prime Ministerial
preparedness; development a large workforce of skilled Decree No. 09 and Order No.
of human resource capacity personnel was also important in 13, the Ministry of Health
to a high level in all fields providing an efficient service in has expanded its grassroots

On the occasion of the 60th


and aspects; strengthening the years to come. In addition, decentralisation.
of medical organisations, the government is planning It has educated health
mechanisms, regulations and to cooperate with the private workers and students so as to

Anniversary of the Founding


methodologies; advancement sector to buy modern medical improve their understanding
of a sustainable healthcare equipment to raise standards in of the importance of
financing package; promotion Laos main hospitals. decentralisation, and provided

of the Lao Peoples


of food and drug safety and Some laws need to be health education to people of
quality administration including amended to align with social all ethnicities so they are better
traditional medicines; and and economic developments. able to take care of their health.
utilisation of development
partners support through the
creative implementation of the
These include the law on food
and drugs, law on treatment,
law on tobacco control and the
A healthy lifestyle has been
strongly promoted, based on
three basic principles of hygiene
Revolutionary Party,
Vientiane Declaration.
Over the past 60 years,
under the Partys leadership,
law on hygiene.
According to the seventh
five-year Health Sector
- drinking boiled water, eating
cooked food and using a latrine.
More than one million bed
Lao Press in Foreign Languages
the ministry has worked hard
to improve the health of Lao
people, especially women and
Development Plan for 2011-
2015, environmental conditions
present both opportunities
nets have been distributed, to
protect the 3.3 million people
estimated to be at risk of
would like to extend best wishes
children.
Minister of Health, Professor
and challenges. Laos has the
opportunity to apply newly
mosquito-borne diseases.
Contraceptives, including and long life to the Party,
government
Dr Eksavang Vongvichit, told advanced scientific methods, condoms, have been distributed
Vientiane Times this week that technology and management to help with family planning,
expansion of the health network acquired from external sources, birth spacing and the prevention

and Lao People.


with good quality medical but faces internal challenges in of HIV/AIDS and other sexually
services was the ministrys build its own capacity. transmitted infections.
main aim in improving the There are both old and Vaccinations are available
health of the population, with a new challenges. Traditionally, to reduce the prevalence of
Vientiane Times Thursday March 19, 2015 21
Arts & Leisure
Humorous stories tickling
readers funny bones
Sisouphan Amphonephong For some of the anecdotes friend he also has reduced his
he has translated and adapted drinking. Curious, Somphaeng
A Lao book featuring a collection foreign stories but with a Lao asks uncle Khamsing how he
of humorous short stories is slant to entertain a local audience. reduced it. Uncle Khamsing
proving a hit with the reading Kinlao Loutlongleo is typical explains that he used to drink
public as many people seek to of the stories about two close one bottle among four people but
escape the stresses of everyday friends, uncle Thongsing and Mr now hes cut back to drinking one
life with a good laugh. Somphaeng. bottle with only one other person.
Louam nyod leuang talok, One day uncle Khamsing Louam nyod leuang talok
or simply a collection of funny sees Somphaeng drinking alone sells for 25,000 kip.
stories, is written by Mr Phoun and asks why he is by himself as Along with comedy, books
Sipaseuth, better known by previously he drank with many featuring national history
his penname of Lamphan, and friends. especially the Lane Xang period
brings to together almost 60 Somphaeng replies that the were proving popular with
different yarns over 170 pages economy is not good and jobs are readers, as well as Lao classic
to entertain readers. difficult to find so it necessary to literature such as Nangtaen-orn,
Ms Nitsala Lasasack, a reduce his drinking. Sivixay, according to Ms Nitsala
bookshop Sales Assistant from Uncle Khamsing tells his Lasasack.
the State Publishing and Books Mr Savankhone Razmountry (centre) receives funding support for the documentary from a representative
Distribution House, of the of LDTV, witnessed by Dr Bounchom Vongphet (left).
Ministry of Information, Culture

Schoolchildren view documentary


and Tourism in Xiengyeun
village, Chanthabouly district,
told Vientiane Times recently

to mark Party Day


the book is currently selling
well with the public showing an
interest in funny stories as a form
of escapism.
The book takes tall tales from
all walks of life with the author Sonesavanh Souliyaphack
using his experience as a good
listener to retell many funny Ms Nitsala A documentary depicting
stories. The authors inspiration Lasasack with a events to mark the 60th
is to simply make the reader copy of Louam anniversary of the Lao Peoples
happy with the stories definitely nhod leuang Revolutionary Party is being
talok. shown to students from 80
not to be taken seriously. Readers
may recognise Thaebor Va lower secondary schools at
khonhualan salard, Louksainoy the Ministry of Information,
Hiewkhao, Chub Peum-arn Culture and Tourisms Cinema
Meudiew, Kinlao Loutlongleo Department in Simeuang
and other well appreciated tall village, Vientiane.
tales. Screenings are taking place
each day from March 17-27
(except Saturday and Sunday)
to celebrate Party Day on
March 22.
The first screening of the
documentary on Tuesday was
attended by Deputy Minister The Lao flag and the Party flag are on display during screening of
of Information, Culture and the documentary at the Cinema Department.
IOM is inviting interested qualified candidates to join our office in Vientiane, Tourism, Mr Savankhone
Razmountry, and officially Prior to the first screening, over the last 60 years.
Lao PDR. opened by the Director General certificates of congratulation On the same occasion,
of the Cinema Department, Dr were presented to donors students took part in a
SENIOR PROJECT ASSISTANT Bounchom Vongphet.
The documentary is a
from various sectors who had
supported production of the
quiz about the Partys 60th
anniversary, with the winner
Reference Code: LASVN-201502 collaboration between the documentary. Present on the receiving a television set top
Cinema Department and occasion were pupils from box from LDTV. There were
Vientianes Lao Youth Union. lower secondary schools in 10 other prizes provided by
Under the overall supervision of the IOM Vientiane Head of Office (HoO) The film has been made in the districts of Chanthabouly, the Lao Telecommunications
and the direct supervision of the Project Manager in IOM Vientiane, the honour of the Partys 60th Sisattanak, Xaysettha and Company.
anniversary (22/3/1955- Sikhottabong. The documentary is also
incumbent will coordinate the implementation of assigned projects in the 22/3/2015), the 60th anniversary Mr Savankhone said the being screened in Thakhaek,
Mission. He/she will act as IOM focal point in the day-to-day interaction with of the Lao Youth Union, and the documentary would help the Nakai, Hinboun and Mahaxay
the government, UN and NGO partners. 40th anniversary of the Lao young audience to understand districts in Khammuan province
Peoples Democratic Republic. the progress made by the Party this month.
The incumbent will be appointed under a Special Short Term, All-Inclusive
Contract (Grade 6, 9 months, with possibility of extension). Note this is
position is open for nationals of Lao PDR only.Complete Terms of Reference
Chinese literature thrives in Vietnam
may be found at the IOM website (http://th.iom.int). CHINA (China Daily) -- Visiting According to Thanh, in ages, while romantic novels
Dinh Le street in Vietnam s Vietnamese readers like this attract mainly youngsters.
capital Hanoi, it is not so difficult kind of book because they are After winning the Nobel Prize
Required Qualifications and Experience to find publications of Chinese interested in stories of heroic men in Literature in 2012, Chinese
Bachelors degree from an accredited academic institution with least literature here. Numerous who are brave and chivalrous. writer Mo Yan has become more
bookshops stand close together There are also elderly people popular in Vietnam, while Lu
6 years of relevant professional experience; Previous experience along the 200-metre long street, who buy those books they have Xun has a specific reputation in
working for an international organizations or government institutions an making Dinh Le a book street read years ago and now want to the country with two of his works
in Hanoi. collect them. being printed in Vietnamese
advantage;Computer literacy, especially with word and data processing (MS At a bookshop named Days ago, there was one old literature textbooks.
Office programs); Ability to communicate effectively (written and spoken) in Hoang on Dinh Le street, man who bought the full sets of I like reading Chinese
English and Lao required. Chinese books are seen displayed Shui Hu Zhuan and San Guo Yan novels, including those of Jin
along a two-metre by three-storey Yi, Thanh told Xinhua. Yong, because I like stories of
bookshelf near the entrance Sales of works of Chinese heroic men with superior martial
How to Apply with mainly classical literature contemporary and modern arts skills, a male reader in his
and romantic novels being the writers, including Mo Yan 30s told Xinhua. Meanwhile,
Interested candidates are invited to submit their curriculum vitae with a cover prevalent themes. At other stores, and Lu Xun, are also stable, Linh, a Vietnamese student at
letter via e-mail to ROBangkokHR@iom.intby March 20, 2015 at the latest. Chinese books are also displayed unlike romantic novels which a university in Hanoi talked to
at eye-catching areas. Sales of are hot only when they are Xinhua while she was choosing
Please include the reference code LASVN-201502 in the subject line. Shui Hu Zhuan, San Guo Yan newly published, a manager of Chinese romantic novels. I
Applications from qualified female candidates are especially encouraged. Yi and other Chinese classical Hoang bookstore said, adding like Chinese romantic novels as
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. literature are good. Readers are that readers of Mo Yan, Lu they tell stories with attractive
both youngsters and elders, said Xuns books and other Chinese narrative which is closely related
Thanh, a shop staff. classical works in Vietnam vary to daily life.
22 Thursday March 19, 2015 Vientiane Times

Whats On
Celebrate French gastronomy Boun Phavet
The glories of French food will be showcased next Buddhists who want to participate in a Boun Phavet can join together for
week during the festival in Somsanouk village this week.
an event to Activities: Religious ceremonies
celebrate When: March 19-20
French Where: Thadeua Road in Somsanouk village, Hadxaifong district
gastronomy,
called Good
France,
when seven- Boun Phavet
course Thamuang residents will hold their annual Boun Phavet this week to raise
dinners will money for village development and temple restoration work.
be served Activities: Religious ceremonies
at each of When: March 20-21
the following Where: Thadeua Road in Thamuang village, Hadxaifong district, Lao Art Exhibition
locations. Vientiane
Return: Back to the Roots, a visual art exhibition by 6
Where: French Ambassadors Residence in Vientiane
Lao artists - Ol Viravong Scovill, K. Hongsa, Mick Saylom,
(For reservations contact ParadIce at the French Viengxai Phounsana, Sivilay Saypaserth, and Souphaluck
Institute on Lane Xang Avenue) Live Music Phongsavath.
Ladresse Cuisine by Tinay Inthavong. Make These six artists were selected by Vientianale and i:cat gallery
reservations at the restaurant, behind Vat Ongteu on A performance of live music by Kylie Lorenz will take place in Vientiane to respond to the theme of the Vientianale Short Films: Back to
Setthathirath Road. Call 020-56913434. this weekend. the Roots.
When: Sunday March 22 at 6pm When: March 13 25. (Special opening event at 5.30pm on
Hotel De La Paix in Luang Prabang. For reservations Where: Makphet Restaurant March 13.) Gallery open from 3.30-7pm Mon-Fri and 1-6pm
call 071-260777. Entrance: 25,000 kip per person. Sat and Sun.
When: March 19 at 6:30pm All you can eat BBQ buffet for 60, 000 kip. Where: i:cat gallery on Setthathirath Road next to Vat
Simuang.
For more information call: 020-77839674
Party anniversary New Buddha image ceremony
tennis tournament Jazz, Pop
The public is invited to
The National Tennis Association in cooperation with attend a New Buddha and Folk Concert
Born To B Company is holding the 2015 Born To B ceremony at Namkieng
temple. Events will Performance of
Tennis Tournament, to celebrate the 60th anniversary of include Pon Bee Sim jazz, pop and folk
the Lao Peoples Revolutionary Party and develop Lao and Buad Pham, while music by African
tennis players. monks will pray and singer Alif Naaba
The registration fee is 100,000kip for junior players and other rituals will take will take place in
150,000 for adults. The tournament is open to all and place. Vientiane at the
anyone interested can get an application form at the When: March 25 to 29 end of this month.
Chao Anouvong Tennis Club near the Chao Anouvong Where: Namkieng When: March 23,
village, Naxaithong 7 pm
Stadium. district, Vientiane. Where: French
When: March 22 to April 12. Junior events run from 9am For more information Institute, Lane Xang
to noon and 2-5pm. The adult competition starts at 5pm. contact: 020 7730 8361 Avenue
Where: Chao Anouvong tennis courts. or 020 5908 2213 Tickets 20,000 kip, 50,000 kip
Contract: Email: laotennis@yahoo.com More information: 021 215764, info@if-laos.org

New Zealand Scholarships Sim


Free
consecration Concert
New Zealand has opened the opportunity for students who would
like to study in the country. ceremony Fans of traditional
Where: 2015 applications are now available from Vientiane regional music
College. Merit makers can attend are in for a treat
When: Closing date March 31, 5pm a ceremony to consecrate with a free concert
For more information contact: www.aid.govt.nz/schols or a new hall at a Vientiane featuring live
temple next month. performances from
www.vientianecollege .com or email nzas@vientianecollege.com
Where: Panakhounkhien both Lao and Thai
Temple in Phonkhor folksong singers in
village, Xaythany district the capital.
When: April 1-11 Where:
Lao ITECC,
Kamphengmeuang
road, located in
Appeal for Donations Phonthan village,
Sisattanak district.
A donation centre When: March 27,
is being set up starting at 7pm.
to help children
in rural areas.
Donations of
educational
materials, sports
equipment, Painting Exhibition
clothing, snacks
and cash are The Exhibition Room at the National Institute of Fine Arts carries a
needed. It is permanent display of captivating paintings by Lao artists.
Where: Khounboulom Road in Chanthabouly district, Vientiane
hoped to provide When: Every Monday-Friday from 8am-4pm; Weekends from 9am-4pm
The Vientiane Times welcomes basic English
books for
notices from members of the public students.
The provisions
for announcement on this page. will be distributed
to schools
Any events or functions open to the in Xiengxeu,
Nameuang,
general public are suitable Phouxay, Viengxay, Fongxang and school groups in Viengxay
district, Huaphan province.
for publishing. When: Donations will be accepted from today and will be
handed over to schools from April 11-15.
Contact: chanfeature@hotmail.com Where: Lao Giver Centre in Dondaeng village, close to
Dondaeng bridge in Chanthabouly district, Vientiane.
Vientiane Times Thursday March 19, 2015 Sports 23
Serena in, Sharapova out at Indian
Wells; Federer, Nadal win Wushu team will find gold hard to get
Sangkhomsay Bubphanouvong At the 17th Asean University Games in Indonesia last

T
INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) Federer. The Italian broke
December the Lao wushu team won two gold, two silver and
-- Struggling with her serve and Federer to tie it up 3-all in the
he Lao wushu male and female teams will find it three bronze medals in the two styles so it would suggest that
a rash of errors, Serena Williams second, but Federer broke back
difficult to win gold medals in either the sanshou Laos has a bright future in this sport.
overcame a slow start to beat on a forehand winner in the next
(fighting) or taolu (dancing) style events at the 28th At these games the federation entered four men fighting
Sloane Stephens 6-7 (3), 6-2, game to take a lead he never
SEA Games in Singapore in June. Two men in the in the 48, 52, 56 and 65kg categories and two women at 52
6-2 in the fourth round at the gave up.
60 and 65kg categories will compete in the sanshou event and 56kg to compete in the sanshou event with one man and
BNP Paribas Open on Tuesday, It absolutely was an
and one in the taolu event, while the five women going will six women competing in the taolu event.
extending her winning streak to opportunity right away to play
only compete in the taolu event. At the 16th Asean University Games in Vientiane in 2012,
14 matches. him again and sort of erase it to
Lao Wushu Federation Secretary General, Mr Sitha the Lao wushu team won six gold medals.
Maria Sharapova struggled some extent from the memory
Chouyapaseuth, said this year the hosts are holding many At the 17th Asian Games in the Republic of Korea last
mightily, too, losing 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 as the season moves forward,
taolu events but will only have a small number of sanshou September, the Lao wushu team managed one bronze medal
to defending champion Flavia Federer said. Its one of those
ones. won by Khamla Soukhaphone in the mens 56kg sanshou event.
Pennetta, who won her ninth matches youre happy youre
Mr Sitha said the Lao sanshou fighters are more skillful At the 27th SEA Games in Myanmar in December 2013,
straight match after becoming through, and I was happy it was
than the taolu ones but the federation was only given two the Lao wushu team won one gold and one bronze medal in
emotional and leaving the court over.
entries for the sanshou event so it will be more difficult for the sanshou event but were without a medal in the taolu event.
in the first set. Pennetta was happy to
the team to win gold medals this time. At the 13th Asian Games in Bangkok city, Thailand in
Four-time Indian Wells advance after working through
He said the five women will find it very difficult to win 1998, the Lao wushu team secured a bronze medal in the
champion Roger Federer her emotions, saying she let
a gold medal in the taolu event because they will not be fit sanshou event. They won two bronze medals in the sanshou
defeated Andreas Seppi 6-3, 6-4, everything out, screaming, do
enough and, in the past, female wushu fighters from Laos event at the 14th Asian Games in the Republic of Korea in
avenging his third-round loss to something.
have not had much success, never winning a gold medal in 2002, a silver medal in the sanshou event at the 15th Asian
Seppi at the Australian Open. For the first two or three
this level. Games in Qatar in 2006 and two bronze medals in the sanshou
Seppi fought off three match games I was OK, Pennetta said.
Two Chinese professional trainers have arrived in event at the 16th Asian Games in China in 2010.
points on his serve to trail 5-4 in Then its coming. Like I never
Vientiane to help prepare the teams for the games but the The Lao wushu team won five gold medals at the 25th
the third set. He netted a forehand expect. I never do something
teams will not be able to live in the training camp and take SEA Games in 2009, and took home four silver and one
to give Federer a fourth match like that. Normally you go away
up full time training until the end of next month. bronze medal from the 26th SEA Games in Indonesia.
point in the next game, and the and you dont want to stay on
Swiss star closed it out with a the court. But for me it was
forehand winner in the corner.
Seppis win Down Under
important to just keep calm and
try to play. In the end I just play Peterson a slow starter at every level and making progress
stopped a 10-match skid against really well.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- John heading back to the minors. playing to a level he should, player. This is my second year
Peterson never had to worry The 25-year-old from LSU he at least got into the Arnold out here. I believe I can win
about a sophomore slump. saw it more as a second chance Palmer Invitational. out here now. I didnt believe
At just about every level, his than a reminder of his failures. He has twice been on the it last year.
struggles started much sooner. He breezed through the finals fringe of contention in the Peterson believes there
Some guys get it right for the second straight year to final two hours at the Humana are exceptions to the rule. He
away, Peterson said. Others get his card back, and this time Challenge and Farmers mentioned Jordan Spieth, who
dont. is off to a stronger start. Insurance Open. won as a 19-year-old rookie
His rookie season on the Or at least a more consistent Im making steps toward and was the youngest American
PGA Tour was so bad that one. doing better, he said. But to play in the Presidents Cup.
Peterson made only seven cuts I made seven cuts all of Im still mediocre, and its He mentioned the fast start
and finished No. 179 on the last year, he said. I made my aggravating me. Im sick of by Justin Thomas, and Harris
FedEx Cup. first seven this year. being just another name on English winning twice in one
--Photo AP
Just like that, he was back Peterson has missed only the list. It took me a couple of year.
Serena Williams returns a volley against Sloane Stephens during their to the Web.com Tour Finals and one cut in 11 starts, and while years in college to win, and Peterson said he was never
match at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament on Tuesday. four tournaments away from he still doesnt feel as if hes once I did I was a really good comfortable last year.

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Thursday March 19, 2015 Vientiane Times

Sports
Monaco reaches CL quarters
despite 2-0 loss to Arsenal
the last 16, Arsenal needed to score at least three
times to become the first team in the history of the
Champions League to progress after losing at home
by a two-goal margin.
Olivier Giroud gave Arsenal some hope when
he broke the deadlock in the 36th minute. Substitute
Aaron Ramsey then ensured a nervy finish with a
clinical finish into the bottom corner from Layvin
Kurzawas poor clearance in the 79th.
Despite those efforts, Arsenal still bowed out of
the round of 16 for the fifth season in a row.
Weve always gone out to Bayern Munich and
Barcelona at this stage but, no disrespect to Monaco,
we thought wed have a good opportunity to qualify.
But we gave ourselves a tough test from the first leg,
Ramsey said. Its nearly again, but its not enough.
Arsenal dominated all aspects of the game at the
Stade Louis II to overrun the best defensive team
in Europe with a dazzling attacking display. It was
a complete contrast to the Londoners lacklustre
performance in the first leg that sealed their fate.
Although Monaco managed only one shot
during the first half, the 2004 runners-up made it
to the quarterfinals for the third time. There will
be two French clubs in the last eight for the first
time in five years after Paris Saint-Germain ousted
Chelsea from the competition last week.
Its always difficult to turn a three-goal deficit
around, said Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger,
Monacos goalkeeper Danijel Subasic catches
who coached Monaco for seven years. Tonight we
the ball ahead of Arsenals Laurent Koscielny at did not seize all our chances, and we were made to
Louis II stadium in Monaco on Tuesday. --Photo AP pay for our first-leg inadequacies.
In the nights other match, Atletico Madrid
beat Bayer Leverkusen 3-2 on penalties after the
teams drew 1-1 on aggregate. Atletico won 1-0 on
MONACO (AP) -- Monaco withstood the night. Despite their need for goals, the Gunners
Arsenals onslaught to reach the quarterfinals made a cautious start and let the hosts take control.
of the Champions League despite a 2-0 home Monaco created the first chance after Anthony
defeat on Tuesday, advancing on the away goals Martial got past a defender on the left side of the
rule after drawing 3-3 on aggregate. box to serve up a fine cross to Dimitar Berbatov,
Following a 3-1 humiliating defeat at the with the Bulgarian forward glancing the ball on for
Emirates three weeks ago in the first leg of Joao Moutinho, who curled his shot wide.