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2012 ISSUE 134
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Laos, China ink cooperation deal
Times Reporters The agreements inked
included one on technical and
Laos and China reached a economic cooperation between
cooperation deal in Vientiane the two governments.
on Sunday when both sides Two loan agreements were
signed 10 agreements to signed in which the Chinese
enhance bilateral relations and government will provide
economic cooperation. soft loans for the Nam Khan
Businessman helps The agreements were 3 hydropower project and
to regenerate forest signed during an official visit to for road improvements in
cover Laos by Standing Committee Vientiane in preparation for
member of the Political the 9th Asia-Europe Meeting
page 3 Bureau of the Communist Summit in November.
Party of China (CPC) Central Laos’ Ministry of Planning
Committee, Mr He Guoqiang, and Investment and China’s
from June 10-12, according to Sinohydro Corporation inked
a press release from the Lao a concession agreement for
People’s Revolutionary Party Phase I of the operation of the
(LPRP). Nam Ou hydropower project.
Mr He, who is also Head of Vientiane and Beijing also
the CPC Central Commission signed a memorandum of
for Discipline Inspection, led understanding on Xebanghieng
a high-level delegation of the Mr He Guoqiang (seated, centre left) and Mr Bounnhang Vorachit (seated centre right) witness the River hydropower projects 1
CPC to visit Laos in response signing of the agreements. and 2.
Cambodian FM to an invitation from the A document in which the
heads for US to boost LPRP’s Central Committee. Chinese counterparts on the good comrades and good a comprehensive strategic Chinese side provides office
bilateral ties Politburo member of the same day. partners’. cooperative partnership. equipment worth more than
LPRP and Head of the State- Both sides hailed their Vientiane and Beijing Standing Member of 1.2 billion kip (one million
page 6
Party Inspection Committee, sound bilateral relations and signed 10 agreements to deepen the LPRP’s Politburo, yuan) for use in the LPRP’s
Dr Bounthong Chitmany, led cooperation, deemed by the their long-standing relations Mr Bounnhang Vorachit, office was also signed.
a high-level delegation of leaders of both sides as ‘good and cooperation, which has witnessed the signing of the Both sides inked a
National Day of Russia the Party in talks with their neighbours, good friends, been raised to the level of agreements. Continued page 3
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Home news
Policymakers draft labour Second Mekong bridge for Champassak
management law
Times Reporters It is 718 metres long and 11 The provincial authorities
metres wide, forming part attach great importance to
The construction of a second of the province’s strategy to promoting tourism, with
bridge across the Mekong transform Khong district into a particular focus on the
River in Khong district of the jewel of the Mekong in infrastructure development
Souksakhone Vaenkeo foreigners working in Laos Champassak province is now southern Laos. necessary to entice the
has been improving, matters 20 percent complete, after Until the bridge is business sector to develop
Lawmakers met yesterday regarding payment of supporting the project commenced in completed, villagers and tourists more facilities for tourists.
in Vientiane to draft a labour allowance have in some cases November last year. crossing the Mekong further Tourist arrivals in
management law in a bid to been dealt with inappropriately, The project is being south of Pakxe have to do so via Champassak reached 400,000
better manage labour-related Mr Laoly noted. funded through a loan from a river ferry which takes about in 2011, which was a 30 percent
issues, address labour disputes, In addition, measures the Chinese government worth 30 minutes to cross. increase on the previous year.
and protect the rights of both to protect and regulate more than US$30 million in Si Phan Done is one Authorities are confident the
workers and employers. Lao workers employed in total, aiming to boost tourist of the most popular tourist figure will continue to grow
Deputy Minister of households, foreign labourers arrivals to the Si Phan Done destinations in Laos, for both at a similar rate, and it has
Labour and Social Welfare working in Laos and Lao area, known internationally as regional and international done for the first six months
Laoly Faiphengyua yesterday labourers working for the “four thousand islands”. visitors alike. The growing of 2012.
opened a two-day meeting in international organisations The bridge, which is influx of tourists to the area The bridge linking Had
Vientiane to highlight points based in Laos have not been scheduled for completion in has generated many job village to Huay village is
for discussion to formulate the clearly defined, the deputy 2014, will connect Khong opportunities and provided the second bridge across
law. Mr Laoly Faiphengyua. minister said. district to other parts of a significant boost to local the Mekong in Champassak
The draft law seeks to As a result, Mr Laoly said, Champassak province, businesses. province, after the first was
compile comprehensive “Many of these workers have facilitating the more efficient The most popular tourism built several years ago.
measures for labour specify in what circumstances not been covered by the rules transport of goods and people sites in the area include The first bridge was built to
management, and will workers should be given a of regulations and principles.” to the region. The reduction in Khonephapheng, which link Pakxe town to Phongthong
supplement the Labour Law, supporting allowance and “They were sometimes transport times is expected to is the biggest waterfall in district on the other side of
which does not contain when they should not, how taken advantage of regarding attract more investment to the Southeast Asia. The falls are the river, which borders with
comprehensive measures to much they should be paid, or wages and social welfare. island region. a haven for the endangered Thailand. This bridge serves
regulate the issue. who will pay. Some people have been The bridge links Had Irrawaddy dolphin and the site as the main route of transport
“Although the Labour “What should the Social injured and even died in work- village to Huay village on of the former French colonial for goods between Laos and
Law has been amended many Security Organisation and related accidents but were not the opposite side of the river. railway. Thailand and also Vietnam.
times, it is too general,” Mr the employers pay and how taken care of and got no social
Laoly told the meeting, saying much?” Mr Laoly asked, welfare,” he said, suggesting
that a specific law is needed
for labour management.
saying that the Labour Law
does not specify this.
that the meeting discuss the
issue and seek measures to
Lao Airlines gets ISO... From page 1
He said the Labour Law Representatives from address all such matters.
was not sufficiently detailed, the relevant bodies attended Director General of strong management. This and knowledge. The project for the management standard
specific or comprehensive, the meeting, including from the Ministry’s Labour system will help our customers changed the old style of quality system for ticket selling
especially when defining the Ministry of Labour and Management Department, to feel satisfied and boost our management to an acceptable and booking services.
the supporting allowances Social Welfare, Lao National Mr Khamkhane Phisavanh, income,” Mr Rada said. standard of quality. After a final visit by SGS
to be paid to workers when Chamber of Commerce told the Vientiane Times that The ISO and the International “We want our logo, services, inspectors on May 21 and 22,
an employment contract is and Industry, and the Lao the final draft of the law is Oversight Safety Audit (IOSA) quality, international standards the SGS agreed to present the
revoked or in the event of a Federation of Trade Union. expected to be submitted to are top goals in Lao Airlines’ and customer satisfaction to be ISO 9001:2008.
workplace-related fatality or Although rights protection the government in the near development plan. further developed,” Mr Rada The SGS organised
death due to other causes. for both workers and employers, future before it goes before Lao Airlines has been said. a certificate presentation
The Labour Law, the as well as labour management the National Assembly at the working towards ISO The project underwent ceremony for Lao Airlines on
deputy minister added, does not for both Lao workers and end of this year for approval. certification for ticket sales and inspection and advising on six June 11.
booking since 2006. occasions. It was also checked Attending the event were

Hospitals partner with health


Lao Airlines had been by the SGS four times and Lao Minister of Public Works
working with SGS on the Airlines inspected itself two and Transport Mr Sommad
project up until June. The times, Mr Rada said. Pholsena, General Director

insurance fund project provided training for After checking procedures


senior officials and technicians on each occasion, Lao Airlines
at Lao Airlines to provide and SGS consulted and shared
of Lao Airlines Dr Somphone
Duangdala, Director of the Civil
Aviation Department Mr Yakua
Xayxana Leukai “We want to encourage up over five years ago, some them with lessons, rules, ideas on developing work Lorpangkua, and SGS staff.
more people to join the fund members have been satisfied
The Community Health
Insurance Fund Management
so that we can reach the
Millennium Development
with the scheme but others
have not,” he said. Laos, China ink... From page 1
Committee signed a Goals by 2015, as well as He noted that some people
Memorandum of Understanding support the Resolution of wanted to join the scheme memorandum of gratitude to the Party, continue to work with the
(MOU) with its partner hospitals the 9th Party Congress,” she but did not know what the understanding and agreement government and people Chinese side to enrich
Setthathirath, Mittaphab and said. procedure was. on cooperation to build of China for the valuable relations and cooperation.
Mahosot on the provision of So far, only 10 percent Mr Saithong also urged a Laos-China primary assistance and support For his part, Mr He
medical services for all members of people are members of the participating hospitals school worth more than 3.3 extended to Laos. congratulated the progress
of the fund. each private social security to provide better services to billion kip (US$420,000) He said he highly valued made by the Lao people in
The MOU was signed organisation, state social security existing members of the fund in Nongping village of the visit of the Chinese developing their country.
last week by Deputy organisation and community to encourage more people to Chanthabouly district, delegation, which further Both sides briefed their
Minister of Health Dr health insurance fund. Dr join. Vientiane. enhances the relations and counterparts on the socio-
Inlavanh Keobounphanh and Inlavanh said it was the duty of During the ceremony, During the talks, Dr cooperation between the economic development
Deputy Vientiane Mayor the sectors involved to increase representatives of Bounthong represented two parties, governments situation in their respective
Mr Saithong Keoduangdy, the number of members in these Setthathirath, Mittaphab and the Party, government and and peoples. Dr Bounthong countries and discussed
who is also President of the organisations. Mahosot hospitals signed people of Laos in expressing reaffirmed that he would regional and international
Vientiane Community Health Mr Saythong said that an MOU on cooperation
Insurance Fund Management establishing such funds was a with partnering district
Committee. reflection of the government’s hospitals. For example, Lao Press in Foreign Languages
Dr Inlavanh said the policy to provide health Setthathirath signed up to
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Power outage affects city centre


Times Reporters line telephone number, but Technicians tried their
connection proved impossible, best to resume the power
Electricity was cut off causing frustration among supply, but repairing the
in parts of Vientiane city those who were left in the broken transformer proved
centre yesterday, affecting dark. impossible due to buildings
residents, businesses and “I hope there isn’t a which restricted access to the
government offices operating further power outage of this site.
in the area. nature. We will lose face if Vientiane residents have
The shutdown had there’s a power cut during been complaining for some
significant negative impacts the Asia-Europe Meeting time about frequent power
on businesses, companies and Summit in November,” said outages in the capital. Over
newspaper offices in the Nam an employee in the Nam the last few days, many
Phou area. Phou area. areas of Vientiane have
Some businesses had to Vientiane Times, the experienced power cuts
suspend work from about national English language of several hours or more,
10am until 7:30pm during the newspaper, had to undertake leading to questions about
power cut, bringing a halt to an emergency relocation to whether Laos will be able
commercial and administrative the Lao State Printing House to fulfil its aim of becoming
activities in the area. yesterday evening in order the ‘battery of Asean’.
Officials have not yet to ensure that it was able Electricite du Laos has
been able to estimate the cost to publish today’s edition. received government approval
of the power outage in the Coffee and fruit shake to increase electricity prices
heart of the business centre, vendors in Nam Phou were by 3 percent per month from
but many people expressed also inconvenienced, as they March until the end of this
disappointment over the had no power to run their year. Mr Khamphay Somsana, Mr Vilayvanh Phomkhe and other officials plant trees in Nayang village in
efforts of electricians to appliances. It also plans to further Vientiane’s Naxaithong district on Saturday.
restore the power supply. Officials at Electricite increase rates by two percent
Government offices and
businesses located in the area
tried to report the fault using
du Laos’ Vientiane branch
said the power outage was
due to the breakdown of a
per year from next year
until 2017, in order to make
investment in the electricity
Businessman helps to
Electricite du Laos’ 199 fixed- transformer in the area. sector more attractive.
regenerate forest cover
Large pay rise on the way... From page 1
Times Reporters awarded a Grade I Labour severely degraded in recent
Medal by the government on decades due to various
stands at 3,500 kip per Vientiane Times yesterday that State employees are very
A Lao businessman is planting Saturday after his family was reasons, including slash and
index based on different levels revenue collection in Laos happy with the government’s
trees in a watershed area of named a model in Naxaithong burn cultivation and illegal
according to qualifications, was increasing every year and plan to increase salaries but have
Vientiane’s Naxaithong district district and a good developer logging triggered by the
experience and position. he thought the ministry could concerns about the management
to sustain water sources for for fostering growth in the growing demand for wood.
Currently, officials’ provide a large enough budget of product prices because
rivers and restore greenery to area. Mr Khamphay said his
salaries range from 500,000 to cover the wage hike. market vendors sometimes take
the countryside. He began planting trees association was shifting its
kip to 1.5 million kip per “Our government has seen advantage of higher salaries to
Mr Khamphay Somsana in this area in 2000 after focus from relying on wood
month depending on their the need to improve the living raise their prices.
has planted 3 million trees observing that the country’s sourced from natural forests to
index total. conditions of our officials, Another concern is that
on 2,000 hectares in Nayang forests, including protected planting trees to sustain their
The government will raise to enable them to work while prices often go up, they
village as part of efforts to areas, were being encroached business, to prevent the further
officials’ salary from 3,500 to fully to serve the nation’s never go down.
help the government restore upon for commercial decline of natural forests.
4,800 kip per index in 2012- development,” he said. The Lao economy
forest cover to 70 percent of purposes. Half a century ago, forest
13, or 37 percent, to 6,700 Mr Phouphet said continues to grow at 8
the total land area by 2020. Since the project started, cover in Laos was 70 percent
kip per index in 2013-14 (91 the Finance Ministry is percent annually. Revenue
“The trees I planted here it has helped generate jobs for but had declined to 41 percent
percent), and to 9,300 kip committed to working harder collection is on the rise, and
are not for logging. I’m local people who come to work by 2002. The current extent
per index (a 156.7 percent to obtain new income sources the government considers it
planting them for tourism in the area. Mr Khamphay also of forest cover is unclear
increase compared to the to ensure the national budget important to raise state salaries
and research purposes,” breeds thousands of buffaloes because the relevant sectors
current level). is sufficient to maintain the to counter inflation.
said Mr Khamphay, who is and cattle in this area. are carrying out a survey to
The decree stated that the salary increase. According to the Bank
President of the Lao Furniture Lao forests have been determine the forested area.
government will also grant an In 2007, the year before of the Lao PDR, the average
Association.
allowance of 760,000 kip per the global financial crisis hit, inflation rate in Laos in
person per month to cover the the government increased 2011 was 7.58 percent.
Mr Khamphay held a
ceremony on Saturday to plant
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News in Brief
Khammuan raises bar for tourism
Khammuan provincial Tourism Department will continue to develop basic
infrastructure for visitors during Visit Laos Year 2012.
Department staff said the improvements were in line with the master plan to boost
socio-economic growth.
Plans include improving roads, increasing information services, securing electricity
supply, and ensuring clean water for visitors.
Clinics, hotels, resorts, restaurants and new care service centres are also planned. The
department plans to expand into the ecotourism market by promoting the province’s
many areas of natural beauty.
Developments will include the preservation of caves and other tourist sites, to attract
even more visitors to the province.
Improving security and promoting the traditional culture of all communities is also
part of the plan. Each year tourist numbers rise, generating millions of kip for the local
economy.

Farmers ready to plant wet season crops


Farmers in Vientiane province are preparing to plant their wet season crops.
Agriculture and forestry section staff said farmers around the province are
Dr Sing Menorath (second right) and Dr Erlyn Sana (second left) address the workshop.
expected to produce over 230,000 tonnes of rice from more than 50,000 hectares

UHS runs workshop on


this year.
Last wet season, many farmers were affected by weather extremes and insect
plagues, leading to the loss of several tonnes of crops.

educational development Farmers are also growing cash crops such as sweetcorn, peanuts, soybeans and various
vegetables.
Times Reporters President Associate Prof. Dr Sing said the workshop Luang Prabang tackles poverty issues
Dr Sing Menorath said that was part of efforts to improve the
Lecturers and students are qualified health staff were curriculum at the university. This Phonxay district authorities in Luang Prabang province recently gathered to
hopeful that teaching standards important for teaching, would also support the Ministry discuss ways to tackle poverty in various target groups. The meeting agreed it
at Vientiane’s University of studying and educational of Health’s goals for human was important to strengthen the fields of education, health, transportation and
Health Sciences will improve development. resource development by 2015
after a four-day workshop on “This workshop will and 2020 respectively. During agriculture.
organisational management. help to improve the quality the workshop, participants are Participants heard about past work that focused primarily on small infrastructure
The workshop began of teaching and learning at learning about organisational development and boosting capacity in the district, which has 32,805 residents in
yesterday, aimed at upgrading the university, which will management skills from the 5,244 families living in 60 villages.
the quality of teaching and directly benefit both students Dean of the National Teacher Phonxay is one of the 45 poorest districts in the country. However, the provincial
studying at the university. and lecturers,” said Dr Sing. Training Centre for Health authority is expected to declare this district poverty free poverty by 2015 as part of its
Speaking at the opening He said such improvements Professions of the University of
ceremony of the Seminar- would also help to raise the the Philippines, Dr Erlyn Sana. strategic plan.
Workshop on Organisational overall standard of education The World Health The meeting was attended by district governor Mr Khamla Lianpadith, provincial and
Management and Educational in Laos to match regional and Organisation is supporting the district authority officials, and other guests.
Leadership, university Vice international levels. workshop.
Vientiane Times Tuesday June 12, 2012 Photo news 5

Deputy Secretary of the


Lao People’s Revolutionary
Youth Union, Dr Khampha
Phimmasone (right),
yesterday presents a
certificate of appreciation to
Thai Ambassador to Laos
Mr Vitavas Srivihok (left)
after he donated money
to support International
Children’s Day. Every
year the Thai Ambassador
provides financial support
and technical assistance to
the Union for promoting the
power and influence of the
younger generation.

Governor of Vientiane’s Naxaithong district Mr Bounthong Phomphachan presents a Grade I Labour


Medal to leading businessman Mr Khamphay Somsana on Saturday in recognition of his contributions
to the district’s development and job creation.

Management and staff of Vientiane Times relocate to the Lao State Printing House after a power A large hole in a road in Nonghai village is filled with rainwater, hampering road users and
outage in the Nam Phou area yesterday closed down operations at the newspaper offices. people who pass through the area. Local authorities have been asked to make repairs.
6 Tuesday June 12, 2012 Vientiane Times

Region
Philippine president unfazed In brief from Asia
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by drop in approval rating China publicises
MANILA (Xinhua) -- net satisfaction rating of the human rights
Cambodia’s
Philippine president Benigno President continues to be the action plan
S. Aquino III will continue highest since June 1999,” said BEIJING (China Daily)
Deputy Prime to focus on implementing the Lacierda in a press briefing.
Minister -- The Chinese government
and Foreign necessary reforms to ensure The second quarter survey on Monday publicised its
Minister Hor “inclusive growth” even as of the research firm SWS second national plan for
Namhong his public approval rating showed that Aquino’s net human rights protection,
speaks to continues to decline, a senior satisfaction rating in May promising to address
the press at government official said on dropped seven points to + 42,
the airport in challenges and work for the
Monday. from +49 registered in March. happiness and dignity of
Phnom Penh.
--Photo Xinhua Presidential spokesman His approval rating every citizen.
Erwin Larcierda said that registered the biggest drop in The new plan, which
despite the drop in Aquino’s the National Capital Region addresses human rights
ratings, the results of the in northern Philippines at +18, protection work from 2012-
latest Social Weather Stations from +52 in March. 2015, was published by the
(SWS) show that “the public Despite the power problem State Council Information
sees and appreciates the in southern Philippines,

Cambodian FM heads for


Office and follows the
efforts of the government and Aquino enjoyed the highest previous one that covered
its accomplishments.” net satisfaction rating in the 2009-2010 period.
“In most parts of the Mindanao at +61.

US to boost bilateral ties country, (Aquino) enjoys


strong majority approval. It
is important to note that the
The latest SWS survey
was conducted from May 24
to 27.
Japan aims for 12
percent smoking
rate
PHNOM PENH (Xinhua) from Cambodia’s Foreign settling the debt... During
-- Cambodia’s Deputy Prime
Minister and Foreign Minister
Ministry. He will also have
a separate meeting with
the visit, I will ask the US to
continue negotiations to reach
Singapore to continue developing JAPAN (The Yomiuri
Shimbun) --The government
Hor Namhong, Chair of 2012
ASEAN, on Sunday evening
Senator Jim Webb, Chairman
of the Sub-Committee on
a solution that is acceptable
to the two sides,” he told
arbitration sector has approved a 12 percent
target rate for smoking
left Cambodia for the United East Asia and Pacific Affairs, reporters. SINGAPORE, (Xinhua) International Arbitration Centre among adults, representing
States on an official visit to and Daniel Russel, Special Cambodia owed the United -- Singapore will continue administered 41 new cases last the first numerical goal to be
boost bilateral relations and Assistant to the US President States US$162 million in the to develop its arbitration year, including domestic cases. included in its basic plans
the ASEAN-US ties. Barack Obama in charge of Lon Nol regime between 1970 sector by moving in line with In the first five months of to fight cancer and drawing
Speaking at the Phnom East Asian Affairs. and 1975. Plus interest rate, to industry needs, Law Minister K 2012, the Singapore centre praise from activists battling
Penh International Airport Hor Namhong said during date, the debt has amounted Shanmugam said on Monday. handled 118 new cases, the effects of secondhand
before his departure, Hor the upcoming meeting with to more than US$400 million, Speaking at an event of the double the number handled in smoke.
Namhong said, “The visit Hillary, he will ask the US according to Cambodia’s arbitration sector, Shanmugam the same period last year. The plans were approved at
will tighten Cambodia-US side to reconsider relieving Foreign Ministry. said the Singapore International The total value of these cases a Cabinet meeting Friday.
relations and the ASEAN-US the debt that Cambodia owed Cambodian government Arbitration Centre handled 188 were over 2 billion Singapore A 57-year-old widow
ties.” in 1970s. considers the debt as “dirty new cases last year. Of these, dollars (US$1.6 billion), which in Yamato, Kanagawa
He is scheduled to meet “In the past, there had been debt” and has urged the United 135 were international cases is more than the total value of Prefecture, still regrets not
the US Secretary of State several times of negotiations States for years to convert the fully administered in accordance 1.3 billion Singapore dollars stopping her husband from
Hillary Clinton on June 12, between Cambodia’s finance debt into aid, but Washington with the centre’s rules. (US$1.04 billion) for the cases working at a company with a
according to a press release ministry and the US on has not agreed to it yet. By contrast, the Hong Kong handled last year. number of smokers.

VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT
(Announcement No. 12/40)
OPEN TO: All interested candidates
POSITION: Computer Program Assistant (IPC)
OPENING DATE: June 4, 2012
CLOSING DATE: June 18, 2012
WORK HOURS: Full-time; 40 hours/week
SALARY: Actual salary will be based on the qualifications of the applicant.

NOTE: THIS IS A LOCAL POSITION. THE SELECTED CANDIDATE WILL COME UNDER LOCAL LABOR LAW,
AND BE PAID ACCORDING TO THE EMBASSY’S LOCAL COMPENSATION PLAN. ALL ORDINARY RESIDENT
APPLICANTS MUST BE RESIDING IN LAOS AND HAVE THE REQUIRED WORK AND/OR RESIDENCY PERMITS
TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR CONSIDERATION.

The U.S. Embassy in Vientiane is seeking an individual for the position of Computer Program Assistant in the Information
Programs Center (IPC), Management Section.

BASIC FUNCTION OF POSITION:

The incumbent assists the Information Programs Center (IPC) in four distinct areas: Computer Systems end- user support; setup and
operation of Embassy audio-visual (A/V) systems such as soundboards as well as schedule, test and operate Embassy DVC system;
cross-trains on other IRM related systems (e.g., telephone switchroom, mailroom, network administration) to provide support as
needed; and performs individual and group instruction on Microsoft Suite products and IRM supported web based programs as area
matter expert. Trains and educates users on proper email and file management practices.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

1. Education: An Associate degree (2 years college) in computer science is needed. Commercial computer certification required
(Comptia A+ and Net+). Must have strong working knowledge and proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite.

2. Prior Work Experience: One to two years of progressively responsible experience as a Computer Systems administrator or end
user helpdesk support.

3. Language Proficiency: Level III – A thorough working knowledge of English is required to include technical terms used in
Computer Systems administration. Must be able to address and train groups people in English. Level IV Lao - A thorough
knowledge of spoken and written Lao is required to interface with local providers.

4. Job Knowledge: Familiarity with systems analysis and basics of LAN/WANs. Working knowledge of Windows 2003, Windows
XP Professional, Exchange 2003, and SMS operating systems and applications. Advanced knowledge of the Microsoft Office
applications. Must have excellent keyboarding and software skills.

5. Skills and Abilities: Advanced knowledge of the Microsoft Office 2007 applications and SharePoint.

HOW TO APPLY
Interested applicants for this position must submit the following for the application to be considered:
1. Universal Application for Employment (Form DS-174). Download the form at: http://laos.usembassy.gov/job_opportunities.html
2. Candidates who claim U.S. Veterans preference must provide a copy of their Form DD-214 with their application.
3. Any other documentation (e.g., essays, certificates, awards, copies of degrees earned) that
addresses the qualification requirements of the position as listed above.

SUBMIT APPLICATION TO
Human Resources Office
American Embassy
Rue Bartholonie, That Dam
PO Box 114, Vientiane, Laos
(Hardcopy or e-mail attachments are accepted)

POINT OF CONTACT
Telephone: 856-21-267176
Fax: 856-21-267140
E-mail: VientianeHR@state.gov

Interested persons should contact Embassy Human Resources Office for more information. Blank application forms may be picked
up from the cabinet inside the Embassy entrance.
Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.

CLOSING DATE FOR THIS POSITION: June 18, 2012


An Equal Opportunity Employer
Vientiane Times Tuesday June 12, 2012 7
World
ILO calls for action
against child labour
GENEVA (ILO News) -- A of Child Labour are among to be strengthened.
large gap remains between the the most widely ratified of all While much more needs
ratification of Conventions on the ILO Conventions. Of the to be done, the ILO paper
child labour and the actions ILO’s 185 member states, 88 recognises the important
countries take to deal with percent have ratified the first progress being made in
the problem, the International and 95.1 percent the latter. The a number of countries to
Labour Organisation (ILO) goal is universal ratification improve law and practice.
said in a report marking by 2015. This includes:
the tenth anniversary of the However, according to a A growing list of countries
annual World Day Against new report entitled “Tackling establishing national plans to
Child Labour today. child labour: from commitment tackle child labour. Many new
“There is no room for to action”, progress in reducing legislative prohibitions that
complacency when 215 child labour has often been aim to identify and prevent
million children are still outweighed by a failure to hazardous work by children.
labouring to survive and more translate commitments into More legislation being adopted
than half of these are exposed practice. against child prostitution and
to the worst forms of child The largest gap between child pornography. A marked A worker of Radical Left Coalition introduces their campaign policy at an election campaign stand in
labour, including slavery commitment and action is in increase in international Athens. --Photo Xinhua
and involvement in armed the informal economy, where cooperation and mutual
conflict. We cannot allow the
eradication of child labour to
slip down the development
the majority of violations of
fundamental labour rights
occur, the report says.
assistance among member
states, particularly on issues
concerning trafficking.
Greek socialist, Left leaders call for unity
agenda – all countries should be
striving to achieve this target,
Children in rural and
agricultural areas, as well as
“We should also build
on national policies and government to review bailout deals after polls
individually and collectively,” children of migrant workers programmes that are in
said ILO Director-General and indigenous peoples, are place and learn from them to ATHENS (Xinhua) -- Greek the second in two months, the to push through any measures
Juan Somavia. most vulnerable to being ensure effective action against socialist PASOK party leader two leaders presented similar to solve Greece’s debt crisis.
New estimates released caught in child labour. child labour in all parts of Evangelos Venizelos and proposals, as opinion surveys The former Finance
on 1 June showed that some 5 The ILO also indicates that the world,” said the ILO Democratic Left leader Fotis indicate that, like the first Minister suggested instead the
million children are caught in relatively few cases against Director-General. He added: Kouvelis called on Sunday round of polls on May 6, no formation of a “national shared
forced labour, which includes child labour reach national “Decent work for parents, for the formation of a national party again would win absolute responsibility” government to
conditions such as commercial courts of law. Sanctions for and education for children unity government after the June parliamentary majority to form renegotiate “with credibility”
sexual exploitation and debt violations are often too weak are indispensable elements of 17 general elections to review a government and implement its some painful terms of the two
bondage – and this is thought to be effective deterrents strategies for the elimination international bailout deals with policies. bailout agreements Greece
to be an underestimate. against the exploitation of of child labour. Let us lenders, ease the pressure on “The country can not signed with EU counterparts
The ILO’s child labour children. redouble our efforts and move recession-hit Greece and keep it be governed with slim and International Monetary
Conventions 138 concerning This means national forward with the Roadmap in the eurozone. majorities,” Venizelos stressed Fund (IMF) since May 2010
the Minimum Age for judicial and law enforcement adopted in The Hague in 2010 One week before the critical during a press briefing in to avert a chaotic default that
Admission to Employment institutions along with victim to eliminate the worst forms polls that could determine the Athens, arguing that a weak could destabilize the entire
and 182 on the Worst Forms protection programmes need of child labour by 2016.” debt-ridden country’s future, government would not be able euro zone.

INVITATION TO TENDER

PROCUREMENT OF LIGHT VEHICLES, TRUCKS AND PEOPLE MOVER

Lao Sanxai Minerals Co.,Ltd (LSM) is a joint venture between leading international mining group, Rio
We are looking for IT auditors in the Lao PDR. Tinto plc and international trading, investment and service enterprise, Mitsui & Co., Ltd. The companies
have a track record for success in their respective industries which incorporate exploring, mining and
KPMG is a global network of professional firms providing Audit, Tax, and Advisory services. processing mineral resources and product sales, worldwide logistics and financing and development of
We have 145,000 outstanding professionals working together to deliver value in 152 countries major international infrastructure.
worldwide.
LSM seeks suitable provider/s for the following goods:
KPMG has been active in the Lao PDR since 1997 and we are a leading auditor and consultant
in the country. Led by a full-time resident partner, KPMG currently has 35 professional staff, No. Description Quantity
who have full access to KPMG’s global technical resources. In addition to providing world-
class services to our clients, we devote international standard resources to the training and 1 Diesel 4x4 Dual cab utility with tray – as per tender documents 4
development of our Lao staff, Lao’s future leaders. We provide a depth of expertise and
2 Diesel 4x4 Wagon 1
understanding that allows us to form strong and supportive relationships with our clients.
KPMG's Information Risk Management (IRM) practice focuses on fundamental business issues 3 Diesel 4x4 Wagon (pre-fitted or suitable for modification to Paramedic response vehicle) 1
- managing risk, increasing revenues, controlling costs - that organizations, across various
industries, should address in order to help them flourish. We help companies to identify and 4 Diesel 4x4 Truck with tray plus vehicle mounted crane min 3 tonnes @ 2m Vehicle minimum payload 5.5 tonnes 1
manage risks inherent in business processes and technology systems that support business 5 Diesel 4x4 People mover minimum 14 person carrying capacity 3
objectives, and provide them with the information needed to help them meet their strategic and
financial goals. Our services are specialized to help clients mitigate risks across their entire 6 Aftermarket fit-out of vehicles listed above - as per tender documents
business. You will help deliver services to our expanding range of clients and develop your
own skills and experience to become one of our leaders in the Lao PDR. We are looking for Tenders submitted may cover all or some of the Goods listed above and must conform to the Tender
individuals with the following profiles: Documents.
This Tender is open to all eligible bidders who have a business license related to the above Goods and
IRM assistant updated tax payment certificate of recent year. Goods must be Laos road registered to LSM and be
delivered by 30 September 2012 at the Vientiane office of LSM.
• University Degree or experience working for an international organisation.
• Good command of English.
Tenders must be submitted at the offices of LSM (listed below) by 2.00 pm on June 29, 2012. It is the
• Strong analytical and communication skills.
Tenderer’s responsibility to ensure that its Tender is delivered by the due time and date. Delays in delivery
• Computer literate.
will not excuse the late arrival of a Tender.
• Ability to work in high performing teams and under pressure.
Tenders must be submitted on the Tender Documents and be sealed in an envelope or package bearing
• Willingness to work in provinces as well as Vientiane.
• Understanding of finance, accounting, ERP / CRM packages and / or IT the address of LSM and marked “Bidding for Supply of Vehicles/Trucks”. One original and one copy of
management would be an advantage. the complete Tender must be lodged.
• Ambition to learn and develop in the profession LSM reserves the right to reject any Tender or to waive any irregularities in a Tender submitted. LSM
is under no obligation to accept any Tender submitted. Any Contract awarded will be entirely at the
Attractive remuneration packages and benefits will be offered to the right candidates. Please discretion of the LSM. No costs will be accepted associated with the preparation of your Tender.
submit resume, stating qualifications and experience, expected salary, and contact details, It is expected that a Contract will be awarded about 13th July 2012
together with a recent photo, to the address below:
Any queries regarding this Tender and supply of the Tender Documents should be addressed in writing
HR Unit for the attention of:
KPMG Lao Co., Ltd.
P.O. Box 6978 Mr. Sompathana Simasing,
Vientiane Capital Manager-Administration
Lao PDR Lao Sanxai Minerals Co., Ltd
Tel: +856 (21) 900344, 900527-8, 454240-7 5th Floor, ANZV Building, 33 Lane Xang Ave, Hatsady Village,
Fax +856 (21) 900 347 Chanthaboury District, Vientiane Capital, Lao PDR Tel: 021-222736
Mobile: (020) 55033990 Fax: 021-218538
E-mail: lpheuisiri@kpmg.com E-mail: sompathana.simasing@riotinto.com
8 Tuesday June 12, 2012 Vientiane Times

JOB VACANCY
Multinational mineral drilling company is seeking applications from Lao Nationals with relevant qualifications
and experience for immediate starts at our Vientiane office:

Positions Available:
1. Finance/Accounting Supervisor (Indochina) based at Vientiane office , Lao PDR
- Interpreting and implementing accounting, credit, tax or financial concept for financial planning and control.
- Perform basic technical analysis using professional concepts
- Manage accountant team to ensure smooth operation and service as well as legal and corporate requirements.
- Work with Finance Manager and other managers to deliver financial and accounting service as business direction,
requirement and laws.
- Support management to on information, budget and report execution and gathering.
- Perform internal audit and coordinate with external audit.
- Liaison with external parties to deliver effective finance and accounting service.
- Ensure legal and corporate compliance with trust and clear.
Qualification
- Lao nationality is advantage
- 5 – 10 years up accounting / finance experiences
- Experience in supervising staff and management skill
- Good at English
- Able to work in diversity environment
- Understand Indochina financial and accounting laws is advantage.
- Overseas exposure is advantage
- Self-motivation and good interpersonal
- Sharp, smart, willing to learn and proactive
- Know Oracle is advantage

2. Fixed Assets & General Accountant (Indochina)based at Vientiane office , Lao PDR
- Implementing basic accounting, credit, tax or financial concepts for financial planning and control.
- Taking care of fixed asset management to comply with laws and company requirement / policy and business serve
- Support supervisor on information, reporting and execution of key information
Qualification:
- Lao nationality is advantage
- Educational background of accounting, finance or relevant
- 2 -5 years up accounting / finance experiences
- Experience in supervising staff and management skill
- Good at English
- Able to work in diversity environment
- Understand Indochina financial and accounting laws is advantage.
- Overseas exposure is advantage
-
3. Treasury & General Accountant (Indochina)based at Vientiane office , Lao PDR
- Implementing basic accounting, credit, tax or financial concepts for financial planning and control.
- Taking care of treasury to comply with laws and company requirement / policy and business serve
- Support supervisor on information, reporting and execution of key information
Qualification:
- Lao nationality is advantage
- 2 – 5 years up accounting / finance experiences
- Educational background of accounting, finance or relevant
- Experience in supervising staff and management skill
- Good at English
- Able to work in diversity environment
- Understand Indochina financial and accounting laws is advantage.
- Overseas exposure is advantage

Attractive salary and AGL insurance will be provided based upon experience.
To apply, email to: tawat.tadang@boartlongyear.comOr RecruitmentLaos@boartlongyear.com
or deliver your CV and a statement explaining how your qualifications and experience match the position requirements,
and expectation, to the address below:

No 135, Unit 15, Ban Phonthan Neua, Saysetha District,


Vientiane Capital, Lao P.D.R, P.O.Box 6681
Before 15th June 2012

Job Vacancy (Re-advertise)


About the Company:
Datacom Co. Ltd was established in 1997 from five staff members, now the company employs more than 50 full-
time employees.

Today Datacom is the leader in enterprise IT services and products in Lao PDR. Datacom is celebrating its 15th
year Anniversary with constantly rising and fast growing businesses. As the authorised distributor for DELL Inc. for
15 years (PCs, Notebooks, Servers, Storage and Solution) for Lao Market, as well as other global brand such APC
(American Power Conversion now under Schneider electrics), Emerson, Toshiba (Notebook), Level 1 and others.
We are inviting new interested, challenge loving personnel to join our family in the following position.

Sales Manager 1 Position


o Key Responsibilities:
• Develops a business plan and sales strategy for the market that ensures attainment of company sales goals and
profitability.
• Responsible for the performance and development of the Sale Representatives.
• Assists in the development and implementation of marketing plans as needed.

o Qualification Requirements:
• Education background in marketing, business management , accounting or other related fields
• A minimum of 1-2 years in Sales Experience is highly preferred
• Excellent communication and presentation skills
• Self-motivated, goal-driven with a strong sense of teamwork.

Marketing Assistant 2 Positions


o Key Responsibilities:
• Assists in the development and implementation of marketing plans.
• Maintains close relationship with partners and clients while striving to establish new relationship with
perspective clients.
• Collects necessary data of market, competitions and other relevant information for assessing the market.

o Qualifications Requirements:
• Education background in Marketing, Business Management, or other related fields.
• Experience in sales or marketing is preferred.
• Good communication and presentation skills.
• Able to work under demanding and time constraints.
• Good command of English.
• Work well with people from different levels.

Interest applicants are requested to submit your recent resume or curriculum vitae (CV) with cover letter
expressing your suitability for the positions before 15 th June 2012.

* Successful candidate will receive a special contract agreement with multiple benefits and income.

DATACOM Co., Ltd


2nd Floor., Sihom Commerce Center Building, Souphanouvong Road,
Sihom, Chanthabuly District
Vientiane Capital, Lao P.D.R
Tel: +856 21 250850-1
Fax: +856 21 219117
Email: hr@datacomlao.com or info@datacomlao.com

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement


DATACOM is determined to be an equal opportunity employer and seek to employ employee from different sections.
The aim of this statement is to make sure that no staff-member or job applicant will be treated less fairly than other
person on the grounds of ethnic origin, disability, race, nationality, age, gender, marital status or other grounds that
are unjustifiable.
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LAO PEOPLE’S DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC


PEACE INDEPENDENCE DEMOCRACY UNITY PROSPERITY
Ministry of Planning and Investment
--------000--------
Mainstreaming Disaster and Climate Risk Management into Investment Decision
PHRD Grant no. TF011271

REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST


FOR CONSULTANTCY SERVICES
(Date of issuance: 11 June 2012)

The Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) has initiated preparation of a Technical Assistance (TA) in the
amount of US$2.7 million, which is supported by the World Bank who is acting as administrator of grant funds
provided by Japan under the Japan Policy and Human Resources Development Technical Assistance Program to
Support the Government of Lao PDR in its efforts to strengthen the institutional authority and implementation
capacity of the Government of Lao PDR at national and sub-national levels to mainstreaming disaster risk
management and climate change adaptation into public infrastructure investments, thereby potentially decreasing
the vulnerability of the population and national economy to climate change and natural hazards. This Program
of Support will be coordinated by the Ministry of Planning and Investment. The implementing partners will be
Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF), and Ministry of Public Works and Transport (MPWT).

The development objectives are expected to be achieved by:


• Integrating climate and disaster risk management into strategic national and sectoral planning and
development policies, especially for Roads, Housing, Urban planning, and Irrigation sectors;
• Improving the consideration of disaster and climate resilience in the implementation of public infrastructure;
• Enhancing the human and institutional capacity through training at national, provincial, district, and
community level in the design and implementation of resilient infrastructure; and
• Demonstrating the implementation of strategic structural and non-structural measures to enhance resilience
by means of Pilot Studies in two risk-prone provinces
The scope of the project includes (i) risk assessment, (ii) develop data base of the disaster vulnerable infrastructure,
(iii) improvement of the disaster resilience standard and technical guidelines, (iv) improvement of planning
process and mechanism for disaster resilience public investment within the implementing Ministries and between
Implementing Ministries and MPI, (v) design and monitor pilot projects, (vi) provision of training to agencies
concerned on the guidelines.

It is expected that two years of consultancy services will be required to complete the tasks described above, started
from September 2012.

Interested Consulting Firms must provide information indicating that they are qualified to perform the services
(profiles, brochures, description of similar assignments, experience in similar conditions, availability of appropriate
skills among key staff of the firm and proof of staff to carry out the assignment, etc.). Firms may associate to
enhance their qualifications.
Firms will be selected in accordance with the procedures set out in the World Bank’s Guidelines: Selection and
Employment of Consultants by World Bank Borrowers (May 2004, revised 1 October 2006 & 1 May 2010 edition).
Procurement Method is Quality and Cost Based Selection (QCBS)
Interested consultants may obtain further clarifications at the address below during office hours 08:00 to 16:00
hours. Expressions of interest must be delivered to the address below by 28 June 2012 before 16:00 hours (local
time), and should be clearly marked on the subject “Consultancy Services for Mainstreaming Disaster and Climate
Risk Management into Investment Decision”.

Ministry of Planning and Investment


Department of Planning
Attn.: Mr.Viengkhone Bouaphachanh
Sithan Neua Village, Sikhottabong District, Vientiane Capital, Lao PDR
Tel/Fax: 021 216719
E-mail: v.bouaphachanh@gmail.com

And copy to:


Ms. Vilayphet Southavilay,
Tel: 856-(20)2222 9422, E-mail: vstoon@hotmail.com
Vientiane Times Tuesday June 12, 2012 13
VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT
(Announcement No. 12/36) (Announcement No. 12/37)
Re-advertised Re-advertised

OPEN TO: All interested candidates OPEN TO: All interested candidates
POSITION: Guard Shift Supervisors (NEC), FSN-6 POSITION: Sergeants (NEC), FSN-4
OPENING DATE: June 7, 2012 OPENING DATE: June 7, 2012
CLOSING DATE: June 15, 2012 CLOSING DATE: June 15, 2012
CONTRACT: Less than three years CONTRACT: Less than three years
WORK HOURS: Full-time; 48 hours/week WORK HOURS: Full-time; 48 hours/week
SALARY: Actual grade and salary will be based on the qualifications of the applicant. SALARY: Actual grade and salary will be based on the qualifications of the applicant.

NOTE: THIS IS A LOCAL POSITION. THE SELECTED CANDIDATE WILL COME UNDER LOCAL LABOR LAW, NOTE: THIS IS A LOCAL POSITION. THE SELECTED CANDIDATE WILL COME UNDER LOCAL LABOR LAW,
AND BE PAID ACCORDING TO THE EMBASSY’S LOCAL COMPENSATION PLAN. ALL ORDINARILY RESIDENT AND BE PAID ACCORDING TO THE EMBASSY’S LOCAL COMPENSATION PLAN. ALL ORDINARILY RESIDENT
APPLICANTS MUST BE RESIDING IN LAOS AND HAVE THE REQUIRED WORK AND/OR RESIDENCY PERMITS APPLICANTS MUST BE RESIDING IN LAOS AND HAVE THE REQUIRED WORK AND/OR RESIDENCY PERMITS
TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR CONSIDERATION. TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR CONSIDERATION.

The U.S. Embassy in Vientiane is seeking three (3) individuals for the position of Guard Shift Supervisors for the New Embassy The U.S. Embassy in Vientiane is seeking three (3) individuals for the position of Sergeants for the New Embassy Compound (NEC)
Compound (NEC) Project. Project.

BASIC FUNCTION OF POSITION BASIC FUNCTION OF POSITION

The incumbent reports directly to the NEC Guard Commander, SSM and RSO and is one of three front line Shift Supervisors for the Incumbent serves as the mid-level supervisor for the New Embassy Compound (NEC) and reports to the NEC Guard Commander,
New Embassy Compound (NEC) Guard Force. In addition, during each shift, the shift supervisor conducts NEC post inspections SSM and RSO. Responsible for supervising all guards assigned at the NEC during respective shift and ensuring compliance with
and coordinates monthly emergency response drills with Embassy Guard Force. The incumbent is responsible for reviewing and orders, procedures and standards as set forth by the RSO, NEC Guard Supervisors and published documents.
understanding all applicable RSO and Guard Orders and Embassy Operational Plans.
QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED
QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED NOTE: All applicants must address each selection criterion detailed below with specific and comprehensive information
NOTE: All applicants must address each selection criterion detailed below with specific and comprehensive information supporting each item.
supporting each item.
1. Education: Completion of Secondary School is required
1. Education: Completion of Secondary School is required 2. Prior Work Experience: Three years of Embassy guard duties or directly applicable military or police experience.
2. Prior Work Experience: Two years of Embassy guard duties or directly applicable military or police experience. 3. Language Proficiency: Level II English, minimal working knowledge required. Level IV, fluently spoken and written Lao
3. Language Proficiency: Level III English and Lao, good working knowledge required. required.
4. Job Knowledge: Must be thoroughly familiar with all Embassy Guard orders, procedures, standards and emergency responses. 4. Job Knowledge: Must be thoroughly familiar with all Embassy Guard orders, procedures, standards and emergency
5. Skills and Abilities: Must be able to take initiative and work with a minimal amount of supervision. Must be able to deal responses.
effectively with people from different cultures in order to obtain goals and cooperation as well as to represent the American 5. Skills and Abilities: Must be able to take initiative and work with a minimal amount of supervision. Must demonstrate
Embassy in a professional manner. leadership and supervisory skills.

HOW TO APPLY HOW TO APPLY


Interested applicants for this position must submit the following for the application to be considered:
1. Universal Application for Employment (Form DS-174). Download the form Interested applicants for this position must submit the following for the application to be considered:
at: http://laos.usembassy.gov/job_opportunities.html 1. Universal Application for Employment (Form DS-174). Download the form at: http://laos.usembassy.gov/job_opportunities.html
2. Candidates who claim U.S. Veterans preference must provide a copy of their Form DD-214 with their application. 2. Candidates who claim U.S. Veterans preference must provide a copy of their Form DD-214 with their application.
3. Any other documentation (e.g., essays, certificates, awards, copies of degrees earned) that 3. Any other documentation (e.g., essays, certificates, awards, copies of degrees earned) that
addresses the qualification requirements of the position as listed above. addresses the qualification requirements of the position as listed above.

SUBMIT APPLICATION TO SUBMIT APPLICATION TO


Human Resources Office Human Resources Office
American Embassy American Embassy
Rue Bartholonie, That Dam Rue Bartholonie, That Dam
PO Box 114, Vientiane, Laos PO Box 114, Vientiane, Laos
(Hardcopy or e-mail attachments are accepted) (Hardcopy or e-mail attachments are accepted)

POINT OF CONTACT POINT OF CONTACT


Telephone: 856-21-267176 Telephone: 856-21-267176
Fax: 856-21-267140 Fax: 856-21-267140
E-mail: VientianeHR@state.gov E-mail: VientianeHR@state.gov

Interested persons should contact Embassy Human Resources Office for more information. Blank application forms may be picked Interested persons should contact Embassy Human Resources Office for more information. Blank application forms may be picked
up from the cabinet inside the Embassy entrance. up from the cabinet inside the Embassy entrance.
Only shortlisted candidates will be notified. Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.

CLOSING DATE FOR THIS POSITION: June 15, 2012 CLOSING DATE FOR THIS POSITION: June 15, 2012
An Equal Opportunity Employer An Equal Opportunity Employer

VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT
(Announcement No. 12/35)
Re-advertised

OPEN TO: All interested candidates


POSITION: Guard Commander (NEC), FSN-8
OPENING DATE: June 7, 2012
CLOSING DATE: June 15, 2012
CONTRACT: Less than three years
WORK HOURS: Full-time; 48 hours/week
SALARY: Actual grade and salary will be based on the qualifications of the applicant.

NOTE: THIS IS A LOCAL POSITION. THE SELECTED CANDIDATE WILL COME UNDER LOCAL LABOR LAW,
AND BE PAID ACCORDING TO THE EMBASSY’S LOCAL COMPENSATION PLAN. ALL ORDINARILY RESIDENT
APPLICANTS MUST BE RESIDING IN LAOS AND HAVE THE REQUIRED WORK AND/OR RESIDENCY PERMITS
TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR CONSIDERATION.

The U.S. Embassy in Vientiane is seeking an individual for the position of Guard Commander for the New Embassy Compound
(NEC) Project.

BASIC FUNCTION OF POSITION

Incumbent serves as the senior supervisor for the entire NEC guard force and reports to the NEC Site Security Manager and the
Regional Security Officer (RSO). Responsible for supervising all NEC guards, managing schedules, distributing and maintaining
equipment, training new hires and ensuring compliance with orders, procedures and standards as set forth by the RSO and published
documents.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED
NOTE: All applicants must address each selection criterion detailed below with specific and comprehensive information
supporting each item.

1. Education: Completion of Secondary School is required


2. Prior Work Experience: At least five years of Embassy guard duties or directly applicable military or police experience.
3. Language Proficiency: Level III English, good working knowledge and Level IV Lao, fluently speaking and writing
required.
4. Job Knowledge: Must be thoroughly familiar with all Embassy Guard orders, procedures, standards and emergency
responses.
5. Skills and Abilities: Must demonstrate leadership, supervisory skills and organizational skills. Must have a valid driving
license and be physically fit and able.

HOW TO APPLY

Interested applicants for this position must submit the following for the application to be considered:
1. Universal Application for Employment (Form DS-174). Download the form at: http://laos.usembassy.gov/job_opportunities.html
2. Candidates who claim U.S. Veterans preference must provide a copy of their Form DD-214 with their application.
3. Any other documentation (e.g., essays, certificates, awards, copies of degrees earned) that
addresses the qualification requirements of the position as listed above.

SUBMIT APPLICATION TO
Human Resources Office
American Embassy
Rue Bartholonie, That Dam
PO Box 114, Vientiane, Laos
(Hardcopy or e-mail attachments are accepted)

POINT OF CONTACT
Telephone: 856-21-267176
Fax: 856-21-267140
E-mail: VientianeHR@state.gov

Interested persons should contact Embassy Human Resources Office for more information. Blank application forms may be picked up
from the cabinet inside the Embassy entrance.
Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.

CLOSING DATE FOR THIS POSITION: June 15, 2012


An Equal Opportunity Employer
14 Tuesday June 12, 2012 Vientiane Times

Opinion
Germany’s energy revolution hits potholes
Julio Godoy However, in order to truly kilometres southeast of Berlin.
move towards dependence on In the model of Mannheim,
BERLIN (IPS) -- When the renewables, official figures neighbouring houses using
German government decided estimate that Germany solar panels are linked to each
last year to phase out nuclear would need at least 3,800 other, in clusters of energy-
energy by 2022, following the kilometres of new power efficient urban units. “The
catastrophe at the Fukushima lines by 2022. This new grid energy butler analyses the
power plant in Japan, it was is necessary to transport the present supply of electricity
clear that the process would wind energy generated in off- and its price, compares it to
require extraordinary effort, shore farms installed in the the potential demand in the
not only in further developing North Atlantic Ocean to the urban unit, and decides whether
alternative energy sources, highly industrialised southern to start operating washing
especially renewables, but also regions of the country, machines or temporarily shut
in upgrading the country-wide especially Bavaria and Baden off refrigerators and heating
electricity grid. Wuerttemberg. systems, in order to optimise
Germany’s nuclear power In addition, at least 4,400 consumption according to
plants generated a steady 20 kilometres of the existing grid prices and supply,” Wolski told
percent of the total electricity must be upgraded in that same IPS.
consumed in the country last period. In all, the new grid In other schemes, industrial
year. But renewable energy should cost some 32 billion refrigerators are used as storage
sources such as wind and sun euros, roughly US$40 billion. devices in periods of high
are mainly generated in the Given the extraordinary supply of renewable energy,
north of the country, are prone boom renewable energy sources when electricity prices are low.
to fluctuations, and need to be have experienced in the country This is the case for fisheries in
transported and managed by a over the past decade, the present the city of Cuxhaven, just 20
new smart grid. inefficient grid constitutes the At a protest to support solar energy at Brandenburger Gate in Berlin. kilometres inshore of the North
Consequently, the German bottleneck of Germany’s energy Atlantic Ocean.
government was set to install revolution. transport electricity, constitutes down its oldest seven nuclear during high consumption winter In a small-scale smart
some 1,800 kilometres of Huge potential our main problem,” Helmut power plants. This past winter, periods. grid, which encompasses 650
new, high voltage power lines On a sunny, spring day in Jaeger, managing director of during some periods of high One of these schemes is households, one communal
across the country by 2012, to May, the country’s installed SOLVIS, a leading solar energy consumption of electricity and the so called ‘energy butler’, swimming pool, several
improve the storage capacity of solar energy panels alone equipment manufacturer, said low generation of wind and solar an electronic device able to refrigerated warehouses, and
the present grid. generated almost 75 percent of during a conference in Berlin energy, Germany had to import coordinate electricity demand combined heat and power
Despite the urgency, only the daily electricity demand. on Jun. 6. electricity from neighbouring and supply, according to instant stations, the local energy
214 kilometres of new power On May 28, and the weekend This deficiency of the grid countries, especially from prices, of small neighbourhoods provider EWE has developed
lines have been installed as of before, the photovoltaic panels also forces operators of wind France. already using photovoltaic and a cluster of generation and
Jun. 7. installed across Germany turbines to shut them off for long Jaeger said that this risk wind turbine installations, or of storage facilities.
Germany is one of the generated some 22,000 periods of time, if the instant continues, and could worsen if local combined heat and power “When the wind turbine
largest industrialised countries megawatts per hour, while demand is not high enough the coming winters turn out to stations. parks installed off-shore
in the world to have officially consumption reached 28,000 to immediately consume the be colder and longer than the “The most efficient way generate high amounts of
renounced nuclear power. Other MWs. electricity generated by the one of 2011-2012. to use renewable energy is electricity, we cool down the
smaller European states, such “In the face of this enormous wind farms. German electricity operators to consume it locally and refrigerated warehouses to
as Italy, Belgium and Austria, amount of electricity generated, To make matters worse, have already developed small- immediately,” said Thomas extreme temperatures, and use
have also pledged to phase out the present grid, which does Germany has recently been on scales schemes to deal with Wolski, manager of a model them as accumulators,” Tanja
nuclear power or refrain from not have sufficient storage the brink of suffering power over-generation of electricity on local smart grid in the city Schmedes, managing director
building new nuclear plants. capacity and cannot efficiently blackouts, after having shut sunny, windy days, and deficits of Mannheim, some 500 of EWE’s project, told IPS.

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Vientiane Times Tuesday June 12, 2012 Opinion 15

An unprecedented Taking care of the old is this generation’s responsibility


challenge Andrew Sheng domestic consumption and
services. Services account
more from services than selling
computers. Once iPhones and
there are only 300,000 people
working in this field, with
BEIJING (Xinhuanet) -- It is For example, several years Oscar Wilde used to say that for only 43 percent of China’s iPads are sold, money from only 100,000 professionally
an unprecedented challenge ago, Xiangjiang River was so the tragedy of old age is not that GDP, 56 percent in India, but downloading Apps just keep qualified.
moving nearly 300 million contaminated by toxic emissions one is old, but that one is young. over 75 percent for US Europe on rolling in. There is no question that
people - equal to the total from low-end factories that it I belong to the baby boomer and Japan. Services in emerging there will be tremendous
population of the United States could not be used as drinking generation, born from 1946 The China Twelfth Five Year markets are mostly concentrated demand for medicare services
- into cities by 2030. water. And in zones with to 1965 that helped to create Plan intends to raise the level of in distribution, education, in Asia as the population ages.
China’s approach, which chemical and fertiliser plants, an era of incredible economic services to 47 percent of GDP health, tourism and financial Most Asian economies have
it has successfully used the air was so polluted the prosperity and technology, by 2015, and if the Chinese services. Services tend to less than 2 doctors and hospital
to crack every problem it taxi drivers told me that they and also responsible for the GDP reaches around US$11 be domestic-oriented, but beds per 1,000 people, whereas
biggest financial bubble, as trillion, the value of the services increasingly, services such as IT, the number of hospital beds
has encountered during its would not open their windows well as consumers of planetary sector would be nearly US$5.2 can be outsourced and produced in Japan (with the most aged
reform and opening-up, is to when they drove through the resources at a rate that will trillion, an increase of US$2 offshore. population) can be as high as
experiment first. zones. Although low-end leave future generations poorer. trillion from current levels. Health and medicare, for 14 per 1,000.
Four years ago, the manufacturing sectors were the Many of us feel that before we Almost all policymakers in example, have become major Most people would agree
central government set Hunan drivers for local development go to the other side, we must Asia want to increase the size foreign exchange earners that medicare costs in the
province the task of “killing the quality of life in the cities do something to give back to of the services sector, but very for Malaysia, Singapore and advanced countries can be
several birds with one stone”. was poor and there was little society what we were able to little is known about knowledge Thailand. World medical excessive. In the US, 40
The province was charged environmental protection enjoy. percent of the lifetime medicare
with improving its ecological awareness among the public. In the US alone, there are Asian economies can upgrade costs are incurred in the last
75 million baby boomers, two years before death. The
and environmental conditions,
and upgrading its polluting
In May, I led an independent
team of experts to assess the
or nearly one quarter of the their medicare by leapfrogging good news is that technology
population, of which roughly and process innovation can
and low-end manufacturing initial outcomes of this pilot half are reaching retirement the technology and delivery bring better health care quality
sectors into high-tech and project. After visiting villages,
green ones, while speeding up urban communities, schools,
age. In Japan, three employed
persons support one retiree, but organisations, but it will take at lower costs. Doctors using
iPads can diagnose problems
its urbanisation and realising
better human development
factories, industrial zones, and
talking with locals, especially
in ten years, it will be two to
one. Harvard Professor Arthur
strong political will. off-site, provided the patients
have all their medical history
in the Changsha-Zhuzhou- with local residents, I am Kleinman, one of the authorities and tests digitised. Indian
Xiangtan city corridor. pleased to report that the story on public health, estimates that and value generation in the tourism is estimated at hospitals are able to conduct
The pilot in Hunan is of is now completely different China may reach that situation services sector, because it US$15 billion business, innovative cataract and heart
great significance for the rest from four years ago. Hunan by 2050. There are currently is much more difficult to mainly because in advanced surgery at a fraction of the
3.2 million nursing home beds measure statistically. There are countries, medicare is getting costs in advanced countries.
of the country. Apart from province and the three cities in China, but the number of broadly three types of services too expensive, whilst in many Asian economies can upgrade
the three big urban clusters, have been bold, innovation- people who may need such – production services related emerging markets, the quality their medicare by leapfrogging
Beijing-Tianjin, the Yangtze minded and pioneering to beds are reaching 12 million. to manufacturing, business of medicare is often poor, the technology and delivery
River Delta and the Pearl break the old traditions and As Asian societies become services and consumer services. causing those who can afford it organisations, but it will take
River Delta, which are already industrial structure. more prosperous, it is time to The service sector is a major to go abroad for treatment. strong political will.
densely populated, China has Changsha, the capital of rethink the push for growth employer. In the United States, Currently, most emerging It is clear that we can
decided to build dozens of Hunan province, has been and to consider a better quality professional and other services markets in Asia, like China and no longer rely solely on the
medium-scale urban corridors awarded a UN award for its of life. Increasingly, there went from roughly the same India, spend up to 6 percent government to provide medicare.
or clusters in central and beautiful urban environment. is awareness that only three number of workers in 1960 as of GDP on health services, As the population ages, it is the
western China, which can each Zhuzhou, which used to be things matter more for most manufacturing to five times as but advanced countries spend family and charity services
people – reasonable income/ many by 2007. over 10 percent of GDP with that will provide the volunteer
host millions of residents. listed as one of China’s top- jobs, social equality and a But since Asians have the leader being the US at 15 services to take care of the
So the Changsha-Zhuzhou- 10 polluted cities, is on the sustainable environment. Asia invested so much in the percent of GDP. If China elderly. Hospitals, home care
Xiangtan urban corridor in country’s list of most habitable is still able to deliver these manufacturing sector there were to increase spending to and financial support will have
Hunan, which is home to more and ecologically sound cities. because there is still growth is a tendency to want to go 8 percent of GDP by 2015, to be redesigned to facilitate
than 13 million residents and And Xiangtan is known as one to generate resources to deal up the value chain, without the size of the market would this relationship so that society
produces more than 40 percent of the country’s gardening and with social inclusivity and appreciating that the most increase to US$880 billion, or rebonds the family, rather than
of the province’s economic forest cities. the environment. It is much advanced manufacturers and just under three times GDP of more and more older people
output, needs to set an example A bicycle hire system has tougher in European countries companies have already re- Hong Kong. living and ageing in loneliness.
for the rest of the country to been set up in Zhuzhou while that are facing financial crises. engineered themselves into Professor Kleinman makes Taking care of the old is no
realise the goal of building an other cities have expanded Population aging should “servitisation of products” the relevant point that medical longer other people’s problem.
not be seen as a cost, but as an business models. They sell services can be a tremendous As Professor Kleinman
environmentally friendly and their public transport systems opportunity. One of the primary the hardware cheaply (like employment generator. For says, it is Asia’s next big
resource-saving society. to minimise use of cars. There goals in global rebalancing printers) and make more example, it is estimated that 10 challenge and this generation’s
To be frank, it has been a are numerous other examples is to shift Asian production money servicing the hardware, million caregivers are required responsibility.
tough challenge for Hunan of green communities, schools, out of excessive reliance on like selling ink cartridges and to look after the ageing Andrew Sheng is President
province and the three cities. townships and villages. manufacturing and exports to service warranties. IBM earns population in China, whereas of the Fung Global Institute.

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16 Tuesday June 12, 2012 Vientiane Times
Feature

The lure of an island’s sacred energy


Alit Kertarahardja launched the Pemuteran Coral
Protection Foundation, which
(The Jakarta Post), ANN has been fully supported by
-- More than 20 years marine scientists Thomas
ago, Indonesian coral reef Goreau and Wolf Hilbertz.
conservationist I Gusti Agung “I asked for their assistance
Prana was spiritually amazed in restoring the shore, the
when visiting the sacred coral reefs and also educating
temples and beautiful coastal fishermen and the local
areas in faraway Pemuteran community how to protect
village in Buleleng regency, and to preserve our marine
North Bali. assets.”
Located on the northwest Starting with the local
coast of Bali, around 55 community, the Pemuteran Coral
kilometres west of Singaraja Protection Foundation started
and 30 kilometres from to embrace all stakeholders in
Gilimanuk in Jembrana, marine businesses such as dive
Pemuteran lies between a shops, divers, hotels, marine
cluster of hills and the sea. scientists, environmentalists
A number of old temples and fishery agencies to do the
like Pura Pulaki, Pura Kerta preservation of marine habitats
Kawat and Pura Melanting are and coastal areas in Pemuteran
the island’s important worship and its surroundings.
places in the North. “It is a bottom-up
“This place is called community-based restoration
Nyegara-Gunung in Balinese and preservation effort,” he
language meaning the said.
combination of sea and The Pemuteran Coral Protection Foundation, started by I Gusti Agung Prana and Pemuteran locals, recently received a prestigious For more than two
mountain areas,” Prana environmental award — the United Nations Development Programme Equator Prize. decades, Prana and fellow
explained. members of the project have
The Balinese believe that to this remote place, quite something useful,” he said. bombs to catch fish while at the warming are also blamed for been active in educating and
such places have extraordinary faraway from the glittering Starting from the same time damaging the coral the damage. developing awareness of the
spiritual energy that brings tourist hubs of Kuta,” he community, Prana encouraged reefs and underwater life.” The Pemuteran area has importance of preserving their
harmony to the earth, the sea remembered. local fishermen to alter their Coral reefs in Bali have been the largest shallow reefs own natural resources and
and to the people living there. But Prana was convinced destructive fishing methods severely damaged in recent accessible to divers and their main livelihoods. Over a
Prana said a decisive that he received a kind of with more sustainable fishing years due to the irresponsible snorkelers because of its lack period of 20 years, the nearly
moment in his life was when “spiritual call” to continue his techniques. use of bombs and cyanide of extremely strong currents barren and damaged coral
he started to open a small- venture. His fatherly approaches by fishermen. Increasing and waves, seen in other areas have been returned into
scale hotel for tourists, who, A businessman by nature, worked really well. “I always seawater temperatures linked coastal areas in Bali. a thriving reef full of coral,
at that time, preferred to spend Prana decided to do business in convince these fishermen to to climate change and global Together with locals, Prana fish and other marine species.
their holidays in the southern Pemutaran. “I was wondering jointly preserve our precious
part of Bali like Kuta, Sanur
or Ubud.
“Nobody wanted to come
if I could do more to help local
people and to preserve this
pristine environment by doing
marine habitat by practicing
sustainable fishing. Many of
them used hazardous cyanide
Berry picking in Korea
(The Korea Herald), drug development maximizing “We’ll develop more
ANN -- At this time every the effects,” he said. products that can create a
year, Gochang in North Jeolla There are some 15 bokbunja- synergy with the Korean Wave
Province is filled with the sweet based foods and beverages to accelerate the expansion of
scent of bokbunja, a type of produced in Gochang where the market.”
black raspberry unique to the about 56 companies make Enjoy picking bokbunja
region. liquors, beverages, snacks and Gochang has held an annual
Compared to those grown jams. festival specialising in bokbunja
in other regions globally, Last year, the bokbunja and watermelon, another famous
Gochang’s bokbunja is known industry became a 200 billion fruit in the county, in June when
to have a sweeter taste and won (US$170 million) market, bokbunja becomes ripe.
darker colour, according to the attracting 7 million tourists to The festival venue is near
Jebba Food & Beverage Corp., the county. the historical temple Seonuansa,
a guild of bokbunja growers Bokbunja liquors in which dates back to the Baekje
there. particular, along with the Kingdom, located in Mount
More than three decades growing popularity of Korean Seonun Provincial Park.
have passed since people started traditional alcohol drinks such According to old sayings, a
cultivating the fruit and making as makgeolli (rice wine), are monk at the temple is believed
liquor with it in the 1980s in widely enjoyed both in Korea to have found the health effects
the region some 290 kilometres and abroad. of bokbunja first after he fed
south of Seoul. With the domestic market an ailing child the fruit a very
Aside from the sweet taste, for bobunja liquors fast nearing long time ago. Visitors can
bokbunja’s health and beauty saturation point, Gochang has taste a variety of bokbunja-
benefits are gaining new put more emphasis on marketing based products such as liquors
attention more recently due the product overseas. and snacks at the venue and
to its supposed antioxidant, Last year, Gochang exported purchase the fruit at 10 to 20
anticancer and aesthetic effects. liquor products worth 1 billion percent discounted prices.
The fruit contains four times won to eight countries, including More good news for this
as much anthosyanins as in the US, Canada, Germany, year’s visitors is that they can
grapes, said Lim Dong-yoon, Australia, Taiwan, Singapore pick and taste bokbunja within
professor at Chosun University’s and Japan. greenhouses. Last year, fruit
medical school in Gwangju. This year, the county also picking was impossible because
Abundantly concentrated inked a deal to export US$12.5 the festival was held earlier than
as pigments in berries, million of liquor products to usual.
anthocyanins are believed to China in the next 10 years. People who want to pick
have potential health effects In November, Jebba, the the fruit can move to the
against cancer, diabetes, guild of growers, won orders greenhouses from the venue
inflammation, aging and from two Japanese retailers ― onboard a small boat offered by
neurological diseases, bacterial Ecofood System and Andamul the organising committee.
infections and fibrocystic ― to supply US$500,000 worth “Aside from the bus fares and
diseases, studies indicate. of bokbunja products every lodging, all the programmes are
“Bokbunja’s strong year. almost free of charge. Expats in
antioxidative power protects Ecofooddistributesalcoholic particular will enjoy additional
cells from the attack of active drinks and food materials to benefits,” said an official from
oxygen,” Lim said, adding that some 3,000 restaurants and bars the county.
the fruit could reinvigorate in Japan. Andamul operates an The committee expected
libido, suppress cancer, reduce online shopping mall where that about 100,000 people will
blood sugar levels and prevent Japanese customers can buy visit the country during the
high blood pressure. Korean products. festival period, similar to the
“Bokbunja has shown that “The deals will give fresh level in 2011.
it can be an effective natural momentum to the struggling Last year 106,000 people
medicine to treat cardiovascular domestic bokbunja industry,” attended the festival, with the
diseases, cancer and diabetes. said Lee Kyung-soo, president economic impact estimated to
Soon, we may establish a new of Jebba. be worth 9.44 billion won.
Vientiane Times Tuesday June 12, 2012 Feature 17

National Day of Russia joint initiative on strengthening


security in Asia-Pacific and called
on all nations of the Asia-Pacific
region to respect sovereignty,
problems and developments of
the modern world.
Russia-Laos relations today
mean regular, trustful and
neighbours in their common
home named Asia-Pacific
region. This means that both
Russia and Laos are able together
independence and territorial substantial political dialogue, and to their mutual advantage
integrity, not to interfere in the constructive interaction on the to take profit of all those
internal affairs of each other; to international arena, steadily benefits provided by processes
reaffirm the commitment to the developing cooperation in trade of regional and subregional
principle of equal and indivisible and economic, cultural and economic integration in Asia.
security as well as the defensive humanitarian and other spheres. Support by the Lao PDR,
nature of their military policy; not The most important event of which is an active participant in
to use or threaten to use military historic significance in modern various regional organisations,
force; not to take or support any Russia-Laos relations was the is important for Russia’s more
actions aimed at overthrowing official visit to Russia by H. dynamic involvement in the Asia-
governments or undermining the E. Mr Choummaly Sayasone, Pacific integration processes. We
stability of other states; to settle President of the Lao People’s highly appreciate unwavering
differences by peaceful political Democratic Republic, in stand of the Lao Government
and diplomatic means based October 2011. He had extensive in support of Russia’s efforts to
on the principles of common talks with the President and the join ASEM and EAS. It opens up
understanding and readiness to Prime-Minister of the Russian new possibilities of interaction,
seek compromise; to strengthen Federation. The Russian and Lao including those aimed at
cooperation in counteracting leaders discussed in a sincere incorporation of Russian Far
unconventional security and constructive atmosphere East regions into Asia-Pacific

O
threats; to develop bilateral and the whole set of issues related cooperation framework.
n June 12 our country is The profits of Russian of nuclear weapons, regional multilateral cooperation in the to traditionally amicable and There is no doubt that trade
celebrating its National companies went up by almost 16 conflicts and crises, terrorism and military sphere not directed mutually beneficial relations and economic cooperation is in
Day - Day of Russia. percent in 2011 and tax revenues drug trafficking. against third countries as well as between our countries, stressed the priorities list of our interaction.
Thereupon it’s a good opportunity to the consolidated federal budget It’s obvious that the major develop cross-border cooperation their determination to promote In spite of the fact that in 2011
to say a few words about present increased by 27 percent . principles crucial for any and people-to-people contacts. the strategic partnership between the volume of bilateral trade
day Russia and its foreign policy Russian financial bodies have sustainable civilisation include Russia believes that this Laos and Russia based on the grew almost 6 times and reached
prospects. preserved the stability of our indivisible security for all states, initiative can become a uniting complementarity of national almost 47 mln. dollars, its pace
The period of time since last national currency and the budget the unacceptability of excessive idea for the Asia-Pacific. Positive interests. It was once again doesn’t satisfy both countries
National Day has been abundant system. Russia was the only G8 use of force, and the unconditional response from many major Asia-
with very important events in country without a budget deficit observance of the basic standards Pacific countries proves that these
political life of the Russian in 2011. of international law. The neglect principles can become a solid
Federation - parliamentary and As of April 1 2012, Russia’s of any of these principles can basis for elaborating a legally
presidential election campaigns international reserves amounted only lead to the destabilisation of binding “code of conduct” for
among them. In December 2011, to more than US$500 bln. international relations. the region. Probably it is time to
Russian citizens elected the new The inflation in 2011 has We are fully aware of the fact explore political and legal options
State Duma - lower chamber of been curbed to 6.1 percent. that the “centre of gravity” of the for their implementation.
the Federal Assembly - Russian During the crisis Russia global growth is rapidly moving Russia values high the ASEM
parliament. spent huge funds on combating towards Asia and the Pacific. The contribution to the promotion of
In March 2012 Russia had unemployment. Now its level is economies of the region have been conceptual inter-civilisational
presidential elections. With 63.6 even lower than before the crisis. demonstrating strong growth rate, dialogue and development of
per cent of the vote in his favour On May 7, 2012 Russian notwithstanding the unfavourable practical interaction between
Mr Vladimir V. Putin won the President Mr Vladimir V. Putin international financial climate. European and Asian countries,
signed the Executive Order on The region is more and more and is confident about the
the long-term state economic often referred to as the driver of capacity of Laos to host the
policy, which the Government global development. Here we ASEM Summit.
of the Russian Federation should are witnessing the emergence of It is extremely important for confirmed that Russia and Laos and is far from their potentials. In
implement in order to step up a new polycentric world order. Russia to continue the dialogue are committed to continuing the order to improve the situation we
the rate of stable and consistent Thus, it is natural that Asia- partnership with ASEAN. The interaction in the sub-regional, intend to diversify export-import
economic growth, increase Pacific is one of the key priorities Russia-ASEAN summit held in regional and international arena commodity classifications.
people’s real incomes, and make of Russia’s foreign policy. Hanoi in 2010 provided a strong for the purposes of regional and That is why we attach
Russia’s economy a technological Russia is intensifying impetus to its development. global peace and cooperation in importance to the enhancement of
leader. its efforts aimed at a deeper At present, we actively work the interests of strengthening efficiency of the Joint Russian-Lao
The Government has been involvement in the processes to implement the agreements the security of both States. Intergovernmental Commission
instructed to take measures to of political and economic reached, primarily those on A set of bilateral documents on Trade, Economic, Scientific
achieve the following targets: cooperation and integration in strengthening foreign policy was signed during the visit. and Technical Cooperation, and
presidential elections with big - create and modernise 25 East Asia. It is a long-term policy cooperation. We have agreed The two leaders adopted consider it a good opportunity to
lead over three other candidates mln highly-productive jobs by carried out in a consistent and upon approaches to the issues a Declaration on Strategic conduct a complex inventory of
who secured about 17, 8 and 6 2020; systematic manner. of improving the security and Partnership between the Lao state of bilateral relations, to find
per cent respectively. - increase investment up to at On the other hand, Asia has cooperation architecture in Asia- PDR and Russia in the Asia- key directions for their further
The results of the presidential least 25 percent of GDP by 2015 every reason to view Russia as Pacific. At the same time, Russia Pacific Region which brought advancement.
elections were not a big surprise, and up to 27 percent of GDP by a crucial element of military actively supports strengthening our bilateral relations to a Cooperation in the field of
as Mr Vladimir V. Putin has been 2018; and political stability as well as the central role of ASEAN in qualitatively new height. education occupies a special
undoubtedly the most popular - achieve a 1.3-fold increase in of sustainable development. We the processes of political and In recent years Russia place in Russia-Laos relations.
politician in Russia since the turn the share of the high-technology have no ideological differences economic integration in Asia- and Laos enjoy regular We are proud of the fact that
of the century. and science-intensive sectors in with the nations of the region Pacific. contacts between the foreign many graduates from Soviet
On May 7 Mr Vladimir the GDP relative to the 2011 level or thorny issues in our bilateral Mutual understanding on ministries. Russia and Laos and Russian universities hold
V. Putin was inaugurated as by 2018; relations which could not be political level is a good basis for have a lot of topics to discuss important positions in the upper
new President of the Russian - increase labor productivity settled through a constructive promoting practical cooperation, and a lot of things to aspire echelon and other levels of the
Federation. 1.5-fold relative to the 2011 level dialogue. where we now move from single to in their bilateral relations. governmental authorities of the
On May 21 the new Russian by 2018; We have the ability to projects to implementing long Besides bilateral agenda, Lao PDR, and play important
Government was formed headed - increase Russia’s ranking effectively contribute to solving term programmes in the most political dialogue gives a good role in the life of the country.
by Mr Dmitry A. Medvedev, who in the World Bank’s business the region’s energy, transport, promising areas. Our country opportunity to keep track of As Russia and Laos have
until recently was the President climate index from 120th place technological and environmental pays much attention to enhancing the most pressing problems recently signed the Agreement on
of the Russian Federation. in 2011 to 50th place in 2015 and problems, and our partners are well dialogue partnership withASEAN of present day regional and the Establishment and Operation
Economic situation in 20th place in 2018. aware of that. Regional military in the area of modernisation and international policy. What of the Information and Cultural
Russia With the goal of improving and political stability, collective high technology. is important - our countries’ Centres, we are on the verge of
In 2011 Russia like many conditions of doing business efforts to counter international Russia has no hidden agendas positions on the vast majority opening Russian Scientific and
countries in the world was faced it is supposed to provide a terrorism, emergency response in the region. Our state does of key issues of the global and Cultural Centre in Vientiane. We
with some economic difficulties considerable reduction of the time cooperation, or dialogue between not aim to forge covert military Asia-Pacific agenda are close or hope it will not only become a
prompted by the global economic needed for businesses to complete civilisations are unimaginable alliances that would threaten identical. This formula applies popular venue for various cultural,
recession. It was a serious procedures (and the costs of such without Russia. Our country is anyone’s security. On the contrary, to formation of the multipolar educational and other functions,
challenge for us. Had we not procedures) before January 1, a prominent member of regional we look forward to intensifying world order, based on rule- but will further develop Russia-
been able to respond to it, we 2015. These measures will cover multilateral and trans-regional diversified multilateral economic of-law and principle of equal Laos cooperation in different
would have sent our economy following areas of state regulation: associations. and political cooperation with security for all, nonproliferation spheres.
and social security system building, network connections, We accord priority to the all the countries that show such of weapons of mass destruction In conclusion I would
tumbling, and what’s more, we measures of tax stimulation and development of economic a willingness. Cooperation for and disarmament, war on like to stress, that more than
would have jeopardised Russia’s tax administration. It is proposed cooperation focusing on the peace, stability and common terrorism and extremism, semicentennial history of
very sovereignty and geopolitical to introduce the institution of areas where we have distinct prosperity is the key principle drug trafficking and other Russia-Laos relations, which
sustainability, thereby burying ombudsman for entrepreneurs’ advantages, e.g. energy sector, that determines the vector of challenges. can be characterised by mutual
any hope for modernisation and rights at the federal and regional including atomic energy, transport our efforts in the Asia-Pacific Our rapport in international amicability and trust, has created
development. However, Russians levels by December 1, 2012. and space exploration. dimension. affairs forms a solid base for a solid foundation, necessary for
did not crumble, but stood their Russia’s foreign policy Trade and economic relations Russia-Laos relations an effective coordination of development of a new quality
ground as a mature, creative and Russian foreign policy between Russia and Asian States And now allow me to say Russia and Laos activity in form of interaction between
confident nation with great inner objectives are strategic in nature are getting stronger, and bilateral a few words about present-day the frameworks of multilateral Russia and Laos - strategic
vitality and strength. and they reflect its unique role on economic projects are being Russia-Laos relations. They are mechanisms of cooperation, partnership. We are convinced
It’s necessary to mention our the world political map as well successfully implemented. based on the solid foundation of such as UN and its agencies, that pattern of relations will
agricultural recovery after the as its role in history and in the We attach great importance to traditional friendship and deep Russia-ASEAN Dialogue answer core interests of our
severe drought of 2009 and 2010. development of civilisation. our participation in the activities mutual respect that originated in Partnership, ASEAN Regional peoples, the task of strengthening
The support measures and the The Russian Federation of the Asia-Pacific Economic the years of Lao heroic struggle Forum on Security. peace, security and stability in
efficient work of our agricultural is committed to follow the Cooperation (APEC), a forum for its freedom and national In spite of the fact that Asia-Pacific.
producers led to its 22 percent constructive course to enhance which will be chaired by Russia sovereignty and post-war Moscow and Vientiane are
growth in 2011. Russia is global security, renounce this year. reconstruction. geographically far from each Oleg V. Kabanov
becoming the world’s second confrontation, and counter such In September 2010, Russia Russia and Laos share similar other, there is every reason Ambassador of the Russian
largest grain exporter. challenges as the proliferation and China came forward with a or very close views on most topical to state that our countries are Federation to the Lao PDR.
18 Tuesday June 12, 2012 Vientiane Times
Art & Entertainment
How to find comic relief What’s On
were encouraged by Goethe Vientiane
and gave rise to pictorial
broadsheets, the satirical weekly - Action with Lao Children Library: Open Mon to Fri
magazines Kladderadatsch and 9am to 6pm and Sat 9am to 3pm. Come in and read
Simplicissimus - and ultimately and borrow Lao, Japanese, Thai and English books.
the modern comic strip. Located in Ban Saphangmor, Xaysettha district.
Further influence was - Permanent UXO exhibition and the provision of
gleaned subsequently from
French and American comics, artificial limbs for victims. COPE Visitor Centre,
continuing into the 1990s, Khouvieng Road, opposite Green Park Hotel. Every
but artists in the former East day: 9am-6pm.
Germany added their own - Chess Club meets at 1pm every Sunday at City Inn
aesthetic qualities. While on Pangkham Road, Vientiane.
utilising traditional graphic Contact: Gabriel_smit@hotmail.com
and printing techniques, they - Women’s International Group. For activities and
incorporated street art and even times email wiglaosmembership@gmail.com
computer graphics. - Toastmasters Club meets every Sun. from
The Bangkok exhibition 4-6pm at Khopchaideu restaurant (3F). Everyone is
includes autobiographical, surr-
ealist, historical and fantastical welcome.
narratives, both factual reportage - Meditation at Vat Sokpaluang every Saturday,
and literary adaptations, all 4-5.30pm.
created on a wide variety of - English Language Church Service every Sunday
surfaces, from computer screens 10am at the ARDA Language Centre (near the
to scratchboards. Mercure, formerly Novotel). Call (021) 261441, or visit
The subject matter is often http://www.the-chs.org
of only remote interest here but
(The Nation), ANN -- attention of young illustrators way for an independent culture it’s all easy enough to decipher. Luang Prabang at 6.30 pm on Thursdays for
Germany isn’t the first country there in the 1990s, producing of German comics, featuring One depicts a West German training, please contact the
that springs to mind when two successive generations new aesthetic and narrative native wondering if he could Big Brother Mouse helps LE President at president_
you think of great sources of of German mangaka, as the techniques. cross to the other side disguised young people practise their laoelephants@laopdr.com
humour - or comic strips - but artists are known in Japan. Some of the leaders as an exiled East German singer, English at free drop-in sessions, for details and other meeting
the world is full of surprises, They don’t translate Japanese in the field - like Anke or as a former East German
9-11am and 5-7pm, open every areas.
so get ready to laugh - or at comic books directly, though, Feuchtenberger, Henning head of state - or as a banana.
least a giggle - at the exhibition and borrow only fitfully from Wagenbreth and Martin tom It’s that kind of fun. Another day. Just come to our office at Buffalos Rugby - men’s
“Comics, Manga & Co”. It’s at the oriental style to illustrate Dieck - are now professors at cartoon has a cat and dog 9am or 5pm in Ban Vat Nong, rugby training Tuesday
the Bangkok Art and Culture their own stories. Most of the art and design schools, urging vacationing on the moon, only around the corner from 3 Nagas evenings 6 - 7:30pm. All
Centre all this month, helping artwork on display is “German” young aspirants to experiment to realise they’re not alone. In Hotel. www.bigbrothermouse. welcome. Sunday morning
commemorate 150 years of in its manner of depiction with different modes. “These the next panel a giant worm com. social touch rugby - male,
Thai-German relations. and storytelling, culled from people are increasingly being pops out of a hole to greet them. Traditional Arts and female all ages welcome.
You won’t find extreme magazines and newspapers and seen overseas not as comic There’s even a strip about how Ethnology Centre. Open 9am- Free. For either, contact
Punch magazine-style pillorying poking fun at current events and artists but artists,” says Hoven. boring it is to live with your 6pm, Tues-Sun. John (020 77140176), Bob
of politicians among the German people in the news, mainly in German comic art owes mother. www.taeclaos.org (020 55510443) and Tom (020
illustrations - they’re apparently Germany. much to Switzerland’s Rodolphe You can see the illustrated Ock Pop Tok 2281111) for more information.
too reserved for that - but fans The art comes from 13 Topffer, whose sequential tale of a German journalist who Living Crafts Centre open daily Wild Hogs Rugby training
of Japanese manga will be artists representing the two picture stories in the 1830s risked doubling as a spy for for free guided tour. Natural at the Polytechnic pitch
interested in what’s on offer. generations that have created fascinated Goethe and many Stalin and as an employee of dyes, weaving and batik in Phonpapao village,
Comic artist Line Hoven was a new look to the genre in others. One of the form’s true the German embassy in Tokyo. drawing classes daily. 9am- Sisattanak, at 8pm on Tues.
at the show’s opening, saying Germany. The avant-garde art pioneers, Topffer’s “literature It’s confusing, but it’s a true and Thurs. Optional Saturday
5pm. Free transfer from Ock
Japan’s cartoons grabbed the of northern Europe paved the in prints” and “drawn novels” story. touch session at That Luang
Pop Tok shops in town to the
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of pine trees and strains of “Cherry Blossom Ending,” UXO Visitor Centre. Open
School. For more information
lighthearted music greeted and their bubbly songs made Mon-Fri 8.30am-12 and
contact Saeng on 020
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Lions Women’s Rugby from
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the trees on Nami Island to undoubtedly American singer- the Polytechnic pitch. Contact
reach the festival grounds. songwriter Jason Mraz on Museums Noui on 020 4905090 or
It seemed as though nature the Rainbow Stage Saturday Lao National Museum Maggie on 020 54656153.
and music were intricately night. on Samsenthai Road opposite Youth Community Rugby
woven together at the event, Mraz took to the stage The crowd jumps in time with the music at Rainbow Island Music
National Culture Hall. Open Sessions
with concert-goers enjoying smiling and thanking the and Camping on Nami Island on Saturday. Mon-Fri during office hours Training for U15 Boys and
their favourite bands from Korean audience for inviting --Photo Rainbow Island Music and Camping and on weekends from 9am to U17 Girls at the Polytechnic
among the trees. him. He donned a hat and a 4pm. pitch in Phonpapao village,
They may have come T-shirt that said “pyeonghwa” Carys Jones, an expat Logistics was another Horphakeo Museum Sisattanak, at 7:30pm on
to catch the likes of Jason or peace, much to the delight from the UK, said she felt the problem for the festival. on Setthathirat Road Wed. Training for children of
Mraz, Busker Busker, Lee of his cheering fans. island was a great place for On Saturday, even before opposite Vat Sisaket. Open all ages at 9am on Sunday.
Seung-hwan and Christina Love was the clear theme Mon-Sun during office hours. Aqua-fitness Fri 10-11am;
the festival. headliner Jason Mraz’s set
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stage, providing a refreshing “Love is a Four Letter Word,” Saturday night’s festivities for taxis. There were no shuttle Body Language at Vientiane
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Instead of the wide open alternating between dancing really isn’t my thing.” were forced to walk 30 to 40 sessions from 7:30 at VIS. Pitch
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few clearings in the forest that they should love nature as trees, the area around the make it out of the city before on 020 54234111 or Maggie district. Open every day from
covers Nami Island, giving well. He lauded Nami Island Rainbow Stage, the festival’s the last bus. on 020 78110019 for more 6am-8pm.
the festival a relaxed and for using recycled products main stage, was almost too The best scenario for information. Vientiane Hash House Harriers
mellow atmosphere. Some in many of its facilities and small for the large crowd. attending all the performances Champa Ban Youth Rugby – Meet at Nam Phu Fountain
concertgoers said they felt the reforestation project that Since the viewing area was at Rainbow Island Music and Rugby activities with a focus every Saturday for travel to
like modern-day hippies at made the island the attraction small, it filled quickly, making Camping is to either attend on fun, games and healthy out-of-town runs. Mixed Hash,
a modern-day Woodstock as it is today. it difficult to move around both days and camp on the living message. Free and open register at 3.45pm and depart
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Socceroos concede favourite Rain halts Djokovic-Nadal


tag to Japan in Group B final at French Open
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) “The new generation is Neill said. “But in our team,
-- It wasn’t even an attempt a free generation, an open- we don’t believe we’re second PARIS (AP) -- For the first
at gamesmanship when Lucas minded generation. They are best. We’re playing against a two sets, Rafael Nadal looked
Neill declared Japan the not afraid anymore,” said team that we have lost to in a like the King of the Clay,
favorite for the biggest clash so Osieck, who has coached cup final, but now we know alternately bullying Novak
far in the latest round of Asian in Japan and has a long they’re a strong team we want Djokovic, then frustrating him,
qualifying for the 2014 World association with the country. to beat to get to the World as Djokovic tried to solve the
Cup. “Their different mindset Cup.” nearly unsolvable riddle of
The Japanese squad is reflects in the performance on A win, he said, would be Nadal at Roland Garros.
fresher, faster and younger and the field. They are a different part of the healing process for The longer a steady drizzle
has maximum points from its generation of players playing the Australians, who lost last soaked the court, however, the
first two matches. They even in the top teams in Europe and year’s Asian Cup final 1-0 when better Djokovic looked — and
arrived in Brisbane before I think that is the significant substitute striker Tadanari Lee in addition to becoming the first
Australia — which took a difference. slammed in a left-foot volley man to win four straight major
point from a draw at Oman “It’s a great potential in this in extra time for Japan. The titles in 43 years, it seemed as
on Friday — and had a much team, I have to admit. I mean, ledger stands at six wins apiece if he might be the first to win
shorter flight than the hosts. look at the quality.” and six draws in all meetings on a new Grand Slam surface:
“I think Japan is the favorite In other Asian qualifiers between Australia and Japan. red mud. Novak Djokovic of Serbia returns in the mens final match against
for this game. They have had a Tuesday, 2007 Asian Cup Cahill and Japan-based Not to be. Rafael Nadal of Spain at the French Open tennis tournament in
better preparation — two home winner Iraq takes on Oman on Josh Kennedy didn’t get any Officials stepped in and Roland Garros stadium in Paris on Sunday. --Photo AP
games — now they come here neutral turf at Doha in Group game time against Oman but, halted play at Sunday’s
with confidence,” Australia B, while South Korea hosts while Osieck said he hasn’t waterlogged French Open final Stefan Fransson justified his alternated between Plan A: Try
skipper Neill told a news Lebanon and Iran is at home to selected his starting lineup, at with Nadal, in search of his decision to keep playing, while to stand in and slug it out with
conference on a cool and wet Uzbekistan in Group A. least one of them is expected to record seventh Roland Garros tournament director Gilbert Nadal, and Plan B: Go big and
winter Monday in Brisbane. Australia and Japan have go on against Japan to give the title, clinging to a 6-4, 6-2, Ysern defended the choice — try to end points early. Neither
“They came here earlier than a regional rivalry that has Socceroos some aerial threats. 2-6, 1-2 lead. If the weather made with TV considerations worked and he finally found
we’ve come here, to play at been intensifying since the Kagawa said immediately cooperates, the final act will be very much in mind — to stick Plan C: Play better.
our home.” Socceroos came back with after the win over Jordan that Monday, with Djokovic serving with the starting time. But before that, the
“But by no means do we see three late goals — including a the away matches would be a the same tennis balls that Nadal “You can’t say that frustration spilled over. He
that as a bad thing — We like pair to Everton midfielder Tim much tougher challenge for was complaining were too everybody knew for sure at spiked one racket to the ground
the underdogs tag. We know Cahill — to win their opening Japan, a point which Japan saturated in the minutes before what time it was going to rain — a move that brought boos
we’re in for a very tough game. match 3-1 at the 2006 World captain Makoto Hasebe play was halted. today,” Ysern said. “I did not and whistles. Then, after losing
It’s going to be a fantastic game Cup. But while Australia will emphasised after the squad One of these men will make know, and if anybody is able to serve to fall behind 4-3 in the
tomorrow night, and one that still be relying on the same arrived in Brisbane. history, but regardless, this tell (me) for sure at what time second set, he bashed another
we believe we can win.” stars on the sixth anniversary of “This game will be a final already has: It will be the it’s going to rain the next day, stick into his bench, putting a big
With the likes of Manchester that match, the Japanese have completely different animal to first French Open not to end on I’m willing to hire him.” hole in the bottom and sending a
United-bound Shinji Kagawa been developing more depth the first two games,” Hasebe Sunday since 1973, when Ilie This handwringing put a ballkid out to the middle of the
and CSKA Moscow midfielder and players with experience in was quoted as saying in the Nastase wrapped up his title on damper on one of the most court to pick up the debris.
Keisuke Honda anchoring the Europe. Japanese media. “We’re a Tuesday. important and anticipated finals Shortly after that, a rain
team, Japan thrashed Jordan The Japanese have definitely on a roll with the Answering most of the in some time: Nadal trying to delay of about 35 minutes
6-0 on Friday after opening overhauled Australia in the two wins, but we need to forget questions after play stopped pass Bjorn Borg as the all-time ensued. Tournament officials
with a 3-0 win over Oman. FIFA world rankings and are about it and regroup for the were the Roland Garros record-holder for French Open replaced the bench. Djokovic
Even Australia coach the top team in Asia. next one. tournament director and titles, and Djokovic trying to came out with clean socks
Holger Osieck had to “Australia lost to Japan “Complacency comes referee, who stuck by a 3 p.m. become the first player since and what seemed like a new
concede that his counterpart in the Asian Cup. That’s why from the mind so we can’t let starting time — missing out on Rod Laver to win four straight attitude. After dropping three
Alberto Zaccheroni could they’re No. 1 in Asia in my up mentally. We need to brace hours of dry weather earlier in Grand Slam tournaments. quick games, he ran off eight
be assembling a squad that mind, because they beat us in ourselves for something totally the day — then, in some eyes, Until Nadal held serve to straight, including the first
evolves into Japan’s best ever. a tournament that counted,” different.” let play go on too long, as the pull within 2-1 in the fourth set he’s ever won off Nadal
red clay got saturated and slabs set, he had lost a mindboggling at Roland Garros and the first
of caked clay chunked up on eight straight games to Nadal has dropped during the
the court and adhered to the Djokovic, who had looked 2012 tournament.
grooves in the players’ shoes. every bit as helpless at the After play was halted
Toni Nadal, Rafael’s uncle start of the match, when the for the second time, Nadal
and coach, said he thought courts were still dry and Nadal “focused,” according to Uncle
action should have been was sliding into shots, hitting Toni — not getting wrapped
suspended earlier, “because the his heavy topspin without a up in the Spain-Italy soccer
court was too wet.” problem. Looking helplessly match that was playing on TVs
Tournament referee up at his guest box, Djokovic around the grounds.

Supporters of the Japanese national team cheer during their World Cup Asia qualifying soccer match
against Jordan at Saitama Stadium in Saitama, near Tokyo on June 8. --Photo AP

Philippines stunned by boxing hero’s loss


MANILA, Philippines (AP) throughout the Philippines. shocking to all of us.”
-- Filipinos expressed shock Some broke into tears in Sen. Jinggoy Estrada,
and some wept Sunday over disbelief. who watched the bout in Las
Manny Pacquiao’s defeat Government volunteer Vegas, hoped Pacquiao would
in a Las Vegas bout with librarian Gina Tubo says she win a rematch. “For me, what
undefeated American boxer wept because she’d thought happened here in Vegas was
Timothy Bradley. Pacquiao won after landing highway robbery,” he told
Pacquiao’s loss by split more punches. She said Philippine radio network
decision at the MGM Grand she felt disoriented because DZBB by telephone.
arena ended his impressive she had become too used to The Philippine government
seven-year unbeaten run that Pacquiao ending triumphant told Pacquiao his proud
turned him into a wealthy in more than a dozen fights. country would stand by him in
sporting superstar and a “He’s a national and a future fights.
national hero in impoverished world hero,” Tubo told The The Philippine military
Philippines. Associated Press by telephone showed the bout as a morale-
Large numbers of Filipinos from suburban Marikina city in booster to thousands of soldiers.
booed and yelled “Manny was the Philippine capital, her voice It congratulated Bradley but
cheated” after watching the cracking. “He inspires people praised Pacquiao for his grit,
bout on large TVs erected in and entertains them away from adding “Manny will remain and
public parks and gymnasiums their troubles so this is really will always be our champion.”
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Tuesday June 12, 2012 Vientiane Times
Sport
Czechs still haunted by
Euro 2004 Greece defeat
reliant on a solid defence,
conceding only five goals in
qualifying and not a single one
in the previous three goalless
draws in regulation against the
Czech Republic.
Goalkeeper Michalis Sifakis
indicated that Greece would go
on the attack in its next game
as it bids for a place in the
quarterfinals.
“We’ve studied our
opponents,” Sifakis said. “We
look at the opener as losing two
points as much as earning one.
We are now chasing a win on
Tuesday.”
Neither team is considered
to be a title contender in Poland
and Ukraine.
The Czechs are rebuilding
Czech Republic’s players during the Euro 2012 Group A soccer after the retirement of several
match between Russia and Czech Republic, in Poland last Friday. long-serving internationals,
--Photo AP including all-time leading
scorer Jan Koller, Pavel Nedved
WROCLAW, Poland (AP) seconds from the end of the and Karel Poborsky. And Czech
-- Eight year later, the Czech first 15 minutes of extra time, Republic coach Michal Bilek
Republic is still haunted by the sending the team through to the has little time to fix his porous
Silver Goal scored by Greece in final and forcing the Czechs to back line after Russia’s mobile
the 2004 semifinals. head home. forwards tore it apart.
Czech Republic captain After losing to Russia 4-1 But at least, Bilek has two
Tomas Rosicky, one of three on Friday at Euro 2012, the of his major stars, striker Milan
players at this year’s European Czechs need a win over Greece Baros and Rosicky, fit and ready
Championship who was in on Tuesday at the Municipal after recovering from injuries.
the 2004 squad, has called it Stadium in Wroclaw to have The Greeks, already missing
the most bitter moment of his a chance of advancing from two key defenders, were hit by
international career. Group A. another setback on Sunday
“It was the most painful loss “We have no other option when Giorgos Fotakis pulled
for me with the national team,” than to beat Greece,” said out of training with a right thigh
said Rosicky, who has made 86 Czech Republic goalkeeper Petr injury.
international appearances since Cech, another veteran of the Sokratis Papastathopoulos
2000. “We had no chance to 2004 team. That may not be an is suspended and Avraam
come back.” easy task. The 2004 European Papadopoulos is out for the rest
In 2004, the eventual champions, who drew 1-1 with of the tournament with a left
champion Greeks scored Poland in their opener, remain knee injury.
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Korean banks FDI from Spain rescue


woo foreign Koreans falls 51 sends world stocks
customers percent surging
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FTA on the way down under Bangkok Bank to finance


CHINA (China Daily) -- The
China-Australia free trade
agreement is expected to be
signed this year, which will
generate additional revenues
of A$146 billion (US$145.5
billion) for the country in the
next two decades.
destination worldwide.
“If we have a free trade
agreement, I believe we can take
a $100-billion plus relationship
Thai businesses in Laos
create benefits for both countries, “China’s concern is about and turn it into something bigger Times Reporters China are still without petrol
said Kevin Rudd, a member of Australia’s agriculture, and again,” said Rudd. “It’s good stations and restaurants.
Australia’s parliament. China thinks we are a big for China, and good for us, and Bangkok Bank, a major Thai He also said the Lao
“(What) I would like to agriculture country”, and the more jobs for either side.” commercial bank, has expressed government sought to promote
do is see the deal signed this opening of the market would China is facing the risk of confidence in investing in Laos, foreign investment as part
year, the 40th anniversary of harm Chinese interests, “but a further economic slowdown, saying the country’s economy of efforts to boost economic
the China-Australia diplomatic frankly, I don’t believe the which many fear will hurt the is experiencing continuous growth and poverty reduction,
relationship,” said Rudd, argument is accurate”, said economy of Australia, also rapid growth. adding that investors who set
calling it a “good way to have a Rudd. He said that “Australian the largest supplier of iron ore The bank yesterday led 82 up business in remote areas
birthday party”. agriculture exports, by Chinese for China. Rudd disagreed. Thai small and medium size would get higher investment
Rudd, who is also a former domestic standards, are quite “Our assumption is that the enterprises from its Bualuang incentives than in urban
prime minister of Australia, small, and therefore, the ability Chinese economy still grows Club to explore business and areas.
spoke with China Daily on for Australian agriculture to at a rate of as high as 7.5 investment opportunities in Mr Vitavas also said that
the sidelines of the 2012 disrupt the Chinese market is percent, or probably 8 percent, Vientiane this week, as part Thai business operators should
APEC China CEO Forum on very, very limited”. and it is the case that demand of efforts to expand financial study Lao laws and culture
Thursday. The benefit is the “FTA for commodities will still be services in Laos. before deciding to invest here,
Bilateral talks on an FTA will liberalise the investment significant,” he said. According to a press Mr Kosit Panpiemras. adding that political stability
began in May 2005. This relationship between China and On the other hand, the release from the bank, the is one of the key investment
March, the 18th round of talks Australia, and (mean a) much resources sector is not a Bualuang Club comprises Directors Chairman, Mr Kosit attractions.
was held in Australia. larger flow of investment and “dominant” sector in Australia’s small and medium enterprise Panpiemras, said Thai business He said Thai business
“It’s too long, and both sides capital from China to Australia economy, representing less than owners, who have received operators should see greater operators should observe Lao
have recognised that,” said as well”. 9 percent of the economy. training from the bank on how business and investment culture so that they would
Rudd. “I believe that because Early this year, Premier “From China’s point of view, to run a professional business. opportunities in Laos. Laos act respectfully while doing
China is the second-largest Wen Jiabao said in the annual they often look at Australia, The bank will provide financial and Thailand not only share business here.
economy in the world, and the government work report that I think they would say: “a big support to them if they can find a border but also a culture, After attending the seminar,
largest in Asia, and Australia is China will further pursue FTA quarry, a big mine,” he said. investment opportunities in making communication easier. the Thai group will meet with
the fourth-largest in Asia, we negotiations with countries But “from our point of view, Laos. He also said Laos would Lao business counterparts
should overcome the relatively including Australia. yes, mining is important”, but The bank hopes it become the region’s future to discuss opportunities for
minor differences.” China is Australia”s largest the “main drivers of growth in will be able to expand its logistics hub because the business cooperation and joint
He added: “What we will commodity trade partner, and Australia” are sectors including financial services in Laos if country has roads connecting investment.
produce as a result will be bigger Australia is China”s eighth- manufacturing and services. club members can identify to Vietnam and China, which Bangkok Bank expressed
than anything we imagine.” largest trade partner. “Through free trade with investment opportunities and are both significant emerging confidence that Laos will be
Estimates from Australia are Australia is also China’s China we grow all these decide to set up a business economies. able to welcome more Thai
that a bilateral FTA would help single largest fund and investment sectors.” here. Thai ambassador to Laos businesspeople. The bank also
Speaking at the opening Mr Vitavas Srivihok said Thais expressed optimism that Thai
ceremony of the Seminar should consider investment businesses would benefit from
on Trade and Investment in the tourism and services investment in Laos once the
Opportunities in Laos, Bangkok sectors, adding that many roads Asean Economic Community
Bank’s Board of Executive connecting to Vietnam and comes into effect in 2015.

China banks maintain, raise deposit rates


after central bank announcement
BEIJING (Xinhua) -- Many of set deposit rates as high as 110 one day later. Meanwhile, some
China’s banks have maintained percent of the benchmark rate small lenders and city banks,
or raised their deposit rates after and offer rates on new loans as such as the Bank of Nanjing
the central bank announced little as 80 percent of official and Bank of Ningbo, have set
last week that it would allow policy rates. their rates at 3.575 percent, the
the country’s banks to set The People’s Bank of China top-end of the floating range of
competitive deposit and lending also cut the benchmark one-year the benchmark deposit rate.
rates. interest rates by 25 basis points “Fears of deposit losses
The People’s Bank of China on Friday to 3.25 percent in a prompted small banks to set
said on Thursday that lenders bid to spur growth in the world’s interest rates at high levels, as
Boxes of produce being loaded onto a truck at a farm near Werribee, Australia. would have the flexibility to second-largest economy. people prefer depositing money
But despite the interest rate in larger lenders,” said Guo
cut, China’s five state-owned Tianyong, professor from the
banks have maintained their Central University of Finance
one-year deposit rates at 3.5 and Economics.
percent. Some commercial “With the deepening of the
lenders, including China interest rate liberalisation, we’ll
Minsheng Banking Corp. and see more differentiated interest
China Merchants Bank, set their rates and more rates adjustments
rates at 3.25 percent on Friday, in the country’s banking market
but raised them to 3.5 percent in the future,” Guo said.

Exchange rates as of June 11, 2012


Banque pour le Commerce Exterieur Lao

Foreign Currencies Buying Selling


US Dollar 50-100 7,996 8,036
Thai Baht 253.73 253.70

Euro 50-500 10,087 10,138


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Global markets rev up but caution is needed


Monday’s global markets began a “bull ride” especially in Asia, at the opening bell yesterday.
News over the weekend was much better than the previous week, so traders yesterday went
risk on.
Indexes rose when nerves settled following the EU confirmation over the weekend a €100B
(US$125B) package for Spain.
That was enough for FX traders to step in and beef up the €uro currency and for markets to
respond.
Investors should remain cautious about this week’s good start, as a big drop s forecasted, as
traders put their wallets back in their pockets this Friday.
A fall is more than a 50 50 proposition with the Greek elections due on Sunday
Trying to call a spade a spade, Spain’s finance ministry insisted, the advance approved by the
EU finance ministers on the weekend, is not a bailout. But there’s more trouble ahead as Cyprus
is also requesting funds. Watch the EU space hot up as Germany opposes an introduction for a
new Euro Bond.
Germany posted a trade surplus of €16.1B while France lost out with a -€5.8B.
ASEAN MARKETS: Malaysia gained +0.65pct intraday yesterday, Ha Noi was up +0.99pct,
Jakarta plus +0.66pct, the Philippines +1.34pct gained, Singapore up +1.58pct and the Thai A bank clerk at Korea Exchange Bank’s Global Desk attends to a foreign customer in Seoul.
SET the biggest gainer at +1.78pct.the Laos index fell The only exchange out of favour was
Cambodia’s new CSX exchange recording 3 successive daily 5 point loses. PPWSA Water
Company yesterday lost 50 riel to sit near 6,850 riel very near its April IPO listing. The CSX has
lost 24.4pct since the April opening plunging to a new YTD low of 736.56 points. Korean banks woo
• The cyclic nature of markets (rises and falls) says they have made no gains this year, but
offer no real surprises at the state of the market at the moment. The market hiccups which
resemble a new learner driver changing gears, will level, out if not start to rise but not much
foreign customers
until late October this year. Normally there is some compound market growth attached on a KOREA (The Korea Herald) -- remit money to their home communication, culture and
year by year basis, but not so for 2012. As the number of expats living countries. The service is leisure.
• Stocks commodities oil and gold have retraced back to 4th October 2011 lows, so its natural in Korea exceeds 1.4 million, available for remittance to 11 The bank, for example,
they will gain from here to November. That’s the cyclic nature of the markets with the wise local banks have entered into countries including Vietnam took a group of its VIP expat
saying being spot on this year; “sell in May”. competition to attract more and Philippines. customers last month on a
• Key indicators are if the S&P500 is above the physiological 1300 points things are not that foreign customers. Hana Bank started to sell Demilitarized Zone Tour to
bad. Woori Bank recently added Hana 168 Installation Savings Imjingak Pavilion in Paju,
• Last week the index fell below that for 1 ½ sessions. Fridays return to 1325 was a resounding seven more languages - Chinese, from June 1, a savings product Gyeonggi Province. The bank
daily recovery. European markets may have lost a few points Friday but that should be Vietnamese, Mongolian, for foreigners living in Korea. also signed a memorandum of
erased in the early part of the week until markets turn as a caution to the outcome of the Indonesian, Nepalese, Sinhala Even if the depositor decides to understanding with the Cultural
Greek elections. and Bengali - to slips used in the withdraw money from savings Corps of Korean Buddhism
• Australian Markets were closed for a holiday, but that didn’t retard the AUD which hit banks for transactions. Formerly, before the due date and send to give its VIP customers
parity. it only provided services in it abroad, a special interest, opportunities to do temple
• Qantas shares once at AU$5.00 have slumped -40pct over the past 6 sessions to AU$0.97c Korean and English. which could reach 3.6 percent at stays.
and remain on our avoid list. QAN’s management seems determined to shoot itself in the Shinhan Bank also said it maximum, will be offered. Industrial Bank of Korea
foot. will commence Mongolian The bank is also holding gives out prepaid phones to
• Australia’s mining boom has seen Capital Equipment good YTD rise a staggering 24pct. and Russian language services a promotional event until the those who registered for check
• BHP AU$31.91 and Rio AU$55.59 look very enticing value both are set for a good Q4. at ATMs within this month. end of this year that offers gifts cards exclusively offered to
• China data showed May imports 12.7pct with export data at 15.3pct both rose sharper than Before, it only provided and discounts on exchange foreign workers aged over 20.
expected and all the data is softer but not dire, thereby easing the call for a stimulus. That services in six languages and remittance commissions As most expats living in
news will assist the AUD and the CAD to rise. Industrial production ht 9.6pct a positive including English. Kookmin for those who sign up for the Korea are workers who have
factor for commodities currencies. Bank has plans to run call product. difficulties visiting banks
• Currencies: AUD intraday near US$0.9980, the CHF the €uro shrugged of the EU factor centers for foreigners. Some banks have taken a on weekdays, several banks
rising from a 23 month low of US$1.2288 to US$1.2666. The pound regained its composure Some banks offer discounts step further to non-financial are now open on weekends.
at US$1.5568. The ¥en was at U103.21 was battling 79.40 yesterday. in charges. Nonghyup started services. Woori Bank opens up shop
• Oil and stocks rose on announcement of €100B Spanish bailout. But now Spain wants 125B last month to give a discount of Korea Exchange Bank, on weekends for foreigners
to recapitalize its banks. 45 percent maximum on bank where over 30 percent of in Hyehwa-dong and
• Palm oil which reached US$3,400 earlier this year has fallen to just US$2,950. fees when foreign workers all expats (about 420,000) Gwangheui-dong, central
• Copper went backwards 2.6pct to US$7235 tn a point last reached Sept’-27th and Dec’ -19 use ATMs, as well as benefits in South Korea keep an Seoul, and Euijeongbu city in
last year. Copper had a low of US$6,650 / tn on 20th Oct 2011 but with good data out of when exchanging currency. account, recently began an Gyeonggi Province. Shinhan
China over the weekend it should edge back towards US$8,000, but it will be a slow tedious Kookmin Bank also helps “omega” service, an exclusive Bank and Kookmin Bank also
process from now until November. customers save exchange service for foreigners. It run weekend hours at banks
• BEIJING--China's imports of copper, copper alloy and semi finished products in May rose commissions by directly provides foreigners with help in Wongok-dong in Ansan,
64.8% on year, to 419,741 metric tons. May imports rose 11.9% from April. In the first sending money in local settling in Korea not just Gyeonggi Province, another
five months of the year, imports rose 51.7% on year to reach 2.16 million tons, the General currency when foreigners financially but also in terms of expat hot spot.
Administration of Customs said last Sunday
• FX traders went risk on as the AUD headed back to parity intraday at US$0.9987.
• Nymex Oil might be lower but it’s easy to overlook on 4th Oct last year Nymex was at
US$86.42 yesterday. Nymex in 2012 was expected to trade at US$100 / brl. Bent crude on
Group: Europe airlines could
that date was at US$102 and intraday yesterday it traded at US$102.10. Increased inventories
have the price artificially low and it is expected to average US$112 for the rest of 2012.
• Gold traded on 20th Sept 2012 at 1809 but is now up and down daily all near US$1602 and
lose US$1.1B this year
if anything the precious metal seems a bit lost. Those looking to gold at US$2,000 / oz will BEIJING (AP) -- The global covers the whole industry. European airlines going out of
have a long wait. aviation trade group nearly “The industry’s profitability business this year, and there is
Vientiane: It was a quiet day at the office on Monday. Yesterday saw a familiar and somewhat doubled its forecast of is balancing on a knife edge,” clearly a possibility that will
traditional slow start at the Vientiane Stock Market. After 4 sessions only 7,205 shares had European airlines’ losses this said the IATA’s executive continue,” said Pearce.
traded for 48M kip. year to US$1.1 billion and said director, Tony Tyler. Airlines are likely to respond
By the close the index was out of sync with other Asean Indexes gains, when the LSX fell -8.49 Monday the worldwide industry The “most immediate to tougher conditions by retiring
points to 1006.77 points and signaling EDL-Gen had lost 50 kip to 4,850 kip. will scrape by with wafer thin risk” is Europe’s debt crisis, older aircraft to improve fuel
The days turnover recorded only 9,885 stocks with BCEL remained unchanged at 6,900 kip. profit margins due to high fuel which could drag down profit efficiency and pursuing cross-
• The LSX “Understand Capital Market and Accounting” seminar will be held on Wednesday prices. if it triggers a recession, Tyler border partnerships, though
on the 8th Floor Conference Room, Lao Securities Exchange... for more details and US and Asian carriers said. He said a 1 percent drop most countries still prohibit
registrations refer to lsx.com.la. should make money this year, in global airline revenue could outright mergers, Pearce said.
but more airlines in Europe turn the small forecast profit The latest outlook is based
might follow Hungary’s Malev into a US$3 billion loss. on a forecast that oil prices will
into bankruptcy if the European Asian carriers should lead average US$110 a barrel this
financial crisis worsens, the global profits at US$2 billion year. IATA says fuel accounts
International Air Transport this year, while US carriers will for 33 percent of carriers’ costs,
Association said. make US$1.4 billion, IATA up from 13-14 percent a decade
The group called for said. Latin American and the ago.
governments to resolve a Middle East are expected to The global profit forecast
dispute over European carbon show profits of US$400 million represents a decline of more
charges on airlines and to avoid each while African carriers lose than 50 percent from last year’s
tax and regulatory changes it a total of US$100 million. US$7.9 billion. That was down
said might hamper industry The forecast European loss by a similar margin from 2010’s
growth. is nearly double IATA’s March US$15.8 billion profit.
Global aviation should outlook. IATA economist Brian Also Monday, IATA
make a total profit this year Pearce said that was due to appealed to governments to
of US$3 billion on revenue of Europe’s financial turmoil. In head off a mounting conflict
US$631 billion - a 0.5 percent addition to Malev’s failure in over European carbon charges
Lao Exchange Rates: On Monday the Kip and the CAD local Lao exchange rates made small margin, IATA said. The group February, smaller carriers in on airlines by negotiating a
gains on the “US$. The kip was at 7,996 kip /US$! The aussie at 7,856 kip, the €uro fetched represents 240 airlines that carry Germany and Spain have shut global system to regulate the
10,087, Cad 7,705 and the ¥en 98.86 while the GB£ closed at 12,234 kip. 84 percent of passengers and down. industry’s emissions of climate-
cargo worldwide but its forecast “We’ve already seen some changing gases.
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In brief

Oil above US$85


FDI from Koreans falls 51 percent
HANOI, Vietnam (VNS) difficulties.
as Spain gets funds -- Investment from South According to the head of
to rescue banks Korea, Vietnam’s second MPI’s Foreign Investment
SINGAPORE (AP) -- Oil largest source, declined by 51 Agency Do Nhat Hoang,
jumped above US$85 a percent in the first five months Korean businesses up to
barrel on Monday in Asia of the year due to the world now have invested a total of
after Europe offered Spain economic downturn, a Viet US$23.93 billion into 3,020
a US$125 billion rescue Nam Korea dialogue heard on projects in Vietnam, ranked
loan for its troubled banks. Wednesday. second after Japan.
Benchmark oil for July According to the Ministry The largest investments
delivery was up US$1.25 to of Planning and Investment have gone to the manufacturing
US$85.35 per barrel at late (MPI), as many as 58 projects sector at 47 percent, followed
afternoon Singapore time in from Korean investors were by the real estate sector at
electronic trading on the New registered in the period with 28 percent, construction at 9
York Mercantile Exchange. total investment capital of percent and the rest 6 percent,
The contract fell 72 cents to US$220 million. to retail, hospitality, logistics
settle at US$84.10 in New In addition, with US$35 and showbiz.
York on Friday. million raised by existing HCM City has the largest
projects, the total investment of amount of Korean projects
Germany borrows Korean businesses in Vietnam with 822, followed by Ha Noi
at rock-bottom in the first five months of 2012 with 606, Binh Duong, 460
came to US$255 million, and Dong Nai, 256.
0.007 percent down 51 percent year on year.
Workers produce underground cables at the South Korean LS-Vina Cable Joint Stock Co in the port
city of Hai Phong. Most of Korea’s largest
FRANKFURT, Germany Korean investors in the conglomerates already came
(AP) -- Germany has same period of 2011 pumped they have encountered in the most attractive countries built products that compete to Vietnam such as Samsung,
borrowed again at rock- a combined US$522 million doing businesses in Vietnam. in Asia in terms of production with those made in Vietnam Kumho, Huyndai, Posco, LG
bottom interest rates. The into Vietnam, accounting for Kyu said Viet Nam and and manufacturing. by Korean producers. and Lotte.
government auctioned €4 11.2 percent of total FDI in Korea should strengthen Most questions raised Representatives from Within two decades,
billion (US$4.99 billion) in this time. their bilateral relations as at the workshop, organised Vietnam authorities said they bilateral relations between
six-month treasury bills at Head of the Korean businesses are considering the by the Korean Chamber of would gather information Vietnam and Korea have
an average annual interest Department of Economic achieved remarkable progress.
rate of only 0.007 percent. country as one of the favoured Commerce (Kocham), related and reply at the next meeting,
Relations Kim Chang Kyu investment destinations in to taxes preferential for foreign scheduled for this July. Trade turnover between the
People are willing to loan
money to Germany at such said the workshop aims to the coming time, especially investors, tax exemptions and Kocham President Kim two countries, which reached
low rates because its debt give Korean investors a in high tech and supporting personal income taxes. Jai Woo said Viet Nam should only US$500 million in 1992,
is seen as having a very chance to meet with local industries. Korean investors were also further improve its investment increased 26 times to US$13.7
low risk of not being paid authorities and voice their According to Kyu, Vietnam concerned about the declining environment, especially in the billion in 2010 and US$18.1
back. German debt has concerns about difficulties is also considered as one of import tax of some complete context of ongoing economic billion in 2011.
therefore been used as a
safe-haven for investors to
park money. Malaysia’s Bintulu airport site to become
Tesco suffers Q1
sales dip in UK
integrated upmarket project
LONDON (AP) -- Tesco KUCHING, Malaysia (The is expected to take five
PLC, Britain's biggest Star) -- Naim Holdings Bhd years. Phase two will involve
retailer reported Monday will develop the site of the old construction of the shopping An artist’s impression
that its U.K. sales were Bintulu airport into an integrated complex,” he added. of Naim’s Batu Lintang
down 1.1 percent in the first upmarket commercial and Naim, Sarawak’s biggest mixed development
residential project. property developer, is expected project with gross
three months of the year. development value of
The decline in same-store The new city centre for the to own and operate the
RM2bil.
sales followed a 1.2 percent booming industrial town will shopping complex as a long-
gain in the fourth quarter. comprise condominiums, street term investment.
Those figures include tax mall, international class hotel, Kho said there was a
and petrol sales. Including shopping complex and other strong demand for quality
new stores and expansion, related facilities. accommodation like hotel,
sales in the UK were up Corporate services senior condominium and serviced
2.1 percent and group sales director Ricky Kho said the apartment in Bintulu with
were up 3.8 percent on a project on about 12ha would the big influx of expatriates
constant currency basis. have a gross development value involved in the development of
(GDV) of RM2bil. energy-intensive industries in
“It will be implemented Samalaju Industrial Park.
Asia, US boost in two phases, with phase one Samalaju is one of the
BMW sales; targeted for launch by year- five growth nodes of Sarawak
Europe sales down end,” he told StarBiz. Corridor of Renewable Energy
Kho said the proposed street (SCORE) and it will become
FRANKFURT, Germany mall would feature commercial the state’s new heavy-industry
(AP) -- BMW AG saw shophouses and small home centre.
sales rise 6.4 percent in offices while the three-star hotel Bintulu is now undergoing
May from a year ago, as big would have about 200 rooms. its third industrial boom. Besides
increases in Asia and better The condominium blocks the setting up of heavy industries port and Petroliam Nasional integrated mixed development up strong sales of properties
numbers in United States would house some 600 units for like aluminium and manganese Bhd’s Bintulu liquified natural a major retail centre, leveraging this year, boosted by the high
overcame a dip in struggling sale to both local and foreign ferrosilicon smelters, the gas Train 9. on the growth of SCORE. take-up rates of newly launched
Europe. buyers. city also has two other major Naim will make its Bintulu Meanwhile, Kho said Naim schemes in existing townships
The Munich-based auto “Phase one development projects the Samalaju deepsea was expected to commence in Miri and Kota Samarahan.
maker sold 156,957 cars construction work of its “We have registered sales
in the month compared to
147,565 in May, 2011. Sales Asia News Network (ANN) proposed RM1.5bil mixed
development in Batu Lintang
of about RM125mil as at May
31,” he added. Last year’s sales
in Asia rose 25.7 percent, and here in the next few months was RM184mil an increase of
31.5 percent in China alone. The Asia News Network (ANN) is a network of leading daily English language
newspapers in Asia, supported by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation of Germany
as planning approval had been RM42mil over 2010.
Sales in the key U.S. market obtained. He said the top-selling
through its regional representative bureau in Singapore.
rose 7.1 percent. The joint-venture project properties were single-storey
THE DAILY YOMIURI It was established in March, 1999, to provide avenues for cooperation and
optimise coverage of major news events in the region.
will involve the development of semi-detached and terraced
THE YOMIURI SHIMBUN
China gives big It also aims to promote journalism, share news stories, feature articles, editorials
a 27-storey apartment, 18-storey houses in Miri’s Permyjaya
condominium, 36-storey township (Naim’s flagship
boost to Audi sales and personality profiles. ANN is the world’s most active newspaper alliance with
office tower, shopping mall, development) and terraced
a membership base of 18 newspapers in 16 countries.
(AP) -- Volkswagen’s The German News Agency of Deutsche Presse-Agentur, as one of the leading
17,000-sq-ft showroom, multi- units in Desa Ilmu in Kota
luxury brand, Audi, international agencies and ANN’s exclusive partner, distributes news and
storey car parks and water Samarahan.
reported record sales for features, background stories and commentaries from ANN to subscribers
theme park. The prime land, Naim is also recording good
May thanks to a big boost THE STRAITS TIMES worldwide.
which was previously occupied sales for its walk-up apartments
from China. The company They consist of Rasmei Kampuchea (Cambodia), China Daily (China), The
by government quarters, has launched recently in up-market
said on Monday that Statesman (India), The Korea Herald (South Korea), The Star (Malaysia), Sin
been cleared. Riveria satellite township near
Chinese sales rose 44.2 Chew Daily (Malaysia), The Nation (Thailand), The Straits Times (Singapore),
He said phase one would here.
percent compared to the The Philippine Daily Inquirer (Philippines), The Jakarta Post (Indonesia), Vietnam
involve some apartment and The company has set up
same month a year ago. News (Vietnam), The Daily Star (Bangladesh), Vientiane Times (Laos), The
condominium units. an office in Kota Kinabalu
The A8 fullsize four-door Kathmandu Post (Nepal), The Island (Sri Lanka), Brunei Times (Brunei), The
Naim’s joint-venture to prepare for its property
luxury sedan and the Nation (Pakistan), and China Post (Taiwan). The combined circulation of these
partners in the project are development expansion in
locally-built Q5 compact newspapers is more than 14 million copies per day.
charitable trusts, Lembaga Sabah. Naim, which has a
crossover SUV both Amanah Kebajikan Masjid land bank of about 1,050ha in
contributed strongly to the Negeri Sarawak and Tabung Kuching, Miri and Bintulu, is
increase in China. Baitulmal Sarawak. on the lookout to acquire more
Kho said Naim had chalked land.
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Spain rescue sends world stocks surging Apple expected to show


fresh software, new Macs
BRUSSELS (AP) -- A NEW YORK (AP) -- Apple modest improvements. Some
European agreement to bail CEO Tim Cook is expected to speculate that Facebook could
out Spain’s banks sent stock show off new iPhone software become more tightly integrated,
markets surging on Monday, and updated Mac computers in much the same way that
but analysts warned that the and provide more details on Apple baked Twitter functions
deal doesn’t solve all of the future releases of Mac software into its software last year. That
continent’s problems, and the when he kicks off the company’s could make it easier to post
goodwill could be short-lived. annual conference for software Facebook status updates from
Finance ministers from developers Monday. within Apple’s apps.
the 17 countries that use the The announcement of On the Mac software side,
euro said they were willing to new software for the iPhone, there are fewer unknowns.
lend Spain up to €100 billion iPad and iPod Touch has been Apple already demonstrated
(US$125 billion) after Madrid confirmed by banners that most of the features of OS X 10.8
said it would need help to shore appeared at the conference “Mountain Lion” in February
up banks felled by bad real center in San Francisco on and said it will go on sale late this
estate loans. Spain has not said Friday, reading “iOS 6.” It’s not summer. Developers are already
exactly how much of that it will much of a surprise. Apple has able to download a version of
tap, but markets were cheered used its Worldwide Developers the software. It narrows the
by the fact that it was finally Conference as an opportunity to gap between the PC and phone
owning up to needing help. announce new iPhone software software packages, making Mac
In Europe, France’s CAC-40 for the past few years. personal computers work more
rose 2.1 percent to 3,115, while What’s not known is like iPhones.
the DAX in Germany surged what new features will come Microsoft Corp., Apple’s
the same rate to 6,262. The with iOS 6, or when it will be chief competitor in PC software,
FTSE index of leading British Visitors pose for pictures under the main display at the Stock Exchange in Madrid, Monday, May 28, 2012. released to consumers. Usually, is on a parallel course. It’s set
shares was up 1.3 percent to the new software becomes to release Windows 8 later this
5,508. Spain’s Ibex rose by an and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Spanish administration.” to ask for rescue money. available for download around year, bringing the look and user
even stronger 2.5 percent. added 2.4 percent to 18,953.63. With Spain taken care of “I think it’s only a brief the time a new iPhone model interface of Windows Phone to
The euro, which had surged Benchmarks in Singapore, for the moment, investors will respite for the markets,” said appears. Apple-watchers expect PCs.
over the weekend on news of Taiwan, mainland China, now turn their attention to the Tom Kaan of Louis Capital the next version of the iPhone, Cook is also expected to
the Spanish aid deal, gave up Indonesia and New Zealand thornier issue of Greece, where Markets in Hong Kong. “The the iPhone 5, to appear this fall, announce new Mac models.
some of those gains, trading 0.5 also rose. voters head to the polls this €100 billion bailout is hopefully about a year after the launch of Intel Corp. has just updated its
percent lower at US$1.2576 on “The decision to grasp the coming weekend in an election setting up a firewall against a the 4S model. processor line with faster, less
Monday. nettle looks set to be greeted likely to determine whether the much worse deterioration. Here In 2010, Apple demonstrated power-hungry chips, and most
Stock markets in the US positively by the markets for the debt-mired country will stick we are, saving the banks. But the new iPhone 4 at the WWDC, of Apple’s Mac lines haven’t
were also set to open higher. time being, but it is likely to be with the common currency. If what is next?” but analysts don’t expect the had a major update in a year.
Dow futures were up 0.8 percent no more than a relief pop,” said Greece leaves the euro, that will Spain is the fourth euro company to show off a phone The biggest mystery
to 12,604 while S&P futures Michael Hewson, an analyst at raise questions of whether other nation to seek a rescue, after model this year. surrounds Apple’s ambitions
rose 0.8 percent to 1,332. CMC Markets. “The decision by countries might, too. Greece, Portugal and Ireland. With the launch of iOS 5 last in television-making. Late
Asian stocks gained ground Spanish PM Rajoy to acquiesce The Spanish rescue plan A financial crisis has gripped year, Apple added many features company founder Steve Jobs
earlier in the day following to the inevitable and request also doesn’t address other Spain since 2008, when a real already found in competing told biographer Walter Isaacson
better-than-expected data on the help for Spain’s ailing banking critical issues. estate bust caused big losses for smartphone software. It also that he wanted to remake the
weekend that showed China’s sector at the weekend is the first Take Italy, for example: many banks. added the “Siri” virtual assistant TV. Apple does sell an “Apple
exports jumped in May from a sign of an acknowledgment of government debt in the third- The rise in equities also feature, which interprets voice TV,” but it’s small box that
year earlier. the problems facing the Spanish largest euro economy continues drove oil higher. Benchmark commands and talks back to the connects to a TV to display
Japan’s Nikkei 225 index economy, but the fact it took to pile up as its economic oil for July delivery was up 92 user. movies from iTunes. There’s
climbed 2 percent to close at so long in the face of so much growth stagnates. Some fear it cents US$85.02 per barrel in This year, there are fewer much speculation that Apple
8,624.90. South Korea’s Kospi denial remains a problem with is only a matter of time before electronic trading on the New “catch up” features to add, so plans to make a full-blown TV
added 1.7 percent to 1,867.04 respect to the credibility of the Italy becomes the next country York Mercantile Exchange. Apple watchers expect more set, integrated with iTunes.

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Position Title: Financial management and overall project accountant Background/rational
Duty Station: Department of Planning and Finance, Ministry of Health
Languages required: Lao and English The Government of Lao PDR has received additional financing to expand the scope of the current
Expected Starting Date: July, 2012
HSIP especially the free maternal health services (ANC, delivery, PNC and well child visits),
Duration of Appointment: July 2012 to June 2014
Procurement package: CQS-COF-03 outreach activities, health equity funds, HMIS, while also introducing financing for child health
services, as well as continuing support to human resource development and service delivery capacity.
Background The objective of the Additional Financing is to assist the Lao PDR to increase utilization and quality
The Ministry of Health, Government of Lao PDR has received Additional Financing (AF) to expand of health services, particularly for the poor women and children in rural areas of Project Provinces.
the scope of the current Health Services Improvement Project, especially the free maternal health The AF will support additional and expanded activities that scale up the impact and development of
services (ANC, delivery, PNC and well child visits), outreach activities, health equity funds, HMIS, the original Project. Specifically, the AF will support the following activities: a) scale up of program
while also introducing financing for child health services, as well as continuing support to human to reduce financial barriers to health services; b) continued financing of recurrent costs at province,
resource development and service delivery capacity. The objective of the AF is to assist the Lao PDR district and health center levels; c) focused investment in human resource development; d) support to
to increase utilization and quality of health services, particularly for the poor women and children in equipment and facility upgrading at district hospital and health center level. These activities are
rural areas of 5 southern Project Provinces. The AF will support additional and expanded activities expected to contribute to increased utilization and quality of essential maternal, neonatal and child
that scale up the impact and development of the original Project. Specifically, the AF will support the health services and, over the longer term, to improved health outcomes.
following activities: a) scale up of program to reduce financial barriers to health services; b)
continued financing of recurrent costs at province, district and health center levels; c) focused
investment in human resource development; d) support to equipment and facility upgrading at district POsITION REQuIREd:
hospital and health center level. These activities are expected to contribute to increased utilization duration 18 month (expected date from july 2012 to sept 2013)
and quality of essential maternal, neonatal and child health services and, over the longer term, to
improved health outcomes.
1. Project Consultant to support Department of Planning and Finance
Recruitment of a local accounting firm will be conducted in accordance with World Bank
procedures. The eligibility rules and Consultants’ Qualification Selection (CQS) procedure of the 2. Project Consultant to support Department of Organization and Personnel
WB will govern the recruitment process. 3. Consultant to support Department of Hygiene and Prevention (Two positions)
4. Project Consultant to support Department of Health Care
The Ministry of Health, Government of Lao PDR, now invites consultants to express interest in
providing consulting services on financial management and overall project accountant
The duration of contract will be from june to june 2014 with the possibility of extension based
on satisfactory performance.
In its Expression of Interest, the consultant shall include data and information demonstrating its
capacity to successfully complete the assignment. Information required includes but is not necessary
limited to: general presentation of the company; evidence of corporate registration and country of 5. Provincial Financial Accountant Based in each provinces of Savannakhet, Salavane, (Two
registration; details of major contracts for similar assignments during the last 10 years; in-house
positions)
personnel, proposed personnel.
6. Provincial consultant for Savannakhet province
The Ministry of Health, Government of Lao PDR, will not be responsible for any cost or expense
incurred by companies in connection with the preparation of the Expression of Interest. Responsibilities for all positions are provided in the Term of References (TORs).
For detailed TORs please contact the address below. The interested candidates should submit their
Information and Term of References could be obtained at the HSIP-AF National Project
Coordinator Office (NPCO), Department of Planning and Finance, Ministry of Health, Simeuang CV’s to the HSIP AF office (PMU) not later than 16:00 o’clock June 29,2012.
Road, or Tel 214059, 214061, Mobile: 22002722, Email: hsipproc@etllao.com Contact person:dr.Prasonsith Boupha,HSIP AF National Project Coordinator
Vice Director of Department of Planning and Finance
Expression of interest will be submitted to Dr. Prasongsidh Boupha, Acting Director of Planning Simaung Road,Vietiane Capital,P.O.Box 2236,Tel:214059,214061,Fax:214058
and Finance Department Ministry of Health, HSIP-AF National Project Coordinator by Fax: 214058,
Email: adb2laos@loxinfo.co.th ; hsipchansaly@etllao.com; and hsipproc@etllao.com not later than Or Dr.Chansaly Phommavong, Vice National Project Coordinator of HSIP AF
than 16:00 o’clock June 29,2012. E-mail: adb2laos@loxinfo.co.th; hsipchansaly@etllao.com; hsipproc@etllao.com
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VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT


Road Safety Education Officer (1position – Lao National)
With the Public Awareness and Research Manager
ROAD SAFETY PROJECT With the
Funded by ROAD SAFETY PROJECT
BELGIAN DEVELOPMENT COOPERATION Funded by
BELGIAN DEVELOPMENT COOPERATION
Handicap International (HI) is seeking a Road Safety Education Officer for the Road Safety Project
in Savannakhet. The Road Safety Project’s objective is to reduce the number of road traffic accidents Handicap International (HI) is seeking a Public Awareness and Research Manager for the Road Safety
and the disabilities resulting from these accidents in partnership with the Ministry of Public Works and Project in Vientiane and Savannakhet. The Road Safety Project’s objective is to reduce the number of
Transport. road traffic accidents and the disabilities resulting from these accidents in partnership with the Ministry
of Public Works and Transport.
The Road Safety Education Officer’s responsibilities: The Public Awareness and Research Manager’s responsibilities:
• In close collaboration with the Program Manager , Education and Network Manager and Partners, • In close collaboration with the Program Manager and Partners, define public awareness strategies and
define Education strategies and action plans action plans
• Develop monitoring and evaluation tools for the project activities. • Develop monitoring and evaluation tools for the project activities.
• Coordinate the implementation of Education activities in conjunction with the Education and • Coordinate the implementation of public awareness activities in conjunction with the responsible
Networks Manager and responsible government agencies government agencies
• Coordination with all stake holders of education for planning for the curriculum implementation in • Manage the production of Road Safety awareness materials such as leaflets, posters, TV and
Vientiane and Savannakhet Radio spots and other information material from budgeting to the delivery of the final product.
• Implement Peer to Peer activities in Secondary Schools in Savannakhet • Define and conduct Road Safety Researches in close partnership with research center and
• Manage the production of Education materials universities.
• Prepare activities and budget planning. • Support Data Collection and Research Officer.
• Provide report to program manager regularly • Support Disability Officer
• Translate documents from Lao to English or English to Lao and act as an interpreter as required. • Support the Community Based Road Safety
• Manage the documentation of all public awareness and research activities of the project
Minimum requirements are: Minimum requirements are:
• Relevant Degree in education or another position-related subject; • Relevant Degree in education or another position-related subject;
• 3 years working experience ; • 10 years working experience in a related field ;
• Proven skills in working with communities; • Proven skills in working with communities;
• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills; • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills;
• Computer skills: MS Office, Adobe PageMaker, Photoshop (basic). • Computer skills: MS Office, Adobe PageMaker, Photoshop (basic).
• Fluency in written and spoken English or French • Fluency in written and spoken English
This position is based in Savannakhet.
This position is based in Vientiane with occasional travel to Savannakhet.
Only short listed candidates will be contacted.
Only short listed candidates will be contacted.
Basic monthly salary: From 3.200.000 to 3.600.000 LAK(based on Experiences + Diplomas+ Languages)
Monthly salary: From 4.800.000 to 5.400.000 LAK + Medical fund+13th month+ other benefits
Applicants should send per fax or email a letter of interest and their CV by June 20, 2012 to:
Applicants should send per fax or email a letter of interest and their CV by June 20, 2012 to:
Email: hr.adminofficer@laos.handicap.be and rds.manager@laos.handicap.be Email: hr.adminofficer@laos.handicap.be and rds.manager@laos.handicap.be
Or Or
Handicap International ‘Road Safety Education Officer’ Handicap International ‘Public Awareness and Research Manager’
P.O. Box 2496, 51/1 Hongkae Road, Ban Sisangvone, Saysettha District, Vientiane, Lao PDR P.O. Box 2496, 51/1 Hongkae Road, Ban Sisangvone, Saysettha District, Vientiane, Lao PDR
Telephone: (021) 412110, 451298,Facsimile: (021) 416242 Telephone: (021) 412110, 451298,Facsimile: (021) 416242
Women and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply Women and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply
HIB is a humanitarian, non-governmental organisation working in the areas of disability rehabilitation, HIB is a humanitarian, non-governmental organisation working in the areas of disability rehabilitation,
prevention and advocacy throughout the world. HIB was co-laureate of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997 for its prevention and advocacy throughout the world. HIB was co-laureate of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997
work towards a total ban on the use, transfer, sale and stockpile of landmines. for its work towards a total ban on the use, transfer, sale and stockpile of landmines.
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“Making Access to Finance more Inclusive for Poor People” (MAFIPP) is a joint
programme of UNCDF and UNDP, nationally implemented by the Bank of the Lao
PDR on behalf of the Government of the Lao PDR. MAFIPP has agreed to provide
the funding for the following consultancy:

CONSULTANCY ANNOUNCEMENT
Position: Microfinance Training & Capacity Building Expert (Lao Consultant )
Work Location: Based in MFWG Office in Vientiane
Starting Date: 6 August 2012 (for a total of 25 days)

The Microfinance Working Group for the Lao PDR (MFWG) was established
in May 2007 to promote the development of a sustainable microfinance sector
that operates in line with international standards and that contributes to poverty
reduction in the long term. As the national Microfinance Industry Network, the
MFWG brings together microfinance practitioners and other relevant stakeholders
to share experience and information about the sector with the goal to improve sector
coordination, transparency, sustainability and quality of microfinance services. The
MFWG provides services in the following core areas: Knowledge management/
research & representation, policy advocacy and capacity building/training.
The network is now expanding its capacity building and training services in order
to strengthen the expertise of MFI staff and Boards and therefore plans to engage
a local training and capacity building expert. S/he will work with and report to the
MFWG Board of Directors and Management Team.

1. Duties & Responsibilities


Support a research study on ‘The Establishment of a Microfinance Management
Certificate Course’ together with an international training expert. Specific tasks include:
• Undertake a thorough desk review of relevant microfinance literature,
research and existing Lao training materials
• Identify key training contents for a Microfinance Management Certificate
Course and support the drafting of a curriculum design
• Assess possibility of integrating existing Lao microfinance training
materials into the course curriculum
• Establish a course budget (including external funding requirements)
and assess feasibility of financial sustainability of such a course
• Establish an admission and grading system for trainees and a
certification system for trainers
• Organize meetings with key microfinance stakeholders based in Lao PDR
• Provide technical input and support where required during the research
and to the final report
• Provide oral and written translation from Lao into English and vice versa
• Be the liaison person in charge of any follow up work related to the research
outcome and identified next steps with regards the establishment of the
course

2. Qualifications and Skill Requirements:


• At least a Master’s Degree in economics, finance, accounting or related
business degree
• Solid microfinance expertise and understanding of Lao microfinance sector
and its challenges
• At least 5 years training experience in microfinance and knowledge of policies
affecting microfinance institutions
• Thorough knowledge and understanding of participatory training methods
• Experience in individual coaching of MFIs in Lao PDR
• Able to establish excellent working relationships with different microfinance
stakeholders (microfinance practitioners, donors, bi/multi-lateral agencies,
(I)NGOs, service providers, policy makers, Government authorities/line
ministries, etc.)
• Strong verbal and written communication skills (English & Lao)
• Strong negotiation, advocacy and consensus-building skills
• Strong interpersonal, networking skills
• Ability and willingness to work in a team and to motivate people
• Computer literacy

3. How to apply?
Interested candidates are invited to submit a covering letter explaining how you
meet the requirements together with a comprehensive CV that include at least two
professional referees from different institutions (names and contact details) who
are familiar with the candidate’s qualifications and work experience. Women are
encouraged to apply. Interested candidates should submit their applications online
to mfwglaopdr@gmail.com not later than 18 June 2012. All application documents
will be treated confidentially and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted
for an interview.

For more information on MFWG please refer to our website: www.mfwglaopdr.org