Laos

Lao government seeks to rein in external debt by cutting new projects

But country needs to crack down on corruption, many Laotians say.

Lao business owners decry the shuttering of money-changing shops

The central bank wants greater control of currency in order to fight inflation, kip’s devaluation.

To tame inflation, Laos orders closure of all money changing shops, import limits

As inflation rises to nearly 40%, authorities have banned import of some vegetables, eggs, pork, beef

Laos needs more teachers, but budget cuts mean new hires can’t fill gap

The number of civil servant jobs has been steadily shrinking amid economic woes.

Villagers in the dark even as preparations start for building the Pak Lay Dam in Laos

The Chinese-led project is expected to displace 1,000 families, who haven’t yet been offered compensation.

After 3-year hiatus, Lao Elephant Festival to be held in February

The event is meant to stress the traditional ties to animals and highlight their endangered status.

Mekong River banks erode at rapid pace