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Laos: New National Plan on Narcotics Control

(Mar. 23, 2016) At its March 2016 monthly meeting, the Laos Cabinet made a decision to approve a national plan on narcotics control for the years 2016-2020. The plan covers several aspects of the issue, including: strengthening enforcement of the Law on Narcotics; enhancing the capacity of officials to handle narcotics cases; increasing support from […]

Laos: Enforcement of Fishing Rule to Be Strengthened

(Dec. 11, 2014) Authorities in Laos have become concerned about the open sale of fishing equipment designed to send electric shocks through the water as a method of harvesting fish. (Electrified Fishing Forces Lao Authorities to Act, GLOBAL POST (Dec. 4, 2014).) The use of this method of fishing is banned under the Law on […]

Laos: New Law on Civil Servants Being Drafted

(Aug. 30, 2013) It was reported on August 13, 2013, that the Ministry of Home Affairs of Laos is drafting a new law on civil servants. The aim of the legislation is to improve public administration and the delivery of services as the country develops closer ties in the immediate region and beyond. The law […]

Laos: WTO Membership Terms Concluded

(Oct. 4, 2012) As of September 28, 2012, the terms for Laos to join the World Trade Organization (WTO) have been established by the group of countries working on the issue. The plan now goes to the WTO General Council for approval. The Council includes all 157 WTO members; it will review the Laos terms […]

Laos: Seven Laws Approved in Principle

(Apr. 7, 2010) At the Lao Government's last monthly meeting, held March 29-31, 2010, seven legal documents were approved in principle. The documents are designed to support the country's socio-economic development and efforts to strengthen rule of law. The meeting was held at the office of Prime Minister Bouasone Bouphavanh. All the documents will be […]

Laos: Investment Law Modified, Other Legislation Passed

(Aug. 3, 2009) As was reported at a press conference held by Thongteun Sayasane, the spokesman for the legislature of the Southeast Asian nation of Laos, the country has taken action to permit foreign investors to buy and sell office buildings. The National Assembly, in addition to approving several reports and action plans, adopted an […]

Laos; Thailand: Resettlement Abroad of Some Hmong Refugees

(Apr. 30, 2009) Kasit Priomya, Thailand's Foreign Minister, visited the United States in late April 2009, and he discussed the status of ethnic Hmong refugees from Laos now living in a detention center in Thailand. Meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, he said that the Hmong “are regarded as political asylum seekers, so […]