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Prime Minister
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The government has approved
a number of fundamental
issues and bills at its monthly
meeting from April 23-25, for
submission to the National
Assembly.
National Assembly
members will debate the issues
and bills at the June session.
Chaired by Prime Minister
Thongsing Thammavong, the
meeting approved a report
concerning progress made
under the socio-economic
development and state budget
plans over the past six months,
and set plans for the next six
months and the 2012-13 fscal
year.
The meeting also approved
in principle a draft Law on
Extradition and draft amended
legislation on service fees,
but the sectors involved
were asked to improve the
documents based on the
recommendations of cabinet
members.
The meeting participants
also agreed in principle with
the fndings of a study on
an increase in salaries and
allowances for civil servants,
to keep pace with economic
growth and enable government
offcials to cope with the rising
cost of living and infation.
Cabinet members also
discussed measures to realise
the Resolution of the Politburo
regarding the building
of provinces as strategic
units, districts as units of
comprehensive strength, and
villages as development units.
The government is
expected to launch a pilot
HANOI (Viet Nam News) --
The Vietnam-Laos relationship
is an invaluable asset of the
two nations which should be
upheld and passed to future
generations, said Vietnamese
Party General Secretary
Nguyen Phu Trong.
He made the comments
at a meeting with Lao
National Assembly President
Pany Yathortou in Hanoi
on Wednesday. The Lao
NA president was in the
Vietnamese capital to attend
a conference on relations
between the Vietnam and Laos
National Assemblies.
Trong affrmed that the
conference was one of the
important events of the year,
which has been designated as
the Vietnam-Laos Friendship
Year, and a vivid manifestation
of the special solidarity
between the two countries.
He said he believed the
Lao people would continue
to gain greater achievements
in the renewal process and
successfully implement the
Resolution of the 9th Party
Congress and its fve-year
socio-economic development
plan.
Trong also said he
expected the two legislative
bodies would continue
to work closely, increase
information and experience
laos, Vietnam promote
special solidarity
Lao National Assembly President Pany Yathortou on Wednesday
meets Vietnamese Party leader Nguyen Phu Trong (right) in
Hanoi. Photo Viet Nam News
sharing, and contribute to
deepening the two countries
traditional friendship and
special solidarity. Ms Pany
said the Lao NA would work
closely with its Vietnamese
counterpart in implementing
the signed agreements.
President Truong Tan Sang
also held a separate reception
for the Lao lawmaker,
during which he lauded her
contribution to fostering ties
between the two countries.
He also said Vietnam would
be ready to support Laos in
successfully organising the 7th
Asia-Europe Parliamentary
Partnership Meeting (ASEP 7)
from October 3-4 in Vientiane
and the 9th Asia-Europe
Meeting (ASEM 9) Summit to
be held in Laos in November.
On the same day, Prime
Minister Nguyen Tan Dung
met with Ms Pany. During the
meeting he said Vietnam and
Laos should further strengthen
their comprehensive
cooperation, especially in
economics, investment and
education and training to usher
in new development steps in
the relationship between the
two countries.
Ms Pany said the recent
cooperation between the two
countries continued to see
positive results, especially
in economic felds. She
also noted that Vietnamese
enterprises operating in
Laos have contributed to the
countrys economic growth
and social security.
She stressed the Lao
government will create the
best conditions for Vietnamese
enterprises to invest and do
business in the country, for
the beneft and development
of both nations.
She said she hoped Vietnam
would share experiences in
socio-economic development
with Laos, especially in
economic management,
poverty reduction, foreign
investment attraction and
infrastructure development.
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The mercury hit 39C in
Vientiane yesterday, recorded
as the hottest day this year,
according to the Meteorology
and Hydrology Department.
The department forecasts
that temperatures in the capital
could soar to as high as 40C
next week, with hot weather
affecting northern and central
areas of Laos. The department
told Vientiane Times yesterday
that temperatures in some
parts of Laos could reach their
highest level in 10 years.
Deputy Head of the
Weather Forecasting
Aeronautical Division, Mr
Bounterm Sisouphanthong,
said the highest temperature
recorded in Laos so far this year
was 39.5C in Luang Prabang
province. But the province
could see temperatures exceed
40C next week.
The highest temperature
recorded in Laos in the last 10
years was also reported in Luang
Prabang province at 42C, in
2003. In Vientiane, the highest
temperature recorded in the last
10 years was 40.5C.
Last year, the highest
temperature recorded in Laos
was 39.5C in Xekong province,
and in 2010 it was 41.3C in
Luang Prabang province.
Doctors recently warned
people to be on the alert to
prevent diarrhoea and other
health problems that typically
occur in times of hot weather.
The Hydrology Department
warned that summer storms
will continue to strike Laos at
least until the end of this month.
Recent storms have blown
off the roofs of hundreds of
houses, and damaged schools,
crops and electricity cables,
as well as other personal and
public property, with whole
trees being uprooted in some
provinces.
In Vientianes Xaythany
district, the roofs of more than
150 houses were blown off in
high winds
In March, a storm
destroyed houses and other
property worth 7 billion kip in
Sing district and 200 million
kip in Nalae district, in Luang
Namtha province.
Summer storms bring
swirling winds and heavy
rainfall. They develop quickly
and take people unawares, so
everyone should be alert to the
possibility of a sudden squall.
Overloading the electricity
grid is leading to power
shortages and brown-outs.
Local residents have also been
affected by water shortages
this summer.
The heat has also led to fre
outbreaks in Vientiane, and
the authorities have warned
local residents, government
offces and businesses to be
on their guard.
The Vientiane Fire
Department is running a
campaign to encourage people
to replace old or faulty electrical
equipment, to help prevent
fres. Hotels, guesthouses,
restaurants and entertainment
venues have also been urged
to have their own fre fghting
equipment on site, and to train
their staff to tackle a fre in the
event of an emergency.
Laos wilts as temperatures soar
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Laos is moving closer to
graduating from the list of
Least Developed Countries,
with the aim of reducing the
poverty rate to less than 10
percent of the population by
2015.
Vice President of the
National Leading Committee
for Rural Development
and Poverty Eradication
(NLCRDPE), Mr Savang
Sihavong, made the comment
during a meeting held in
Vientiane yesterday to
disseminate the decree on
poverty and development
standards.
The decree states that
people in rural areas who
earn less than 180,000 kip
per month will be classified
as poor, while in urban areas
people earning less than
240,000 kip per month are
considered to be living in
Laos moves closer to
development goals
Clean water supplied by the European Union in Phongsaly province is an important contribution to
development and improving villagers living standards.
poverty.
A village is classifed as
poor if more than 50 percent
of its inhabitants have no
access to a primary school,
medical kit or pharmacy, have
no clean water for daily use,
and no road access.
A district is classifed as
poor if more than 51 percent of
its villages are so classifed.
On average, annual per
capita income in 2009 was
5.2 million kip. The target for
2015 is 7.6 million kip.
The meeting was attended
by participants from every
province, who shared their
ideas and experiences in the
feld of poverty eradication.
A survey conducted last
year by NLCRDPE showed
there were a total of 1,053,337
families, 8,654 villages and
143 districts nationwide. Of
these, 198,678 families are
classifed as poor and 3,175
villages are so classifed.
But nationwide the number
of poor families fell from 20.4
percent in 2002-2003 to 18.80
percent in 2011.
Mr Savang said village
development groups will
continue to be set up and
should involve more than 50
percent of all villages.
From 2012-2015, there will
be an emphasis on developing
large villages into small towns
in rural areas.
In line with the Millennium
Development Goals, offcials
nationwide are working
hard to boost agricultural
production and animal
husbandry so that more people
have suffcient food for sale
and consumption.
The government will also
improve infrastructure in
rural areas, particularly the
construction and maintenance
of roads, expansion of
telecommunications, and
access to electricity.
Khamphone Syvongxay
The Vientiane Public Works
and Transport Department is
cooperating with various Lao
and international partners
to improve drainage in the
capital, with a view to better
environmental protection.
Offcials from Lao
government agencies and
international partners
including the Kristianstad
University Sweden (HKR)
and Climate and Development
Knowledge Network
(CDKN) gathered yesterday
in Vientiane to discuss how
to integrate sustainable
urban drainage, resource-
based sanitation, biogas
and food security, under the
CITYBLUES project.
The inception workshop
was intended to initiate
problem solving with a
focusing on systematic
thinking and taking a birds
eye view of the different
cross-sectoral challenges and
opportunities.
The starting point for
this focus was the critical
situation surrounding the poor
state of the water quality of
Vientianes food-protection
drainage channels.
The workshops second
project is to discuss the
available technologies,
advantages and limitations,
identify the points of resistance
and areas that require
clarifcation or quantifcation
before a change in approach
can be considered, and to
establish a framework for
proposals.
The fnal workshop will
fnalise research platforms,
work packages and the
implementation framework,
and the fnancing strategy or
proposals.
CITYBLUES explores and
tests practical strategies that are
presently considered outside
institutionally accepted ones,
to protect Vientianes aquatic
resources, and supports green
development.
The objective is to turn
what is otherwise viewed as
institution-specifc problems
into a unifed resource-based
path to prosperity, adapted
to climate change challenges
and achievable with current
technologies.
The CITYBLUES project
creates a thought-provoking
dialogue amongst policy
makers, practitioners and
scientists to outline phase 1 and
then tests and adjusts phase 2
cross-sectoral interventions.
Phase 1 involves scoping
the integration of Sustainable
Urban Drainage, Resource-
based Sanitation, Biogas and
Food Security, from February
to June 2012, co-fnanced by
CDKN and HKR. Phase 2
involves testing the integration
of these areas, with their
initiation and duration subject
to funding start and scope.
Vientianes economy will
see rapid growth and the city
will double in size from 2020-
2030. We will be confronted
with many challenges in
developing Vientiane into a
clean and civilised city, said
the Deputy Director of the
Vientiane Public Works and
Transport Department, Mr
Nouanta Hompathoum.
Vientiane is rich in water
resources, so it necessary to
manage the water system,
especially drainage, for
environmental protection, and
to protect water quality, he
said.
Environmental protection
is an important issue to which
everyone should contribute and
take on personal responsibility
for garbage management.
Garbage and other waste
materials should be used to
produce renewable energy,
without throwing anything
away.
Fish caught in drains and
irrigation channels pose a
health risk to the people who
eat them because of the dirty
water they live in. Their sale
in markets is a public health
hazard.
Experts debate better water
management in Vientiane
One of the many waterways in Vientiane that require better
management.
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Investment in the Savan-
Seno Special Economic
Zone (SSEZ) is booming,
with more than 30 companies
having registered to operate
in the zone, 11 of which are
Lao-owned.
The authoritys Vice
Governor, Mr Thongsay
Sayavongkhamdy, told local
media after the official
opening of the C area
(Savan Park) at the SSEZ
on November 2011 that
investment was booming in
the area because Laos was
promoting and attracting
investment in various ways.
He said a glass
manufacturer from France
Investment in Savan-Seno economic zone booms
had recently signed a contract
to build a factory in the zone
to produce glass products
to sell to international
markets. The factory is
expected to be built within
18 months.
Mr Thongsay said the
SSEZ is currently focusing
on acquiring the necessary
manpower and officials
would soon go to five villages
in Kaysone Phomvihane
district to look for 25
people with the potential to
train overseas in the use of
modern technology. They
would then come back to
Laos to train others here.
Initially, the factory needs
200-300 workers and is
expected to hire more in the
future.
Savannakhet province
is preparing to set up an
Industry Labour Committee
which will ask all sectors at
the provincial and district
levels to supply the necessary
manpower for the needs of
investment projects.
So far, 34 companies
have registered to operate in
the SSEZ, including 11 from
Laos, four from Malaysia,
two from Chinas Hong
Kong, and two from Japan.
The development of the
A and D areas is ongoing,
as is the development of
the B area, for which five
companies have registered.
Mr Thongsay called on
everyone in the province to
broaden their outlook and
knowledge, so they were in
a position to benefit from
investment projects.
Savan Park Company
General Manager Mr Thi Chi
Seng said the development
of the C area is now entering
the second phase on the 65
hectare site and is set for
completion by the end of
2012.
Road building is also
underway, along with the
installation of electricity and
water connections.
A total of 28 companies
have registered to build
factories and go into
production, with an
investment value of more
than US$40 million.
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Borikhamxay province of
Laos and Nghe An province
of Vietnam have almost
completed the demarcation of
their common border, placing
33 border markers with
another 10 to go.
The fourth meeting of
the Joint Commissions of
Border Demarcation between
Borikhamxay and Nghe
An provinces was held in
Borikhamxay on Wednesday,
to review the overall progress
of the border demarcation
Laos, Vietnam make progress
in border demarcation
plan.
Head of the Borikhamxay
provincial Joint Commission
of Border Demarcation,
Lieutenant Colonel Bounlam
Sanayha, and his Vietnamese
counterparts attended the
meeting. The two commissions
agreed to address any
remaining boundary issues
in order to expedite the
demarcation process.
The joint commissions are
set to conduct a survey to place
another six border markers
between May and December
this year.
project concerning this
initiative at the end of this
year.
Prime Minister Thongsing
emphasised focus areas that
need to be addressed in May,
including public security,
stable growth of the economy,
debt settlement, and illegal
migration.
The relevant sectors need
to encourage the general
public to participate in
maintaining public security
and order by working
closely at the grassroots
level to address crimes such
as robbery, and drug use and
trafficking.
The Ministry of
Agriculture and Forestry
and the Ministry of Industry
and Commerce were urged
to continue to push for high
crop yields this dry season,
with a view to greater
commercial productivity.
The government agreed
that the Ministry of Finance
would continue to pay
debts owed to infrastructure
projects, particularly those
affected by last years
flooding, based on the
approved government
budget.
The government urged
the relevant sectors to
investigate illegal migration
by Lao nationals to foreign
countries, as part of efforts
to minimise human
trafficking.
The government also
called for the relevant sectors
to urgently register foreign
labourers in Laos, while
addressing illegal trading
by foreign nationals in the
country.
The government urged
the Ministry of Education
and Sports to ensure good
standards of education
and transparency in the
examination process, so that
students could progress to a
higher level.
Prime Minister
Thongsing called for the
relevant sectors to ensure
Laos is ready to join the
World Trade Organisation.
He also called on the
bodies concerned to ensure
Laos is fully prepared to
host the 9th ASEM Summit
in November, as well as hold
activities to mark the 50th
anniversary of diplomatic ties
between Laos and Vietnam
and the 35th anniversary of
the two countries friendship
and cooperation treaty.
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Khamphone Syvongxay
More than 350 representatives
from various government
agencies and international
organisations, diplomatic staff,
businesspeople and students
gathered at the International
Cooperation Training Centre
in Vientiane yesterday to
celebrate World Intellectual
Property Day.
World Intellectual Property
Day occurs every year on April
26. This year the theme was
that if those with constructive
ideas or inventions are able
to succeed it will change our
lives for the better.
The objective of the day
was to raise awareness of the
norms of intellectual property
throughout the world, and
how the system is supposed
to promote ingenuity by
protecting the commercial
rights of musicians, artists,
inventors and other innovative
people or companies.
Intellectual property rights
confer upon the innovator
exclusive rights to extract
commercial beneft from their
idea, invention or discovery,
which is considered just
reward for their endeavours to
develop something new.
Minister of Science
and Technology Prof. Dr
Boviengkham Vongdara gave
a speech to mark the day. He
said the sphere of intellectual
property continues to expand
in Laos, and it is an ongoing
effort to put management and
enforcement procedures in
place from the central to local
levels.
We are coordinating with
various entities to promote
Laos marks World Intellectual
property day
Products on display on World Intellectual Property Day in Vientiane.
awareness about intellectual
property through education
programmes, explain how it
rewards constructive ideas and
also the need to comply with
global intellectual property
norms, he said.
International organisations
are providing assistance to
Laos, Prof. Dr Boviengkham
said, providing computer
equipment and training
staff so that the country can
better promote and regulate
intellectual property rights.
The Ministry of Science and
Technology was responsible
for developing and drafting the
Law on Intellectual Property
in Laos, he said, which is now
in force.
Laos has more than
25,000 registered industrial
product patents protected
under domestic law. It has
also acknowledged 120
overseas patent rights and
taken measures to penalise
copyright violations on over
60 occasions.
Intellectual property
rights are supposed to protect
inventors from having others
copy their inventions or designs
without having invested the
time, energy or money the
innovator did, and proponents
say it leads to socio-economic
development by creating a
more entrepreneurial society.
Protecting domestic
invention and innovation
will be key to fostering the
development of an industrial
and manufacturing base in
Laos, which will further
economic development and
see the country become less
reliant on agricultural and
extractive industries.
However, state
management in the
intellectual property sector is
still lacking in many areas,
Prof. Dr Boviengkham said,
particularly in relation to the
violation of the Intellectual
Property Law and the
production of substandard or
falsely labeled goods.
Deputy Minister of Science
and Technology Mr Houmphan
Inthalath and a representative
of the US Embassy to Laos Mr
Matt Younger also delivered
speeches at the event.
Those in attendance also
watched plays performed
to draw attention to various
recognised brands and
browsed an exhibition where
the products and inventions
of various businesses and
education institutes were on
display.
Phonsavanh Vongsay
The Lao Indochina Group
Public Company Tapioca
Factory will run a test on
tapioca production using
biogas to fuel the process in
the next three or four months,
after the trial was delayed at
the end of last year.
The biogas trial was
postponed because the biogas
plant, the frst in Laos, being
built in Pakngum district,
Vientiane, was not completed
on schedule after three months
of heavy rain last year slowed
construction.
Construction of the
plant is now about 85
percent complete and we
will conduct a trial run using
biogas in July or August,
Company Chairman
Sengmaly Sengvatthana said
in an interview at a recent Pi
Mai Lao ceremony.
We expect to begin using
biogas in the manufacture of
tapioca powder during our new
production season this year, in
October, Mr Sengmaly said.
The biogas will replace the
use of coal, and will help to
reduce air pollution.
He said the use of biogas
will create a stable heat for
powder production and will
also help to improve the
quality of the powder. Using
coal, the heat produced
Tapioca factory to use biogas as fuel
is not stable; sometimes
insufficient heat is produced,
which affects the quality of
the end product.
For example, it we want
to end up with 100 tonnes of
powder we may only get 80
tonnes because of the unstable
heat obtained from burning
coal, he said. So in the
future we will stop using coal,
as we consume many tonnes
each year.
Mr Sengmaly said he plans
to stop using charcoal as a fuel
source for the factory because
it creates pollution and its
price fuctuates too wildly.
The biogas is smoke free so it
has no negative impact on the
environment.
The use of biogas will not
create air pollution because
the company will use the
wastewater from powder
production as a source for
biogas production. Then we
will be able to use the treated
water to farm fsh in the
future, he said.
The Thai Biogas Energy
Co Ltd has made an initial
investment of about 33.8
billion kip (US$4 million)
in the biogas plant and will
operate it for 15 years, after
which time ownership will
revert to the Lao Indochina
Group. Gas produced by the
plant will be sold only to the
groups tapioca factory.
The project achieves two
goals. Firstly, it provides a clean
energy source and secondly
it resolves the problem of
foul odours emanating from
the wastewater treatment
reservoirs at the factory.
Wastewater storage ponds under construction last year for biogas production.
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LOGISTICIAN
Mdecins du Monde (MdM) is a non-proft association registered in France since
1980 as a humanitarian association offcially recognized to serve public purposes.
For 30 years Mdecins du Monde has been involved in: (1) treating the most vulnerable
populations, (2) bearing witness to obstacles encountered to health care access and
(3) obtaining sustainable improvements to health policies and medical practices so
as to attain equal access to health care for all.
MdM is currently working on a Pilot safe motherhood program in Champassak
province, Lao PDR. The overall objective of the program is to contribute in reducing
maternal and newborn morbidity and mortality in the targeted districts in Champassak
province.
For that purpose, MdM is looking for a Logistician for the project in Pakse.
Major duties are:
Management and maintenance of MDM buildings;
Planning and implementing vehicles maintenance including supervision of
drivers;
Management of the supplies and procurement according to MdM procedures;
Management of light rehabilitation in Health Centres;
Set up monthly vehicles planning;
Coordinating logistical needs with the medical team;
Monitoring fuel consumption / Reports;
Management of cash holdings for purchases and certain payments, according to
the program advance system;
Compiling and maintaining inventory records.
Skills and Qualifcations required are:
Professional experience in a technical area
Previous work experience with international organizations
Good organisation skills
Very good level of spoken and written English; French is an asset
Computer literate, especially Excel
Readiness to live in Pakse
Detailed job description is available on: http://www.directoryofngos.org/ or upon
request to: genco.laos@medecinsdumonde.net
Qualifed candidates are invited to submit their application sending a cover letter
and comprehensive CV in English, including contact details of 3 professional
referees.
Please send your application to: genco.laos@medecinsdumonde.net before
Friday 4th of May 2012.
Only short-listed candidates for interviews will be notifed.
Bounfaeng Phaymanivong
Leading mobile phone maker Nokia
yesterday unveiled an affordable
new dual SIM touch phone now
available in Laos - the Nokia Asha
202 - aiming to provide a high
quality, multi-functional phone at a
low price.
To begin with, we hope to sell
at least 1,000 phones from the date
of its announcement. But we are
not limited to this we might sell
hundred of thousands of phones,
said General Manager of Nokia
for Cambodia and Laos, Mr Jerry
Manus.
He said the new touch phone
offers a variety of functions and
choices for users which will allow
them to save time and money.
Nokia launches new
multifunctional touch phone
Mr Jerry Manus talks about the Nokia Asha 202 in Vientiane.
The Nokia Asha 202 allows
users to connect directly with
various internet-based applications,
including social networking sites
such as Facebook and email, along
with many other functions. It also
comes with 40 fun games to play,
which are built in free of charge.
This phone stands out because
it includes the combination of a
traditional keypad with a 2.4 inch
touch screen, which is ideal for
browsing, scrolling and opening web
based applications.
Customers will enjoy a fast and
affordable internet experience via
Nokias cloud-accelerated Nokia
browser, which makes internet
content easy to discover with its
localised and personalised home
page design and portal to thousands
of web applications, Mr Manus
said.
He noted that the Nokia Asha
202 is designed for modern trends
in communication, such as sharing
information, pictures and video via
SMS, as well as social networking
and e-mail.
As a leading mobile phone
manufacturer in Laos, we are
optimistic that the multi-functions
of the touchscreen phone will
impress users in terms of its lower
cost, social network connectivity
and ability to chat with friends,
he added.
The Nokia Asha 202 retails for
US$84 (about 600,000 kip), with
customers having the choice of black,
silver, white, dark red, dark grey, and
golden white.
Savannakhet certifes another village as a
cultural model
About 450 residents of Sivilay village in Atsaphangthong district,
Savannakhet province, gathered this week to celebrate the naming of
their village as a model of culture.
A ceremony to confer the title took place in the village and was
attended by the districts Lao Front for National Constructions
President Mr Bounket Homphamalay. He and provincial Information,
Culture and Tourism offcials cut a ribbon and struck a gong in
recognition of the villages new status.
Sivilay village is home to 449 people in 77 families, most of whom
are farmers. So far, 11 villages in the district have been declared
models of culture. The district authorities plan to confer the title on
two more villages soon. Thirteen villages in the district have also
been declared drug-free communities.
Saravan marks 51st anniversary of Lao Public
Security Force
More than 300 Saravan authority offcials and others recently gathered
to celebrate the 51st anniversary of the founding of the Lao Public
Security Force (April 5, 1961-2012).
A senior offcial briefed attendees on security work conducted over
the past 50 years as well as future plans.
He said the provincial authority, administration offces and sectors at
all levels should raise awareness of the security forces role in socio-
economic development.
The most important task of the security force is to raise its standards,
so offcials can meet the needs of people across the country.
The Lao Peoples Revolutionary Party was established on March 22,
1955, at a time when the nation had many powerful enemies. The
security force was established to protect revolutionary leaders from
enemy attacks while they moved around the country.
Champassak to distribute assistance to food-
affected areas
Champassak provincial Labour and Social Welfare Department
recently announced an invitation to tender for transport companies
interested in distributing food aid to areas affected by last years
foods. Department Deputy Director Mr Chanthong Thipvongxay said
the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare had a budget of 19 billion
kip to help food-affected households around the country.
Mr Chanthong said Champassak province had received 2.8 billion
from the ministry for the purchase of rice, hardware, clothing and
other essentials.
Vientiane Times 5
Highlights from the Lao papers
Police arrest
amphetamine dealer
Special police offcers
recently cooperated
with traffc police in
Sikhottabong district to
arrest Mr Duangchai,
whom they discovered
with amphetamines in his
possession. A police offcer
said Mr Duangchai, 23,
of Nongniew village in
Sikhottabong district was
known to police and had
previously been given a one
year prison sentence for theft.
After he was released
in 2011 he began to sell
amphetamines, according
to a report from village
authorities. In February
Mr Duangchai bought
amphetamines in Nongniew
village to sell to others in the
community. On his travels,
traffc police stopped and
searched him and found 403
amphetamine tablets in his
possession. Mr Duangchai
was sent to the drug
control unit pending further
investigations.
--Khuamsangob Weekly,
April 16-20
Two dead in luang
Prabang road accidents
over Lao New Year
Two people died and 43
others were injured in road
accidents in Luang Prabang
province over Lao New Year.
According to statistics from
the provincial Traffc Police
Department, there were 20
road accidents throughout
the province during the seven
days from April 11-17.
Most of the victims were
students and the primary
causes of the accidents were
speeding and drink-driving.
There were accidents in eight
districts, with Luang Prabang
recording the highest number
of injuries at 23.
--Socio-Economic Daily,
April 24
Work begins on Ho Chi
Minh memorial
The construction of a
memorial to President Ho Chi
Minh has begun in Xiengvang
village, Nongbok district, in
Khammuan province.
A recent ground-breaking
ceremony was attended
by Khammuan provincial
Deputy Governor Mr
Somchay Phetsinuon; Mr
Souvandy Sysavath, who
is in charge of the Kaysone
Phomvihane Museum; and
the Director of Vietnams
Ho Chi Minh Museum, Mr
Chu Duc Tnh. The event
was a joint collaboration
between the Ho Chi Minh
Museum in Vietnam and
the Kaysone Phomvihane
Museum of Laos. Speaking at
the ceremony, Mr Souvandy
said although President Ho
Chi Minh has long since
passed away, his goodness
and supreme revolutionary
spirit are still in the minds of
the peace-loving people of
Vietnam and Laos.
He said President Ho Chi
Minh was a great leader
of both the Vietnamese
and Lao people, and the
construction project aimed to
commemorate and pay tribute
to his great contributions to
the revolutionary movement
in Vietnam and Laos.
Mr Chu Duc Tinh said the
memorial will be built on a
1.5 hectare site at a cost of
35 billion Vietnamese dong,
funded with non-refundable
grant aid from the Vietnamese
government. It includes a
memorial and a museum
dedicated to the revolutionary
life of President Ho Chi Minh
as well as his contribution to
the special relations between
Vietnam and Laos.
The buildings are expected
to be completed within one
year to mark the 122nd
anniversary of the birth of
President Ho Chi Minh and
Laos-Vietnam Friendship
Year 2012.
--Pathetlao Daily, April 23
Man arrested for
stealing money from
gas station
A man who stole money
from a 24 hour gas station
in Phangheng village
of Naxaithong district,
Vientiane, was arrested after
he crashed his motorbike into
a pile of soil while trying to
escape.
The incident happened
at around 3am on March
25 when a man rode his
motorbike into the service
station to fll up with fuel.
The man then walked into
the offce and grabbed some
money and a bag. Ms Noi, the
attendant on duty, woke up at
this stage, but he threatened
her before feeing the station.
Police were able to track
down and arrest a man
identifed as Mr Phonpaseth,
40, of Vat Chan village in
Chanthabouly district.
Mr Phonpaseth told police
before the incident he had
borrowed 420,000 kip from
his daughter and gone to the
Nokkeo resort in Elai Neua
village, Naxaithong district.
When he came back, he
stopped in Phangheng village
to fll up with fuel. He tried
to wake the attendant but she
didnt stir so he decided to steal
the money and escape.
Mr Phonpaseth said he rode his
motorbike away from the scene
at high speed. He then crashed
into a pile of soil, knocking
himself unconscious. When he
woke up, he was in hospital.
Mr Phonpaseth was charged
with theft and will be given
a prison sentence. Police
recovered the stolen items and
returned them to the owner.
--Khuamsangob Weekly,
April 2-6
Xieng Khuang police
arrest four arms
dealers
Xieng Khuang provincial
police arrested four people on
suspicion of being involved in
the weapons trade.
Provincial police recently
assigned a special unit to
solve incidences of political
unrest in Sanluang focal area
of Khoun district and Nam
Siem focal area of Phaxay
district. After the raid, police
arrested four people for arms
trading. They confscated
10 kinds of weapon, and a
large amount of ammunition
including 400 rounds of M79
ammunition, 68 mortar rounds
and other munitions. Police
handed over the confscated
items to the provincial army
headquarters.
--Khuamsangob Weekly, April
16-20
Savannakhet eyes GDP
growth of 11 percent
Although Savannakhet
province has faced various
challenges over the past
year, it has still been able
to maintain political and
economic stability.
Despite being hit by fooding
and the fow-on effects of the
global fnancial slowdown,
the economy has continued
to grow, contributing to
development in the education,
health and social sectors.
Provincial Deputy
Governor Mr Kaysone
Khounlatsouvanh said that
in 2011-2012, the province
is eyeing 11 percent GDP
growth, which is a little less
than originally hoped for due
to the effects of fooding.
The agricultural sector grew
by 7.43 percent, industry
grew by 17.56 percent, and
the service sector by 16.31
percent. The average income
per capita in the province is
now about US$1,000.
This years revenue collection
is expected to exceed 845
billion kip while the value
of exports is expected to
exceed US$1 billion kip, with
imports estimated to be worth
around US$400 million.
In terms of business ventures,
there are currently 234 state-
funded projects worth 66
billion kip and 114 foreign
investment projects.
The province plans to
continue to assist farmers to
harvest their dry rice season
and prepare to plant their
wet season rice, promote
livestock breeding, and also
the one district, one product
initiative. They also plan to
encourage more economic
development and create
special economic zones by
allocating land for investment
and relocating people from
potential construction sites to
attract more investors to the
province.
--Socio-Economic Daily,
April 24
Three men arrested for
motorbike theft
Three men have been
arrested after unsuccessfully
attempting to steal a
motorbike in Nakham village,
Sikhottabong district.
The men were identifed as
Mr Addy, Mr Ae and Mr
King, all from Pakthang
village in Sikhottabong
district. During police
questioning, Mr Addy said
he colluded with Mr Ae and
Mr King to steal motorbikes in
Vientiane and sell them on to
fencing operations.
He said after receiving payment
for the stolen bikes, the group
split up the money between the
three of them.
Mr Addy said they would
ride around and if they saw a
motorbike parked outside a
house, they would try to steal
it. They often used sets of
keys to open the locks and
sometimes bolt cutters to cut
the locks, typically taking
only two minutes to steal a
bike. They would often move
around and rent rooms in
different areas to avoid the
scrutiny of the police. Police
have so far been able to
recover some of the bikes and
return them to their owners.
--Khuamsangob Weekly,
April 16-20
Friday April 27, 2012 Home news
VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT FOR
Assistant to Project Manger
Project Title: Second National Communication on Climate Change (SNC)
Position Title: Assistant to Project Manager
Funding: Project number 00048165
Location: Climate Change Ofce, DoE, MONRE, Vientiane, Lao PDR
Duration of Appointment: 3 months
Expected Starting Date: As soon as possible
1. Background
UNDP is supporting the Government of Lao PDR to develop both their Second National Communication
(SNC) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the National
Climate Change Strategy for Lao PDR.
2. Overall duties and responsibilities
Overall responsibilities
- The APM will assist the project manager (PM) to run the project on a day-to-day basis on behalf of
the SNC Project Board within the constraints laid down by the Board.
- The APMs major responsibility is to support WREA and the PM to ensure that the project produces
the results specifed in the Annual Work Plan (AWP) to the required standard of quality and within
the specifed constraints of time and funds.
Overall project management
- Provide assistance and support to the project team, Working Groups, and International Technical
Advisor in the development of project activities.
- Provide comprehensive support to the implementation of the project work plan.
Project planning
- Prepare plans on an annual and quarterly basis in close coordination with the PM, technical
working groups, and the UNDP Environment Unit manager / Programme Analyst responsible for
this project.
Project monitoring
- Plan and engage in project monitoring and evaluation activities, including the identifcation of
risks, issues and lessons learned on a monthly basis.
Project reporting
- Support the PM to report regularly to the national project director (NPD), technical working
groups and the Project Board.
3. Expected results
High quality support, advice and substantial technical, administrative and logistical assistance to
the PM. Project implementation on track. Deliverables may include (but are not limited to): required
project reports, work plans, presentations, result based management logs, minutes of meetings and
recommendations.
4. Qualifcations
- A bachelor or masters degree in Environmental Economics, Policy, Climate Change Science,
Project Management or related social science felds
- A minimum of seven (5) years of work experience in strategy formulation and management, and
advisory capacity in the area of climate change or related felds.
- Proven professional experience and sound technical knowledge on climate change.
- Experience in the development of greenhouse gas inventories, and vulnerability and adaptation
analysis preferred.
- Track record of successful capacity building and institutional strengthening activities with the
public sector.
- Experience in externally-funded development projects and working in teams.
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and positive attitude towards working with
national
Detailed job description (TOR) available at: http://www.undplao.org.
Please send detailed CV along with a letter of interest by 05 May, 2012 to:
Department of Environment, MONRE Email: min999.mini@gmail.com and inthaboualy@hotmail.com
Telephone/Fax (856 21) 254350, 020-56336662, 020-55629734
Female candidates are encouraged to apply
Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interview
Nam Ngiep 1 Power Project
(Kansai Electric Power Co.,Inc)
Job Opportunity/Vacancy Announcement
Nam Ngiep 1 Power Project NNP1 is a project, which develops,
fnances, constructs, owns and operates the Nam Ngiep 1 hydro-electric
power generation facility located on the Nam Ngiep river in the Lao
PDR.
NNP1 is currently seeking suitable candidates for 1 full time position.
(Job title) Civil Engineer
(Main Duties)
- Explaining plans of civil engineering works to central and local
authorities
- Quality control and supervising civil engineering works at construction
sites as an owners position including site inspection and documentation
check
- Preparing bid documents, such as drawing or technical specifcations,
for civil engineering works such as road constructions
- Negotiating with contractors for civil engineering works
- Designing and Making drawings of civil engineering structures
(Professional Background and Qualifcations)
- Bachelor degree
- 5 or more years experience in the related feld
- Good knowledge of civil engineering works
- Good computer skills especially Microsoft Excel, Word and Auto CAD
- Good interpersonal and organization skills
- Fluent in English (spoken and written)
- Driving license for car
Qualifed candidates should submit an application form (available at
NNP1 Vientiane offce), CV and letter of motivation addressing the above
elements to:
Nam Ngiep 1 Power Project(Kansai Electric Power Co.,Inc)
Ban Sibounheuang, Unit 25 Chanthabouly Dist,
Vientiane Cap., Lao PDR.
Tel: (021) 265-185, Fax: (021) 265-186
Email: namngiep1.nnp1@yahoo.com
Closing date: 10 May 2012
Note that only short listed candidates will be contacted for interview
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VaCaNCy aNNOUNCEMENT
Programme Assistant_SRH (GS-5) Post No. 4134
The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) is the worlds largest international source of population assistance. UNFPAprovides
support to improve health through reproductive health and maternal health services, to achieve gender equality and to formulate/
implement population policies and strategies in support of sustainable development.
UNFPAin the Lao PDR is seeking a qualifed Lao national candidate to fll a staff position of Programme Assistant_SRH.
Under the direct supervision of the National Programme Analyst - SRH/Health Systems Strengthening, the successful candidate will
be responsible for the following duties and responsibilities:
1. As a member of the programme support pool for the SRH team, provide programme and administrative support to all team
members and consultants, in line with the needs and priorities identifed by the team.
2. Assist in following-up with activities and expenditures (FACE) under the projects as needed. Provide programme fnancial
assistance through ATLAS requisitioner and buyer functions; also facilitate audit requirements
3. When required, prepare programme/projects-related correspondence for clearance by the Programme Offcers for the SRH
Coordinators endorsement: carefully check enclosures and addresses and accuracy conformity of statement; screen and submit
in-coming correspondence /documents for the SRH coordinators perusal; draw attention to matters of high priority; timely
distribute correspondence to related team members; and timely follow up with the concerned on the implementation of these
correspondence
4. Assist the Team in following up with the projects activities, other agencies on projects-related issues; administrative matters
such as: hotel bookings, transport, printing publications/booklets, workshop arrangements, national and international consultant
recruitment.
5. Draft supporting documents for the issuance of SSAs and sub-contracts and timely payment processing for these contracts.
6. Assist in organising overseas study visit, training course and fellowships under UNFPA-supported as well as under regional
programmes
7. Arrange meetings and take minutes and/or notes at meetings; arrange appointments for Team Members, receive visitors, place
and screen telephone calls, respond to routine requests for programme and project information and assist in making travel
arrangements for Team Members.
8. Carry out specifc operational/control tasks in accordance with instructions received for programme/project implementation.
9. Help retrieving fles and documentation.
10. Collect information, assemble and prepare background materials required by SRH coordinator and Supervisor for briefngs,
meetings, travel on missions, etc; type a wide of materials, proof-read for correctness; translate documents; and may act as an
interpreter for various meetings and during feld trips.
11. Keep lists of names, addresses and telephone numbers of ministers, government offcials and members of the diplomatic corps.
12. Assist in initiating procurement if required.
13. Demonstrate and promote gender sensitive behavior and gender equality within UNFPAand with partners.
14. Undertake any other tasks when required.
The following qualifcations and experience are required:
Bachelors degree in English or administration/management
Minimum of 5 years of secretarial and administrative and clerical/interpreter skills
Core Competencies:
o Values/guiding principles
o Developing people
o Personal leadership and effectiveness
o Building and managing relationships
Functional Competencies:
o Logistical support
o Managing data
o Managing documents, correspondence and reports
o Managing information and workfow
o Planning, organizing and multi-tasking
o Providing fnancial support
o Job knowledge / technical expertise
Fluency in both oral and written English and Laos
Profciency in current offce software applications
The salary for the above position plus other benefts will be in accordance with UN rules and regulations for fxed term staff. All
interested applicants must submit an application letter with a UN standard personal history form, P11, in English to: UNFPAOffce,
Phonesavanh Tai, P.O. Box 345, Vientiane (Tel: 315547, 353048-50) or e-mail to: laos.offce@unfpa.org indicating Application
for Programme Assistant_SRH. Please contact UNFPAoffce to obtain P11 form or download from http://countryoffce.unfpa.org/
lao/. The deadline for application is 04 May 2012.
We will only consider applications with complete P11 attached. UNFPA will only be able to respond to those applicants in whom
UNFPA has a further interest. UNFPA reserves the right to appoint prior to the closing date. UNFPA does not solicit or screen for
information in respect of HIV or AIDS and does not discriminate on the basis of HIV/AIDS status.
Notice: There is no application, processing or other fee at any stage of the application process.
VaCaNCy aNNOUNCEMENT
Programme Analyst (Population and Development) - NOB Post No. 34400
The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) is the worlds largest international source of population assistance. UNFPAprovides
support to improve health through reproductive health and maternal health services, to achieve gender equality and to formulate/
implement population policies and strategies in support of sustainable development.
UNFPA in the Lao PDR is seeking a qualifed Lao national candidate to fll a staff position of programme analyst (population
and Development).
Under the direct supervision of Assistant Representative, the successful candidate will be responsible for the following duties and
responsibilities:
1. Provide technical and management support to the relevant IPs and related partners in planning, development, implementation,
monitoring and evaluation of population related policies and programme interventions
2. Coordinate technical assistance for and provide technical inputs to the conduct of key surveys. Articulate the inter-linkages
between population dynamics, reproductive health and rights, GBV/VAW and the needs of adolescents and young people; and
assess technical assistance for the integration of population variables into development planning
3. Provide substantive inputs to UNFPAs response and advocacy strategies relating to population and development, taking into
account political and social sensitivities.
4. Identify policy issues from data analysis to facilitate policy dialogues and the incorporation of these evidences into national
plans and strategies. Ensure population issues emerged from data analysis, ICPD goals and MDGs are translated into local
interventions, and responsive to Government plans and priorities.
5. Co-ordinate and support UNDAF Outcome 1 working group as co-convener and facilitate inputs to all joint initiatives with
other UN Agencies and Implementing Partners including joint planning, joint missions and joint reporting/reviews.
6. Document good practices and lessons learned from other countries on population related policies and programme interventions
7. Work with the Assistant Representative on upstream policy advice and support the work of other team members. Collaborate with
programme staff of other teams to promote programme coherence and linkages with the programmes on Womens reproductive
health and rights as well as the needs of young people and adolescents
8. Demonstrate and promote gender sensitive behavior and gender equality within UNFPAand with partners.
9. Actively contribute to advancing the ICPD agenda and mainstream gender, human rights, and culture into policy advocacy,
programming, and monitoring and evaluation as appropriate; also contribute to the review on the implementation of ICPD PoA
and developing strategies for way forward to fully achieve ICPD goals
10. Use multi-media approaches for the implementation of population and SRH advocacy strategies.
11. Strengthen capacity of IPs in programme management of UNFPA supported activities for timely and high quality substantive
and fnancial reporting
12. Contribute to the development resource mobilisation strategy by analyzing information on potential donors, preparing
substantive briefs and project proposals in line with donor priorities, creating feedback mechanisms and providing information
on progress of donor funded projects
13. Provide timely feedback to the Assistant Representative and the Management Team of UNFPAon programme implementation,
monitoring and evaluation
14. Implement any other assignments requested by the Supervisor and UNFPAManagement Team.
The following qualifcations and experience are required:
Masters degree in population, demography, and/or population and social development related feld.
At least 5 years of increasingly responsible professional experience in programme/project management in the public or private
sector which demonstrates expertise in the substantive area of work and programme experience.
Experience in policy analysis, policy research with track record of data analytical skills and proven ability to produce
demonstrable results.
Demonstrated ability to network among partners active in supporting development issues.
Good understanding of the Lao PDR Governments population related policies, laws, policy making processes
Field experience would be desirable.
Core Competencies:
o Values/guiding principles
o Developing people
o Personal leadership and effectiveness
o Building and managing relationships
Functional Competencies:
o Advocacy/advancing a policy-oriented agenda
o Result-based programme development and management
o Leveraging the resources of national governments & partners/building strategic alliances and partnerships
o Innovation and marketing of new approaches
o Resource mobilization (programme)
o Job knowledge/technical expertise
Fluency in both oral and written English and Lao
Profciency in current offce software applications. Good writing and presentation skill.
The salary for the above position plus other benefts will be in accordance with UN rules and regulations for fxed term staff. All
interested applicants must submit an application letter with a UN standard personal history form, P11, in English to: UNFPAOffce,
Phonesavanh Tai, P.O. Box 345, Vientiane (Tel: 315547, 353048-50) or e-mail to: laos.offce@unfpa.org indicating Application
for Programme Analyst (Population and Development). Please contact UNFPAoffce to obtain P11 form or download from http://
countryoffce.unfpa.org/lao/. The deadline for application is 04 May 2012.
We will only consider applications with complete P11 attached. UNFPA will only be able to respond to those applicants in whom
UNFPA has a further interest. UNFPA reserves the right to appoint prior to the closing date. UNFPA does not solicit or screen for
information in respect of HIV or AIDS and does not discriminate on the basis of HIV/AIDS status.
Notice: There is no application, processing or other fee at any stage of the application process.
Petrovietnam Oil Lao Companys Chief Executive Offcer Mr Lamphoun Phimphavong (ninth
from left) and company agents present fve motorcycles to the lucky winners of a random prize
draw held in Vientiane on April 26. The lucky winners were Mr Vongvilay Phannolith and Ms
Saengsakda Vanthanouvong from Vientiane, Mr Khamla from Xieng Khuang province, Mr Kan
Phothisen from Savannakhet province, and Mr Sommay Phimmasone, a resident of Borikhamxay
province. Media personnel and other offcials were also in attendance at the event.
An EDL technician repairs a street light on Phonkheng Road in Vientiane, to ensure the capitals
streets are well lit and safe. --Photos Sisouphan
Deputy Governor
of Luang Prabang
province Mr
Saisamone
Khomthavong
(second left) poses
with JICA staff
after taking receipt
of a dump truck
and bulldozer for
use in solid waste
management. The
vehicles were
handed over at a
ceremony held
on Wednesday at
the Cosmo Hotel
in Vientiane, and
were purchased
from the Isuzu
Service Company.
Work progresses at the Vientiane World Trade Centre construction site, where a modern shopping
centre is being built near Khuadin market to provide up to date, convenient amenities while
improving the citys appearance.
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VaCaNCy aNNOUNCEMENT
(Announcement No. 12/30)
Re-advertised
OpEN TO: All interested candidates
POSITION: Shipping Clerk (OBO), FSN-6
OpENING daTE: April 20, 2012
ClOSING daTE: May 4, 2012
WOrK HOUrS: Full-time; 40 hours/week
CONTraCT: Two Years
Salary: Actual salary will be based on the qualifcations of the applicant.
NOTE: THIS IS A LOCAL POSITION. THE SELECTED CANDIDATE WILL COME UNDER LOCAL LABOR LAW,
AND BE PAID ACCORDING TO THE EMBASSYS 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 Shipping Clerk in OBO. The position is temporary, for
two years.
BaSIC fUNCTION Of pOSITION:
The incumbent is responsible for tracking, clearing, and receiving at the Vientiane New Embassy Construction (NEC) Project Site
all diplomatic and commercial shipments intended for use on the project. He/she also assists with resolving any customs clearance
issues and overseeing the progress of local utility installation.
Full position description is available in HR Offce.
QUalIfICaTIONS rEQUIrEd:
1. Education: Completion of Secondary School is required.
2. Prior Work Experience: Two years experience in managing logistics, freight forwarding, and customs clearance for a
major corporation or government entity is required.
3. Language Profciency: Level III (good working knowledge) of English and level IV (fuent) Lao.
4. Knowledge: Must develop knowledge of the Department of State regulations and procedures governing the shipment
of household and personal effects, POV, and other private property, US Embassy Construction Materials, and U.S.
Government property. Must have detailed knowledge of the Lao governments custom clearance, immigration and border
regulations and procedures. Must have knowledge of the abilities, general procedures, and quality of work of local shipping
carriers and transfer companies. Should have knowledge in design and construction practices, preparation of engineering
drawings and specifcation. Must have general knowledge of vehicle operation and safety.
5. Skills and Abilities: Must have a valid Lao drivers license. Must have good organizational and interpersonal skills. Must
be tactful, yet effective, in dealing with host country customs, immigration, border and other offcials, and with offcials
of shipping, packing, and transfer companies, and with US Embassy and other project personnel. Ability to negotiate best
prices and services. Must be a MS Offce package and engineering management software user. Ability to review utility
construction drawings for code compliance.
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, certifcates, awards, copies of degrees earned) that
addresses the qualifcation requirements of the position as listed above.
SUBMIT applICaTION TO
Human Resources Offce
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 Offce for more information. Blank application forms may be picked
up from the cabinet inside the Embassy entrance.
Only shortlisted candidates will be notifed.
ClOSING daTE fOr THIS pOSITION: May 4, 2012
An Equal Opportunity Employer
Region
Finance Director position
Lao Pride Inc. designs and manufactures fnest diamond jewelry in Vientiane, serving American
fne retail stores through our partner Valentina Diamonds Inc., a US based Corporation. We
are currently seeking qualifed applicants for our Finance Director position.
JOB SUMMARY
Reporting to the CEO, the Finance Director oversees all fnancial activities - Planning and
Reporting, Budgeting, Business controls, Taxes - and provides necessary analysis to improve
the decision making process and the proftability of the company.
RESPONSIBILITIES
1. Manage and develop the accounting team, ensure accuracy and timeliness of fnance
and accounting deliverables
2. Reporting: Prepare fnancial reports, including income statements, balance sheets, cash
fows and other fnancial reports required by the CEO or government regulatory agencies.
3. Planning: Lead and support the management team in preparing company budget. Provide
fnancial and cash forecasts.
4. Business analysis: provide performance analysis by product, client etc to improve
decision making process
5. Implement adequate fnancial controls and policies to manage all fnancial transactions:
cash handling, purchases and vendors payments, fxed assets, inventory controls.
6. In conjunction with the CEO, assess the long term fnancial trends and review prospects
for future growth of income. Provide advice and guidance on fnancial strategy and
direction to maximize proftability
7. Liaison with top management to develop and maintain fnancial policies, processes and
systems
8. Ensure Payroll accuracy and provide advice to COO and HR team on compensation and
incentive programs
9. Analyze production costs and propose ways to improve the productivity
KNOWLEDGE AND SKILL REQUIREMENTS
1. Minimum 8-10 years of experience in fnance function with 2-3 years in a similar position
2. Management experience
3. Solid accounting skills, Master or Bachelor degree in Accounting or Business
Administration
4. Strong business acumen, experience in manufacturing environment preferred
5. Good understanding of systems/enterprises dynamics, ability to provide recommendations
beyond the fnance function
6. Microsoft Excel expert, solid knowledge of at least one accounting software (Quickbooks
preferred), database tools profcient
7. English fuency both written and oral, Lao profciency is defnitely a plus
8. Work experience in South East Asia preferred
Interested applicants are invited to send their CV and indicate the reference FD0412:
LAO PRIDE INC., Ban Fai, Nongbone Road, Saysetha District, Vientiane Capital
Tel: 021 452 888, 020 77 910 049 Email: jobs@laoprideinc.com
only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interview
Singapore 7th in study
on 'cashless living
SINGAPORE (The Straits
Times) -- Singapore has
come seventh in a global
study on cashless living,
and second only to South
Korea in Asia. The United
States, Britain and Norway
clinched the top three spots
in the 2011 government
E-Payments Adoption
Ranking study released on
Wednesday. Although the
Republic scored well for its
government-to-citizen and
business-to-government
e-payment systems, it got
relatively low scores for the
availability of ATMs and 3G
networks.
Teachers, performers,
maids top illegal
immigrants in China
CHINA (China Daily)
-- Most illegal immigrants
in China work as foreign
language teachers,
performers or maids,
according to information
released by China's Ministry
of Public Security, the
People's Daily reported
Thursday. The numbers
of foreigners in China has
increased by 10 percent
yearly since 2000, said Yang
Huanning, vice-minister
of Ministry of Public
Security, in a report to the
Standing Committee of
National Peoples Congress
yesterday.
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- The
Supreme Court convicted
Pakistans prime minister of
contempt on Thursday but spared
him a prison term for refusing to
reopen a corruption case against
his boss, the president, leaving
the premier in power but facing
fresh calls to resign.
The ruling against Prime
Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani
added to political uncertainty
and tensions between the
government and the court,
effectively crippling an
administration that has
shown little will to tackle
the economic and security
challenges facing the country.
Thursdays hearing had
been widely anticipated by
opponents of Gilani and
President Asif Ali Zardari,
who were hoping the Supreme
Court would sentence the
prime minister to prison and
order his immediate dismissal
from offce. That would have
triggered a major political
crisis, brought criticism on the
court and could have benefted
Gilani and Zardari electorally
by making them martyrs in the
eyes of their supporters.
Gilani is the longest-serving
prime minister in the history
of Pakistan, where civilian
governments have repeatedly
been toppled by the countrys
powerful military, often with the
support of the Supreme Court,
which critics allege is heavily
politicized. Corruption charges
have routinely been used to
target those in power, or seeking
to return. Gilanis conviction in
a court of law means there are
now grounds to initiate dismissal
proceedings, which involves the
speaker of the parliament and
the election commission.
Pakistans top court convicts
PM of contempt
Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani (centre) makes his way to the Supreme Court for a hearing
in Islamabad, Pakistan, Thursday. --Photo AP
PHNOM PENH (Xinhua)
-- Margareta Wahlstrom, the
Special Representative of
the United Nations Secretary
General for Disaster Risk
Reduction, on Wednesday
concluded her 6-day study visit
in Cambodia on the countrys
food disaster in last year.
Speaking in a press briefng
to conclude the trip, Margareta
described her maiden visit to
Cambodia as very positive
and successful, where she had
met with Cambodian senior
government offcials, food-
affected people, civil society
and development partners to
study the impacts of the 2011
foods and to discuss ways
to better protect Cambodian
communities against weather
related disasters in the medium
and long-term period.
Last year, the country had
suffered the worst fooding from
August to October, leaving
at least 250 people dead
and estimated 1.4 million
people affected. Moreover,
some 3,000 kilometres of
gravel roads and some 180
kilometres of national roads
were damaged, according
to the National Committee
for Disaster Management
(NCDM), estimating an
economic toll of about US$521
million.
Margareta said that the
forecast predicted the country
would suffer from a big food
this year, so to avoid the loss
of lives, the government must
UN disaster reduction chief
ends visit in Cambodia
provide early warning or
advance notice about fooding in
order to enable peoples escape
and prevention measures.
However, Im convinced
that the country will be better
prepared because the issue
is given so much attention
to by the government,
local authorities, and
organizations, she said.
Meanwhile, she said
ASEAN countries are disaster-
prone region, and Cambodia is
the chair of ASEAN this year, so
the UN is committed to working
with Cambodia and other
ASEAN nations to prevent and
reduce disaster risks.
Margareta arrived here last
Friday. During the visit, she
visited Prey Veng province,
where more than 40,600
households were affected by
the foods in 2011.
Margareta Wahlstrom speaks
at the press briefng in Phnom
Penh. --Photo Xinhua
8 Friday April 27, 2012
World
Our mission
To infuence,
encourage & assist
societies throughout
the world to conserve
the integrity & diversity
of nature & to ensure
that any use of
natural resources is
equitable & ecologically
sustainable.
IUCN is a world
leader in developing
knowledge &
understanding
for effective
conservation action.
A unique worldwide
partnership, IUCN
brings together states,
government agencies
& NGO members, &
some 10,000 scientists
& experts from 181
countries in a global
web of networks to
provide a neutral
forum for dialogue &
action on environment
& sustainable
development issues.
url: http://www.iucn.org
IT and Communication Assistant
IUCN Lao PDR Country Offce
IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature is seeking to
recruit a self-motivated and competent staff for the position of IT and
Communication Assistant for IUCN Lao PDR Country Offce based
in Vientiane. This position directly reports to the Administration and
Human Resources Offcer, IUCN Lao PDR and functionally to the
Country Representative, IUCN Lao PDR.
Primary Responsibilities for this position include;
Information Technology (IT) Support
Coordinate and assist the Regional IT Manager implementing IT
policy and regulations.
Install, confgure and upgrade operating systems and software,
using standard business and administrative packages; may
modify specifc applications for use in operational departments.
Install, assemble and confgure computers, monitors, network
infrastructure and peripherals such as printers, scanners and related
hardware; pulls cables and rewires or directs the rewiring of cables as
required for new installations and offce reconfguration.
Troubleshoots problems with computer systems, including
troubleshooting hardware and software, e-mail, network and
peripheral equipment problems; makes repairs and corrections
where required.
Acts as a technical resource in assisting users to resolve problems
with equipment and data; staff a centralized help desk to facilitate
exchange of information and advice; implement solutions or notify
outsource providers as required.
Makes hardware and software acquisition recommendations
including helping users assess needs and providing justifcation
for equipment and services.
Assists in instructing IUCN Laos staff in the use of standard
business and administrative software, including word processing,
spreadsheets and database management; provides instruction or
written documentation where required.
Assists with the planning, design, research and acquisition of new
or upgraded hardware and software systems; maintains current
knowledge of hardware, software and network technology and
recommends modifcations as necessary.
Assist in the development and management of library databases
as required.
Coordinate and provide assistant to the Administration and Human
Resources Offcer on procurement of any IT equipments as per
IUCN Lao procurement policy and processes.
Assist in managing and maintenance the local IUCN Laos
Websites.
Update IT lists and submit to Administration and Human Resources
Offcer for managing the fx asset registration (FAR).
Communication Support
Assist in developing pamphlets, brochures, booklets, publications
and videos etc that will help to convey the work of IUCN to the
general public, and other stakeholders.
Develop visibility materials for awareness raising of the products
of IUCN Lao.
Prepare the press release and newspaper coverage for programme
and/or recognition events.
Requirements:
Bachelors Degree in Computer Science, Management Information
System, or equivalent in related felds;
At least 2 - 3 years of preferred experience in a relevant position,
preferably in an international organization;
Must have thorough Windows/MS Offce, Network Administration
(LAN) knowledge.
Must have thorough knowledge of PC hardware and software.
Advanced support of Microsoft Offce products.
Use of industry standard hardware/software (Experience in
Exchange server & Active Directory is an advantage);
Good command in written and spoken English is essential;
Ability to work effectively with diverse multicultural and
multidisciplinary teams; and
This position is open for Lao Nationals only and is for the initial contract
for a period of two years with the possibility of extension. This position
is classifed as A3 in our classifcation system and the minimum
starting basic monthly salary is USD 513 with a comprehensive health
and life insurance.
Interested candidates should send their applications including CV
and the names and contact information of two references by latest
27 April 2012. Please send your application to:
IUCN Lao Country Offce,
082/01 Fa Ngum Road, Ban Wat Chan,
P.O. Box 4340, Vientiane, Lao PDR,
Tel: 021 216401, Fax: 021 216127,
Or send your application by e-mail to: laorecruitment@iucn.org
The full TOR can be downloaded at: http://www.iucn.org/lao
Only short-listing candidates will be notifed for the interview
IUCN is an equal opportunities employer
Vacancy Announcement for Translator and Interpreter
Description:
We are a fast growing multi-national company with signifcant business interests throughout
the Lao Peoples Democratic Republic and are looking for a motivated and multi-skilled
translator and interpreter to join our team.
Education: Bachelors Degree or equivalent in English Language or related feld preferred
Experience: 2+ years of experience in English/Lao translation and interpretation
Job Responsibilities:
* Translate and/or revise company generated business plans, feasibility studies, PowerPoint
presentations, and pitchbooks for potential projects and senior management team
* Proofread, edit, and revise translated materials
* Check translations of technical terms and terminology to ensure that they are accurate and
remain consistent throughout translation revisions
* Translate oral messages consecutively into specifed language, maintaining message
content, context, and style as much as possible
Skills:
* Motivated, multi-talented team player
* Fluency in both English and Lao language (oral and written)
* Strong presentation and interpersonal skills
* Ability to meet deadlines and work well under pressure
* Previous translating and interpreting experience required
* Previous experience in fnance, law, business or related feld preferred
* Ability to work with a wide range of sensitive and confdential issues
* High degree of confdence, intellectual curiosity and a passion to succeed
Qualifed applicants should submit a letter of interest and Curriculum Vitae to Mr. Jody Jordahl
at jody.jordahl@sanuminvestment.com. Only short listed candidates will be notifed.
PARIS (AP) -- French
presidential front-runner
Francois Hollande says that
if hes elected, he would
immediately ask other European
leaders to renegotiate the fscal
treaty aimed at reducing debts to
include measures to encourage
growth.
Hollande also shrugged
off worries that his election
May 6 would send markets
into panic, called for a more
active role by the European
Central Bank and said hed
move swiftly to get French
troops out of Afghanistan.
Polls suggest Hollande will
win the election, unseating
conservative President
Nicolas Sarkozy, who has been
blamed for losing touch with
French voters and failing to
create jobs in a fve-year term
marked by fnancial crisis.
In a wide-ranging news
conference Wednesday,
Hollande said he would focus
Frances Hollande to renegotiate
European treaty
Socialist presidential candidate Francois Hollande (centre) visits an AML factory, a car component
production, in Hirson, eastern France. --Photo AP
frst on Europe.
If elected, he said he
would send a letter the next
day to the leaders of the other
26 European Union members
proposing a growth pact
to add to the existing treaty,
which was signed earlier this
year and focuses on tightening
budgets as a way to restore
market confdence in the
17-country eurozone.
Hollande wants the
growth pact to include a
fnancial transaction tax and
eurobonds government
bonds jointly issued by all
17 countries that use the euro
to fnance infrastructure
projects.
The main risk right now
to the European economy is
that we remain in recession
because we havent freed
up enough fnancing for
companies, Hollande said,
adding that hed also seek to
open a dialogue between
EU leaders and the Europes
central bank on the issue.
Hollandes proposals
could set him on a collision
course with Germany, whose
economy is the engine of
Europe and whose Chancellor,
Angela Merkel, led the push for
the tough fscal agreement.
I am ready to open this
discussion ... with Madame
Merkel, Hollande said.
He dismissed concerns
that investors would turn
against France if he won the
election, saying that despite
his frst-place showing in
Sundays frst round of voting,
I havent had communication
of information putting our
nation in danger.
Beyond Europes borders,
Hollande acknowledged that he
doesnt have much diplomatic
experience and said hed chart
a cautious course. He said hed
stick to Frances frm policies
against Syria and Iran.
LOS ANGELES (Xinhua)
-- Asian American
organisations Wednesday
urged the US Supreme
Court to hold Arizonas SB
1070, widely described as
the anti-immigration law,
unconstitutional as the Court
started to hear arguments on
the issue.
The Court Wednesday
began hearing arguments
from the US Department
of Justices (DOJ) legal
challenge to Arizonas
sweeping anti-immigrant law
SB 1070, which requires state
and local law enforcement
Asian community urges US to hold
anti-immigration law
officers to detain and
investigate residents based
on the suspicion that they are
undocumented.
It also purports to
authorise state and local law
enforcement offcers to make
warrantless arrests for alleged
violations of immigration
laws independent of federal
authority to do so.
Members of the
Asian American Centre
for Advancing Justice
(Advancing Justice) - Asian
Pacific American Legal
Centre (APALC) and Asian
American Justice Centre
(AAJC) - filed an amicus
brief in support of the DOJ
urging the Court to find that
SB 1070 is unconstitutional
because it violates the US
Constitutions supremacy
clause.
At oral argument, the DOJ
argued that local states cant
create their own immigration
laws and make unilateral
decisions about enforcement
of existing immigration
laws because under the US
Constitution the federal
government has exclusive
power and authority over
immigration matters.
Vientiane Times 9 Friday April 27, 2012
10 Friday April 27, 2012
APPLICATIONS CLOSE ON 06 MAY 2012
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AR YOU LOOKlNG lOR A CARR wlTH A LARG, DYNAMlC, lNTRNATlONAL R5OURC5 COMPANY?
MMC Lane Xang Minerals LimiLed Sepon (LXML) is a member o Lhe MinmeLals Resources LimiLed group o companies lisLed on Lhe Hong Kong SLock Fxchange (sLock code.
208) and operaLes Lhe Sepon Cold and Copper OperaLions in vilabouly DisLricL, SavannakheL Province - Lao P.D.R. Our copper operaLion produces approximaLely 80,000
Lonnes o copper annually and gold operaLion is in iLs eighLh year o producLion.

MMC LXML is commiLLed Lo provide employees wiLh opporLuniLies Lhrough Lraining iniLiaLives in boLh on and o Lhe job. We believe LhaL engaging in open communicaLion,
being responsible and decisive, and respecLing local communiLies, culLure and LradiLions are Lhe key acLors LhaL conLribuLe Lo our success and LargeLed expecLaLions.

we are currentIy Iooking for quaIified and enthusiastic Lao NationaIs to join MMG LXML in the foIIowing positions.


5uperintendent - Community ReIations
5ociaI 5ustainabiIity Department, 5epon Operations
1he SuperinLendenL - CommuniLy RelaLions will lead and manage engagemenL wiLh key local
sLakeholders and MMC deparLmenLs Lo enable MMC Sepon Lo mainLain iLs Social Licence Lo
OperaLe. 1he incumbenL will promoLe muLually consLrucLive relaLionships wiLh communiLy and
governmenL sLakeholders, and coordinaLe Lhe improvemenL o managemenL sysLems or
compensaLion, grievance resoluLion, communiLy agreemenLs and inLeracLions. OLher areas o
responsibiliLy will include.

CreaLing, reviewing and uLilising relevanL codes o pracLice, operaLing procedures and
sLandards as parL o Lhe MMC inLegraLed managemenL sysLem
MoniLoring, evaluaLing and reporLing on Lhe eecLiveness o communiLy relaLions
consulLaLion mechanisms

7he criteria oj section will incluJe.
Degree in Sociology/AnLhropology/PoliLical Science/CommuniLy DevelopmenL/ConlicL
ResoluLion or relaLed ield
FxcellenL inLerpersonal communicaLion skills wiLh advanced level in Fnglish
Fxperience working wiLh disLricL and provincial adminisLraLion and undersLanding o
poliLical sLrucLures and legislaLion
DemonsLraLed abiliLy in grievance resoluLion, conlicL managemenL, problem solving,
decision making, sLraLegic planning and Leam managemenL
UndersLanding o culLurally sensiLive and appropriaLe eLiqueLLe, behaviour and cusLoms
including sensiLiviLy Lo eLhnic minoriLy sLakeholder issues

5enior Officer - Community DeveIopment
Social Sustainability Department, Sepon Operations
ou will be Lhe leader o a dynamic Leam rolling ouL a new CommuniLy Driven DevelopmenL
projecL in neighbouring villages in vilabouly DisLricL. ou will have exLensive experience o
parLicipaLory communiLy developmenL and projecL managemenL. ou will be closely involved
wiLh Lhe villagers and Lhe DisLricL AuLhoriLies and also involved in planning, implemenLing,
coaching, and moniLoring o acLiviLies.

1o be successul in Lhis role, you will have 8achelor Degree in 8usiness AdminisLraLion wiLh good
wriLing and wriLLen communicaLion skill in Lao and Fnglish. FurLher Lo Lhis, you will possess sound
undersLanding o Lao SMF (Small and Medium FnLerprises) developmenL sysLem. OLher
requiremenLs will include.

Sound UndersLanding privaLe secLor developmenL sysLem in Laos
Sound UndersLanding o Lao economic sysLem and Lao 1rade & lnvesLmenL policy
1hree years experience in Small and Medium FnLerprise developmenL

Officer - MedicaI CIaims
5H5 Department, 5epon Operations
An opporLuniLy has arisen or enLhusiasLic and deLail-orienLed personnel Lo join our SHFS
DeparLmenL. 1he incumbenL will primarily liaise wiLh LXML employees regarding Lheir claims and
also ensure invoices are paid in Limely manner. ou will mainLain accuraLe record o all bills,
medical claims and back charge claims including compiling daily logbook. FurLher Lo Lhis, you will
provide adminisLraLive supporL, brie inducLion, and accounLs reconciliaLion.

7he criteria oj this selection will incluJe.

8achelor Degree in AdminisLraLion or oLher relaLed ields
High sLandard o boLh wriLLen and oral Fnglish
UndersLanding o accounLing principles
FxcellenL organisaLional skills wiLh compuLer compeLency
AbiliLy Lo work under pressure wiLh minimal supervision
ConidenLialiLy Lo be upheld aL all Limes
Previous adminisLraLion experience is desirable
Officer - HR (Re-advertised)
HRMD, Sepon Operations
1his is an exciLing opporLuniLy or experienced HR proessional Lo join our HR Leam on siLe.
1his posiLion will aid in Lhe recruiLmenL and selecLion o all Lao employees rom all parLs o
Laos. ou will coordinaLe wiLh CommuniLy RelaLions regarding Lhe recruiLmenL o local
people and also provide eecLive correspondence among candidaLes, vienLiane HR and
DeparLmenLal Managers. OLher areas o duLy will include.

FaciliLaLe arrangemenLs or candidaLes as Lhey relaLe Lo siLe inLerviews, medical check
ups and commencing employmenL
Provide eecLive Lravel, accommodaLion and inducLion arrangemenLs
Prepare employmenL conLracLs in line wiLh Lhe MMC LXML employmenL Lerms and
condiLions
7he successjul canJiJate will have.
8achelor in Human Resource ManagemenL, 8usiness AdminisLraLion or relaLed ields
High command o Fnglish skills (verbal and wriLLen)
High level o compuLer liLeracy (MS Oice, Word, Fxcel and OuLlook)
AbiliLy Lo quickly develop and osLer excellenL working relaLionships wiLh Managers
and people rom oLher culLures
Minimum Lwo years experience working in a similar role

Officer - 5afety
5H5 Department, 5epon Operations
1his posiLion exisLs Lo prevenL loss by ensuring LhaL eecLive sLraLegies are developed in
Lhe areas o preparaLions, Lraining, and mainLenance across all areas o responsibiliLy
Lhrough Lhe eecLive operaLion o Lhe saeLy secLion wiLhin HS&S DeparLmenL. 1he
incumbenL will provide supporL Lo operaLional elemenLs by conducLing saeLy inspecLions
and audiLs including Lhe inspecLion and mainLenance o saeLy equipmenL.

Other key resonsibilities oj this role incluJe.

CoordinaLe saeLy Lraining program or LXML employees and conLracLors


Provide advice on saeLy issues Lo OperaLional Personnel Lo address saeLy issues
and Lo conLribuLe Lowards saeLy improvemenL
ConducL regular hazard idenLiicaLion inspecLions

1o be considered or Lhis role, you will possess high school cerLiicaLe and abiliLy Lo
communicaLe in Fnglish wiLh exLensive experience in Lhe mining indusLry in presenLing
Lraining maLerials and workplace inspecLion. ou will also acquire knowledge in Lhe ield o
risk assessmenL and risk managemenL including incidenL invesLigaLion pracLices Lo idenLiy
causes and remedial acLions. FxcellenL inLerpersonal skills wiLh high level o compeLency in
compuLer applicaLions such Fxcel, Access, and ProjecL are very crucial or Lhis role.

Leading Hand - CiviI (2 Positions)
Mining Department, 5epon Operations
ReporLing Lo Supervisor - Civil, you will assisL soil Lechnicians Lo underLake qualiLy
assurance/conLrol acLiviLies on civil earLhworks projecLs and conducL LesLing acLiviLies
including ield and laboraLory soil LesLs and reporLing o LesL resulLs. ou will ensure all
QA/QC LesLing is conducLed in accordance wiLh recognised inLernaLional sLandard.

7o be successjul in this role, you will have.

QualiicaLion in Civil Fngineer wiLh basic wriLLen and spoken Fnglish
various MS Oice applicaLions or recording, reporLing and qualiLy conLrol resulLs
Some experience in soil LesLing and soil laboraLory wiLh abiliLy Lo comply wiLh soil
LesLing, procedures and meLhods
Knowledge o civil earLhworks consLrucLion requiremenLs and design speciicaLions

Savannakhet Office:
PO Box 13, Ban Nalao, Kaison, Savannakhet
Tel (041) 212 686, (041) 251 636, Fax (041) 213616
Email: LXMLrecruitment@mmg.com
Vientiane Office:
HRMD, PO Box 4486, Sisangvone, Saysettha, Vientiane
Tel (020) 2221-3503, (020) 2223-5838, (021) 264 171, Fax (021) 414 293
Email: LXMLrecruitment@mmg.com
Vientiane Times 11 Friday April 27, 2012
12 Friday April 27, 2012
VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT
NAM ET-PHOU LOUEY NATIONAL PROTECTED AREA
SITE COOrdINaTOr
Contract up to 12 months (renewable)
Purpose: The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) has a MoU with the Government of Lao PDR
to provide technical assistance to the Nam Et-Phou Louey National Protected Area (NEPL NPA) in
northern Laos. The Site Coordinator will be the WCS on-site liaison between WCS, the NEPL NPA
and other government organizations, and will build capacity of government and non-government staff
working in the NPA Management Unit offce to effectively administer daily protected area operations,
information systems and logistics in the NEPL NPA.
duties:
Work with and provide training for a dynamic team of government and non-government staff to
coordinate the management of on-site operations of the NEPL NPA that includes:
o Regular planning, implementing and reporting on protected area activities that encompasses forest
protection, conservation education, land use planning, ecotourism, research and monitoring;
o Coordination with village, district and provincial government organizations to facilitate protected
area activities;
o Design and maintenance of information management systems for recording, tracking and reporting
on protected area activities conducted in several districts and villages around the NPA;
o Design and maintenance of systems to manage and track use and repair of NPA vehicles and
equipment by feld teams across several districts;
o Management and maintenance of computers, software, internet and IT system at the NPA offce;
o Implementation of documented procedures and processes for managing and reporting on all
expenses charged against donor funding for the NPA;
o Contribute to the prparation of funding proposals for future activities of the NPA.
Qualifcations:
Extensive work experience in project management, with an understanding of protected area
management and operations;
Preferred candidate will have experience in protected area management with some experience in
managing a forest protection system.
Experienced in informal education of adults, including training, capacity-building and team building
techniques;
experience working with a diverse multi-cultural team;
Cooperative attitude, reliable, well-organized and honest;
Ability to work effectively and achieve objectives at a remote location with limited supervision;
Ability to live in rural and relatively remote conditions, with good health and ftness;
Applied practical and creative skills in problem solving;
Good spoken and written English language skills; Lao language skills desirable
Computer literacy in Word, Excel, Access and Powerpoint;
Dedication to wildlife conservation and the mission of the Wildlife Conservation Society.
Experience with management and development of budgets and expense reporting.
Ideally the position is based in Viengthong District, Houaphan Province with frequent travel to
Vientaine. Both national and international candidates are encouraged to apply. Contractee will report
directly to the Director of WCS Lao Program and the head of the NEPL NPA Management Unit. Salary
is competitive based on experience.
Applicants can send email letter of application, CV and two letters of reference to Ms. Soudalath
Phasavath at sphasavath@wcs.org
Application open until position flled
Only short listed candidates will be contacted for interview.
Lao People's Democratic Republic
Peace Independence Democracy Unity Prosperity

Ministry of Health - PR Offce supported by Global Fund to Fight AIDS/Tuberculosis
and Malaria
Request for Quotation of Procurement of
Offce equipment for Centre of Malariology, Parasitology and Entomology
Procurement N027 .CMPE.GF.Procurement Unit

The Lao Peoples Democratic Republic has received a grant from Global Fund to Fight
AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. The Procurement Unit ofCentre of Malariology,
Parasitology and Entomology
intend to pay this grant to procure Offce equipment by using budget for Round R7/
P2/Y4. Act P 44052.
This Procurement will follow Public procurement procedures for Request of Quotation
according Procurement Guideline of The Principal Recipient of the Global Fund to
Fight AIDS/Tuberculosis/Malaria in Lao PDR issue on November 2009.
TheProcurement Unit of Centre of Malariology, Parasitology and Entomologyinvitesall
suppliers about offce equipment to participate in this competition of requested
quotation.
Interested Contractors may obtain further information and receivea complete set of
RFQ Documents at the address given below :
Centre of Malariology, Parasitology and Entomology(Procurement unit)
Ban Kualuang, Chanthabuly district, Vientiane
Tel: 856-21 214040, fax: 856-21 216 917, 218 131.
Responsibles: MrPhongsavanh MEUANGCHANH (020 56 40 33 68)
Miss Chandaly LATHSABOUT (020 23 34 52 52)
Quotations must be delivered to :Procurement Unit.frst foor in Malaria building.
In working time8h30 12 h00 and 13h30 16h30 every day since advertising date.
Close requested quotations on07/05/2012 at 14 h00 .
Quotation will be opened in the presence of the companies representatives who
choose to attend this meeting.
Vientiane Times 13 Friday April 27, 2012
GSC Garment Skills Development Centre
Consulting Training Coaching
Training Centre of The Association of the Lao Garment Industry
Intercultural Communication and Management
- For managers working in different industries and organizations -
In interviews with managers from different nationalities the topic Intercultural Communication and
Management was mentioned as one of the biggest challenges in their daily work. To address this
challenge and to develop and strengthen the ability to working successfully in a cross culture environment
GSC offers this seminar.
May 1, 2012, Tuesday 14:00h 17:00h Introduction and Overview
May 2, 2012, Wednesday 8:30h 17:00h Intercultural Communication and Management
May 3, 2012, Thursday 8:30h 17:00h Intercultural Communication and Management
Location: GSC, Vientiane
The Garment Skills Development Centre (GSC) has been the training Centre of the Association of the
Lao Garment Industry, funded by TDF Trade Development Facility Fund, managed by the World Bank,
and administered by the Ministry of Industry and Commerce MoIC Departments TPPD Trade Promotion
and Product Development, and NIU National Implementation Unit. - Mainly addressing the garment
industry this seminar is open for all managers from different industries and organizations. WHY? Almost
all FDI, Joint Venture and international organizations have foreign management, leading Lao people
and other nationalities, working in cross culture teams. Signifcant business time, energy and effort is
wasted through misunderstandings and miscommunication caused by failure to understand and resolve
the differences between national, corporate and functional cultures at work.
You need to do something practical to get the best from leading subordinates from a different culture?
You manage or work with colleagues from different national, corporate or functional cultures and
recognize that cross-cultural differences can lead to different behaviors and assumptions at work
and that these can sometimes cause misunderstandings or delay?
These and more questions will be answered during the seminar. Our International Expert on Intercultural
Communication and Management moves beyond cross-cultural understanding into applications. She
holds a PhD in Philosophy and Arts, and an MBA, and has over 20 years international teaching, training
and consulting experience in Business Communication and as a guest professor at many universities.
She is past president of SIETAR Europe, Society for Intercultural Education, Training and Research. In
the feld of Business Communication and Intercultural Communication she has published widely. Living
in Europe and Asia the international expert delivers theoretical and practical expertise successfully to
various industries, organizations, and universities around the world.
Major benefts from attending the seminar include:
Know how to build good working relationships across cultures
Reduction in cross-cultural misunderstandings and subsequent costs and delay
Increased ability to communicate and work effectively with subordinates and colleagues from other
national cultures
The seminar will be particularly benefcial for managers directly managing cross cultural teams or project
groups, international team members or those with a boss or subordinate from another culture.
PRICING:
Workshop ICM Introduction and Overview on May 1st: USD 25,00 p.p.
SEMINAR on May 2nd and 3rd: USD 135,00 p.p. (20% Reduction for ALGI Members)
Please FAX your registration until April 30th.
Fax +856-21-254 226 or email: GSC@laosaft.org, borivone.p@laosaft.org
Ban Savang Phontong Str. Unit 249 Chantaboury Distr. Vientiane, Lao P.D.R. Email: GSC@laosaft.org Phone/Fax:+856-21-254 226
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What the Lao papers say
Friday April 27, 2012
JOB OPENING
TITLE: Medical Outreach Offcer Readvertise
DATE: April 2012
PSI is a nonproft organization based in Washington, D.C. that harnesses the vitality of the private
sector to address the health problems of low-income and vulnerable populations in more than
60 developing countries. With programs in malaria, reproductive health, child survival and HIV, PSI
promotes products, services and healthy behavior that enable low-income and vulnerable people to
lead healthier lives.
PSI seeks to hire an experienced feld outreach offcer with strong communication skills and
a background in public health to join our team as Medical Outreach Offcer. The position
requires deep experience and familiarity with the full range of public health programs including
but not limited to TB, family planning, and reproductive health, Nutrition, Malaria and HIV.
Reporting to the Health Services Manager, the Medical Outreach Offcer is responsible for
building the capacity of private clinics and supervising them and ensure that it is met the
minimum standards.
DUTIES include but are not limited to:
Train private clinics on health related issues such as DOTS treatment, Family Planning,
etc.
Encourage clinics to provide Family Planning and TB services;
Create and maintain the Clinics network;
Conduct IUD supportive supervision and Medical detailing visit to clinics;
Report the result of the activities conducted and feedback back to supervisor
QUALIFICATIONS:
Superior interpersonal and communications skills; and able to communicate in English
Must have the Master degree or equivalent, preferably the feld which is related to public
health; Medical Doctor Certifcate is required;
Has Experience in training feld work especially in Medical or public health at least 3-5
years;
Familiarity with private health sector in Laos and understand the INGO working system;
Able to travel to provinces;
Must be Lao national.
The successful candidate will have a high level of honesty and integrity, be results oriented, have
excellent communication skills and a strong work ethic, proven ability to work independently
with minimal supervision, be a positive team player, and possess strong analytical and problem-
solving skills.
Applicants should submit a letter of interest and curriculum vitae to Mr. Sittiphone
Thapesuphanh, PSI/Laos Human Resource Coordinator, by April 29, 2012. Submit by
email (sittiphone@psilaos.org); full Job description is also available by request to this e-mail,
or delivers a hard copy to PSI/Laos (Donkoi Village, Unit 16, Sisattanak District, Vientiane
Capital). Only short listed candidates will be notifed.
JOB OPENING
TITLE: Medical Assistant - Readvertise
DATE: April 2012
PSI is a nonproft organization based in Washington, D.C. that harnesses the vitality of the
private sector to address the health problems of low-income and vulnerable populations
in more than 60 developing countries. With programs in malaria, reproductive health, child
survival and HIV, PSI promotes products, services and healthy behavior that enable low-
income and vulnerable people to lead healthier lives.
PSI seeks to hire an experienced feld outreach offcer with strong communication skills and
a background in public health to join our team as Medical Assistant. The position requires
deep experience and familiarity with the full range of public health programs including but not
limited to TB, family planning, and reproductive health, Nutrition, Malaria and HIV. Reporting
to the Health Services Manager, the Medical Assistant is responsible for ensuring that the
medical equipments are obtained and ready to be used by coordinate with appropriate
government offce.
DUTIES include but are not limited to:
Coordinate and collaborate with relevant government offce such as MOH for the
procurement of medical equipment;
Check the relevant products and equipment in warehouse and report;
Create the list of medical equipments needs;
Manage and maintain the medical equipment;
Assist in medical data collection
Assist in training, workshop, meeting and etc.
QUALIFICATIONS:
Superior interpersonal and communications skills; and able to communicate in English
Must have at least Bachelor degree preferably the feld which is related to public health;
Medical Doctor Certifcate is required;
Has Experience in Medical or public health at least 3-5 years;
Familiarity with private health sector in Laos and understand the INGO working system;
Able to travel to provinces;
Must be Lao national.
The successful candidate will have a high level of honesty and integrity, be results oriented,
have excellent communication skills and a strong work ethic, proven ability to work
independently with minimal supervision, be a positive team player, and possess strong
analytical and problem-solving skills.
Applicants should submit a letter of interest and curriculum vitae to Mr. Sittiphone
Thapesuphanh, PSI/Laos Human Resource Coordinator, by April 29, 2012. Submit by email
(sittiphone@psilaos.org); full job description is available by request to this e-mail, or delivers
a hard copy to PSI/Laos (Donkoi Village, Unit 16, Sisattanak District, Vientiane Capital). Only
short listed candidates will be notifed.
Vientiane Times 15
Streetwise
Opinion
Friday April 27, 2012
Lao People's Democratic Republic
Peace Independence Democracy Unity Prosperity
Ministry of Health
The Offce of Principal Recipient
The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
Expression of Interest
For Supplying Audit Service
For Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria Program
Procurement N GFLAO/AUDIT/GFATM/2011
Date: 20/04/2012
The Lao Peoples Democratic Republic has received grants from the Global Fund to Fight
AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. The procurement unit of the Principle Recipient (PR offce)
intends to procure Audit Services for the TB Single Stream Funding Grant 2011-2013
(LAO-T-GFMOH) and Audit Services for Malaria Round 7 Grant 2011-2012 (LAO
708-G09-M) by using budget under the GFATM project.
This Procurement unit will follow the Public Procurement Procedures for request for
quotation according to the Procurement Guideline of the Principal Recipient issued on
November 2009.
The Procurement Unit now invites the International Audit Firms to apply to the audit
Services for the above Projects.
Interested Companies may obtain further information and receive a complete set of Term of
Reference and Request for Quotation documents (RFQ) at the address given below:
The Principal Recipient Supported by Global Fund to fght AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
opposite of Ministry of Public Health. Tel: 856-21 242980, Fax: 856-21 242981
Mr. Keophouthone Inthivong, Procurement Specialist, email address: keophouthone@
theglobalfundlao.org and Cc; Mr. Khampiew Thipavongphanh, Head of Finance unit, email
address: khampiew@theglobalfundlao.org
Quotations must be delivered to the address below:
The Principal Recipient supported by Global Fund to fght AID, Tuberculosis and Malaria
opposite of
Main Building of the Ministry of Public Health. At 14:00h on May 19, 2012. Tel: 856-21
242980, Fax: 856-21 242981.
Any Quotations received later than the scheduled time will be rejected. Quotations will be
opened in the presence of the Suppliers representatives who choose to attend at the meeting
room of the Principal Recipient offce at 14:00h on May 19, 2012
Director of GFATM Project
Ministry of Public Health, Lao PDR
Bounfaeng Phaymanivong
A company worker, Ms
Phouvieng Sengsouliya: I
only occasionally take a
bus but I think they help
people to save money and
prevent traffc congestion
and accidents. Of course,
public buses are a valuable
service so I would like their
cleanliness and general
appearance to be improved. If
passengers have to use cards
instead of cash, I think it will
be easier in the long run, but
people will be confused at
frst. If possible, I would like
the company to increase the
number of buses servicing
the Dongdok-Morning
Market route because many
students use this route and
it would help them to save
money. Buses should also
have designated storage areas
where shoppers and vendors
can stow their goods.
A resident of Pakxab village,
Ms Noy Phomphachanh:
I rarely use a public bus
because at the moment there
are only privately operated
songthaew running from
the Morning Market to my
village. If they increase the
size of the bus feet I would
like them to replace some of
the old buses on the various
routes, because some are
pretty uncomfortable. They
should run at least one bus
to my village so that people
can pay cheaper fares. I
have to pay 15,000 kip for
a songthaew but if public
buses were operating on
the route, I would probably
have to pay less. With newer
buses, reasonable prices and
good service, I am sure that
more passengers would use
public transport, helping the
authorities to ease traffc
congestion in Vientiane.
A student, Mr Phetsamay
Toumkham: Forty-two buses
donated by the government
of Japan wow! - thats good
news for Vientiane public
transport users, especially
regular passengers. It will
improve the image of public
transport in Vientiane and
attract more passengers.
Nowadays the increasing
number of vehicles is creating
problems in terms of traffc
congestion, so the new
buses will be helpful in that
regard. I think bus operators
should have designated bus
stops to make operations
smoother. At the moment
buses stop anywhere and
everywhere, causing some
passengers to become
frustrated and less likely to
use a bus next time around.
Good service, a pleasant
atmosphere and cheaper fares
are key elements in terms of
encouraging more commuters
to use public transport.
Passengers should also
cooperate with drivers and
keep the buses clean by not
throwing their rubbish on the
foor or out of the window.
A vendor from Pakchaeng
village, Ms Monekeo
Vongsai: Taking a bus helps
to save money because we
dont have to spend money
on buying petrol. We just pay
a small amount of money for
the bus fare. Public buses
offer their passengers a direct
destination; for example, a
bus runs from Pakchaeng
direct to the Morning Market.
Passengers dont have to hire
another tuk tuk or songthaew
to get to the most popular
places in town, so they are
very helpful in that sense.
We need a new bus to replace
the old one that runs from
Pakchaeng to the Morning
Market and in the return
direction because the current
bus is very old and antiquated.
Apart from this route, there
are others that need new buses
because all of them are quite
outdated. I believe that if we
use a card instead of cash to
pay, it will be much easier and
more modern.
Are improvements to bus services in Vientiane important to you?
The Vientiane transport sector has taken possession of 42 new buses donated by the government of Japan.
They will replace some of the old buses on the more popular routes, including services from the Morning
Market to the National University of Laos Dongdok campus, the Lao-Thai Friendship Bridge, Mittaphab
Hospital and to Donedeng, Dongkhamxang, Tha-ngone, Nongtaeng and Thongpong villages
16 Friday April 27, 2012
Feature
ADMINISTRATION / OFFICE MANAGER

Drillcorp Laos requires the services of an experienced Administration
/Offce manager for Our Vientiane offce.
The person we are looking for would have a minimum 3 years
experience in a similar role
And have a working knowledge of
Offce Administration
Lao Labour Laws
Lao Taxation laws
Lao Import and Export laws
Written and verbal English skills
Drillcorp is an equal opportunity employer so both male and female
applicants with the above skills should send their applications and
resumes to
ken@drillcorp.com
Drillcorp Lao Pty Ltd
Unit 19, Nongteng Village
Sikhottabong District
Vientiane
Vacancy Announcement
PT Construction Company Limited is now looking for the following positions:
1. CIVIL ENGINEER 1 position based in Luangphabang
Key duties:
Perform engineering duties in planning, designing, and overseeing construction and
maintenance of building structures, and facilities, such as roads, school, houses, water and
electrical system at project sites.
Qualifcations Required:
Bachelor Degree in Civil Engineering
At least 3 years of experience in Civil/structure design, Mechanical, and Electrical
Engineering along with project experience for road, building, school and/or
Resettlement projects.
Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of
houses, buildings, schools or other structures
Fluent spoken and written in Lao and English
Computer literate including Microsoft Offce Suite, Auto Cad etc..
Good verbal and written communication skills.
Knowledge of standard engineering practices, techniques, and procedures
2. FLEET CLERK 1 position based in Vientiane
Key duties:
Assist the Fleet Supervisor in the daily operations of Fleet Unit and ensure all vehicles are
maintained in a safe and serviceable manner. Record all vehicles maintenance and repairs.
Qualifcations Required:
Secondary school or higher diploma in Automobile or related feld
At least 2 years of experience in administrative and clerical duties.
Basic knowledge of all aspects of feet operation is an advantage
Ability to drive car and posses of valid driving license.
Profcient in MS Offce Suite to include Word, Excel
Ability to communicate in English in both writing and speaking
Interested candidates should send required documents including a Cover Letter, CV,
Copies of Diplomas and other relevant information directly to the Human Resources
Department at: PT Construction Company Ltd., MB Building, Kaysone Phomvihane
Avenue, Phonesaat Village, Xaysettha District, Vientiane, Lao PDR Tel: (856-21) 990286,
020-22224960 Fax: (856-21) 990289 or e-mail to : pphi@ptcon.net.

Closing date for this position is 30 april 2012
Ounkham Pimmata
P
hiew is aged 17 and
is married to a boy
of a similar age. The
couple live in a rural
area of Baeng district in
Oudomxay province. Neither
of them knows anything about
pregnancy and they have not
received any information on
the subject.
The couple did not use
any form of contraception
and last year Phiew became
pregnant. She said she knew
nothing about methods of birth
control.
Now six months pregnant,
Phiew says she is playing a new
role of motherhood instead of
going to school and enjoying
her youth.
I live in a rural area, and I
barely know how to take birth
control pills or use a condom,
she said shyly. She also didnt
know how to go about visiting
a doctor before having a
baby.
Phiew represents the
many young mothers who
lack health information in
Baeng district. In the absence
of such information, they run
an increased risk of health
problems during pregnancy.
A doctor says Phiew may
face family problems if she has
any more children because of
her lack of knowledge.
Phiew says she hasnt
been to see a doctor very often
during her pregnancy because
her family doesnt have much
money. Her husband is a
labourer who has to work hard
to support his family, so he
doesnt have much time to take
her to the hospital.
She also couldnt afford
to buy any special health
products, eating only local food
and drinking coconut juice.
Phiew admits that she and
other pregnant women in the
village dont know how to
take care of themselves during
pregnancy, but she did go
for an antenatal check at the
hospital when she realised she
was pregnant, as her mother
advised.
She said the doctors advised
her to be careful because she
was so young.
Her husband also looked
after her and took good care of
her.
I was afraid when I
heard a medical worker at
the hospital say that young
women are more likely to
lose their baby or even to die
during childbirth because they
rarely have access to essential
healthcare services during
pregnancy. I dont want this
to happen to me or my child,
she said.
Phiew came to realise the
importance of monitoring her
health after having a recent
check-up under a project that
provided free health checks for
pregnant women, and children
under the age of fve.
The project is a collaborative
effort between the Health and
Prevention Department of the
Ministry of Health and the
Development Department of
the Lao Womens Union.
The initiative seeks to
improve awareness amongst
married men and women of the
importance of family planning
and proper birth control,
and targets the provinces of
Oudomxay, Phongsaly, Luang
Namtha, and Savannakhet.
The project is supported by
the United Nations Population
Fund (UNFPA), and aims to
encourage children, young
people and women in rural
areas to access health care.
Phiew suggested the
programme should do more to
help at the community level,
because there are many health
issues affecting pregnant
women, newborn children and
young people.
Director General of the
Development Department
Ms Sirikit Boupha says many
women and children in rural
areas have no access to essential
healthcare services, especially
women of reproductive age.
The UNFPA project
encourages young pregnant
women to learn about family
planning and understand the
importance of taking care
of their health and that of
their children. The project
and government policy also
encourage men to help their
wives when they are pregnant,
to reduce mother and child
death rates during and shortly
after childbirth.
Meeting the existing
demand for family planning
services would reduce maternal
deaths and injuries by 25
percent or more.
According to the UNFPA,
every day more than two Lao
women die of complications
related to pregnancy and
childbirth.
More than 50 percent of
pregnancies are unplanned and
many of these are unwanted.
Only 35 percent of married
women practice family
planning.
According to a survey
conducted by the Reproductive
Health Initiative for Young
People in Asia Programme
in 2006, in Vientiane and
three southern Lao provinces,
16.8 percent of all women
(married or unmarried) started
childbearing between the ages
of 15-19, and 37.3 percent of
married women delivered their
frst child before the age of 18.
Some 29 percent of all frst
pregnancies and 30 percent of
last pregnancies are unplanned,
according to a Burnet study
conducted in Vientiane in
2008.
Among Vientiane
respondents, 32 percent of frst
pregnancies did not result in
a live birth but instead were
intentionally aborted.
Six percent of the entire
study sample reported having
an abortion.
Treatment for abortion-
related complications is
common at provincial hospitals,
and most are related to induced
abortions. There are frequent
instances where women are
admitted for infection related
to induced abortions, but
abortion-related complications
are not noted in most of the
registries at the various health
facilities.
Laos has one of the
highest maternal mortality
rates in Southeast Asia - 450
out of every 100,000 live
births. The leading cause of
death among girls aged 15-
19 is complications during
pregnancy and childbearing.
17-year-old learns lessons of pregnancy
A doctor checks the health of children under fve and pregnant women in Baeng
district, Oudomxay province.
Young mothers and
women receive condoms
and health information
from the United Nations
Population Fund (UNFPA).
Vientiane Times 17 Friday April 27, 2012 Feature
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THE PHILIPPINES (Philip-
pine Daily Inquirer, ANN) --
On my frst night in Lumbini,
I woke up before dawn to the
measured, deep sound of bells
from the Tibetan monastery
down the road, calling monks
to early morning meditation.
Following soon after came
the distant sound of a single
drum, becoming louder as it
approached my window, until
I saw a solitary monk in yellow
robes beating his fat, paddle-
shaped drum in cadence with
his measured steps.
I met a wandering monk
on a previous trip here who
told me his sect vowed to
give up a permanent home in
exchange of wandering the
world on foot, beating their
drums while walking in search
of enlightenment.
Despite the sound of
jackals piercing the early
morning silence, the stillness of
Lumbini makes some pilgrims
feel that enlightenment could
be within reach. However
in the villages outside the
shrine, the local community
has different priorities as it
struggles to survive from day
to day.
Lumbini is a place between
two worlds, of Buddhist
serenity clashing with the
poverty of everyday life on
this dust-covered corner in
rural Nepal, where there are
only two small general stores,
one restaurant, and an irregular
bus that picks up passengers
for Bhairahawa, the closest
town half an hour away, where
all supplies come from.
In Nepal, power shedding
means four to six hours
without power each day. Our
offce genset had not yet been
delivered, so we sweated it out,
worked in dim light, stopped
work when our laptop batteries
discharged, and reconnected
with the outside world when
our WiFi snapped back to its
intermittent life after power
returned.
It was useless to complain;
the only thing to do was to
simply accept whatever came.
The hallmark of Lumbini
is its aura of benevolent
neglect. Everything, despite its
incremental development, has
stood still for a very long time.
Lumbini Centre is at the
intersection of the Siddhartha
Nagar-Taulihawa Road, which
is expected to be the principal
approach route to Lumbini
Garden, says the pile of
reports on my desk. That is
just what it is, a crossroads and
nothing else.
Nothing that you see from
that crossroads even hints
at having arrived anywhere,
much less to a sacred place.
World Heritage list
The intersection, the
only route to the Lumbini
Garden, is nothing more than
a dusty crossing that looks
as if it leads from nowhere
going toward anywhere.
There stands a skeleton of
a village, a loose cluster of
low mud structures under
the scorching sun.
A bit farther down the road
is the even dustier entrance
to the Lumbini Garden, a
1- x 3-mile protected area
whose heart is the Sacred
Garden, birthplace of the
Lord Buddha, inscribed on the
World Heritage List.
A stone pillar erected
in 249 BC by the Mauryan
emperor Ashoka still stands
in the Sacred Garden. An
inscription on the pillar attests
to its being the birthplace of
the Buddha.
Centuries later, an
archaeological dig revealed
the well-worn stone a few
paces away from the pillar that
marks the exact spot where the
Buddha was born.
Lumbini is one of the four
holiest places in the Buddhist
ambit that draws pilgrims
from the Buddhist world. The
other three holy shrines are in
India. Mahabodhi temple in
Bodh Gaya shelters the sacred
bodhi tree where the Buddha
attained enlightenment.
Shortly afterward he preached
his frst sermon in Saranath,
and ultimately passed into
nirvana at Kushinagar, where
he was cremated.
At the Indian Buddhist
shrines, pilgrims fock to
massive temples and stupas.
The Lumbini experience is
different.
Zen experience
Situated in the fat, rural
Terai Plains of Nepal only
9km from the Indian border,
here pilgrims have no temple
to pray in, arriving instead at
an open space surrounding
the birthplace of Lord
Buddha overlooking broad,
fat agricultural felds that
stretch to the snow-capped
Himalayas on the horizon. It
is a Zen experience, arriving
to nothingness.
In 1978, the United Nations
commissioned the renowned
Japanese architect Kenzo
Tange to prepare a master
plan for the Lumbini Garden.
Tange carved out a 1- x 3-mile
rectangular area, divided it
into three equal sectors of 1 sq
mile each.
The northernmost sector
is the New Lumbini Centre,
where the museum, auditorium
and Lumbini International
Research Center are located in
imposing all-brick structures,
vaulted buildings designed by
Tange in the 1980s.
In this sector the everyday
facilities are to be located
hotels, hospital, administration
offce, visitor information
center and facilities such as
ticket booths, shops, toilets,
restaurants and banks, bus
terminals and parking lots.
Not much of this sector
has been constructed, only the
research center and museum
stand today.
The central sector is
the Monastic Zone, where
Buddhist countries have
constructed monasteries which
shelter their pilgrimsSri
Lanka, Thailand, Myanmar,
Japan, China, Korea, Tibet
and, coming from a continent
away, Germany and France.
At the southernmost sector
is the Sacred Garden, the
birthplace of the Lord Buddha,
whose archaeological remains
and Ashoka pillar are left
untouched.
An enormous levee, a
circular embankment enclosing
an artifcial lake, forms a
protective layer around the
sacred archaeological remains
where pilgrims sit outdoors on
meditation terraces.
It could be the way of the
Buddha, that to reach stillness
at the Sacred Garden one must
learn to give up what one has
taken for granted, like the
comforts of home, power 24
hours a day, and just focus on
the essentials that Lumbini
can bring.
Between two worlds in Nepal
Most villagers living around the Sacred Garden subsist on agriculture.
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
PROFESSIONAL VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT NO: 2011/04 (RE-ADVERTISE)

Issued on: 17 April 2012
Deadline For Application: 31 May 2012
POSITION TITLE: Assistant FAO Representative (Programme) GRADE LEVEL: NOB
DUTY STATION: Vientiane, Laos
ORGANIZATIONAL UNIT: FAO Representation in Laos DURATION*: 12 months renewable
(Fixed term contract)
Applications from qualifed women as well as from qualifed nationals of non-and under-represented member
countries are encouraged
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Liaise and cooperate with government authorities and local, national and international institutions in the areas of
FAOs activities in the country and in liaise with other UN agencies. He/she may represent FAO at inter-agency
meetings as required;
Promote the image of FAO through advocacy of the Organizations mandate, programmes, national priorities
and activities including development and maintenance of communication tools (e.g. website, press releases and
publications) and support the implementation of FAOs regulatory frameworks (Codex Alimentarius, Code of Conduct
for Responsible Fisheries, Safe Use of Pesticides, etc.) in the country;
Coordinate the collection, consolidation and maintenance of country data on food, crops, livestock, forestry and
fsheries including information on external aid in FAOs corporate systems and monitor changes in national policies
affecting the agricultural sector;
Participate in producing technical, economic and policy studies as required and developing country level development
frameworks such as the National Medium Term Priority Framework (NMTPF) and the United Nations Development
Assistance Frameworks (UNDAF);
Participate in the identifcation, formulation and preparation of programme and project proposals and monitor and
review the status of programme/project implementation to ensure that all operational activities are carried out in line
with the work plan and the project document; identify inconsistencies and delays and, when necessary, propose
corrective measures to overcome operational constraints;
Act as Offcer-in-Charge for the day-to-day running of the FAO Representation during the absence of the FAOR, if
required;
Perform any other duties as required.
MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS
Candidates should meet the following:
Education:
University degree in agriculture, agricultural economics, forestry, fsheries, or in any other feld related to the work of the
Organization.
Work Experience:
Minimum of fve years of professional experience in agricultural development and/or project implementation in an area of
FAOs activities in the country.
Languages:
Working knowledge (level C) of English and working knowledge of the most widely used local language.
SELECTION CRITERIA
Candidates will be assessed against the following:
Level and relevance of experience in programme/project development and management.
Demonstrated understanding of the purpose and functions of the technical programme, operational guidelines
and project / programme management procedures, possibly of those adopted by the United Nations or FAO.
Proven capacity to approach work assignments in systematic and effcient manner with judgement and analytical
skills.
Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
Demonstrated ability to use standard offce software, such as MS Offce (Windows, Word, Outlook, Excel,
Power Point, and Internet) and project management software and other information systems /databases.
Please note that all candidates should possess computer/word processing skills and should be capable of working with
people of different national and cultural backgrounds.
* The length of appointment for internal FAO candidates will be established in accordance with applicable policies
pertaining to the extension of appointments.
REMUNERATION
A competitive compensation and benefts package is offered. For information on UN salaries, allowances and benefts,
click on the following link: http://icsc.un.org/
TO APPLY: Carefully read and follow the Guidelines to applicants
Interested applicants should submit their applications in writing (clearly indicating on the sealed envelope the Vacancy
Announcement number 2011/04 (Re-Advertise) to the FAO Representation, 128 Phonexay Road, P.O. Box 1640, Vientiane
Capital, Tel: 021 413205, 414503 or email their applications to: FAO-LA-Vacancies@fao.org
Applications sent to any other address will be rejected.
The latest date for receiving the applications is 31 May 2012. Please note that application received after the closing date
will not be given consideration. Only short listed candidates will be contacted.
In line with FAO policy on gender equity, the vacancy is open for both male and female candidates. FAO is also
committed to increasing the number of ethnic group staff in its programmes and offces. Therefore, Candidates
from ethnic groups are especially encouraged to apply.
Please note that FAO staff members are international civil servants subject to the authority of the Director-General and
may be assigned to any activities or offce of the organization.
18
Whats On
Luang Prabang
Big Brother Mouse helps
young people practise their
English at free drop-in sessions,
9-11am and 5-7pm, open every
day. Just come to our offce at
9am or 5pm in Ban Vat Nong,
around the corner from 3 Nagas
Hotel. www.bigbrothermouse.
com.
Traditional Arts and
Ethnology Centre. Open 9am-
6pm, Tues-Sun.
www.taeclaos.org
Ock Pop Tok
Living Crafts Centre open daily
for free guided tour. Natural
dyes, weaving and batik
drawing classes daily. 9am-
5pm. Free transfer from Ock
Pop Tok shops in town to the
weaving centre on the Mekong.
Call 071 212597
Royal Palace National
Museum. Open 8.30-11.30am
and 1.30-4.30pm from
Wednesday to Monday.
UXO Visitor Centre. Open
Mon-Fri 8.30am-12 and
2-5pm. Right turn just before
Presidents Monument on the
Northern Rd.
Museums
Lao National Museum
on Samsenthai Road opposite
National Culture Hall. Open
Mon-Fri during offce hours
and on weekends from 9am to
4pm.
Horphakeo Museum
on Setthathirat Road
opposite Vat Sisaket. Open
Mon-Sun during offce hours.
Sports
ANZ Vientiane Lions
Womens Rugby Club
Wednesday night ftness
sessions from 7:30 at VIS. Pitch
trainings Thursday nights from
19:30 and Sunday from 16:00
at Polytechnic Pitch in Ban
Phonphapao. Contact Vieng
on 020 54234111 or Maggie
on 020 78110019 for more
information.
Champa Ban Youth Rugby
Rugby activities with a focus
on fun, games and healthy
living message. Free and open
to all. Visit www.laorugby.com
or contact Noui 020 54905090
or Maggie on 020 78110019 for
more information.
Lao Elephants Australian
Rules Football Club -Meet
at 6.30 pm on Thursdays for
Vientiane
- The 6th Lao Womans Arts Exhibition at the National
faculty of Fine Arts (Ban Chao Anou) from April 25 to May
10, 2012 from 17:30 pm.
- Action with Lao Children Library: Open Mon to Fri 9am
to 6pm and Sat 9am to 3pm. Come in and read and borrow
Lao, Japanese, Thai and English books. Located in Ban
Saphangmor, Xaysettha district.
- Permanent UXO exhibition and the provision of artifcial
limbs for victims. COPE Visitor Centre, Khouvieng Road,
opposite Green Park Hotel. Every day: 9am-6pm.
- Chess Club meets at 1pm every Sunday at City Inn on
Pangkham Road, Vientiane.
Contact: Gabriel_smit@hotmail.com
- Womens International Group. For activities and times
email wiglaosmembership@gmail.com
- Toastmasters Club meets every Sun. from 4-6pm at
Khopchaideu restaurant (3F). Everyone is welcome.
- Meditation at Vat Sokpaluang every Saturday, 4-5.30pm.
- English Language Church Service every Sunday 10am at
the ARDA Language Centre (near the Mercure, formerly
Novotel). Call (021) 261441, or visit http://www.the-chs.org
training, please contact the
LE President at president_
laoelephants@laopdr.com
for details and other meeting
areas.
Buffalos Rugby - mens
rugby training Tuesday
evenings 6 - 7:30pm. All
welcome. Sunday morning
social touch rugby - male,
female all ages welcome.
Free. For either, contact
John (020 77140176), Bob
(020 55510443) and Tom (020
2281111) for more information.
Wild Hogs Rugby training
at the Polytechnic pitch
in Phonpapao village,
Sisattanak, at 8pm on Tues.
and Thurs. Optional Saturday
touch session at That Luang
at 5:30pm, Sunday ftness at
That Luang at 5:30pm. Call
020 77615677
or Chris 020 77834385.
Lao Mahout Netball team
trains every Tues. at 6pm at
Vientiane International School.
For more information contact
Saeng on 020 77442689.
Lions Womens Rugby from
7.30pm on Tues and Thurs at
the Polytechnic pitch. Contact
Noui on 020 4905090 or
Maggie on 020 54656153.
Youth Community Rugby
Sessions
Training for U15 Boys and
U17 Girls at the Polytechnic
pitch in Phonpapao village,
Sisattanak, at 7:30pm on
Wed. Training for children of
all ages at 9am on Sunday.
Aqua-ftness Fri 10-11am;
Sat 11-12. Please contact
Sarah at 020 54147069 or
nsteam @live.fr
Body Language at Vientiane
Accueil, Khouvieng Rd.
Class includes stretching and
respiratory exercises with
an oriental touch. Tues. and
Thurs. from 5.30-6.30pm.
Contact 020 5612107.
Aerobics at Sokpalouang
swimming pool, Sisattanak
district. Open every day from
6am-8pm.
Vientiane Hash House Harriers
Meet at Nam Phu Fountain
every Saturday for travel to
out-of-town runs. Mixed Hash,
register at 3.45pm and depart
4pm. Monday,VH3, family
Hash. 3 runs - short, medium
and long. Meet at 5pm at
advertised venue. Phones:
223867, 217493,
mobile 020 5511293, 5514669.
Friday April 27, 2012
Art & Entertainment
Ounkham Pimmata
It isnt often that visitors can
see artworks produced by the
women of Vientianes National
Institute of Fine Arts, but from
April 26-May 10 some 320
pieces created by women will
be on display.
The creators are students
and teachers at the Institute in
Chao Anou village, opposite
the Night Plaza Market, and
this is their sixth exhibition.
The pieces on display
include 53 items of pottery and
150 other forms of handicraft.
They refect the life of women
both in the past and present,
as well as demonstrating the
talents and activities of women
in their daily life.
Some of the paintings
illustrate womens ability to
be alluring without wearing
skimpy clothing. Instead, they
are clothed in traditional dress
and appear to display great
composure and confdence in
their ability and achievements.
They are paintings that can
convey beauty to any mans
eye.
Dressed in the costumes
traditionally worn by various
Lao ethnic groups, the portraits
convey an awareness of their
female enchantment.
Images of nature, the
everyday lifestyle of women,
and even drawings of
Buddha, serve to depict the
achievements of women.
The handicrafts and pottery
items hint at womens role in
the household, their style of
dress, and their status within
the family.
Speaking at the opening of
the exhibition, a representative
of the Institutes Womens
Union, Ms Keomani
Souvanalath, said the
theme of Art in Womens
Exhibition puts female
lifestyle on display
Some of the paintings on display at the exhibition.
Visitors inspect sketches during the opening of the sixth Women
Artists Exhibition.
Imagination, sought to
educate viewers about the role
that traditions and culture play
in Lao womens lives.
The exhibition also seeks
to change mens view of
women as merely pretty faces
and the wearers of sexy outfts.
Men should also consider their
character and abilities.
The exhibition has become
an annual event since the frst
one held in 2007 attracted a lot
of public interest, with visitors
saying how much they valued
the rare opportunity to see
student artwork on display.
The pieces give us a
different insight into the minds
of their female creators and
make public the many talents
and abilities of Lao women.
(KOREA HERALD) --
Artists and critics are calling
for cultural tolerance from
conservative Christian groups
who are staging a series of
protests against US pop star
Lady Gaga, accusing her of
advocating homosexuality
and pornography.
Some churches in Seoul
held group prayers or services
against Lady Gaga, one of
todays most infuential artists,
while others are holding
protests in front of the Hyundai
Card head offce building,
calling on the company, the
offcial sponsor of the concert,
to cancel it.
This clearly shows how
Korean society still lacks cultural
tolerance and how we are not
ready to recognise cultural and
social diversity yet, culture
critic Seo Jung Min-gaph told
The Korea Herald.
Seo Jung pointed out that
those Christian groups seem
to believe that their religious
value is greater than ones
freedom of expression. This,
he said, is very wrong.
They also have the right
to voice their own ideas. But
they have failed to respect
others. In fact, it is really
hard to say that Lady Gaga
is mainly responsible of
homosexuality or decadent
sexual expression, he said.
Korean pop artist Nancy
Lang also stepped into the
debate.
Jesus told us to love each
other. Lady Gaga is also telling
us to love sexual minorities
like gays but (her intention)
looks unlikely to promote
homosexuality, Lang wrote
on her Twitter account.
Protesters from Korean
Association of Church
Communication (KACC) and
Alliance for Sound Culture
in Sexuality have gained
momentum, particularly after
the Korea Media Rating Board
gave an over-18 rating to the
concert, saying her song Just
Dance, to be performed at
the concert, is inappropriate
for minors.
After the age restriction
imposed to the Gagas show,
members of KACC said they
were relieved to hear the
news.
We are relieved that at
least the show wont be able
to infuence young people,
said Sim Man-sup of the
Christian organisation, in a
recent interview. Gagas
performance and lyrics are
very eccentric in many ways.
We are not against her show
just for religious reasons.
We dont think her musical
performance, which involves
so much sexual connotations
and unusual costumes, is
appropriate for youngsters
emotional development.
However, gay rights
advocates here say that the
groups are taking advantage
of Lady Gagas presence in
Seoul to promote their anti-
homosexuality campaign.
These groups have long
been protesting against gays
and lesbians in Korea by
exercising violence whenever
we hold campaigns (to raise
public awareness on lesbian,
gay, bisexual and transgender
issues), said Lee Hyuk-sang,
director of Miracle on Jongno
Street (2011), the countrys
frst documentary movie about
gays.
As a gay person, I really
envy Lady Gaga and her star
power that has lifted many
sexual minorities from the
underground and allowed
them to speak about who they
really are. I wish we could
have someone else like her
here. But no, society is still
not ready for that, he said.
The news of the religious
groups protests against Lady
Gaga grabbed international
attention through reports fled
by news wire services, shortly
after her arrival in Seoul last
week.
Critics slam protests against Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga. (Universal Music)
Vientiane Times 19 Sports Friday April 27, 2012
LA CHAUX-DE-FONDS,
Switzerland (AP) -- Bradley
Wiggins won a sprint fnish
on the second stage of the
six-day Tour de Romandie
on Wednesday and took the
overall leaders yellow jersey.
The British pre-race
favourite made his move
150 metres from the line and
held off Lieuwe Westra of the
Netherlands by a bikes length
in 4 hours, 50 minutes, 23
seconds.
I usually only win time
trials, Wiggins, who won
the Paris-Nice stage race last
month, told Swiss broadcaster
RTS. To win a sprint like this,
its really nice.
Paulo Tiralongo of Italy
was third in the same time
as Wiggins after a 184.5
kilometre trek from Morges to
La Chaux-de-Fonds.
Wiggins used a 10-second
time bonus for the stage win to
lead overall by seven seconds
from Team Sky colleague
Michael Rogers of Australia.
Dutchman Bauke Mollema
trails by nine seconds in third.
Defending champion
Cadel Evans of Australia trails
Wiggins by 21 seconds in 31st
place. The Tour de France
winner fnished safely in the
leading pack on Wednesday.
Wiggins gave Sky its
second straight victory
after Geraint Thomas won
Tuesdays prologue, and
thanked teammates for leading
him back to the front after a
puncture.
I had a lot of adrenalin
after I punctured with 25 to
go, he said. The boys did a
fantastic job. I wanted to pay
them back.
Thursdays stage is a 149.1
km route from Montbeliard in
France to Moutier. The race
ends Sunday.
Wiggins wins Romandie cycling
stage, takes overall lead
Britains Bradley
Wiggins wins
the frst stage of
the 66th Tour de
Romandie UCI
ProTour cycling
race in Switzerland
on Wednesday.
--Photo AP
MADRID (AP) -- First
Barcelona, then Real Madrid.
Bayern Munich sent Madrid
out on penalties on Wednesday
to reach the Champions
League fnal and ensure
neither of the Spanish giants
will get a chance to vie for the
famous trophy.
Madrids demise came
a day after Chelsea stunned
Barcelona at the Camp Nou
and, just as Lionel Messi
missed a penalty for defending
champion Barca, his Madrid
rival Cristiano Ronaldo had
his spot kick saved in a tense
shootout that sent Bayern
through to face Chelsea at its
Allianz Arena on May 19.
Bayern will become the
frst team to play for the trophy
at its home stadium.
Today we proved we are
a great team, Bayern coach
Jupp Heynckes said. When
I think about the fact that we
can play a fnal in our own
stadium this is something to
go absolutely crazy about.
Ronaldo appeared to have
put the home side on its way
to the fnal with two early
goals, but Arjen Robbens
27th minute penalty leveled
the score over two legs at 3-3.
In the shootout, goalkeeper
Manuel Neuer saved from
Ronaldo and Kaka to put
Bayern on course after they
had scored with ther opening
two kicks, before counterpart
Iker Casillas denied Toni
Kroos and Philipp Lahm to
drag Madrid back into it.
But Sergio Ramos skied
his penalty high over the bar
for Madrid, leaving Bastian
Schweinsteiger to win it 3-1
for the visitors, the German
international shooting straight
down the middle to spark the
celebrations.
Schweinsteiger ripped his
shirt off and went screaming
toward the Bayern fans, as
Madrid coach Jose Mourinho
who watched the shootout
from his knees retreated
down the tunnel. It gave
Bayern a measure of revenge
at the same stadium where
Inter Milan then coached
by Mourinho beat them in
the fnal two years ago.
Bayern deserve to go
through, Mourinho conceded
after Madrid bowed out in
the semifnals for the second
straight year. Thats the
beauty of football, nobody
knows whats going to happen.
I hope its a good fnal.
Barcelona was knocked
out by Chelsea on Tuesday
despite the London team being
down to 10 men for most of
the match. Messi left the pitch
in tears after his penalty miss.
Some of Madrids
players were also crying on
Wednesday as they walked off
with their heads hanging after
coming so close to reaching
their frst fnal in 10 years.
Its a big blow for us. It
was a very exciting game, but
penalties are always a lottery,
Casillas said. We played well,
but Bayern are a great team.
We now have to concentrate
on the league.
Madrid at least have the
domestic league title all but
wrapped up after a 2-1 win
over Barca at the weekend
gave Mourinhos club a seven-
point lead with four games
remaining.
However, Mourinho
said Saturdays league win
probably hurt his teams
chances against Bayern,
which rested players on the
day Borussia Dortmund was
confrmed as champion.
When it got to 2-1 it
became diffcult to play, the
players knew they couldnt
make any mistakes, he said.
The 20th meeting between
Madrid and Bayern maintained
a relentless pace in the frst
half.
Madrid charged out to an
early lead after David Alaba
handled when sliding to
block Angel Di Marias cross.
Ronaldo showed no jitters as
he stepped up to drill the spot
kick into the right corner with
goalkeeper Neuer guessing
left.
Bayern beats Madrid win on penalties to reach fnal
Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer saves a penalty kick by Real Madrids Cristiano Ronaldo at the
Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on Wednesday. --Photo AP
SEOUL, Korea (AP) -- Darren
Clarke hopes he can start a new
chapter in his colourful life when
the Ballantines Championship
gets under way at Blackstone
Golf Club on Thursday.
Clarke is looking to end
a run of poor form since his
victory last summer in the
British Open.
In European Tour events his
best fnish was 20th at the Volvo
Champions in South Africa
in January, and in his only US
PGA Tour event this year, the
Honda Classic, Clarke missed
the cut.
However, after marrying a
former Miss Northern Ireland,
Alison Campbell, on a Bahamas
beach this month he is looking
to improve his results on the
course. I dont know how I am
going to play, Clarke said. I
have been frustrated for quite
some time. I have been putting
in a lot of hard work and not
getting the scores.
But I have opened a new
chapter in my life by getting
married again so hopefully now
I can open a new chapter in my
golf. I am fed up of playing
poorly so its time to change
that.
Clarke has not played the
6,618-metre hilly Blackstone
layout before but said he has
taken advice from his friend and
last years Ballantines winner
Lee Westwood.
The world No. 3 has not
returned to defend the title
after winning the Asian Tours
Indonesian Open last weekend.
Adam Scott is playing for
the frst time since fnishing
eighth in the Masters after a
fnal-round 66.
Scott has played Blackstone
and knows the dangers that
the co-sanctioned feld, drawn
mainly from the Asian and
European Tours, will face.
Clarke hopes recent marriage revives golf career
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Sport
Friday April 27, 2012
Sangkhomsay
Bubphanouvong
In the main bout in the mens
57kg division of the Vientiane
Muay Lao Competition,
Laiphetnoy from the Police
camp will face Bounphisit
from the Khuanchaysikhot
camp at the Xokxay ring in
Vientiane on May 5.
Bounphisit to face Laiphetnoy in muay lao competition
This is the frst time the
two men will exchange blows
in the ring.
Bounphisit represented
Vientiane at the National
Games and received a bronze
medal in the muay lao event.
While Bounphisit is
relatively new to the sport, he
is powerful and taller than his
opponent, Laiphetnoy. He will
use his strength and height to
his advantage. However, it will
be a diffcult challenge to defeat
the more skilled fghter.
Laiphetnoy hails from
Champassak province and
works at the Ministry of
Public Security. He won a
gold medal at the 25th SEA
Games in 2009 and another
gold medal at the National
Games last year.
Today, he is Laos best
fghter in the 57kg division
and will soon fght in an
international level tournament
in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam,
from June 21-27. He will also
represent Laos at the 27th SEA
Games in Myanmar.
He has vastly more
experience than Bounphisit
and has taken on several Thai
kick-boxers in the past.
The Muay Lao Association
wants to test Laiphetnoys
skills at the national level and
is also on the lookout for new
talent.
The association is fnancing
the muay lao competition and is
looking for a main sponsor to
assist in supporting the event.
Three weeks ago, the
association organised a contest
between Lao kick-boxers and
Thai fghters.
Before the June event in
Vietnam, the association will
invite the best fghters from
popular camps in Thailand
to take on Lao kick-boxers
in another friendly event in
Vientiane.
Other bouts at the Muay
Lao Competition in the
Xokxay ring are as follows:
46kg: Pinphet
Kietpasanxay camp vs Ofor
Sorkhamthavy
Womens 44kg: Peun of
Physical Education Teacher
Training College vs Armai
Sitchanseuth camp
50kg: Santoth
Kietpasanxay vs Manideng
Loukbandoung
65kg: Sengchan Police
camp vs Phanliem from
Training College
60kg: Loungchaleun of
Training College vs Souliya
Phetphengkhuan
60kg: Tuttou Sitchanseuth
vs Olono Sorkhamthavy
Muay Lao kick-boxers in action at the Vientiane Muay Lao Competition last December.
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Car sales could
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Business
Vientiane Times
KOREA (The Korea Herald)
-- South Korea plans to seek
bidders for its stake in Woori
Finance Holdings Co. in a third
attempt to sell the nations
largest fnancial company by
assets.
The government will hold
an international auction and
announce details on the plan
soon, Financial Services
Commission chairman Kim
Seok-dong said in Seoul on
Wednesday. Local and foreign
investors bids will be treated
equally, he said.
A rally in Asian equity
markets this year, including
an 8 percent gain in South
Koreas 60-member Kospi
fnancial index, may signal a
rebound in investor appetite
for the companys assets.
President Lee Myung-baks
earlier attempts to sell the
governments stake failed
to attract bidders as global
markets were recovering from
fnancial crises in the US and
Europe.
Although we failed in
last years sale due to the
unfavorable international
fnancial market environment,
circumstances have improved
and the businesses at Woori
are also in much better
shape, Kim said. I think the
environment is mature for the
sale now.
Lee, as part of a 2007
election pledge, is seeking
to privatize companies the
government bailed out more
than a decade ago and to
consolidate banks to boost
their competitiveness.
The state abandoned
an attempt to sell its Woori
stake in August last year after
receiving only one bid, led by
South Korean private-equity
MBK Partners Ltd. It spiked
a frst auction in December
2010 due to lack of interest
from buyers.
I doubt whether the
government will succeed
in getting suffcient offers
for Woori in this round of
auctioning, said Kim Eun-
gab, analyst at NH Investment
& Securities Co. I dont
see any improvement in the
environment. Banks in Europe
and the US are selling off their
own assets and theres no clear
domestic candidates.
KB Financial Group
Inc., owner of the countrys
biggest lender and often cited
as potential Woori buyer,
We cannot afford to buy
the stake, KB Chairman Euh
Yoon-dae told reporters on
Wednesday, following FSC
chairman Kims comments.
KB is planning to make a bid
for ING Groep NVs South
Korean insurance business,
once the Amsterdam-based
company announces its sale
plan, Euh said.
Woori was created in 2001
as a holding company for
banks that the government
rescued following the Asian
fnancial crisis in 1997 and
1998, as part of a push to
make the banking industry
more competitive.
The government spent
12.8 trillion won to aid Woori
and has recouped 5.4 trillion
won so far through block
sales of shares. It now owns
57 percent of Woori through
state-run Korea Deposit
Insurance Corp.
Korea to auction stake in Woori
FSC chairman Kim Seok-dong.
Euro 50-500 10,526 10,578
Exchange rates as of April 26, 2012
Banque pour le Commerce Exterieur Lao
Foreign Currencies Buying Selling
US Dollar 50-100
Thai Baht
7,971
258.65
8,010
259.95
Times Reporters
The government plans to
maintain strong economic
growth next fscal year despite
facing a number of internal and
external challenges.
The Ministry of Planning
and Investment has completed
a draft of the National Socio-
Economic Development Plan
for the 2012/2013 fscal year,
and plans to submit it to the
cabinet and National Assembly
for consideration and approval
in June.
Under the proposed
development plan, the
government is targeting GDP
of 80,500 billion kip (US$10.6
billion) in the 2012/2013 fscal
year, an increase of about 8
percent compared to the current
fscal year.
GDP is on track to reach
70,600 billion kip (US$8.8
billion) this fscal year - an 8
percent increase compared to
the previous year. The economic
growth rate in 2011/2012 was
down 0.3 percent on the plan
due to widespread fooding.
To achieve 8 percent GDP
growth next fscal year, the
government plans to mobilise
total investment funding of
25,800 billion kip (US$3.2
billion), accounting for 32
percent of GDP.
Of this amount, state
investment funding including
offcial development assistance
(ODA) is expected to contribute
8,772 billion kip, while the
private sector is expected to
contribute 14,190 billion kip,
and bank credit is expected to
contribute 2,823 billion kip.
Economists forecast that
investment capital will result
in 3 percent growth in the
agriculture and forestry sector,
accounting for 26 percent of
the total GDP value, while the
industry and service sectors are
expected to see 15.5 percent
and 6.5 percent growth to
account for 31 and 37.2 percent
of GDP value respectively.
They said one of the major
challenges Laos is expected
to face in the 2012/2013
fscal year is the European
debt crisis, which could have
a negative impact on Lao
exports, especially garments.
The European Union is one
of the major importers of Lao
garment products.
The European debt crisis
may also have a negative
impact on ODA because the
EU is a major donor. The
government plans to hold talks
with EU offcials in the near
future over the potential impact
the ongoing fnancial crisis
could have on development in
Laos.
Unpredictable natural
disasters can also pose major
challenges for economic
growth. In the past two
years, Laos suffered serious
fooding, causing widespread
damage to agricultural and
industrial production bases.
Prime Minister Thongsing
Thammavong has called on
the sectors concerned to be
ready to deal with further
natural disasters this coming
wet season.
On the positive side,
economists say Laos will
be able to maintain political
stability, which will create
confdence among potential
investors. A large percentage
of the Lao population is young
and of working age, and can
provide a strong workforce
for growing investment and
industry in the country.
Laos targets 8 percent
GDP growth next
fscal year
CHINA (China Daily) --
Structural changes in Chinas
economy are already apparent
and will accelerate, driven by
external and internal factors,
the American Chamber of
Commerce said on Wednesday.
The strong commitment of
US companies to the Chinese
market is subject to Chinas
future policy choices and
development path, as well as
external risks such as another
global economic slowdown,
the chamber said in its annual
white paper on the State of
American Business in China.
The transition to a new
economic growth model
presents new challenges. A new
commitment to deepen market
reforms and extend a truly market
economy to additional sectors of
the economy will ensure more
sustainable economic growth,
said Ted Dean, AmCham China
chairman.
Song Hong, a senior
researcher at the department
of international trade with the
Chinese Academy of Social
Sciences, said the white paper
showed the chief concerns of
US companies have shifted
from the investment climate
to the countrys medium-term
economic growth path.
Chinas course over the next
decade as it seeks a structural
shift has become a big concern
for the foreign business
community. They may think
there are some ambiguities and
uncertainties, but in fact China
has given clear information,
Song said.
The government is on track to
make progress toward a market
economy by actively promoting
the liberalisation of interest
rates and further improving the
exchange rate mechanism, as
well as deepening the reform
of State-owned enterprises, he
said.
China has no doubts
about sticking to opening-
up and gradually advancing
its reforms in a cautiously
optimistic way. A shock
type reform, expected by
some people, is impossible in
China, Song said.
Despite the uncertainties,
companies remain relatively
optimistic about Chinas
market. Most of the surveyed
companies expect to grow faster
than Chinas real GDP this year,
as they did in 2010 and 2011.
Structural shift gaining momentum: AmCham
A worker in Deyang, Sichuan province, inspects a rotor, a key
component of a nuclear power generator, that was independently
developed by Dongfang Electric Corp.
22 B 2 Friday April 27, 2012
BCEl late entry dips 100 kip
Vientiane A bit of sparring occurred with 2400 EDL-Gen shares unchanged at 5,000 kip in
the frst session and 10K in the second close. EDL-Gen yesterday lost an insignifcant 50
kip and BCEL 100 kip but on extremely low volumes and both trades were no real market
sentiment indicator. The stock volumes and price value in the past 2 weeks have been all
bullish but the past 2 days has tapered off. BCEL trades only occurred in the closing session.
Strong support exists for EDL-Gen which has remained bullishly above 4,800 kip. BCEL will
get a surge but it will require larger parcels to entice buyers at a higher price, otherwise its
time consuming to accumulate.
US Indexes: In an overdone exaggerated play, markets turned green but what a false
lead all moved on the back of Apple shares. Investor indigestion says there here is more than
one stock listed on the market. Profts from Apple and a solid performance by Boeing have
spruced up US markets, with a late enhancement coming from a slightly improved growth
outlook from the Feds. Strong demand in the global mining sector has helped Caterpillar
boost earnings by 29 percent in the frst quarter, despite slower sales growth in China and
Brazil, the company says.
European indexes: European stocks rose sharply as robust corporate results offset
weak economic data
Asia indexes The Thai index broke to the upside at 1201 points and the Baht gained
to 30.90 yesterday. Australia and New Zealand exchanges followed the US false lead with
resources up slightly. In general mixed after cautious trade as dealers awaited key policy
meetings at the central banks of the United States and Japan.
Oils: Nymex US$103.90; Brent US$119 up US$1-00. Oil prices have rebounded
from early losses after the US Federal Reserve predicted a pick-up in growth in the US.
Metals:. Gold was again directionless at US$1643/oz and copper added US$150 to
US$8,200.
Phetsamone Chandala
Kolao Developing Co., Ltd. is
selling commercial vehicles in
Laos in response to the rapid
economic growth and infow
of foreign investment capital
into the country.
The company held a
ceremony on Wednesday
to hand over 20 Hyundai
commercial vehicles to
its frst big customer. The
delivery comprised ten 22.5
ton (15m3) dump trucks and
10 mixer trucks (7m3), at the
companys showroom on T2
Road in Vientiane.
Kolao expects to develop
a prosperous and successful
market in commercial
vehicles.
Commercial Vehicle Di-
vision President, Mr Kwag Hyo-
Gun, said the company decided
to import the commercial
vehicles due to high customer
demand.
Kolao plans to import
other trucks and buses to meet
customers requirements in
the next couple of months.
Additionally, hundreds of
trucks are on the way to project
sites after being ordered by
several major customers.
Our major customers
operate in mining, road
construction, hydropower,
railway construction, fuel
transportation, general trading,
tourism and so on, Mr Kwag
said.
Hyundai brand awareness
is very strong and reliable
around the world, he said, and
the vehicle manufacturer is
currently in the global top fve
automotive industries.
To sustain the commercial
vehicle business in Laos,
Kolao is well prepared and
Mr Kwag Hyo-Gun (third right) presents a bouquet to the frst Hyundai dealership in Laos to stock the
auto frms range of heavy vehicles.
has ordered in a huge number
of spare parts and set up
after-sales service facilities
for customers should they
need assistance while using
Hyundai products anywhere
in the country.
In addition, Kolao has
hired a couple of highly skilled
mechanics and engineers from
the Republic of Korea.
Our spare parts are very
cheap and customers will fnd
they are better priced than
those of any other competitor,
Mr Kwag said.
The companys main
competitors are Japanese
and Chinese vehicle
manufacturers.
Kolao is pleased to be able
to provide Korean or Japanese
made construction equipment
such as excavators, wheel
loaders and fork lifts in the
near future, he added.
Kolao revs up sales with Hyundai
commercial vehicles
SINGAPORE (The Straits
Times) -- Amid more moderate
economic growth, layoffs of
workers increased slightly in
2011 with some 9,990 workers
made redundant.
Findings from the
Redundancy And Re-entry
Into Employment, 2011 report
released by the Ministry of
Manpowers Research and
Statistics Department on
Thursday showed that the
fgure was slightly up from
9,800 in 2010. This translated
to 5.5 workers made redundant
for every 1,000 employees in
2011, down from 5.7 in 2010.
Workers from the
manufacturing sector
remained the most vulnerable
to redundancy, with 11
workers made redundant for
every 1,000 in 2011. This
was signifcantly more than in
services and construction.
Vacancy Announcement
District Focus Survey Manager
Handicap International is looking for 1 District Focus Survey Manager for the UXO Program
based in Sepon, Savannakhet
HI started to work in the UXO sector in Lao PDR in 1996. Since October 2011, HI has been implementing a
new survey approach, the District Focus Approach (DFA). The aim of this pilot project is to defne the level
of contamination in Lao PDR with its socio-economic impact and design a 10 years clearance plan.
Main tasks of the Manager is to:
1. Supervise, coordinate, monitor and manage a team of 12 surveyors (possibility of extension to 24
surveyors);
2. Produce annual and monthly work plans;
3. Produce monthly and quarterly report;
4. Work closely with the partners National Regulatory Authority, UXO district committee, other NGO
involved in the District Focus Approach;
5. Work closely with the different other projects in the UXO program, with the Technical Adviser and the
Head of Mission;
6. Conduct regular Quality Assurance visits to the feld to oversee the activities of the survey teams.
Ensure all activities are being carried out in accordance with the DFA methodology and the organization
SOPs;
7. Ensure all activities are being carried out in accordance with the DFA methodology and the organization
SOPs;
8. Quality Control on all data collection forms;
9. Manage the survey documentation;
Required Qualifcations:
- High School certifcate;
- Excellent skills in management and organization;
- Committed to community development;
- Good interpersonal and communication skills;
- Be fexible, reliable and trustworthy;
- Knowledge of English (speaking, reading, writing).

Applicants interested have to send application documents to Mr. Vithit Chantasari
Tel : 856 + 20 55671109, email: deputyhom@handicap-international-laos.org HI Vientiane offce, Ban
Vongvilay. Offce phone: 021 412110.
Application documents should include;
Personal profle / CV
Copy of Education Certifcate
Copy of motorbike driving license
Copy of ID card and family book
Copy of Working experience records (if available)

Deadline: May 15th 2012
Meanwhile, the rate of
re-entry into employment
improved for the second
successive year.
MOM reports 9,990 workers laid off in 2011
Workers from the manufacturing sector remained the most
vulnerable to redundancy, with 11 workers made redundant for
every 1,000 in 2011.
YOKOHAMA (The Daily
Yomiuri Online) -- Nissan
Motor Co. said Wednesday
it will bring back the Cima
luxury sedan as a hybrid-only
model on May 21, nearly
two years after it stopped
producing the previous model
in the summer of 2010.
The unusual comeback
refects strong requests from
drivers, Nissan said.
The Cimas revival
is a gesture of Nissans
determination to compete
across the full vehicle lineup,
Executive Vice President
Hiroto Saikawa said at an
event to unveil the hybrid.
The new Cima is priced
from 7.35 million yen to 8.4
million yen.
Nissan will introduce the
Cima as a high-end sedan,
above the Fuga model, and it is
set to compete against luxury
brands such as Toyota Motor
Co.s Lexus and Germanys
BMW.
The new Cima has a
wheelbase of over three metres,
18 centimetres longer than the
previous model, to provide
spacious and comfortable rear
seats.
Equipped with a 3,500cc
V6 engine and a proprietary
hybrid system, the new
model can travel up to 18.8
kilometres per liter of gasoline
under the 10-15 mode standard
measurement in Japan, a little
more than twice the fuel
effciency of the previous
model.
Nissan revives Cima as hybrid-only car
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Continued from last issue
Friday April 27, 2012 B 3
IN BRIEF
Oil hovers above US$104 as US boosts economy outlook
SINGAPORE (AP) -- Oil prices hovered above US$104 a barrel on Thursday in Asia after
the US central bank boosted its outlook for economic growth and employment.
Benchmark oil for June delivery was up 3 cents to US$104.15 a barrel at midday Singapore
time in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract rose 57
cents to settle at US$104.12 in New York on Wednesday. Brent crude for June delivery was
steady at US$119.12 per barrel in London.
Peugeot Citroen 1st quarter sales slump 7 percent
PARIS (AP) -- Peugeot Citroen says it sales slumped in the frst quarter as Europes
recession-hit markets caused car sales to collapse across the regions southern fank. The Paris-
based car maker says it made 15.4 billion (US$20.3 billion) in the frst quarter, down 7 percent
from a year earlier. The maker of the popular Peugeot 207 hatchback and Citroen C4 Picasso
minivan blames the collapse of markets in southern Europe for the weak quarterly performance.
Sales of handset arm lifts Swedens Ericsson in QI
STOCKHOLM (AP) -- LM Ericsson, the world-leading wireless equipment maker in terms
of market share, has more than doubled its frst-quarter profts, largely because of the sale
of its stake in handset maker Sony Ericsson. Wednesdays report shows a net proft of 8.95
billion kronor (US$1.33 billion), up from the 4.1 billion kronor earned in the same period
last year. The picture elsewhere was less healthy with sales down 4 percent at 50.97 billion
kronor. Gross margin also shrank, to 33.3 percent from a pervious 38.5 percent.
HANOI, Vietnam (VNS) --
The Ministry of Finance will
likely recommend a proposal
to slash the value added tax
(VAT) by 50 percent in a move
to support businesses during
the economic slowdown, said
fnance minister Vuong Dinh
Hue.
Hue said that the ministry
was investigating the
diffculties facing enterprises
in order to accurately assess
businesses health. The
ministry will then consider
whether it should ask the
Government to enact more
fnancial measures, such as the
VAT reduction, at the annual
meeting early next month.
Hue admitted that the
economic slowdown had
caused frms major challenges.
According to a report from the
Government, between January
1 and March 21 at least 2,217
enterprises closed and 9,726
enterprises halted operations
ahead of schedule, an increase
of 6 percent compared with
the same period last year. In
previous years, the country
saw roughly 5,000 frms on
average shut their doors.
Domestic industrial
production has also faced
many problems. According to
the General Statistic Offce,
as of March 1 the inventory
index of processing and
manufacturing industries was
up 34.9 percent over the same
period in 2011. However, the
consumption index increased
only 0.5 percent over the same
period last year.
Some sectors, including
production of fertiliser, iron and
steel, tobacco products, cement,
and lime and plaster saw high
inventory indices from 55
percent to 87.2 percent.
The government has
already tried strategies to
help companies survive the
prolonged economic crisis,
including allowing businesses
to pay their corporate income
tax in increments and reducing
interest rates.
Director of the Vietnam
Economics Institute Tran Dinh
Thien said that the government
should adopt policies that
provide incentives for
businesses, like reducing the
corporate tax from the current
25 percent to 20 percent,
reducing or exempting them
from material import taxes
and waiving fees.
The government should also
be cutting lending interest rates
to make it easier for enterprises
to access credit, Thien said.
VAT cut of 50 percent tipped
A promotion of the Hanoi Trade Corporation attracts customers in Quoc Oai district, Hanoi.
INDONESIA (The Jakarta
Post) -- Auto sales could slide
by at least 7.8 percent this year
following a new credit policy
for car purchases and a likely
rise in fuel prices.
The initial estimate of
this years car sales was
940,000, but automakers have
revised it down to 875,000,
Indonesian Automotive
Industry Association (Gaikindo)
chairman Sudirman Maman
Rusdi revealed on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, the number of
car sales reached 250,000 in
the frst quarter of the year, and
is expected to reach 500,000
by the end of the frst semester,
according to Gaikindo data.
However, we are
expecting the number of car
sales to go down to 375,000
units in the second semester,
Sudirman said as quoted by
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (The Star) --
PT Bank CIMB Niaga Tbks earnings rose 29
percent to Rp937bil (RM311.62mil) in the frst
quarter ended March 31, 2012 from Rp728bil
a year ago.
CIMB Group Bhd said its 97.9 percent
CIMB Niagas higher net proft was
underpinned by a 30 percent increase in
operating income to Rp3.17 trillion from
Rp2.45 trillion a year ago.
This translated to earnings per share (EPS)
of Rp37.26, higher than the corresponding
period in 2011 of Rp29.30, it said.
Car sales could fall over credit
policy, fuel prices
Sudirman Maman Rusdi.
kompas.com.
He also said borrowing
costs have risen and would
discourage people from the
lower-middle income levels
from buying new cars.
People wanting to buy new
cars now have to provide cash
deposits as high as 20 to 30
percent of a car price under
the new credit policy. It was
previously 10 percent.
Apart from the new policy,
the government has also been
seeking to increase fuel prices
to avoid overspending on fuel
subsidies and to ban privately
owned cars from buying
subsidized fuel.
CIMB Niaga, which is Indonesias ffth
largest bank by asset size, said loans in all
business segments, that is commercial, corporate
and retail grew by 23 percent, 17 percent, and
11 percent respectively from a year ago.
As of March 31, loans grew by 18 percent
to Rp129.83 trillion. Its non-performing loan
(NPL) ratio (gross) of 2.69 percent as of March
31, 2012, was an improvement compared with
2.86 percent a year ago.
CIMB Niagas total assets as of March 31
reached Rp172.68 trillion, up 16 percent from
Rp149.05 trillion a year ago.
CIMB Niagas Q1 earnings up 29
percent to RM311.6m
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TRUST FUND #: TF095254
The Water and Sanitation Program (WSP) is a multi-donor partnership created in 1978 and administered by the World Bank to support
poor people in obtaining affordable, safe, and sustainable access to water and sanitation services. WSP provides technical assistance,
facilitates knowledge exchange, and promotes evidence-based advancements in sector dialogue.
WSP has offces in 24 countries across Africa, East Asia and the Pacifc, Latin America and the Caribbean, South Asia, and in
Washington, DC. WSP is led by a Program Manager located in the World Banks Transport, Water and ICT Department in the
Sustainable Development Network (SDN) Vice Presidency. In East Asia, the program currently operates offces in 5 countries
Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, the Philippines, and Vietnam with the regional offce located in Jakarta, Indonesia. The Regional
Team Leader is accountable to the Program Manager in Washington DC. For more information, please visit www.wsp.org.
In Lao PDR, WSP focuses on two of its business areas: i) Scaling Up Rural Sanitation and Hygiene, and ii) Supporting poor-inclusive
water supply and sanitation sector reform. Since 2008 it has been supporting Nam Saat, the National Centre for Environmental Health
and Water Supply in the Ministry of Health, in the piloting of Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) in Champasak and Sekong
Provinces, and a small number of international NGOs are also supporting CLTS pilots in other locations. The program is now being
expanded to ensure that demand for sanitation via CLTS is matched by the supply of affordable latrines, fostered by an enabling
environment at national and decentralized government levels. This integrated program will also incorporate the promotion of essential
hygiene behaviours, particularly hand-washing with soap at critical times.
To support implementation of this program, the WSP Lao Team is now seeking to hire a Community Development Consultant to
strengthen its team on providing technical advice and supervision of feld work activities on rural sanitation in the two provinces.
prIMary OBJECTIVES
a. Provide technical support and inputs to the design, development and adaptation of tools, training resources, and the provision of
training, in close collaboration with other trainers such as CLTS facilitators and community development outreach, etc;
b. Provide support on effective project implementation, monitoring and evaluation through enhancement of local government
partners focusing on planning, advocacy and promotion, supervision, and coordination at provincial and district levels;
c. Periodically follow-up on the tasks performed by WSP contracted agencies in the two provinces, where the rural scaling up
program is under implementation;
d. Facilitate and participate in studies, and assessments and researches as well as in facilitation on developing Behavior Change
Communications (BCC) materials;
e. Regularly coordinate and build effective partnerships with government partners at all levels and with other relevant development
partners, NGOs, or other large-scale rural development programs nationally;
The Water and Sanitation Consultant will be based at the WSP Lao PDR Country Offce. Frequent travels within Lao PDR and the East
Asia region will be required to accomplish the responsibilities under this assignment.
GENEralQUalIfICaTIONS
A Masters Degree or higher level degree in a relevant feld, such as public health, economics, social sciences or
communications;
Extensive knowledge of the issues and challenges involved in promoting sanitation and hygiene in low-income rural
community;
Minimum working experience of fve years in Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) or similar participatory approaches.
Demonstrated ability to effectively work with governments at various levels and experience with capacity building for government
agencies;
Excellent oral and written communication and presentational skills in English and Lao;
Strong computer skills; ability to use standard MS Offce programs;
Strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated capacity to work effectively in teams with dispersed members, and with colleagues
from government and civil society, will be essential;
Good understanding of and sensitivity to the multi-disciplinary character of the water sector and the importance of institutional,
economic, and socio-political factors in policy formulation and implementation, and demand-responsive project design.
Interested consultants shall submit their applications indicating that they are qualifed to perform the service (curriculum vitae,
description of similar assignments, experience in similar conditions, appropriate skills etc. not later than 27 april 2012. For further
information and application submission, please contact the address given below.
Water and Sanitation Program - East Asia and the Pacifc
World Bank Vientiane Offce
P.O.Box 345, Pathou Xay, Vientiane, Lao PDR
Tel: ++856 21 450014-16 ext. 100, fax: ++856 21 450015
Ms. Phommachanh Sosourivong (Team Assistant), psosourivong@worldbank.org
Applicants will be treated strictly confdentially and only short-listed candidates will receive responses. Late submission will not be
considered and phone inquiries will not be accepted.
Water and Sanitation Program
-East Asia and the Pacifc,
Lao PDR Country Offce
(WSP LCO)
World Bank Offce
Pathou Xay
P.O Box 345
Vientiane, Lao PDR
phone: + 856-21-415729
+ 856-21-413710
fax: + 856-21-450015
http://www.wsp.org
rEQUEST fOr EXprESSION Of INTErEST
Country: Lao Peoples Democratic Republic
Project: Education for All Fast Track Initiative Catalytic Fund (EFAFTI CF Program)
Sector: Education
Description:International Consultant to Assist the Pre-Primary IU on Community Based School Readiness Program (CBSRP).
Grant No.: TF097384
Project ID No.: P118494
1. BACKGROUND
Early childhood school readiness programs for children under 5 years of age, which assist in the development of learning capacities for
children in the areas of physical health and ftness, language and communication, intellectual knowledge, emotional and social development,
greatly enhance the success rate for children to remain in school and participate fully in the primary education programs.
Young children in poor communities and vulnerable ethnic groups have limited access to early childhood development programs.
Although MoES has successfully implemented preschool and kindergarten educational programs throughout Lao PDR with the
enrolment rate of children under 5 years of age at 40.3%, , MOES has found that 59.7% of children under 5 years still have no access
to such services. It is felt that early childhood development school readiness programs for children under 5 years play a crucial role
in helping children be successful in primary school and ultimately reduces repetition rates in grades 1 to 3.
Therefore, MOES has determined that the establishment of community based play groups within the community is one form of
a school readiness program that can offer vital opportunities to children under 5 years within villages where there is no exisiting
kindergarten or primary school available. These community based play groups will help prepare village children to be ready for
entering into primary school education and increase the success rates for these children to remain in school.
2. TERMS OF REFERENCE AND EXPECTED OUTPUTS
The consultant will strengthen the capacity of the Ministry of Education and Sports to develop, produce and use child-centered
teaching and learning materials for community-based school readiness play groups (CBSR).
Task 1: Carry out a desk review of existing MoES teaching and learning materials for pre-school and pre-primary education,
including the recently developed CBSR curriculum, facilitators guide, and teaching and learning materials. MoES will
provide all materials to the consultant for review. Translation of some materials into English may need to be done before
consultancy starts
Output 1: Analysis of existing teaching and learning materials with a focus on how they could be utilised in the CBSR
Task 2: Facilitate a series of ten capacity development workshops (two five-day workshops and eight one-day workshops) t o
strengthen the knowledge, skills and ability of a core team to lead the development, production and effective use of teaching
and learning materials for the CBSR. The capacity development workshops will include both theory and practice and use
the CBSR curriculum, and in particular the Scope of General Knowledge in each Teaching Unit of the Curriculum as a
reference to guide the content of the capacity development workshops.
The initial fve-day workshop will strengthen the core teams understanding of the concept of child-centered learning and how this directly
links with the use of hands-on classroom learning materials. The core team will have a deeper understanding of how learning materials can be
used not only by teachers to instruct students, but also as learning materials used directly by students to engage in their own learning.
Each of the bi-weekly one-day workshops will focus one of the eight CBSR curriculum consultant teaching unit. The workshops
will combine theory and practice to enable the core team to guide educational material companies, teachers and local communities to
develop and produce appropriate hands-on learning materials for the CBSR program.
During the fnal fve-day work shop the existing CBSR facilitators guide will be revised to include additional teaching and learning
materials within each of the eight teaching units of the CBSR curriculum based on the knowledge and skills learned during the
previous nine workshops.
Output 2: Ten workshops facilitated and a draft of the revised CBSR facilitators guide developed
3. TIME FRAME
The contract is for 37 working days from June 2012.
4. QUalIfICaTIONS SUMMary
- Advanced University degree in Education or related felds;
- At least 10 years of working experience in the area of early childhood education;
- At least eight years working in developing countries in early childhood education;
- Experience working with governments for capacity development;
- Involvement in the development of the CBSR programme curriculum, teachers guide and teaching and learning materials
in Lao PDR
Interested eligible candidates may obtain further information and the detailed TOR from the Ministry of Education and Sports,
ESDF Coordination Unit (ECU) at the address below during offce hours 08:00 to 16:00 hours or by e-mail.
Please submit CVs and three [3] references along with a letter of interest by 27th april to 17th May 2012 to the address below. Only
short listed individual candidates will be contacted for an interview.
Attn: Mrs. Khampaseuth KITIGNAVONG, Program Director
Ministry of Education and Sports
Lane Xang Avenue,
P.O Box 067, Vientiane Capital, Lao PDR
E-mail: edpiimoe@laopdr.com
Tel/Fax: (856 -21) 243 672
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The Ministry of Planning and Investment
Mainstreaming disaster and Climate risk Management into
Investment Decisions
EXprESSIONS Of INTErEST
National Financial Management Consultant
Background
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 measurably decrease the vulnerability of the population and
national economy to climate change and natural hazards.
Scope of service:
The consultant would be a part of the project team based at MPI, but will also provide
support to FM team at MPWT and Department of Irrigation. He/She would work in close
cooperation with the projects international consultant team leader, and would be responsible
for the following specifc tasks:
Project Financial Management:
Maintain an update to date Project Financial Information System.
Work closely with accounting software provider to design appropriate chart of
accounts and reporting format to ensure the projects fnancial reporting requirements/
needs are met.
Ensure a proper internal control system is in place to achieve accountability at all
levels.
Prepare fnancial management manual to be approved by the World Bank.
Compile and review fnancial proposals by participating Implementation Units for
preparation of budget and fnancial reports in accordance with required formats by
World Bank.
Understand funds fows arrangements between from MPI, MAF and MPWT to ensure
timely budget planning in each period.
Assist the Project manager to prepare and updated budget based on work plans and
prepare any proposals for fund re-allocation as needed.
Monitoring disbursements from various accounts. Managing and maintaining
project bank accounts and its reimbursement to ensure project liquidity and smooth
implementation of project activities.
Prepare all withdrawal applications and required supporting documents. Perform a
follow up as necessary.
Monitor cash advances (including making necessary follow-up on long-outstanding
advances) and contract management.
Liaise with the National Treasury, the Bank of Lao and External Finance Department
of the Ministry of Finance for payment/replenishment requests.
Work closely with the Finance Department or designated fnance offcer of Line
Agencies.
Prepare annual fnancial report for auditing, and coordinate with and facilitate the work of
auditors when needed. In consultation with project management, prepare an action plan
and monitor the implementation of recommendations arising from annual audit.
Prepare, maintain and update from time to time the inventory management system for
all projects assets. .
Prepare monthly, quarterly, semi-annual and annual fnancial reports for the Project
Manager.
Coordinate with relevant implementing units, compile and prepare the projects
Interim Unaudited Financial Report (IFR) in the form and format acceptable to the
World Bank and ensure timely submission of such report to the World Bank
Prepare and process all invoices for payments
Be available to travel occasionally to the provinces and districts, including provide
training and other capacity building support as needed.
Provide information of necessary taxation-related documents, including taxes on
project personnel.
Analysis and reporting of fnancial performance of actual expenditure against
approved budget
Provide fnancial information to various regulatory Authorities as required.
Perform other duties as may be reasonably requested by the Project Director.
Qualifcations:
At least a bachelor degree in relevant feld such as: accounting and fnance. Post
graduate qualifcation in relevant feld e.g. Master Degree or hold a professional
qualifcation in fnance and accounting are highly desirable
A sound knowledge in accounting and fnancial reporting, including at least 5 years
of professional experience.
Experience with the World Bank projects or other major donors are an advantage.
Good PC/systems literacy, including strong Excel skills. Skills in using computerized
accounting software is an advantage
Fluency of Lao and English (strong written and spoken skills)
Able to work in a team, with close cooperation and coordination with key line
Ministries, World Bank team and other counterparts.
Good understanding of Government institutional and budgetary structures and ability
to work with a range of agencies at national, provincial, and local level.
Reliable, independent and dynamic worker with high social competence and good
team spirit
Good interpersonal skills and result orientation.
duration of assignment:
The indicative estimated inputs for this assignment are 12 person months on a full time basis,
with a possibility for extension of year by year based on performance. Expected start date is
Middle-May 2012.
Please send all applications before 2 May 2012to: v.bouaphachanh@gmail.com or the
address given below:
Department of Planning
Ministry of Planning and Investment
Sithan Neua Village, Sikhottabong District, Vientiane Capital, Lao PDR
Tel/Fax: 021 216719