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MonDAY march 30, 2015

Vientiane Times ISSUE 75


The First National English Language Newspaper
60th
22/3/1955
22/3/2015

The 60th Anniversary of the


Founding of the Lao Peoples
Revolutionary Party

4500 kip

Businesses looking to hire


large foreign workforce
Souksakhone Vaenkeo the total workforce, compared
to 10 percent as permitted
Businesses and project operators under the old law.
have asked for permission to In addition, foreign
hire a large number of foreign professionals may now make
workers to fill job vacancies, up 25 percent of white-collar
a senior government official employees, up from 20 percent
has said. previously.
From September 2014 to Ms Keo said the ultimate
March 2015, the government number of foreign hires could
has approved requests by be considerably more than the
various projects and businesses number approved so far as the
to hire 40,690 foreign workers door remains open for further
of various nationalities, requests.
according to the Ministry of Consideration and
Labour and Social Welfare. approval of further requests
This figure represents a will be undertaken accordingly
significant increase compared and appropriately, she said.
to last year when permission Officials noted that the
was granted for only 24,609 surge in demand for foreign
foreign workers to be hired workers reflects the fact that
over the whole year. the Lao economy is expanding
Deputy Director General of and the local workforce does
the ministrys Skill Development not meet the growing demands Paving of a concrete road that will pass through the new provincial capital, Viengkham district, on the way to Pakkhayoung bridge is
and Employment Department, of the job market. nearing completion.
Ms Keo Chanthavixay, said Although a significant

Mixed success with new roads


more and more businesses have number of Lao workers will
been asking for foreign workers enter the job market from
following an amendment to the 2016-2020, this is estimated to
Labour Law, which allows be far from sufficient.
employers to take on a larger
number of foreign hires.
Businesses actually
A s man y as 7 1 6 , 0 0 0
additional Lao workers will enter
the job market from 2015-2020,
in Vientiane provincial capital
requested an even larger bringing the total to 4.11 million,
number, but the ministry needs according to the ministrys five- Times Reporters involves six main roads over roads has been temporarily completion set for the end of
to give the matter appropriate year plan which was presented 100km in length. But only two suspended; from Phonhong this year. Our target is for all
consideration before giving recently at a national meeting of Two of six main roads that will of these roads that pass through village in Phonhong district to the infrastructure projects for
authorisation, Ms Keo told the ministry. pass through the new capital of our new capital are on schedule Phonmi village in Viengkham the new capital to be basically
the Vientiane Times recently, At least 31,130 workers Vientiane province are now more with 90 percent of the concrete district, and from Pakkhayoung complete by 2020, Mr Thavone
referring to authorisation will be needed by 2015 to work than 90 percent complete and are surface laid and traffic islands in village to Naxang village to said.
allowed under the law. in nine sectors, according to already being used by motorists. place, he said. connect with Road No 10, he The target date for full
The National Assembly information reported previously An official from the secretariat Work on four other main added. completion is 2030, when all
passed the amended Labour by the Lao National Chamber of in charge of urban development roads has not progressed as The authorities had tried to facilities and buildings will
Law in December 2013, giving Commerce and Industry. in the province, Mr Thavone planned and wont be finished push the contractors to continue be in place along with other
employers the right to hire The garment sector will Phengsangsay, said on Friday this year. The contractors dont with the work to keep things infrastructure.
more foreign nationals. require the largest number of that road construction was part have enough funds to do the moving forward, but they didnt Vientiane province has 10
Under the amended law, workers at an estimated 9,900, of infrastructure development work and pay for everything in have enough financing at present. districts in all, namely the new
a workplace or enterprise followed by construction with required for the new provincial advance before the government On average, the six roads capital Viengkham, Keo-oudom,
can hire workers engaged in 5,500, while the furniture capital, Viengkham district. reimburses them within 10 are now 30 percent complete Phonhong, Thoulakhom, Maed,
physical labour up to a number production sector requires The road construction years after completion. after we signed a contract to Meuangfeuang, Xanakham,
that constitutes 15 percent of about 5,000 people. project in Vientiane province Wo r k o n t w o o f t h e begin the project in 2011 with Hinheup, Vangvieng and Kasy.


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2 Home news Monday March 30, 2015 Vientiane Times

KOICA sends more volunteers to Laos Schoolchildren become leaders


Times Reporters Champassak province.
All new volunteers will
significant fields such as
education, health care and rural
in hygiene and sanitation
The Korea International attend a local adjustment training development. Currently, there
Cooperation Agency (KOICA) programme in Vientiane for two are many kinds of volunteers Times Reporters
has dispatched another six months, consisting of on the job such as general volunteer,
volunteers to Laos to take part training and home-stays with senior volunteer, international Thirty children from each school
in the countrys socio-economic local people. This programme cooperation doctor and so on. in Pha-oudom district, Bokeo
development, in response to focuses on understanding the At present, 47 volunteers are province, last week took part in
requests from Laos and the socio-economic, cultural and actively working in Laos. activities to promote hygiene and
political situation in Laos With their skills and mission, sanitation.
effectiveness of the Korea According to Plan
Overseas Volunteer (KOV) through intensive Lao language KOICA believes that these six International Laos, the school
programme. training and the provision of new volunteers as well as the activities took place recently to
After arriving in Vientiane essential information. This will existing volunteers are playing educate and influence childrens
on March 24, the volunteers help them to easily adapt to important roles as catalysts, parents and peers to adopt good
will fulfill their humanitarian their new environment during contributing to Koreas grant aid hygiene and sanitation habits.
mission for two years though their mission. programme and assistance for Going to the bush instead
the KOV programme. This is The KOV programme is socio-economic development, of the toilet is very shameful and
the 98th KOV group since Laos a KOICA programme that enhancing mutual understanding unclean I think, said Chanhsone,
and the Republic of Korea agreed provides technical assistance between the two countries, a 10-year-old pupil. Chanhsone
to cooperate on this programme through dispatching Korean KOICA reported. said that when her parents saw
in 2000. volunteers to 44 partner So far, KOICA has provided that she had volunteered to join
The six volunteers will countries all over the world to about US$86 million (more the campaign they were very
contribute their skills and share expertise, knowledge and than 696 billion kip) and has proud of her.
experiences in the fields of experience to make practical supported more than 25 projects The event aimed to strengthen Schoolchildren organise activities promoting hygiene and sanitation
nursing, tourism, health care, contributions to socio-economic in Laos. schoolchildrens capacity to at their school in Pha-oudom district, Bokeo province.
computer education and development. Any Lao government collectively encourage their
Korean language education as This programme provides organisation that requires the parents and relatives to change event in the morning. There were I am so happy to be part of the
lecturers, trainers and teachers not only human resources but assistance of a Korean volunteer unhealthy behaviour, because four booths in which children tried World Water Day celebration,
also fulfills significant needs can send a requisition form for unlike when they try to change to influence villagers to stop open said Tadam, a 12-year-old student,
at the Childrens Hospital and defecation, keep water and food at the World Water Day event in
of the host organisation by dispatch to the KOICA Laos adults individually, the impact
Xaysettha Secondary School in is greater when they do it safe, keep the environment clean, Pha-oudom.
Vientiane, water supply state conducting the need assessment Office or Ministry of Planning collectively. and practise personal hygiene. Childrens confidence, skills
enterprise in Borikhamxay of volunteers, according to the and Investment. After further We try to reverse the way The children developed and knowledge to lead these
province, Vangvieng Secondary KOICA Laos office. evaluation of the request we work with children and simple tools they can use at home campaigns were improved
School in Vientiane province, Since 2000, the Korean considered for the organisation, communities. In the past, it to monitor the hygiene behaviour through a series of discussions
National University of Laos government has dispatched the KOV manager will assess was adults who tried to change of themselves and their family. held at schools by Plan
and Champassak Technical around 360 volunteers to Laos whether the organisation is children. Now it is children In school health promotion club International and district Health
Vo c a t i o n a l C o l l e g e i n through KOICA to work in suitable for selection. educating adults. We have been meetings they will discuss the and Education Officers.
able to help schoolchildren changes they observe through Plan also supported similar
become confident enough to drive these tools. World Water Day activities in
the change in their schools and In Pha-oudom district, some Paktha and Meung districts in
their communities, provincial of these school communicators Bokeo province and in Houn
Water, Hygiene and Sanitation also led the World Water Day district, Oudomxay province.
Programme Manager of Plan activities supported by Plan Plan International in Laos
International Laos, Ms Nali International Laos and the district helps communities to acquire
Senthavong, said. Health Office. improved sanitation, community
During the hygiene and It is fun to share knowledge water systems, toilets, water tanks,
sanitation campaign, children as and experience with my friends water taps, hand-washing stations,
communicators ran a half-day and the grown-ups around me. and drinking water stations.

Plans announced for World


Autism Awareness Day
Phetphoxay Sengpaseuth

The Association for Autism in


Vientiane (AFA) held a joint press
conference on Friday to announce
the programme for World Autism
Awareness Day on April 2, an
New Korean volunteers are welcomed on their arrival at Wattay International Airport. annual global event.
Speaking at the press
conference, acting chairman
Lao Press in Foreign Languages of the Association for Autism
Ms Phokham Douangdara said
Vientiane Times Autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
and autism are both general terms
Established 1994, Volume 21 for a group of complex disorders
Tel: (856-21) 336042, fax: (856-21) 336041 in brain development. These
disorders are characterised, in
editorvtimes@gmail.com varying degrees, by difficulties
in social interaction, verbal and
nonverbal communication and A teacher gives lessons to autistic children at the Association for
Supervisor: Tel: 55615716, 021-336045, Phayanouvong repetitive behaviour. Autism in Vientiane.
Savankhone Razmountry Fax: 336046 Tel: 021 336048, 020 In Laos we still have
problems looking after autistic autistic children. World Autism as slow developers or, in more
Editor-in-Chief: sisay69@gmail.com 55729209 children as we have no specialised Awareness Day will be celebrated severe cases, as mentally retarded.
Thongsavath Chansombath Features Editor: Copy Sub-editor: medical personnel who are able over four days in Vientiane, from Treatment often starts with putting
to recognise and diagnose the April 2-5 under this years slogan a frog on the tongue of a small
Deputy Editor-in-Chief Phon Thikeo Elizabeth Winch condition. There are no experts Together for Brighter Futures. child. It is believed that this will
and Managing Editor: Tel: 55624351, 021 Finance Manager: in special needs education who World Autism Awareness encourage speech development.
Thonglor Duangsavanh Somphone Vongsa are trained to deal with the Day is being highlighted at the Later shamans may add some
336047 disorder and help these persons Joma Bakery caf, with a photo magic chants and spells. The
Tel: 021 336042 phonethikeo28@yahoo. Tel: 336040, 020 55647291 live a joyous and meaningful exhibition at the Mercure hotel children are stigmatised and
editorvtimes@gmail.com com Marketing Manager: life and provide support for their and Walking for Health at sometimes the parents as well.
families so that they can be fully Patouxay. The first time the day According to widespread belief,
Deputy Editor-in-Chief Business Editor: Phoutthasack integrated. There are more than was officially marked in Laos a lack of love for their children
Phonekeo Vorakhoun Ekaphone Phouthonesy Inthakoummane 17,000 children with autism in was in 2011. and wrong educational concepts
Laos at the present time and at Ms Misouda added The may have lead to abnormalities
Tel: 55599207 Tel: 021-336047, Tel: 021 336042, Fax: the Association for Autism in photo exhibition at the Mercure in the development of their child,
phonekeo@hotmail.com 020 55689209 336041 Vientiane we are only able to care hotel is provided by artists from she said.
for 100 of them. Laos, Thailand and Vietnam. The World Autism Awareness Day
News Editor: Graphic Designer/IT: Mobile: 020 55599209 Secretary General of the AFA photos are available for sale and aims to increase public awareness
Sisay Vilaysack Malaythong email: sale.adv@gmail.com Ms Misouda Heuangsoukhoun the income generated will be used about people, especially children,
said The AFA is a member of for an education fund for autistic with autism. The day often
the Asean autism network and children. features educational events for
cooperates within a wide range The events over the four days teachers, healthcare workers and
If you have a problem accessing the website, please call directly to of international organisations aim to disseminate knowledge parents, as well as exhibitions
to exchange experiences, about and raise awareness of showcasing work created by
Tel: +856-21 336048; 020 55729209 Email: tai.vttwebmaster@gmail.com train Lao experts and secure autism. In Lao society people children with autism, according
the funding needed to support with autism are usually regarded to the AFA.
Vientiane Times Monday March 30, 2015 Home news 3
Scholarship winners OXFAM, Lao Womens Union
prepare to head to Japan promote gender equality
Times Reporters information about the students programme this year, which was
academic track record. more than last year. Mr Suzuki
Seventeen students who received During the past 20 years, said the students must prepare
scholarships from Japans the Japanese government has themselves for a new language,
Ministry of Education, Culture, awarded various scholarships to culture, and climate in Japan. Ms Sirikit Boupha
Sports, Science and Technology more than 950 Lao students to I hope these students will (left) and Mr
(MEXT) will travel to Japan next study in the country. focus on their studies and bring Antonino Faibene
month to begin their studies. Of the 17 students embarking back a wealth of knowledge and shake hands
The Embassy of Japan held on MEXT scholarship experiences to Laos, he added. after signing a
Memorandum of
a send-off reception for the programmes this year, two Ms Viengsavanh Sayakone, Understanding.
departing students in Vientiane are beginning doctorate who received a scholarship to
last week. The reception was programmes, five are taking do a masters degree, said that
attended by President of the Lao- masters degrees, one is studying this time she was able to pass
Japan Friendship Association, for an undergraduate degree, the test and won a scholarship,
Mr Ponmek Dalaloy, and Deputy four will attend technical college and would now be spending
Minister of Education and Sports, and five will attend specialised three years studying economic
Ms Sengdeuane Lachanthaboun. training colleges. development.
The students were tested Japanese Charge dAffaires She said she would learn as
before passing the selection to Laos Mr Ryotaro Suzuki much as she could to develop
process for the scholarships, said 450 students applied to the necessary skills to bolster
with the programme seeking take tests for the scholarship economic growth in Laos. Times Reporters Vi e n t i a n e b y E x e c u t i v e supporters on an ongoing basis.
Committee Member of the Lao The various activities of
OXFAM Novib has extended Womens Union and Director the project will also strengthen
support to the Lao Womens General of the Lao Womens the Lao Womens Union by
Union to begin a project Development Department, Ms organising group exchange
promoting womens involvement Sirikit Boupha, and Associate sessions with other womens
in environmental protection as Country Director of OXFAM, groups throughout Asean.
well as gender equality in mining Mr Antonino Faibene. It will also work to promote
and hydropower. The project aims for Lao and upgrade womens skills in
Officially titled women to play a greater role in target communities by building
Strengthening Womens planning and decision making in community savings funds.
Capacity Building in their local communities, promote It also aims to build womens
Environmental Protection and gender equality and greater understanding of ways to
Gender Equality in the Mining opportunities for women as improve their livelihoods and
and Hydropower Section, the well as contribute to poverty ways to deal with the effects of
project will be implemented reduction initiatives. mining and hydropower projects.
in target districts of various Initially it will work in In addition, the project will
provinces. each of the target districts and assess gender equality in the
At an estimated cost of more provinces to collect relevant mining and hydropower sector
than US$223,000, it is expected information to provide a baseline and ascertain whether women
Scholarship recipients and officials pose for a photo at the send-off party in Vientiane. the project will be launched for the project. are underrepresented when it
this month following the MoU Local authorities will prepare comes to employment in the
signing ceremony on Thursday. the budget plans to manage sector.
Vientiane spreads road safety The timeframe for the project
is three years, from March
the project and also support,
monitor, and assess overall
Project facilitators plan
to work in collaboration with

message ahead of Pi Mai Lao 2015 to February 2018. The


Lao Womens Development
Department will oversee the
project management in the target
districts.
After that they should report
other cooperation partners and
share experiences with officials
and experts working in the field
project. on progress to the Ministry of womens empowerment and
The MoU was signed in of Foreign Affairs and project gender equality.

Weather forecast
Officials and
students
ride bicycles
along Fa
Ngum Road
in Vientiane
to spread the
road safety
message.

Phomphong Laoin by Handicap International, through Vientiane announcing


Vientiane Rescue, Vientiane road safety messages.
Vientiane authorities are Traffic Police, and the Lao Red According to a traffic police
reminding road users about the Cross, among others. report, last year there were 1,054
importance of road safety in a Officials manning the fatalities from road accidents
bid to reduce the rising toll of booths handed out information in Laos, of which 264, or 25
accidents ahead of the Lao New on the traffic regulations and the percent, were elderly people and
Year (Pi Mai Lao) holiday in two dangers of careless driving. The children.
weeks time. activities will lay the foundation The Vientiane Traffic
The Ministry of Public for the work of traffic police Police Department is currently
Works and Transport and during the Lao New Year monitoring driver behaviour
various private companies have festival. around offices, schools,
teamed up to hold events to There were also quizzes residential areas and traffic lights.
mark the third Global UN Road on the traffic rules, and shirts, Traffic police have been
Safety Week 2015, supported jackets and helmets were given spreading the road safety message
by Handicap International and away as prizes. near schools and offices in the
the World Health Organisation. The event was attended by most populated neighbourhoods.
The theme for this years Deputy Minister of Public Works During the Lao New Year
Road Safety Week is Children and Transport, Mr Lattanamany holiday, police will check
and Road Safety. Events Khounnivong, WHO motorists speed and their level
took place in support of the representative Dr Gao Jun, Chief of sobriety.
programme on Saturday and of the Vientiane Traffic Police Every morning, police are on
Sunday near Chao Anouvong Department Lieutenant Colonel the streets clearing traffic jams
Park alongside the Mekong Youttaphong Souvannasing, on the capitals narrow roads
River in Xieng Nheun village, other officials, and students from and making announcements
Chanthabouly district. schools in Vientiane. about the traffic regulations in
Booths publicising road The authorities, students and preparation for the Lao New
safety awareness were set up other participants rode bicycles Year revelry.
4 Home news Monday March 30, 2015 Vientiane Times

Authorities, community News in Brief


chip in for new bridge Two motorbike riders killed in Vientiane
A man was killed in Thanakham village, Sangthong district, Vientiane, after his motorbike
collided with a tractor recently.
Sangthong traffic police said the man, named as Mr San, 27, of Nahoy village, Sangthong
district, rode his motorbike at high speed and crashed into a tractor driven by Mr Nota, 19, of
Nakham village, Sangthong district.
On the same day two motorbikes were involved in a fatal collision on Road 13 South in Naxone
village, Pakngum district, Vientiane. Mr Somesy, 22, of Sisomseun village, Sikhottabong district,
was killed instantly. Police are continuing their investigations into the incident.

Savannakhet tourism officials learn English


The authorities in Savannakhet province recently held a meeting on the use of English by tourism
officials in the Information, Culture and Tourism Department.
The meeting was led by the Deputy Head of the department, Mr Siha Phannavong, and other
officials. Mr Siha said that in preparation for the Asean Economic Community, officials would
need to learn some English because the language would be needed during the course of their work.
During the meeting officials were taught some basic words related to services and tourism, so
they could communicate with foreigners.
The new Khua Sa Mak Khee Bridge opens in Phonsoung village, Phonhong district, Vientiane province.
Luang Namtha to build public park
Phomphong Laoin was completed on March 6. as they needed to. Sing district in Luang Namtha province has agreed to the building of a garden for recreational use.
The authorities mobilised Villagers and shops The garden will be 40 metres wide and 80 metres long, and will be located in Chienglae village.
Authorities and villagers have the construction cost of 142 contributed money and goods The construction cost of about 2 billion kip will be paid for by the district. The garden is expected
joined together to mobilise million kip from Phonsoung towards the new bridge. It
funding for construction of villagers, who contributed is important so that the 223 to be complete in March 2016 and will be a place where people can come for relaxation.
a replacement bridge in 40 million kip, while 57 families who live here can get A Memorandum of Understanding on the project was signed at the Sing district office by district
Phonsoung village, Phonhong million kip came from nearby to where they need to be to do Governor Mr Khamphay Sorchantha and the Director of Oudomxab Construction Company.
district, Vientiane province, villages. Local businesses and their jobs, he added.
which opened last week. residents contributed goods During the opening
The opening ceremony and equipment in kind valued ceremony, Ms Inkham praised Xayaboury producer groups awarded One District, One Product logos
for the Khua Sa Mak Khi at 69 million kip for both the villagers efforts and Xayaboury district, Xayaboury province, recently announced that One District, One Product
Bridge (meaning solidarity bridge construction and the community spirit in raising
and friendship) took place last opening ceremony. funds for construction of the (ODOP) logos will be awarded to five producer groups in four villages of the district.
Thursday and was attended by The concrete bridge is 12 bridge to augment the money The groups produce handicrafts, Lao whisky, fried bananas and other food products.
Phonhong district Governor Ms metres long and seven metres provided by the government. The district is placing a focus on trade, aiming to promote agricultural and handicraft
Inkham Phandala, officials and wide. Mr Ornta said The old Local people were setting
villagers. wooden bridge was rickety. a good example by developing products. It hopes to increase the number of ODOP-certified products and bring in more
Chief of Phonsoung village Every year villagers had to fix it their village which was timely income for villagers. There are currently 25 producer groups and five products that carry
Mr Ornta Luemany reported that because it was always breaking for the celebration of the 60th the ODOP logo in Xayaboury district.
construction of the new bridge after bad weather or overuse so anniversary of the Lao Peoples
began at the start of January and people could not visit each other Revolutionary Party, she added.
Vientiane Times Monday March 30, 2015 Photo news 5

Luang Prabang provincial Governor Dr Khampheng Xaysompheng (third right) last week hands
over 50 million kip in assistance for the people of Nanoy and Huaymon villages in Viengkham President Choummaly Sayasones wife, Dr Keosaichay Sayasone (fifth right), visits a construction
district, Luang Prabang province last week after their houses were damaged in a hailstorm. project at the That Luang Marsh Specific Economic Zone in Vientiane on Friday. On the same day,
Dr Keosaichay visited a silk shop and the Kaysone Phomvihane museum, and made a donation
towards the cost of repairs at Salakham village secondary school in Hadxaifong district, Vientiane,
after it was damaged by strong winds last month.

Vientiane headquarters police show they are also grime fighters as they sweep up the roadside
Children from the Association for Autism perform during a press conference on Friday in Vientiane outside their offices recently to mark the 60th anniversary of the Lao Peoples Revolutionary
to highlight World Autism Awareness Day on April 2. --Photo Phetphoxay Party. --Photo Phetphoxay
6 Monday March 30, 2015 Vientiane Times
Region
Forced landing for Myanmar ethnic joint In brief from Asia
News Network
group calls for ceasefire
Chengdu-bound flight amid peace talks
Two graft-involved
Chinese fugitives
taken back from
YANGON (Xinhua) -- A forces and the Kokang ethnic
Laos
BEIJING (China Daily)
Myanmar ethnic joint group army at once.
- A former official and a
has called for an immediate The 7th round of peace talks
businessman, suspected of
ceasefire as armed clashes between the governments
bribery, were taken back
continued in the north of the Union Peace-Making Work to China on Saturday after
country amid peace talks, the Committee (UPWC) and about three months of exile
local Democracy Today daily the Nationwide Ceasefire in Laos, the Ministry of
reported on Sunday. Coordination Team (NCCT) Public Security announced.
The United Nationalities of ethnic armed groups have Pang Shunxi, a former
Federal Council (UNFC) been underway in Yangon tax official of Tianjin
issued a four- point statement, since March 17. The talks will municipality, was suspected
expressing regret that not only resume on Monday to finalize of accepting bribes while
the ground fighting but also a draft nationwide ceasefire An Huimin, former general
air strikes intensified amid accord. manager of a trade company
coordination to reduce the Heavy fighting continued in Tianjin, was suspected
military conflict. between the government of bribing, said a ministry
These incidents have forces and the Kokang ethnic statement.
caused fruitless talks, further army almost on a daily basis They fled to Laos after
delaying the step of achieving and fighting recurred in the prosecutors started
peace in Myanmar, said the northern Kachin state last investigating them in
UNFC. weekend with governments December last year.
A photo shows the inside of Orient Thai flight OX682 which made a forced landing in Kunming, UNFC General Secretary jet fighters striking the Kachin
Southwest Chinas Yunnan province, on its way from Phuket Island to Chengdu. The two turned themselves
Khu Ura demanded a ceasefire Independence Army in the in recently to the Chinese
between the government Mansi town. embassy in Laos, the
CHINA (China Daily) Orient Saturday but was delayed. such as ear congestion, nose statement said.
Policeman arrested in killing
Thai airlines flight OX682 was According to a staff member bleeding or fainting. The ministry urged all
forced to land in an airport in from the airport, the flight was Many passengers transferred fugitives abroad to follow
Kunming, Yunnan province supposed to fly from Phuket to another flight to continue the
on its way from Phuket Island
to Chengdu, Sichuan province
Island directly to Chengdu
and the reason why it land in
trip to Chengdu while doctors
advised some to avoid more
of Thai monk monk, cop says suit and seek leniency
through voluntary surrender.
On Thursday, China
at 12:03 am on Saturday. The Kunming is still not clear. flying based on their medical announced that it will launch
THAILAND (The Nation) National police chief General
reason is unclear, Western According to the conditions. an operation code named
Pol Sr Sgt-Major Charnchai Somyos Poompanmuang
China Metropolis Daily newspaper, a passenger on the The airline has sent plane Skynet in April, pooling
Soisangwan, apprehended affirmed that everyone involved
reported on Saturday. plane said the forced landing is to carry on the incomplete the resources from several
last week after fleeing to in the murder would be
The plane was scheduled because one of the engines was journey to Chengdu. government and Party
Laos, has alleged Ek Udon punished, without exception.
to take off on 2:40 pm from broken. Many passengers on Compensation has not been departments to hunt corrupt
Hospital chairman Banjerd Hospital chairman Banjerd
Kunming to Chengdu on the plane suffered symptoms discussed. officials who fled abroad.
Chatphaithoon paid him has maintained his innocence
Bt300,000 to arrange the and refused to take part in
murder of revered Udon Thani Sunday conference, saying Seven Sabah
monk Phra Bundit Supanditto he would only testify in islands to come
on March 1. court. Somyos said that was under restricted
Charnchai also claimed he Banjerds right and the case zones
didnt know the hospital boss would be forwarded to the MALAYSIA (The Start)
until former Udon Thani police Crime Suppression Division At least seven islands in
chief Maj-General Boonlue to ensure transparency. Sabah would be converted
Korbangyang assigned him Somyos said, based on the into restricted areas to
to follow a female |doctor suspects testimony, the case may further strengthen cross-
in relation to her alleged have stemmed from jealousy border security.
|inappropriate contact with but it had been established on Sabah Federal Secretary
Phra Bundit, who was the solid evidence, some of which Borhan Dollah on Friday
abbot of Wat Ban Pa Seesiad. couldnt be revealed to the press visited the islands - Bohey
He said he followed the at the moment. Dulang, Terumbu Sibangkat,
doctor for about a month and He said it was unlikely Pulau Selakan, Mantabuan,
didnt see anything suspicious. that Boonlue, who recently Pom-Pom, Sibuan dan
He claimed Banjerd gave commanded the special Maiga - off Semporna to get
him negative information training division at the Border first hand briefing on various
about the monk and hired him Patrol Police Bureau, was security issues at the islands.
to arrange to have Phra Bundit involved in the murder plot. He was accompanied
shot dead. Boonlue told him that and briefed by Eastern
Charnchai said he arranged Banjerd had asked for help Sabah Security Command
the murder for the money. But to arrange a subordinate to (ESSCOM) commander
he believed his former chief follow the doctor, he said. Abdul Rashid Harun.
Boonlue had no knowledge Subsequently, Boonlue told Rashid said security forces
of the plot and he didnt tell Charnchai to observe her, have long suspected that the
Boonlue about Banjerd hiring and after Banjerd kept asking islands were being used as
him. Boonlue for updates, he told him a staging point to carry out
Charnchai said he initially to talk with Charnchai directly. kidnapping, smuggling and
paid janitor Panja Chareesaen Somyos said last weeks bring in illegal immigrants.
Bt50,000 to buy a gun and transfers of Boonlue and This was the reason to place
kill the monk then paid him Udon Thani police chief Maj- the islands under restricted
areas, he said.
another Bt110,000 following General Chaiyat Saithin to
There are 360 islands under
the murder. the RTPs operations centre
Eastern Sabah Security Zone
He also paid Bt55,000 to was to ensure transparency in
(ESSZONE) of which 83
Bunnag Hongsakham, a driver the matter so the public had
are in Semporna. ESSZONE
with an |irrigation office, to confidence in the process.
covers 10 districts - Kudat,
serve as a lookout for the After the press conference,
Kota Marudu, Pitas, Beluran,
murder and advised him on an it was reported that Somyos
Kinabatangan, Sandakan,
escape route. signed an order reinstating
Lahad Datu, Kunak, Tawau.
Charnchai spoke at a press Boonlue and Chaiyat to their
Chief Minister Musa Aman,
conference yesterday at the previous positions.
who is state security council
Royal Thai Police (RTP) And the three suspects
chairman, had agreed that
headquarters in Bangkok, in were taken back to Udon
certain islands be gazetted as
which only he and Bunnag, the Thani to conduct a crime re-
restricted areas.
driver, were present. enactment.
Vientiane Times Monday March 30, 2015 Region 7
Korean courts ruling on adultery
reflects cultural, generational schisms
SOUTH KOREA (The Korea marriage that were traditionally disadvantaged, giving them
Herald) -- The ruling against family alliances, the joining important leverage to secure
the 62-year-old adultery law at of two ancestral lineages, compensation and alimony in
a Constitutional Court hearing according to Culture and the case of divorce.
in February was not merely the Customs of Korea, written by The Constitutional Court,
conclusion to a controversial Donald N. Clark. however, cited other more
decades-long debate. It also Koreans are now marrying recent laws in the civil court
reflected changing norms in a later and choosing to have that now guarantee custody
traditionally patriarchal Korean fewer or no children, according without gender prejudice and
society. to census data. The fertility rate help protect underprivileged
Amid a rapid rise in has rapidly declined since the women in place of the adultery
individualism and sexual 1970s and reached a record low law. In fact, the adultery law
openness, perceptions of in 2005 in the country with the was often used by husbands
marriage and sex are also lowest birthrate among OECD as a resort for revenge and
changing, the judges said at member states. to acquire financial benefit
the hearing. The crude divorce rate also over temporarily wayward
While the court stoutly increased sevenfold from 0.5 housewives, according to the
maintained that adultery was per 1,000 in 1975 to 3.5 in 2003 court.
Former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger (centre) is accompanied by Ho Ching (right) wife of
unethical, it said the law had to before declining to 2.6 in 2005, Since the law, which
Singapores Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (second left) as he pays his respects to the late Lee Kuan adapt to changing values among which nonetheless surpasses punishes adultery for up to
Yew, Saturday. --Photo AP members of its society, including the rates in EU countries and two years in prison, takes effect
attitudes to love and sexuality. Japan, according to Statistics only when and for as long as a

Singapore bids farewell to Lee


Divorce in South Korea, Korea. spouse presses charges, the
which is rooted in Confucian Premarital sex is almost adulterer and his or her lovers
principles and patriarchal gender universal, though out-of- legal fates (hung) completely

Kuan Yew in elaborate funeral


roles, was not too long ago wedlock childbearing remains in the partners hands.
considered unthinkable. extremely low at 1-2 percent of The most high-profile such
Before the countrys recent all births, according to a 2009 case was in October 2008, when
industrialisation, families and study by Lee Sam-sik from the legal debate and public interest
households were the primary Korea Institute for Health and over the 1953 statute reached
SINGAPORE (AP) -- some 450,000 people queued Sunday afternoon. units of economic activity, Social Affairs. its peak. Korean actress Ok
Singaporeans are lining a for hours for a glimpse of Lees Leaders and dignitaries from according to Noriko O. Tsuya Accompanying these So-ri filed a petition against
15 kilometre route through coffin at Parliament House. A more than two dozen countries and Larry L. Bumpass, editors trends is a steady increase the adultery law, following
the city-state to witness an million people visited tribute are attending the state funeral. of Marriage, Work and in socioeconomic gender her husband actor Park
elaborate funeral procession sites at community centres Lee was Singapores prime Family Life in Comparative equality. The female labour Chuls lawsuit against her for
for longtime leader Lee Kuan across the island. minister for more than three Perspective. force participation rate, which having an extramarital sexual
Yew. People began arriving decades, ruling with an iron grip Women, and to a lesser comprised one-quarter in 1970 relationship with his friend, an
During a week of national along the cortege route until 1990 and is regarded by degree, men depended on the and rose to one-half in 1996, is operatic pop singer.
mourning that began Monday not long after dawn for the Singaporeans as the architect of ensuing family relations and currently at 55.6 percent, though Oks lawyers said the
after Lees death at age 91, procession which begins early their islands prosperity. kin network, and conjugal and it remains lower than the OECD statute had degenerated into
parent-child relations were average rate of 61.8 percent. a means of revenge and
DPRK denounces new UN considered unbreakable, lifelong
commitments, wrote professors
We cannot ignore the
intensifying debate in this
that it constituted a serious
violation of its citizens right

resolution on its human rights


Tsuya and Bumpass. changing society that free to sexual freedom.
With the rise of individual engagement in sexual self- Justice Kim Hee-ok said
wage earners displacing family- choice is being considered with during the legal hearing that the
based production, the once regard to self-respect and the adultery law punished an act
PYONGYANG (Xinhua) -- The by an unnamed spokesman for affairs of other countries, sacred notions of marriage ... and pursuit of happiness, said the that ought only to be criticised
Democratic Peoples Republic the countrys foreign ministry. the statement said, while obligations to ones family (gave Constitutional Court on Feb. ethically.
of Korea (DPRK) on Saturday The statement came one warning Japan and the European way) to individual well-being 26 on the petition against the The Constitutional Court
slammed a new UN resolution day after the UN Human Union, two co-sponsors of and self-satisfaction. adultery law. came one vote short of
on its human rights record, Rights Council passed a new the resolution, to stop blindly The shift from collectivistic But the judges drew overturning the law. Ok and
calling it a farce staged at resolution condemning the following the US policy. values to individualistic self- attention to the undeniable her lover were sentenced to
the UN human rights arena as DPRK for its serious violations In November 2014, the identity is illustrated in the rise fact that the anticheating eight and six months in prison,
a product of the US hostile of human rights. Third Committee of the 69th of the love marriage in place law had historically protected respectively, suspended for
policy toward Pyongyang. But Pyongyang rejected UN General Assembly passed of the conventional arranged women, who were economically two years.
The resolution brought the resolution and reiterated a resolution that recommends
to light the ulterior motives that the document was adopted the Security Council refer the
of the US and other hostile mainly based on testimonies DPRK to the International
forces to hurt the dignity of the made by defectors from the Criminal Court for crimes
DPRK and tarnish its image north, which are no more than against humanity.
by making much fuss about fabrications. Pyongyang has voiced
its groundless human rights Washington should not strong rejection and called for the
issue, said a statement issued poke its nose into the internal withdrawal of the resolution.

Japan agrees with EU, others


to align auto safety measures
JAPAN-- The European Union Nations World Forum for regarding the safety of
and four other countries have Harmonisation of Vehicle automobiles, in anticipation
broadly agreed to standardise Regulations held in early to of the standardisation.
their safety criteria for mid March. Automobiles Japan and the EU plan to
automobiles as early as 2016, safety criteria currently differ call on other countries to adopt
according to sources. according to the country and the criteria agreed upon in the
They plan to standardise region. Standardising the forum, the sources said.
40 points for safety checks, criteria will make procedures In Japan-US talks on the
including the gripping power for exports and imports easier. Trans-Pacific Partnership free
of tires, the strength of seat To export automobiles to trade agreement, the United
belts and methods for collision the EU, Japanese automakers States has called on Japan to
experiments. This would shorten must test their cars on 60 points adopt its standards of safety. By
safety screening procedures based on safety standards establishing common standards
in countries to which cars are set by the EU. Automakers with the EU and other parties,
exported to a few months or also change specifications Japan aims to dodge that
as little as one month. It would to match EU standards. demand, the sources said.
probably also allow cheaper Standardisation would make The standardisation of
Japanese cars through mass nearly 70 percent of safety safety criteria was urged by the
production. screenings unnecessary. EU. In return for accepting the
Japan, the European Union, It would not be necessary standardisation, Japan intends
Russia, Ukraine, Australia for Japan to change its domestic to call on the EU to abolish the
and South Africa broadly system drastically, as Japan current 10 percent import duty
agreed to the standardization has nearly finished a revision on Japanese cars, according to
during talks at the United of ministerial regulations the sources
8 Monday March 30, 2015 Vientiane Times

World
Eiffel Tower goes dark in Nigerias election accreditation
kicks off amidst large turn-out
symbolic move for Earth Hour LAGOS (Xinhua) -- Voters in Nigeria dealing with the stress of the crowd,
on Saturday turned out en masse but weve gone through some stages
to vote in the fifth presidential and and the accreditation process, by
national assembly elections since 1:30 pm people will start coming
1999. out for voting as theyve come out
I n L a g o s , N i g e r i a s m o s t already for accreditation, Kuforiji
economically important state, Akinfolabi, the presiding officer for
thousands of electorate who turned Surulere 002 unit said.
out to vote for candidates of their A party agent in Victoria Island,
choice were disappointed as Blessing Martins, told Xinhua that
accreditation was delayed. everything has been peaceful at her
Some voters are angry with the polling unit.
Independent National Electoral So far so good, everything has
Commission (INEC) over shoddy been going on peacefully, though
preparation as poor logistics mar the the officer arrived late and right now
ongoing exercise in some parts of they are having challenges with the
Lagos, Southwest Nigeria. card reader, it cannot read the voters
In most places, accreditation card properly. So, they have to used
started late, in some others, the card an alternative means by going to their
reader machines are not working registration book to verify peoples
while in others, INEC officials are name, card and their numbers, she
yet to show up as at 10 am, local time. added.
The situation is across Lagos, The streets of Lagos have been
with lots of hitches, but in some deserted as residents complied
places, accreditation was going on with the directive of non vehicular
without hitches. movements during the election
Electoral materials left INEC period.
office around 9 am, local time due to However, voters in remote areas,
logistic problems. especially in the restive northern part
As you can see the turn here of the country, went to the polling
has been fine so far, since we started units amidst security concerns with
8:00 am, people have been coming reports of explosions and attacks of
out, even it has been so ethic for me suspected Boko Haram militants.

In this two photo combination picture, the Eiffel Tower with its usual lighting at left, and after the lighting was switched off
at right, at the occasion of the Earth Hour. --Photo AP Yemeni president urges Saudi-led
PARIS (AP) -- The Eiffel Tower went landmarks like the Kremlin and the international finances to fight climate coalition to continue pounding Houthis
dark briefly to mark Earth Hour, the Empire State Building going dark. change.
campaign to raise awareness about France has been preparing for Earth Hour was launched in 2007 by SHARM EL SHEIKH, Egypt (Xinhua) The Houthis, who have seized
climate change. months to host an international the World Wildlife Fund to encourage -- Yemeni President Abd Rabbou large parts of the country including
The five-minute dark-out on climate conference in Paris at the awareness of environmental issues. The Mansour Hadi urged on Saturday the its capital Sanaa, ousted the Yemeni
Saturday night was a symbolic gesture end of the year, pressing nations idea is to turn off lights for an hour Arab states to continue their military president who fled to the southern port
in the City of Light. Cities around the to set attainable goals for reducing not possible for safety reasons for the operation against the Shiite Houthi city of Aden.
world also marked the event, with other greenhouse gases and mobilizing Eiffel Tower. group until it is fully defeated. The Yemeni president said he
Speaking at the 26th Arab League faced real hazards to be able to attend
Germanwings pilot planned summit in Egypts Sharm el-Sheikh
city, Hadi urged the Saudi-led coalition
Saturdays summit meeting in order
to represent Yemens legitimate and
big gesture, says ex-girlfriend forces which have been pounding the
Iran-backed Houthi group to go on with
their airstrikes until the rebels surrender
constitutional authorities.
We invited all parties to dialogue,
but these militias and their allies
BERLIN (Xinhua) -- The co-pilot Ill do something that will change the German authorities said on Friday and defeat. outside the country have led an all-
suspected of deliberately crashing a system, and then everyone will know they had found torn-up sick notes Saudi Arabia and fellow Gulf out bloody war in Yemen, Hadi said.
passenger plane in the French Alps my name and remember it. showing that the co-pilot was suffering Cooperation Council (GCC) member This is why I had to ask for
told his girlfriend he was in psychiatric I didnt know what he meant by from an illness that should have states launched airstrikes on Houthi international protection, he stressed,
treatment, and that he was planning that at the time, but now its obvious, grounded him on the day of the tragedy. positions in Yemen on Thursday, adding that the Saudi-led campaign is
a spectacular gesture that everyone she said. Germanwings, the budget airline of the a move condemned by Iran but meant to protect the Yemeni people.
would remember, the German daily He did it because he realised that, flag carrier Lufthansa, has said he had supported by the United States, Egypt, Earlier on Saturday, Egyptian
Bild reported on Saturday. due to his health problems, his big dream not submitted any sick note at the time. Jordan, and Morocco. President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi said
The newspaper published an of working at Lufthansa, of a having job The woman also told the paper: The airstrikes came hours after the Arabs have the right to deter any
interview with a woman who said as a pilot, and as a pilot on long-distance We always talked a lot about work and Yemen officially called for an Arab hostile actions against any Arab friendly
she had had a relationship in 2014 flights, was nearly impossible. then he became a different person. He militarily intervention to thwart the country.
with Andreas Lubitz, the man He never talked much about his became upset about the conditions we Houthis bid to seize power. During the opening session of the
French prosecutors believe locked illness, only that he was in psychiatric worked under: too little money, fear of Yemen has been gripped by 26th AL summit, Sisi, who chairs this
himself alone into the cockpit of the treatment, she told the paper, adding losing the contract, too much pressure. widespread violence in the southern years meeting, said the Arabs will not
Germanwings Airbus on Tuesday and they finally broke up because she was A Lufthansa spokesman declined to region since early February, raising attack any country, but they have the
steered it into a mountain, killing all 150 afraid of him. comment. However, the company and fears that the impoverished country right to defend themselves from any
people on board. He would suddenly freak out in its lost-cost subsidiary Germanwings is slipping into a civil war. hostilities.
When I heard about the crash, conversations and yell at me, she took out full-page advertisements in
I remembered a sentence, over and
over again, that he said, the woman,
recalled. At night he would wake up
screaming we are crashing because
major German newspapers on Saturday,
expressing its deepest mourning. Survey shows women are equally
a 26-year-old flight attendant the paper he had nightmares. He could be good Lufthansa and Germanwings
gave the fictional name of Maria W. to
protect her identity, told Bild. One day
at hiding what was really going on
inside him.
offered condolences to the friends and
families of the passengers and crew
qualified for top jobs, but barriers persist
and thanked the thousands of people in
France, Spain and Germany who have WASHINGTON (Xinhua) -- The majority of Americans see women as equally
been of help since the crash. capable of being a qualified political or business leader as men, and attribute fewer
German officials said there would women at top positions in government and business to a double standard held
be a ceremony on April 17 in Cologne against them in US society, a recent survey suggested.
Cathedral that would also be attended According to a survey by Pew Research centre, most Americans do not
by German Chancellor Angela Merkel distinguish between men and women when it comes to characteristics that apply to
as well as senior government officials political and business leadership. Among those who do draw distinctions, women
from other countries such as France are perceived to have advantages over men in key areas.
and Spain. One key area where women do better than men is the ability to work out political
A member of Lubitzs flying club in compromises. While 55 percent of Americans see there is no difference between
Montabaur, Dieter Wagner, told Reuters two genders, 34 percent think women are better than their male counterparts.
television the Germanwings co-pilot Women politicians are also perceived to have an edge over men in other key
took part in one of the regular trips areas, such as being honest and ethical, with 34 percent saying women are better
the club made to the Alps and that he at this while only 3 percent saying men are better at it.
apparently knew the region well. As in the political realm, the majority of Americans do not see major differences
However he added: I dont think between men and women on business leadership traits. For those who say there is
he picked the place out, I dont know. It difference, women also have a clear advantage over men in key areas except for
would be too much of a coincidence... the tendency to take risks and ability to negotiate profitable deals.
Business
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UniqTeK company helps boost


skills for Lao land surveys
Advertorial Desk

UniqTeK Company Limited, a


surveying instrument provider,
provided a three-day training
course recently for survey staff
from the Department of Land
Administration at the Ministry
of Environment and Natural
Resources.
The training aimed to help
upgrade the skills of land
surveyors and improve the
speed and efficiency of their
work. The training explained
Mr Li Zaohang (third right) and senior officials from Laos and China join in cutting a ribbon to open how to use CHC Navigation
the Bank of China branch at the Vientiane Centre. GNSS receivers, the Beidou
Satellite System and their

Bank of China opens


GIS software LandStar Land
Title.
The instrument used for the
training is RTK X91+ which

branch in Vientiane Mr Walter Hu, an expert in GPS/GNSS receivers from CHC


has an accuracy of 1cm level;
the software can also help
surveyors draw Land Title
- Shanghai Huace Navigation Technology Ltd, explains
maps on the field straight away.
Advertorial Desk Laos and China, and between
how to use the GPS/GNSS receiver and GIS software As a result, time is saved and

T
Asean and China. LandStar Land Title to survey staff at the Department of the process shortened. It also
he Bank of China has With regard to the Lao Land Administration, Ministry of Natural Resources and helps increase the efficiency
opened a branch in economy, he said economic Environment. and effectiveness of doing the
Vientiane to boost development was growing survey by reducing the number
economic exchange rapidly this year and society of people required and the time spent to survey one plot of land.
between China, Laos and maintained stability, while After the training, the department believes the technology will be suitable for their
other Asean countries, while economic cooperation current use and has the ability to collect all land files throughout the whole country, which
particularly contributing to between the two countries can be used as a basis to solve disputes concerning land plots and increase the expected
economic development in Laos. was becoming more intimate. income for the government progressively.
The banks Vice President The Vientiane branch Additionally, UniqTek Co., Ltd. donated a Laptop with GIS software, and 10 car
conveyed his confidence in of the Bank of China will batteries for the department to use for its survey work in rural areas, with a total value
China-Laos business relations cooperate with national of 14 million kip.
during the opening ceremony strategies, give top priority The training was provided by UniqTeK Company Limited, a distributor of GNSS
of the bank in Vientiane on to corporate finance, make (Global Navigation Satellite Systems) technology, which is manufactured by Shanghai
Thursday. full use of domestic and Huace Navigation Technology Ltd (CHC Navigation), a leading manufacturer of survey
By attaching great international customers and equipment from Shanghai, China. CHC Navigation has three offices worldwide, in China,
importance to business business advantages, make the USA, and France, and has over 52 distributors worldwide, including in Laos.
development in Laos, the Bank a big push in the area of
of China sees the opening of international settlement and
the Vientiane branch as a new Mr Li Zaohang. trade finance, and actively
start, and will make full use of carry out cross border
the group cross-border service financial services to customers renminbi (RMB) business,
advantages, Mr Li Zaohang across 42 countries (including Mr Li Zaohang said.
said. Laos) and regions in every The Bank of China is the
This will also make full use continent, and has correspondent only financial institution from
of the diversified professional banks in 180 countries. China or any emerging economy
service abilities to provide all- In 2014 the total overseas to be recognised consecutively
round financial services for assets of the Bank of China as a Global Systematic Financial
all the friends from Laos and were US$745.07 billion, which Institution for four years since
China, he added. accounts for 27.4 percent of the 2011. The bank has been listed
The Bank of China was banks total assets. The profit in the Fortune Global 500
formally established in February before tax was US$8.66 billion, companies for 26 years, and
1912. Thirty-seven years after or around 23 percent of total ranked seventh in the Bankers
its establishment, the bank profit before tax. Top 1000 World Banks in
served consecutively as Chinas Mr Li Zaohang said the 2014.
central bank, international bank would strongly support The new Bank of China
exchange bank, and specialised the economic and social branch is located in the new
international trade bank. development of Laos, and play Vientiane Centre development Experts from CHC Huace Navigation Ltd and UniqTeK Company Limited explain how to use a
At present, the bank provides a positive role in economic and on Khouvieng Road on the site GPS/GNSS receiver and GIS software LandStar Land Title.
a comprehensive range of financial cooperation between of the former Nongchan marsh.

Exchange rates as of March 27, 2015


Banque pour le Commerce Exterieur Lao

Foreign Currencies Buying Selling

US Dollar 50-100 8,088 8,119

Thai Baht 250.52 251.78

Euro 50-500 8,791 8,834


10 Business Monday March 30, 2015 Vientiane Times

In brief Pakistan govt likely to miss 5.1 Investor interest rises in


percent growth target: ADB Savan-Seno zone
Opposition mounts
to New Zealands
undemocratic
foreign trade pacts PAKISTAN (Dawn, ANN) -- previous year, partly reflecting Economic Zone.
WELLINGTON (Xinhua) The Asian Development Bank a cut in subsidies to bring them It is also part of the sharing
-- Opposition to the New (ADB) said Pakistans economy down to 0.7 percent of GDP. of ideas about economic
Zealand governments is showing signs for moderate As receding oil prices integration, especially
trade policies mounted growth of 4.2 percent during reduce the cost of generating the Asean Economic
Thursday as critics this fiscal year (FY15) on the electricity in thermal plants, Community, he said, adding
claimed new international back of low international oil which account for 33 percent of that teachers and students
agreements were prices. the countrys power generation, will be able to expand the
undermining the The PML-N government it is possible to limit electricity knowledge of SEZs and the
countrys democracy and has projected economic growth tariff increases further while AEC as well.
sovereignty. The focus target of 5.1 percent for 2014- reining in power subsidies. Deputy Director General
was thrown on to two 15. Risks to the budget targets of the Lao National Committee
completed agreements -- But, according to the ADB, include elevated expenditures to for Special Economic Zones
the free trade agreement this target is likely to be missed. enhance security, a build-up of Secretariat, Dr Kheungkham
(FTA) with the Republic If it happened, it would be the power sector arrears, and failure Prof. Dr Soukkongseng Sayngaleuth addresses the seminar on Keonouchanh, also said
of Korea and a World second consecutive year for to realise planned revenues. job opportunities at the Savan-Seno Special Economic Zone at the that 158 companies have
Trade Organisation- the government to fall short Missed targets could force National University of Laos on Friday. registered to operate
brokered Government of the growth target, largely down development spending, businesses in special and

I
Procurement Agreement because of slow pace of reforms which, at 1.1 percent of GDP Times Reporters the foreign companies specific zones nationwide.
-- as well as the ongoing in energy, taxation and public in the first half of FY15, was registered at the zone come The government already
secret negotiations of the sector enterprises. already badly trailing its budget nvestment in the Savan- from Canada, Netherlands, earns over US$10 million but
12-nation Trans-Pacific The growth for the next allocation equal to 4.2 percent. Seno Special Economic France, Japan, the Republic of when more companies have
Partnership. fiscal year (2015-16) was The plan to finance the fiscal Zone (SSEZ) is now Korea, Hong Kong, Malaysia, registered to operate in these
On Monday Trade projected at 4.5 percent, which deficit during 2014-15 relied booming, with 60 Thailand and Laos. zones, it will generate at least
Minister Tim Groser could be higher if economic largely on domestic borrowing companies having He also said that many US$5 million per year for the
signed the FTA in Seoul reforms proceed at a faster pace. from commercial banks and registered to operate in the foreign companies still want government budget, he said.
to criticism that its The projections non-bank sources. zone, valued at US$223.1 to hire more Lao employees to Most importantly, the
investor-state dispute assume steady progress in A lower consolidated fiscal million, according to the zones work with them. Japanese multinational
provisions would allow macroeconomic and structural deficit projection at 4.9 percent senior official. The Japanese investment corporations Nikon and
big corporations to sue reforms, manageable political of GDP in FY15 assumes that T h e a u t h o r i t y s Vi c e and joint venture businesses at Toyota recently decided to
the government over and security challenges, and the Federal Board of Revenues Governor, Mr Thongsay SSEZ are now valued at over build factories in the Savan-
laws and regulations that normal weather. tax collection increases by Sayavongkhamdy unveiled the US$21 million, Mr Thongsay Seno special economic zone
affected their profits. The Asian Development 0.7 percent of GDP to 2.8 latest update of the registered said. as Laos becomes more closely
Outlook 2015 launched trillion rupees. The target was companies for business Teachers, students and integrated with the region and
Japans inflation recently points out that the revised down to 2.6 trillion operation at the zone at a administrative staffers at the world.
rate slides to government has made some rupees in February 2015 seminar in Vientiane on Friday. the National University of Presently, the existing
zero in February progress in implementing because revenues fell short of The seminar was jointly Laos (NUOL) took part in SEZs in Laos include the
jeopardising BOJs macroeconomic and structural expectations in the first half organised by NUOLs Laos- the seminar to hear about That Luang Marsh specific
reflation target reforms to strengthen its fiscal (July-December). Japan Human Development the carrier opportunities economic zone in Vientiane,
TOKYO (Xinhua) position, alleviate energy Taxable transactions fell Institute and Savan-Seno and job recruitment Savan-Seno special economic
-- Japans annual core shortages, and restructure and steeply amid lower world Special Economic Zone information at Savan-Seno zone in Savannakhet province,
consumer inflation rate privatise loss-making public commodity prices, reductions authority, and supported Special Economic Zone in Golden Triangle special
slid to zero in February, enterprises. in administered electricity by Japan International Savannakhet province. economic zone in Bokeo
marking its lowest level However, progress remains tariffs and prices for petroleum Cooperation Agency (JICA). NUOL President Prof. Dr province, Boten Dankham
in nearly two years as a slow in a challenging political products in the first half of the The number of registered Soukkongseng Sayngaleuth specific economic zone in
fall in oil prices continued and security environment. fiscal year, and weak large-scale companies at the zone is attended the seminar, noting Luang Namtha province,
to weigh, according Lower expenditures are manufacturing. The report says actually more than 60 but these that the gathering of teachers Vientiane Long Thanh Golf
to data released on budgeted for FY15, with the non-bank financing was 43 are the most active companies, and students of NUOL Course in Vientiane, and the
Friday by the Ministry current expenditures reduced percent of the budgeted amount he said. marked a significant interest Phoukhiew specific economic
of Internal Affairs and by 1 percent of GDP from the during the first half of FY15. According to Mr Thongsay, for Savan-Seno Special zone in Khammuan province.
Communications.
The ministrys data
showed that growth had Toyota outlines architecture to grow after recall lull
been the slowest since
TOYOTA, Japan (AP) -- Toyota Toyota city, central Japan.
May 2013, and excluding
Motor Corp. is ready to ramp up He pointed to how President
volatile fresh food prices,
its growth again, emerging from Akio Toyoda had decided to
came in at 102.5 against
an intentional soul-searching lull taken an intentional pause in
the base of 100 set in
brought on by its massive global rapid growth to strengthen the
2010.
recall scandal that began in 2009. automakers competitiveness.
The worlds top-selling The recall fiasco resulted in
Export outlook automaker outlined a new more than 10 million vehicles
for German architecture Thursday centered being recalled around the world,
manufacturing keeps on product development and mostly in the US, for a range
improving in March manufacturing initiatives it hopes of problems, spanning faulty
MUNICH (Xinhua) will be more fail-proof against brakes, sticky gas pedals and
-- Export forecasts for quality problems, and allow it to ill-fitting floor mats. Toyota paid
German manufacturing keep growing in a sustainable penalty fines in the US and faced
in March rose for the way. a number of lawsuits.
sixth consecutive month, The first cars under the Before the scandal, Toyota
research group Ifo system, medium-sized front- had a reputation for high quality,
institute announced on wheel drive cars, will roll out centered around its super-
Thursday. later this year, and be expanded lean production methods that
The outlook value in to half its lineup by 2020, the empowered workers to hone in
March climbed to 12.2 Japanese automaker said. on quality control. Toyota has Toyota Motor Corp. Executive Vice President Mitsuhisa Kato (left) is escorted after a photo session
points in March from 11.8 Executive Vice President acknowledged repeatedly that it as Toyota unveils all new fuel cell vehicle FCV Mirai in Tokyo.
points in February, the Mitsuhisa Kato acknowledged had tried to grow too fast.
think tank said. According that managing the companys There was no single massive safety technology. Volkswagen AG of Germany, facilities to carry out the changes.
to Ifo president Hans- global scope and model lineup change being pushed at Toyota The plan that Kato kept which are grappling with the Production lines will be
Werner Sinn, the robust had become an increasing under the new programme, but calling TNGA, short for challenges of global growth simplified and slimmed down,
US economy and the challenge. rather a combination of efforts Toyota New Global Architecture, while maintaining quality. downsizing facilities such as
low euro exchange rate It is making our effort to to guard against quality flaws is similar to solutions being Toyota said it will also focus painting booths, and switching to
are benefiting German come out with ever better cars while maintaining an edge in pursued by other global on keeping costs down, while equipment that sits on the plant
exporters. increasingly difficult, he told product appeal, such as cool- automakers, such as Japanese taking on the new steps such floor, rather than suspended from
reporters at headquarters in looking exterior designs and rival Nissan Motor Co. and as using existing plants and above, as is standard today.
Vientiane Times Monday March 30, 2015 Business 11

Asean Economic

Laos can overcome LDC


status: report
Times Reporters It also finds that the boost productivity and income

L
countrys GDP could expand in rural areas, technology
aos could be one 19.5 percent by 2025, creating dissemination, education, and
of the countries an additional 130,000 job increased access to capital,
to experience the opportunities. More than half market information, and trade
greatest economic of the additional positions, facilitation.
gains from trade measures however, may be in vulnerable National education and
under the Asean Economic work. skills development should
Community (AEC), according to Deputy Minister of be enhanced. Quality basic
a new report by the International Labour and Social Welfare education should remain a
Labour Organisation (ILO) and Ms Baykham Khattiya said priority, while secondary
the Asian Development Bank Laos recognises the AEC education and technical and
(ADB). will bring both important vocational training will become
The report was unveiled opportunities and challenges increasingly significant as the
and presented in Vientiane on to the country, and we will country industrialises.
The cooperation of the two sides would also help the industry better exploit the Asean market of 600 Wednesday at a national policy do our best to prepare for Social protection coverage
million people, when the Asean Economic Community becomes effective by the end of the year.
dialogue on the AEC organised integration to ensure that its needs to be extended, including

Vietnam, Thailand look for garment,


by the Ministry of Labour and prosperity is enjoyed by all. social security insurance
Social Welfare. An officer in charge of which covers both formal
The study by the ILO the ILO Country Office for and informal sectors and the
textile cooperation and ADB entitled, Asean
Community 2015: Managing
Thailand, Cambodia and Laos,
Mr Maurizio Bussi, warned
poor. This will help mitigate
the effects of economic
integration for better jobs and that the uneven distribution transformation and facilitate
HCM CITY (VNS, ANN) -- The our competitiveness, she said. by the end of the year. shared prosperity said the of benefits could exacerbate human capital development
garment and textile industries Tuan said total global Vietnams textile and AEC will offer opportunities existing economic and labour and poverty reduction.
in Thailand and Vietnam apparel trade was worth US$800 garment industry is always for accelerated growth market weakness, if not Decent employment
should strengthen co-operation billion last year, and is expected on the lookout to improve and development in Laos, properly managed. opportunities and better wages
to improve competitiveness to top US$1,664 billion in 2030, competitiveness and achieve potentially contributing to Productivity and wages should be promoted to help
and exploit the Asean market, offering a huge opportunity for higher productivity, thus its goal of graduating from in Laos are lower than in the country tackle poverty
delegates said at a meeting held the industry. increasing its edge in the world the ranks of least-developed other Asean member states and move away from least
in HCM City. Asian production will market, he said. countries (LDCs) by 2020. and without substantial developed status.
Nguyen Van Tuan, deputy account for 60 percent the Asean apparel shows But this will only happen improvements in education Lastly, there is a need to
general secretary of the Vietnam worlds total production by The upcoming GFT, the if decisive action is taken to and skills development, Laos improve both the protection
Textile and Apparel Association, 2030 from the current level of most comprehensive show manage the process effectively. may miss the opportunity to of migrant workers and
said in recent years that Vietnam 50 percent, he said. for garment and textile The report indicated that the reap the job prospects of the systems for recognising
had emerged as a production hub With increasing costs in manufacturing industry in Asean, AECs trade and investment AEC, said Mr Bussi. their skills, particularly in
for garment and textile products. China as well as competitiveness will bring opportunities for liberalisation measures will The ILO-ADB study sectors dominated by low and
However, the industry has with other industries, many Vietnamese firms in the field to affect the structure of the Lao highlights five priority areas medium-skilled workers such
had to import up to 85 percent of garment and textile producers broaden knowledge, and update economy, jobs, skills, wages, for action. These include as agriculture, construction,
materials needed for production. have shifted their production trends and latest technology and and labour mobility. investment in infrastructure to and domestic work.
He said cooperation with base to Asean countries, network across Asean, Duangrat
Thailand was necessary as it has
advantages in textiles, design
including Vietnam.
Vietnam has signed, and is
Udomsomporn, senior manager-
portfolio Reed Tradex Company, Indonesia opening to improve
and administration. negotiating, a number of free said.
Phasiree Orawattanasrikul,
vice chairwoman of Thai
trade agreements, including
the Trans Pacific Partnership,
To be held in Bangkok
from July 9 to 12, the GFT
services: World Bank
Garment Manufacturers which are expected to bring will be held concurrently with
Associations (TGMA) Trade huge benefits to the garment and the Garment Manufacturers INDONESIA (The Jakarta Post, estimate by the Geneva-based The next step should
and Investment Promotion textile industry. Sourcing Expo 2015 (GMS), ANN) -- The World Bank (WB) International Centre for Trade be looking at those domestic
sub-committee, said Thailands However, to enjoy benefits, Aseans only exhibition on says Indonesias commitment and Sustainable Development. regulations and seeking ways
textile and garment industry Vietnamese companies must materials, accessories, and to opening up the services Indonesia is working to to harmonise them across
had an entire supply chain cycle meet product origin as well as equipment for garment and sector to its Southeast Asian revise its regulatory environment countries, which is not an easy
from upstream to downstream, yarn-forward regulations. textile manufacturing. It is neighbors will largely up its in compliance with the Aseab thing to do. But, its certainly
from yarn manufacturing to With Thailand not included expected to meet the needs of competitiveness and in turn Framework Agreement on something that needs attention
apparel manufacturing. It also in the TPP, Thai enterprises manufacturers from downstream benefit the economy. Services (AFAS), which covers sooner or later, he said.
includes fashion design. should enhance co-operation to upstream, she said. Upon the full implementation liberalisation in 128 subsectors Shetty expressed optimism
Meanwhile, Vietnam has with Vietnamese firms to Besides exhibiting of the Asean Economic across 12 business sectors. that the 10-member bloc might
the skills and ability to become produce fabric and materials technologies and solutions Community (AEC) next year, Based on the accord, each materialise the necessary
an apparel production hub for in Vietnam to take advantages from around 250 leading brands some of the commitments in the Asean member will permit reforms toward continued
international buyers, but it of benefits brought from trade from 25 countries, the expo services sector will help improve foreign investors to control up regional integration.
lacks upstream and midstream agreements, he said. will also include the Asean the countrys manufacturing to 70 percent stake in business The good news is that
channels, she said. The co-operation of the garment and textile summit and industry and boost its competitive entities operating within its this is a very open region. The
Therefore, establishing two sides would also help the business matchmaking, allowing edge in exports, according to the territory, higher than the current fact that theres talk of TPP
fully vertical integrated-supply industry better exploit the Asean participants to receive exciting Washington-based global lender. 51 percent. Under prevailing [Trans-Pacific Partnership],
chain between Thailand and market of 600 million people, and in-depth perspective on Services liberalisation is regulations, foreign ownership talk of RCEP [Regional
Vietnam is one of the big steps when the Asean Economic current and future trends of the increasingly becoming very in firms operating in Southeast Comprehensive Economic
toward granting and sustaining Community becomes effective industry. important for manufacturing, Asias largest economy is still Partnership] and various FTAs
enabling you to get cheaper limited to between 49 percent [Free Trade Agreements] gives

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Vacancy Announcement
(Lao National Only)
Lao Tobacco Limited (LTL) is an international Joint Venture established in 2001 between the
Government of Lao PDR and Imperial Tobacco Group (ITG), the 4th largest tobacco group in
the world with 33,800 employees in 160 countries.

LTL has 605 employees and works with people with a variety of backgrounds, experience
and perspectives. LTL offers a culture of opportunity, competitive rewards, and a good work
environment with support for individuals and families. If this is the environment and career
challenge you seek, please read on and join us.

Leaf Finance Controller 1 position

Contribute to policy development in the area of financial controlling.


Including customizing policies, procedures, and practices within the leaf departments.
Conduct analyses and provided recommendations for improvements in both the efficiency
and integrity of the leaf operation.
Manage account receivables for farmers activities.
Regular auditing of leaf technicians.
Implement and administer established accounting policies, procedures, and practices.
Ensure accurate and timely recording and reporting of operating results.
Provide financial analysis, interpretation of variances from budget and advise management.
Oversee the preparation of budgets and forecasts.

Requirements:

Bachelor Degree in Finance and Accounting Management preferred.


3 year plus experience in accounting/finance including at least 1 year in supervising role.
Able to travel in remote areas (once a month).
Fluent in English and Lao language.

Corporate Affairs Executive 1 position

Influencing and informing government, authorities and clients.


Supervise and regularly monitor work progress with corporate officers.
Visit and share information to relevant local authorities.
Update all information or data received from sales team and business Intelligence manager.
Scan the media for potential issues relevant to the tobacco industry.
Reporting.
Manage the communication of LTL activities such as EETV, newsletter, exhibitions and
introduction of government initiatives internal and external.
Manage media contract and those of other suppliers.
Responsible for corporate branding and profile development.
Support other assignments as required by Head of Marketing and Corporate Affairs.
Undertake special projects on an ad hoc basis such as special analyses, providing key
insights & support the business planning process in conjunction with the Legal Affairs &
Finance Manager.

Requirements:

Bachelor Degree in Business Administration Preferred.


Minimum 2 years business experience in consumer goods industry.
Influencing and negotiation skills.
Ability to communicate and present ideas/concepts persuasively at all levels.
Must have the ability to work be flexible within the work environment and be able to work
unsupervised and with the upmost confidentiality.
Microsoft Office, Excel & PowerPoint capability must be of a high level..
Fluent in English and Lao language.

Business Intelligence Executive 1 position

Provide analysis of market data, market research and commercial data for LTL and provide
relevant reports for all departments.
Set up, analyses & interrogate LTL databases in order to provide internal and external
management with sales force distribution, merchandising, and brand & trade marketing
information.
Initiate analysis of the market and provide a detailed insight into the total market situation.
Equip Marketing, Trade Marketing and Managing Director with relevant market information
based on salesforce data, in order for them to fulfill business objectives.
Analyses the salesforce data and provide insightful market information in order for them to
fulfill their objectives & meet their KPIs.
Monitor and report on key competitor & brand activities.
Develop and commission consumer research which provides business development insights.
Undertake special projects on an ad hoc basis such as special analyses, provide key
insights & support to the business planning process in conjunction with the Legal Affairs &
Finance Manager.

Requirements:

Bachelor Degree in Business Administration preferred.


Minimum 2 years business experience in consumer goods industry preferred.
Experience of using market data to meet the requirements of decision makers.
Microsoft Office, Excel & PowerPoint capability must be of a high level.
Ability to communicate and present ideas/concepts persuasively at all levels.
Must be flexible and be able to work unsupervised and in a confidential manner.
Fluent in English and Lao language.
Good analytical, literacy and numeracy skills.
Ability to derive insights from data/information, draw conclusions and make firm
recommendations.
Fluent in English and Lao language.

Benefits:
Attractive salary range based on the qualifications of the applicant and social benefits.
Access to company leisure facilities, including football and badminton.
Regular training and development courses in the region.
Opportunities to grow into more senior positions based on performance.

Interested applicants - send your CV and a covering letter detailing your suitability by 17 April
2015 for the attention of:

Human Resource Department, Lao Tobacco Limited


Km8 Thadeua Road, PO Box: 181, Vientiane Capital, Lao PDR
Tel: (+856 21) 352 780,
Fax: (+856 21) 313 144, E-mail: recruitment@la.imptob.com
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AEC Seminar 2015 - what does it all mean?


On 07 April 2015 at Lao Plaza Hotel
The European Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Lao PDR (ECCIL) together
with DFDL Legal & Tax are proud to present a seminar on the ASEAN Economic
Community 2015 (AEC).

The half-day seminar will provide an overview of the AEC and international trade
agreementsincluding WTO, AEC, AFTA, ASEAN+, etc. The seminar will focus
on what these agreements mean in practice, and will discuss the key provisions
relating to:

Does the AEC affect tax laws and administration in ASEAN?


What are Lao PDR commitments under its free trade agreements?
How does the investment protection work for foreign investors?
How is competition affected under the AEC?
What impact will AEC have on trading of good and services?
What is the relationship between agreements under AEC, WTO, AFTA,
ASEAN FTA and BITs?

Our speakers will include Jude Ocampo, Deputy Head of the Regional Tax Practice
at DFDL.

The seminar will also have a panel discussion with a group of experts.

- The seminar will be held on Tuesday, 7April 2015, 09.00-12.00, at Lao Plaza
Hotel, Vientiane
- In English only
- Registration fee is: LAK 290,000 or USD 35 / 1 participant for member of
ECCIL.
LAK 450,000 or USD 55/ 1 participant for non-member

- Deadline for the registration is 6 April 2015.


- For further information please feel free to contact. Ms. Soupanith(soupanith.
lounalath@eccil.org). 020 95519988, or Ms. Dalunee (contact@eccil.org) 021
285 111 Ext 507
Vientiane Times Monday March 30, 2015 17

Vacancy Announcement
(Lao National Only)
Lao Tobacco Limited (LTL) is an international Joint Venture established in 2001 between the Government of Lao PDR and Imperial Tobacco Group (ITG), the 4th largest
tobacco group in the world with 33,800 employees in 160 countries.

LTL has 605 employees and works with people with a variety of backgrounds, experience and perspectives. LTL offers a culture of opportunity, competitive rewards, and a
good work environment with support for individuals and families. If this is the environment and career challenge you seek, please read on and join us.
Wholesales Manager 2 positions base in VTE/ North and South Good spoken and written English.
Full driving license as this role will require substantial driving, for which a pick up
Ensure alignment of front line team. is provided free of charge.
Ensure team know customer and shopper needs and then can facilitate effective
on-time in-store communication. Retail Advocacy and Cycle Planning Manager 1 Position based in VTE
Set and ensure distribution and availability within agreed range. (Re-advertised)
Support the on-time effective availability of new products.
Build a sustainable availability platform against defined causes. Prepare budget plan.
Adjust coverage frequency to support value-creating activities. Prepare and review cycle planning.
Build sustainable business relationships with assigned customers. Prepare the agenda for Cycle WIP
Identify and action additional commercially viable value-creating activities. Represent marketing in the business annual planning process
Create, organise and execute inspirational events to maximize team effectiveness Manage the entire product line cycle planning to tactical activities annual and monthly
in achievement of business objectives. planning cycle.
Effectively engage direct reports with the company and functional values, objectives Monitor the progress against cycle plan target.
and strategy. Work with core business planning colleagues.
Collection, analysis and reporting of relevant information/ data. Work closely with sales team.
Provide proactive insights to the health of the brand.
Requirements: Develop strategic brand ideas.
Bachelor Degree in Marketing Business Administration or related field.
Strategic and commercially astute business mind. Requirements:
Understands customer and shopper needs & behavior. Bachelor Degree in Marketing or Business Administration or related field.
Focused on achievement of outcomes in addition to process compliance. Strong knowledge of Marketing.
Able to be enthusiastic and foster a collaborative work environment. Experience with a Fast-Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) Company preferred.
Able to coach and mentor rather than direct people. Possess passion for strong results.
Recognize different talent and working styles and coach accordingly. Knowledge and experience in Lao market will be an added advantage.
Good spoken and written Lao.

Wholesales Executive 1 position base in VTE Sales Manager General Retailer 1 position base in North

Review the customers business including non-tobacco products to understand their Agree and deliver the coaching & development plan including regular feedback
business in detail. sessions for each direct report.
Set and ensure distribution and on-shelf availability of an agreed range. Collection, analysis and reporting of relevant information/ data.
Educate the wholesalers and semi wholesalers and their employees to the features Create, organise and execute inspirational events to maximize team effectiveness
and benefits of our products and assets. in achievement of business objectives.
Build lasting business relationships between wholesalers and their semi Effectively engage direct reports and demonstrate values, objectives and strategy.
wholesalers. Manage all LTL assets within an agreed framework i.e. showcases, POSM.
Ensure the on-time effective availability of new products. Ensure alignment of front line to known customer and shopper needs.
Aligning Imperial total tobacco portfolio based on consumer needs. Set and ensure distribution and availability of an agreed range.
Building a sustainable availability platform against defined causes. Support the delivery of customer compliance to contractual agreements (where
Influence and shape cycle activity to meet customer needs. relevant).
Leveraging and capitalizing on commercially viable service opportunities Build sustainable business relationships with assigned customers.
Build a sustainable availability platform against defined causes.
Requirements: Identify and action additional commercially viable value-creating activities.
Bachelor degree in Marketing or Business Administration or related field.
Lateral thinkers make wider connections about current and future activities. Requirements:
Aspiration & ambition to contribute more widely & grow their area/ the wider Bachelor degree in Marketing or Business Administration or related field.
business. Understands customer and shopper needs & behavior.
Challenge the norm raise new ideas & perspectives. Logical and organised operator.
Leverage deep understanding of customers & shoppers beyond the Tobacco Able to be enthusiastic and drive others and foster a collaborative work environment.
category. Able to coach and mentor rather than direct people.
Be flexible and organise their activities around the business & customer needs. Recognize different talents and working styles and coach accordingly.
Striong negotiation skills and able to look for win-win solutions.
Focused on the business outcome in dealings with retailers. Sales Promoter 2 positions base in North
Builds the retailer relationship to create value.
Understands retailers needs & seen as trusted advisor. Check compliance of the outlet against the agreed TIP includeing merchandising,
Strategic & commercially astute business mind and be able to think on their feet, POSM, Range, Stock days etc).
keeping the long term in mind. Collection and reporting of relevant information/ data.
Maintain accurate and up-to-date master data.
Area Sales Manager 3 Positions Based in VTE, North and South areas) Ensure effective on-time in-store communication.
(Re-advertised) Maintain customer compliance to contractual agreements.
Execute retail engagement and activation programs.
Identify opportunities and drive business growth within all channels on your specific Build sustainable business relationships with assigned customers.
area. Checking price parity and/ or relativity across the portfolio.
Design yearly business plan that will deliver growth and improvement by setting
milestone and reviews. Requirements:
Develop merchandising strategy to maximize the impact of LTL brand on trade and Bachelor degree in any field is an advantage.
smokers. Organised and logical thinker.
Determine appropriate channel strategies for the placement and promotion of LTL Attention to detail and accuracy.
mid and high price products. Understands customer environment and shopper needs - and can flex execution
Identify performance gaps with your team and deal with them promptly to achieve of activities accordingly
high standards of field work performance. Understands customer plans and rationale and therefore able to communicate to
Provide team with necessary training & coaching to drive teams performance. outlet manager effectively
Develop a professional, business, relationship, with your customers to understand
their needs, and share our needs to drive our businesses forward. Benefits:
Ensure that all data collected by your team is accurate at all times. Attractive salary range based on the qualifications of the applicant and social
Manage and utilize advertising & promotion budget to achieve promotional objectives. benefits.
Access to company leisure facilities, including football and badminton.
Requirements: Regular training and development courses in the region.
Bachelor degree in Marketing or Business Administration or related field. Opportunities to grow into more senior positions based on performance.
Minimum 5 years sales and/or marketing experience in senior managerial position
with Fast-Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) Company. Interested applicants - send your CV and a covering letter detailing your suitability by
Proven track record in sales & marketing FMCG products. 17 April 2015 for the attention of:
Sales management and field force management experience is essential.
Strong leadership is important to drive people to achieve agreed objectives. Human Resource Department, Lao Tobacco Limited
Possess strong communication and interpersonal skills. Km8 Thadeua Road, PO Box: 181, Vientiane Capital, Lao PDR
Possess passion for strong results. Tel: (+856 21) 352 780,
Knowledge and experience in Lao market will be an added advantage. Fax: (+856 21) 313 144, E-mail: recruitment@la.imptob.com
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Strengthening Technical and Vocational Education and Training (STVET)
ADB Grant No.: 0211-Lao

VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT (URGENT)


Position: Gender Specialist (International)

Duty Station: Ministry of Education and Sports, TVED PIU/EMIS, VTE Capital, Lao PDR
Duration: 2 months
Starting Date: As soon as possible, 2015

I. Background Information
Lao PDR has received a Grant from Asian Development Banks Special Resources Funds
to assist in improving the quality of the TVET sector through the implementation of the
Strengthening Technical and Vocational Education and Training (STVET) Project.

II. Description of duties:


Under the guidance of the Director General and the Deputy Director General, TVET
Department, and in consultation with STVET Consultant Team Leader, the Specialist will
undertake the following specific tasks.

III. Task:
i. Review all 17 skill standards, modular TVET curricula and competency based assessments
as well as the gender related modules and provide inputs to ensure that these are gender
sensitive.
ii. In the review of policy and funding frameworks for TVET, provide inputs on gender and
social equity issues.
iii. Review the training materials on Code of Conduct on Prevention of Sexual Harassment/
Exploitation and provide inputs for improving the training materials.
iv. Develop the terms of reference for a "role model/mentoring program" for female students
with female faculty and/or with women in related fields, including guidance notes on key
activities to be undertaken by TVET institutions to establish this programme.
v. Identify issues, and challenges in implementing unachieveing gender indicators and provide
recommendations to address the issues and challenges
vi. Lead on implementation of GAP, especially lead on implementing unachieving or ongoing
gender indicators
vii. Identify activities
viii. Review and update GAP
ix. Guide project gender focal point to continue updating GAP.
x. Review the social marketing strategy and campaign and provide recommendations to
increase female enrolment in the none- traditional skills areas.

IV. Key Deliverables:


Written inputs and guidance on the skills standards, modular curricula and competency
based assessments
Written inputs on gender and social equity issues integrated in policy and funding
framework under review.
Written inputs on the Code of Conduct training materials and with supplementary talking
points.
Terms of Reference for "role model/mentoring program" for female students with a set of
guidance notes on key activities to be undertaken by TVET institutions to establish this
programme.

V. Qualifications or Specialized Knowledge/ Experience Required:


The International Gender and TVET Specialist should:
Hold an advanced university degree in Education/ TVET
A minimum of 8 years of experience in the field of gender and development and TVET
issues.
Proven track record of providing technical guidance and support to governments and
international agencies on gender and TVET strategies and plans.
Knowledge and skills in gender/ social analysis as well as TVET.
Excellent ability to analyze and synthesize vast amounts of information
Excellent inter-personal, negotiations and advocacy skills
Experience and capacity to transfer knowledge and undertake and facilitate training events
Excellent ability to work in different cultural contexts and in politically sensitive situations.

Interested candidate should submit CV with cover letter and other relevant certificates to:
Ministry of Education and Sports, Technical and Vocational Education Department
STVET Project Implementation Unit (STVET PIU)
Lane Xang Avenue, P.O. Box: 067, Vientiane Capital, Lao PDR.
Tel/Fax (office): +865-021-240008
E-Mail: ithongsa@gmail.com.
Please marked on Subject Line: Application for Gender Specialist

Deadline: 13 April 2015, before 16:00 (Lao Time).


Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
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JOB VACANCY VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT
(Announcement No. 15/06)
Driver OPEN TO: All Qualified Candidates
Lao Nationality POSITION: Political Specialist, FSN-9
OPENING DATE: March 24, 2015
The Project Microfinance in Rural Areas- Access to Finance for the Poor (AFP) commissioned by German CLOSING DATE: April 17, 2015
Development Cooperation is currently seeking 1 qualified Laotian candidate for a Driver position. WORK HOURS: Full-time; 40 hours/week
SALARY: Actual salary will be based on the qualifications of the applicant.
Duration of Assignment: 12 months, extension possible NOTE: THIS IS A LOCAL POSITION. THE SELECTED CANDIDATE WILL COME UNDER LOCAL LABOR LAW, AND BE
Work Location: Khob district, Sayabouly province PAID ACCORDING TO THE EMBASSYS LOCAL COMPENSATION PLAN. ALL ORDINARY RESIDENT APPLICANTS
Starting date: As soon as possible MUST BE RESIDING IN LAOS AND HAVE THE REQUIRED WORK AND/OR RESIDENCY PERMITS TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR
CONSIDERATION.
Job Description
Drive office vehicles safely and drive office staff, official visitors and guests to official destinations The U.S. Embassy in Vientiane is seeking an individual for the position of Political Specialist(Interpreter/Translator)
Assists in the transport of goods in the Political/Economic Section.
Regularly cleans the inside and outside of the office vehicle
BASIC FUNCTION OF POSITION
Checks oil, water, brake and clutch fluids on a daily basis; tyre pressures, battery water, and overall As Political Specialist, the incumbent is responsible for regular factual and analytical reporting on Lao politics, party,
vehicle condition on a monthly basis or after 5000 km whichever comes earlier; tests lights, brakes, government, and law development from a broad variety of human and media sources, published and unpublished. He/
bodywork for dents, etc. she follows Lao government, international organizations, and INGO/NPA work in their economic a social development
Is responsible for project vehicle documents and its care, keeps vehicle logbook on a daily basis and activities. He/she attends Lao government, international organization, and INGO/NPA meetings, identifies items of
registers each monthly check interest, and prepares reports as requested. He/she assists in maintaining up-to-date information for the Political/
Calculates the petrol, oil, and lubricant (POL) use on a monthly basis, is responsible for a special petty Economic Section and provides specialized background reporting on Lao laws and decrees.
cash for POL and submits vouchers to accounting on a monthly basis The incumbent interprets for the Ambassador, DCM, Political/Economic (P/E) Section Officers, and other Embassy
Reports the need for maintenance and undertakes minor repairs staff members in meetings with Lao Government officials, in public ceremonies, at Embassy functions, and during
Immediately reports any involvement of the project/office vehicle in any, even minor accidents, or any Embassy travel. He/she also translates Lao government decrees, regulations, and other documents from Lao to
damage or theft of equipment from the vehicle English, as well as Ambassadorial speeches and USG documents from English to Lao as assigned. The incumbent
Uses all available information (incl. actual radio news on traffic situations) to update knowledge of drafts diplomatic notes and arranges travel itineraries for visits of U.S. officials to Laos, and Lao officials to U.S-funded
street conditions, effective routes and locations daily events as required.
Exchanges this information with other office drivers QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED
Serves all passengers in a friendly manner NOTE: All applicants must address each selection criterion detailed below with specific and comprehensive
Runs errands for the project/office, e.g. delivery of letters/messages, payment of bills, and makes information supporting each item.
minor purchases of office supplies 1. Education:University degree, in social sciences or liberal arts. Service with an appropriate Lao government
Other Duties/Additional Tasks agency could substitute for a degree in special circumstances.
2. Prior Work Experience:Two to four years of progressively responsible experience in governmentor other
The major part of the driving activities is within the Sayaboury province with regular journeys to the organizations.
neighbouring provinces (Luang Prabang, Vientiane) 3. Language Proficiency:Level IV English and Lao are required. (Fluent knowledge of written and spoken English
The project can also assign for a limited period of time the driver to another province and Lao). Knowledge of other languages including Vietnamese or Chinese would also be beneficial.
If there is no outside driving activity, she/he stands by in the office, supports other colleagues in case 4. Knowledge:Knowledge of Lao laws and regulations, the legal system and its development, political institutions
of need, and does other office work as assigned and structures, Lao Peoples Revolutionary Party doctrine and structure, and historical developments.
Reports any incident whilst off duty that may affect his/her driving licence entitlement, as well as any 5. Skills and abilities:Ability to communicate effectively with all levels of Lao government and U.S. officials. Ability
newly known health problems that may affect his/her ability to drive to undertake interpretation and write clearly and coherently in both English and Lao. Filing, word processing,
Takes care of matters in relation with electricity, e.g. cable, etc. and data management skills are also required.
Assists in and/or carries out other activities and any tasks as assigned
Required Entry Qualifications and Competencies HOW TO APPLY
Formal Education Interested applicants for this position must submit the following for the application to be considered:
high school 1. Universal Application for Employment (Form DS-174). Download the form at: http://laos.usembassy.gov/
Other Qualifications job_opportunities.html
Possession of a valid drivers license 2. Candidates who claim U.S. Veterans preference must provide a copy of their Form DD-214 withtheir application.
Knowledge of basic English is an advantage 3. Any other documentation (e.g., essays, certificates, awards, copies of degrees earned) thataddressesthe
Discipline and punctuality qualification requirements of the position as listed above.
SUBMIT APPLICATION TO
Stress tolerance and patience Human Resources Office
Familiarity with driving on mountainous and dirt roads. American Embassy Vientiane
Professional Experience Thadeua Rd., Km 9, Ban Somvang Tai
At least 3 years of working experience as a driver, with references P.O. Box 114, Vientiane, Laos
No history of major accidents within the past 3 years (Hardcopy or e-mail attachments are accepted)
E. Reports to: Project accountant/Secretary POINT OF CONTACT
F. Deputy of Position: Other drivers Telephone: 856-21-487176/7259
G. Deputized by: Other drivers Fax: 856-21-488002
Interested candidates are asked to submit an application CV and cover letter explaining how E-mail: VientianeHRO@state.gov
your experience meets the requirements. The application deadline is Wednesday, 08 April 2015 Interested persons should contact Embassy Human Resources Office for more information. Blankapplication forms
before 4.00 PM and the applications should be sent to the HR Division of GIZ Office Vientiane, may be picked up from the cabinet inside the Embassy entrance.
P.O.Box 9233, Vientiane Capital, or by e-mail to job-gizlaos@giz.de Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.
All applications will be treated confidentially and only short-listed candidates will be notified. CLOSING DATE FOR THIS POSITION: April 17, 2015
An Equal Opportunity Employer
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Poverty Reduction Fund (PRF)


Request for Expression of Interest

Oxfams goal in Laos is to contribute to a fair and open Lao society where women and men Country: Lao Peoples Democratic Republic
equally enjoy their rights to a sustainable life. Oxfam has been working in Lao PDR since 1989. Project: The Poverty Reduction Fund
As part of the Oxfam Program, Oxfam-Solidarity Belgium is implementing a Disaster Risk Description: Short term Graphic Designer
Reduction Program in Vientiane Province and is seeking one experienced Programme Officer Grant No.: H685-LA
to join our team. We are offering competitive benefits. Project No.: P 123480.
Issue date: March 23, 2015 Closing date: April 3, 2015
Promgramme Officer Livelihood and Disaster Risk Management (Lao National)
Duty Station: Vientiane Capital The Government of Laos, with support from the World Bank, the Swiss Agency for Development and
Cooperation, AuSAID and JSDF has set up the Poverty Reduction Fund (PRF) to deliver small scale
Main Responsibilities: development project including support to livelihood activities at the Kum ban and Village levels.
Manages all aspects of the Livelihood Programme implementation through periodic work
plans and progress reports (annual, quarterly and monthly), monitoring and evaluation Following on the scaling up of the deepen community driven development in 5 pilot districts to 15 districts
systems, and budget management, ensuring donors rules and Oxfam Belgiums procedures within the cycle 13, the PRF would request to review design and draw pictures related to the Community
Driven Development approach and principles. Therefore, the project is now seeking for a Short term
are respected.
Graphic Designer IEC Materials, in order to respond the purposes and objectives of the project.
Is responsible for the implementation of capacity building strategies of partners. Specifically, the objectives are:
Contributes to the Oxfam Country strategy and programme development in Laos under To develop an attractive, clear illustrations/visualization types, suitable for conveying information
guidance of the Humanitarian Coordinator and the Country Director, in particular w/r to and representing ideas so that the target groups can easily understand and improve their knowledge
Program strategies. based on these communication tools.
Participates in thematic meetings at national or regional level in relation with Disaster Risk Visualize PRF processes, mechanisms, principles, etc. in a way that reinforces the spirit of the
Reduction. PRFs pro-poor and community empowerment approach including mission, vision, and principles.
Takes up responsibility in case of humanitarian response programmes as required by the Prepare the visualization of IEC materials relevant to CDD pictures in the Lao context.
Country Director and the Humanitarian Coordinator Revise/re-draws and finalize all visuals of CDD pictures produced by the Designer after field testing
from PRF Staff.
Required competencies and experience: Required qualifications and experience:
Knowledge of livelihood approaches, issues, challenges. DRR knowledge will be an asset Excellent in knowledge of the relevant design and desktop publishing skills and software such as
Knowledge of methodologies and principles with regard to capacity-building and Page Maker, Photo Shop, Corel Draw, Illustrator, In Design
organisational and institutional development, including participatory approaches. Extensive publications layout and design experience
Knowledge and experience with methodologies and practices on gender approaches and Experiences with projects using participatory approach is an asset
mainstreaming. Knowledge of development issues and understanding of rural social and cultures of Lao PDR is an
Good communication and facilitating skills, demonstrating trust, competence, respect and asset
motivation, especially with government agencies and local authorities. Experience in Graphic design, Illustration and visualization skills
Ability to cooperate in a team and to work under guidance, while showing a high degree Creative and conceptualization skills
of initiative, efficient time management and ability to cope with stressful situations. Ability to grasp ideas quickly, thinks creatively, take initiative and be innovative
Fluent in English
Good insights in financial management requirements
Flexible times and friendship personalities is an asset
University graduate The detailed job descriptions for both positions can be obtained at PRF website: http://www.
prflaos.org or at PRF office.
For a full Job Description and further information, please refer to the website: www.
directoryofngos.org and go to Directory News/Job Openings. All interested applicants should submit (1) a cover letter outlining clearly how the candidate meets the
requirements of the position, (2) a detailed CV with one (3x4) photo and (3) supporting documents
To apply, ensure you read carefully the Full Job Description and submit an application (certificate of the most recent employment, certificates of qualification/graduation, a list of at least three
letter with your motivation and explaining how you are addressing the required criteria and a referees, etc) to the HR Officer, Poverty Reduction Fund, Governments Office, building 501, Sisavathtai
detailed CV with 3 references by 12 April 2015 with the reference LDPO by e-mail to sth@ Village, Chanthabouly District, P.O Box 4625 Vientiane, Tel: 021 261479 - 80, Fax: 021 261481, Email:
oxfamsol.be or by post at: PO Box 4723, Vientiane- LAO PDR piengngeune@prflaos.org and Khemphone@prflaos.org . Please be noted that all submitted documents
will not be returned.
We promote diversity and practice equity.
Female candidates are encouraged to apply. Deadline for applications: April 3, 2015
Only short-listed applicants will be contacted for a personal interview. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for further discussion

VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT
(Announcement No.15/05)

OPEN TO: All Interested Applicants


POSITION: Resident-Hire U.S Citizen Personal Services Contractor(USPSC) Development Assistance Coordinator for Laos,
USAID/RDMA, GS-11
OPENING DATE: March 16, 2015
CLOSING DATE: March 31, 2015, Tuesday, at 4.00 pm Bangkok Time
WORK HOURS: 30-40 hours/week
SALARY: Salary to be paid within this grade will depend on experience, qualifications, and salary history. VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT
NOTE: THE SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATE IS REQUIRED TO OBTAIN THE APPROPRIATE VISA AND WORK PERMIT ON HIS/HER OWN.
BACTEC International Limited-Lao are a branch of BACTEC International Limited, a UXO
remediation organization with a head office based in the United Kingdom and with branches and
The U.S. Embassy in Vientiane is seeking an individual for the position of Development Assistance Coordinator for Laosin the USAID/RDMA Section.
operations in several countries.BACTEC International Limited-Lao have operated successfully
BASIC FUNCTION OF POSITION throughout Lao PDR since 2008.
USAID is seeking an officer to serve alongside the USAID/RDMA Representative in Vientiane to coordinate programs that address development challenges
facing Laos. The successful candidate will work under a United States Personal Services Contract (USPSC). The officer will report directly to the USAID/
RDMA Representative in Laos, but will also work closely with the political/economic section of U.S. Embassy Vientiane. Position: Administration and Finance Officer(Full-time)
The incumbent will be expected to acquire a full grasp of USAID programs in Laos, and be able to support the USAID Representative leadership role. Location: Vientiane
Alongside, and during the absence of the Representative, the incumbent will be expected to represent USAID and U.S. policy with partners such as the
World Bank, Asian Development Bank, UN, and other bilateral and multilateral donors. The incumbent will also represent RDMA at government-led
sector working group meetings, and represent USAID within Embassy Vientiane. Applications close: 06 April 2015
The incumbent should possess superior organizational skills and high-quality situational assessment and interpretation skills.
Qualifications and Experience Required
QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED
NOTE: All applicants must address each selection criterion detailed below with specific and comprehensive information supporting each item.
Candidates must holda minimum of 2-3 years of previous experience in business
1. Education (15%): A Bachelors degree in a relevant international development assistance field such as international development, international administration and financial accounting.
public health, development economics, international relations, political science, business administration, law or other closely related field required.
A Masters degree is preferred.
Bachelor Degree of Business Administration, Finance or higher.
2. Experience (40%):At least 5 years of practical professional experience in relevant areas related to international assistance, interagency cooperation Competentlevel of English language skills (Spoken, written and comprehension).
and program planning, analysis or management, as well as the ability to function in complex, frequently changing political and economic conditions
required; previous US Government experience is highly desired. Organized and self-motivated.
3. Ability and Skills (45%):In-depth understanding of international relations and economic and political issues affecting less-developed countries A high attention to detail and good analytical skills.
as well as an ability to utilize this knowledge is required. Knowledge in this area (international relations, economic and political issues) related
specifically to Laos desired. Sound judgment on technical and institutional issues, resulting in the ability to develop recommendations required. Capacity to perform multiple tasks concurrently.
High competency in MS Office products.
High level of energy, sound judgment, and good initiative are required.
Strong communication and negotiation skills are essential, including excellent writing, reporting, drafting, and editing skills as well as well-developed Pleasant and cooperative personality.
presentation and briefing skills required. Driving licence a desirable asset.
Excellent inter-personal and teamwork skills, including an ability to work well with colleagues and counterparts at various levels representing a wide
range of cultural backgrounds required.
Understanding international assistance and donor coordination in general is required with specific knowledge of public health, environment, trade policy
and integration, democracy and governance, vulnerable groups, labor market and competitiveness desired.
Administration Duties:
Knowledge of Lao not required but desirable. Preparation, processing and filing of company administrative reports, returns and other
Language Proficiency:English fluency required. Given the nature of the position, effective written and oral communications are absolutely critical to
perform successfully in this position. The incumbent must be able to communicate effectively and accurately with 1) all categories of Mission employees;
associated documentation.
2) local government officials at the Senior Minister level and lower; 3) numerous international and local organizations, donors and other embassies; 4) Assist with the employment and travel requirements for internationally recruited staff.
various Washington based U.S. Government agencies, and 5) the general public.
Process employee contracts and administer personnel files.
Physical Condition:The incumbent must be in a good physical condition, willing and able to travel within Laos and regionally by car, boat, and plane for Assist the Country Manager with management of field duty rosters.
extended periods of time, as requested or necessary.
Record and prepare the minutes of the monthly OH&S meeting.
HOW TO APPLY Assist with the preparation, processing and monitoring of BACTEC local property leases.
Interested applicants for this position must submit the following for the application to be considered:
1. Fully completed and hand-signed copy of an Optional Application for Federal Employment Form (OF-612)
Forms are available at the following website: http://www.gpo.gov/pdfs/careers/apply/of612.pdf or at Federal offices. Applicants should note that the salary Financial Duties:
history for the purposes of the OF-612 is the base salary paid, excluding benefits and allowances such as housing, travel, educational support, vehicle use, etc.
2. A current resume or curriculum vitae (CV); Regular liaison with the BACTEC accountant in the UK as required.
3. Personal Information: full name, mailing address, email address, day and evening phone numbers, and country of citizenship; Assist with audits and reports.
4. A minimum of three and a maximum of five references, including two references which must be from direct supervisors who can provide information
regarding the applicants knowledge. Prepare, lodge and pay all required Lao Tax reports and returns.
5. Information on current or prior U.S. Government security or employment authorization clearance and current or prior U.S. Government/employment
medical clearances.
Verify, allocate and input details of business transactions to BACTEC accounting software
6. Copies of required work and/or residency permits (if selected). from documents such as sales slips, invoices, receipts, cheque stubs, and computer printouts.
SUBMIT APPLICATION TO
Preparation and submission of invoices to clients.
Regional Office of Procurement All BACTEC-Lao banking requirements.
USAID/RDMA
25th Floor, Athenee Tower,
Assisting in the preparation and distribution of BACTEC staff payrolls in the field.
63 Wireless road, Lumpini, Management of the BACTEC-Lao petty cash sub account.
Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330
(Hardcopy or e-mail attachments are accepted)
Email submissions shall be sent to Ms. Suthicha Chussananalin, Acquisition Specialist, at the email address schussananalin@usaid.gov with a copy to Applications: Applicants should address a covering letter and enclosed CV to the
Mr. Paul Martin, Contracting Officer, at pmartin@usaid.gov. To ensure delivery by the due date it is recommended that applications be sent in as email
attachments. Applications that are received without a signature or incomplete applications will not be considered for the position. Regional Manager, BACTEC International Limited-Lao, Unit 8 Phonsavanh Village,
Only shortlisted candidates will be notified. Sisattanak District, PO Box 6089 Vientiane Capital, Lao PDR.
CLOSING DATE FOR THIS POSITION: March31, 2015, Tuesday, at 4.00 pm Bangkok Time
An Equal Opportunity Employer Tel: 021 264 923 - 24 E-mail: a.mansell@BACTEC.com
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CAREER OPPORTUNITIES
OPPORTUNITY FOR SHORT TERM CONSULTANT No 022/2015
LAO NATIONALITY Phonesack Group Co.,Ltd is one of the largest wholly owned Lao companies. The Company employs over 50
personnel at its headquarters and over 2000 employees and sub-contractors throughout sites in Lao PDR.

Now is an exciting time to build a career with Phonesack Group Co., Ltd. (PSG). We have a huge range of
Support the Pilot Implementation of New Presumptive Tax Regime projects which require driven and talented people to join our team, to lead and collaborate innovative ideas.
We are currently seeking the following positions:
Lao Tax Simplification Project 1. In House Lawyer 1 position in Vientiane (Head Office)
Key Duties:
Supervise and provide recommendation in overall legal matters in organization.
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is the largest global development institution Qualification required:
focused exclusively on the private sector. Working with private enterprises in about Lao national only
Bachelors of Law from any accredited law universities with knowledge of Policy management and Business law
100 countries, we use our capital, expertise, and influence to help eliminate extreme applicability; Masters degree is advantageous
Certification as registered legal counsel-license in advantage
poverty and boost shared prosperity. In FY14, we provided more than $22 billion A minimum of four years experience in law, including legal analysis, research & writing and knowledge of Business
in financing to improve lives in developing countries and tackle the most urgent legal frameworks is a pre requisite for this role
Experience in working for concession project is prefer
challenges of development. For more information, visit www.ifc.org. Excellent command of written and spoken English and Lao are essential. Fluency in other languages would be
advantageous.
2. Deputy Accounting Manager 1 position in Vientiane (Head Office)
The IFC Tax Simplification Project in Lao PDR is delivered in partnership with Key Duties:
Assisting an Accounting Manager and Management Coordinator to oversea and manage accounting and finance
Switzerland State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO). teams. Leading the teams and motivating the accounting and finance staff to complete the works as per due date;
the works are including finance, accounts payable, account receivable, inventory, costing, general ledger (including
fixed assets), annual budgeting and statutory reporting for all company's project.
The IFC Tax Simplification project in Lao PDR is working with the Lao Tax Qualification required:
At least obtaining Bachelors Degree in Accounting or a related field with Certification in CPA or CMA;
Department of the Ministry of Finance to support the implementation of the new Eight (8 ) years of professional accounting experience; OR, Any equivalent combination of experience and/or education
presumptive tax regime stipulated in the enacted General Tax Law and the revision and from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved;
Strong knowledge in Lao Accounting
implementation of VAT legislation. Prior to full implementation, the new presumptive Minimum 5 years of Account/project management experience;
Expert in accounting software utilization; knowledge in ERP is preferable;
tax regime is being piloted in two districts: Saysetha District, Vientiane Capital and Knowledge and skill in managerial practices and principles;
Luang Prabang District. Motivated, goal oriented, persistent and a skilled negotiator;
High level of initiative and work well in a team environment;
Excellent written and oral communication skills;
Handles stressful situations and deadline pressures well;
IFC seeks to recruit a short term local consultant to provide assistance to the pilot Plans and carries out responsibilities with minimal direction.
implementation of the new presumptive tax regime, specifically: 3. Senior Social and Community Development 1 position in Vientiane (Head Office)
Key Duties:
To assist data gathering and also do data analysis on the assets of affected people.
- Working with the two pilot District Tax Offices to i) identify and assess the To know and understand compensation policy and strategy for affected people.
difficulties of implementing the new presumptive tax regime and areas for Qualification required:
Bachelor Degree or Master in Social studies / Social and Community Development studies.
improvement; and ii) support the collection of taxpayer data and storage in At least 7 years of experience in social and community development sector, hydropower or mining project.
Must be spoken, written and understood both Lao and English.
electronic format; Proficient in MS Office Suite, to include Word, Excel, and PowerPoint Programs.
- Working with the Pilot Committees of Tax Department and Pilot District Tax Be able to travel to field survey whenever required and be assigned to the site when project is operated.
Physically fit to work at the site.
Offices to design and deliver a training program for tax officials and taxpayers Able to communicate with a wide range of people from different ethnic and social culture.
Ability to work and willing to assist disadvantaged groups.
on the presumptive tax regime; Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
- Supporting the Pilot Committee of Tax Department and tax experts to i) develop Be able to work and meet tight deadline and also under pressure.

an enforcement/audit program for the new regime; ii) finalize the guidelines of 4. HR Manager 1 Position in Lak20 KSO Gold Mine
Key Duties:
the new presumptive tax regime; iii) monitor and evaluate the pilot program; Mainly responsible for performing full functions of human resource management: Recruitment, Employee Relations,
and iv) develop an action plan for rolling out the full implementation of the new HRIS, Compensation & Benefits, Training and Organization Development
Qualification required:
presumptive tax regime; Bachelor's Degree or Masters Degree in Human Resources Management, Political Science or related field
Minimum 5 years of working experience in Human Resources
- Working with the WBG tax team to develop a taxpayer survey and research, as Strong knowledge of Recruitment, Compensation and Training
required. Good command of written and spoken English skills
Good communication and motivation skills
Qualifications Proactive, positive attitude with good leadership skills
Self-motivated with achievement-oriented
- Well understanding taxation system in Lao PDR; Computer literate especially in MS Office
- A minimum of 5 years of relevant experience in area of regulatory reform, fiscal
5. Senior IT officer 1 Position in Lak20 ,KSO Gold Mine
policy, tax administration, tax filing or accounting; Key Duties:
Mainly focus on IT network operation
- A bachelor or master degree in relevant discipline e.g. public finance, business Qualification required:
management, social science, economics, account, and etc.; Bachelor Degree in computer science or information technology
3 years experience in support for Microsoft Windows Desktop and Server environment
- Background as tax practitioner preferred; Strong interpersonal and communication skills
Able to work under pressure
- Excellent communication and presentation in Lao language, English proficiency Proficient in speaking, writing and understanding English
is a plus. Able to work on site, willing to work long hour and be on call.
Terms and Conditions 6. Senior Chemist 2 position at Saravan & Sekong (Xekong Power-Plant Limited)
Key Duties:
The initial appointment will be on a consultancy basis for 100 working days from Control All analysis activity, check and preparing lab report
6th April2015to 31st December, 2015. IFC offers competitive salary. Interested Qualification required:
Bachelor Degree in Chemistry, Biology or related science.
candidates may review the complete job description and apply online at https:// 3 years of working experience as Chemist in the laboratory.
wbgeconsult2.worldbank.org/wbgec/index.html and access Business Opportunities, Mining industry background is advantage.
Excellent communication skill and attention to detail.
Selection #1176501. The closing date is March 31, 2015. All applications will be Experience leading others in a team environment.
Proficient in MS Office Suite to include Word, Excel.
treated with strict confidentiality. Please note that only short-listed candidates will Excellent spoken and written in Lao and English.
be contacted for interview. A full ToR can be obtained by contacting Ms. Khampao 7. Junior Chemist 2 position at Saravan & Sekong (Xekong Power-Plant Limited)
Nanthavong via email knanthavong@ifc.org. Key Duties:
Analysis limestone samples operate X-Ray machine and other instrument
Qualification required:
Bachelor Degree in Chemistry, Biology or related science.
More than 1 years of working experience in the laboratory
Excellent communication skill and attention to detail
Hands on attitude and self-motivated person
Proficient in MS Office Suite to include Word, Excel
Excellent spoken and written in Lao and English

8. Chemist Assistant 16 position at Saravan & Sekong (Xekong Power-Plant Limited)


Key Duties:
Analysis coal samples (Proximate, CV, TS, RD)
Qualification required:
Bachelor Degree in Chemistry, Biology or related science.
internship experience in the laboratory
Excellent communication skill and attention to detail
Hands on attitude and self-motivated person
Proficient in MS Office Suite to include Word, Excel
Excellent spoken and written in Lao and English

9. Surveyors 1 position at Saravan & Sekong (Xekong Power-Plant Limited)


Key Duties:
Surveyors may work in related fields such as photogrammetric, geographic information systems (GIS)
Qualification required:
Higher Diploma in Surveying or a closely related field.
At least 1 years experience in surveying in Mining Operations.
Proficient in MS Office Suite to include Word, Excel, AutoCad, Map Info.
Ability to use survey equipment including total station, GPS etc..
Ability to communicate in Lao and English both speaking and writing
Willingness to work on site

We offer the successful candidate an excellent salary and benefits package, Including PSG self insurance ,National Social
Security Fund Office, Field Allowance, Mobile Phone Policies, etc
We invite qualified candidate to submit your resume stating your present and expected salary and ref directly to the Human
Resources Department at: Phonesack Group, Ltd. Unit 15, Sithong Road, Pakthang Village, Sikhottabong District, P.O.
Box 1808, Vientiane Lao PDR. Fax: (856-21) 550498 Tel: 021 550497 or E-mail to: careers@phonesackgroup.com.
Closing date 26 April 2015
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Implemented by:
JOB VACANCY
Head of Field Operations for CliPAD Houaphan
JOB VACANCY (Climate Protection through Avoided Deforestation)
Land Registration Expert (Lao National)
Short background: The Climate Protection through Avoided Deforestation (CliPAD) Technical
The Land Management and Decentral Planning Program (LMDP) is a project of the German Development Cooperation Module (TC) is a Lao-German Bilateral Project and is working together with theMinistry
Cooperation implemented through GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft fr Internationale Zusammenarbeit). The project for Natural Resources and Environment/Department of Forest Resource Management and the Ministry
comprises two main areas of activity: 1) securing land rights through systematic land registration and titling; of Agriculture and Forestry/Department of Forestryas well as with relatedauthorities in the Province of
and 2) decentral development planning and poverty-focused investment management. Through a multi-level Houaphan to develop REDD+ demonstration activities. The Head of Field Operation is responsible for the
approach, activities are supported at central, provincial and district levels in four provinces, includingSayaboury, coordination and implementation of REDD+ activities in the CliPAD target areas in Houaphan respectively
LuangNamtha, Houaphan and Khammuane. inthe two pilot districts Sam Neua and Houameuang. Furthermore, she/he provides technical advice on
For the Land Registration component of the project, GIZ is seeking a qualified Lao national expert in the field of village forest management in the pilot districts.
land registration / land management in each province.
Starting Date: As soon as possible
Starting Date: As soon as possible Duration of Assignment: 30.September 2016 (with the possibility of annual extension until 2018)
Duration of Assignment: 1 year with possible extension Work Location: Sam Neua/Houaphan Province
Work Location: Sayaboury, LuangNamtha, HouaphanorKhammuane
Main tasks and responsibilities:
Main tasks and responsibilities: She/he shall
serve as a liaison officer and CliPAD TC focal point for the provincial and district governments to ensure
Advise the partner agencies (mainly provincial and district offices of Natural Resources and Environment) a close cooperation and the implementation of CliPAD field activities including financial management,
in cadastral survey, land adjudication and registration (including technical and administrative tasks). support REDD+ related planning processes under involvement of concerned government authorities
Conduct quality control and monitoring of the registration processes (GPS parcel surveying, adjudication and local communities and develop in cooperation with partners concepts for REDD+ demonstration
and digital data management). activities such as village forestry management,
Support the development and improvement of workflows and quality assessments for land registration in assist in identifying relevant and innovative capacity building measures for provincial and district
cooperation with the line agencies and other GIZ project advisors. levels,
Train and coach partner staff in the use of surveying equipment, GIS software and related programs used work closely with governmental and non-governmental organizations in training measures for village
for registration and cadastral mapping. forest management as well as REDD+ and coordinate/supervise the support of these processes,
Support streamlining of processes at district and provincial level with national directives. conduct, prepare and organize relevant workshops, seminars, etc. for the implementation of CliPAD
Closely coordinate and cooperate with relevant partner departments and divisions and related projects activities on provincial and district levels,
Prepare reports and contribute to other tasks as assigned by the GIZ supervisor ensure the monitoring and evaluation of all relevant activities and outputs widely independent,
undertake visits to the selected districts to ensure CliPAD partner activities are proceeding as planned,
Experience and Qualifications: do verbal and written translations from Lao into English and vice versa, whenever needed.

University/Masters degree in the area related to the function Experience and Qualifications:
At least 3 years professional experience in a comparable position, preferably with an educational background She/he must/should have
in the field of land management, surveying or related. a Degree in Forestry (B.Sc. or M.Sc.) and a Degree or Diploma in English,
proficient computer skills (MS Office, data management), knowledge of GIS and use of GPS devices minimum of 5 years working experience in the forestry sector,
good working knowledge of ITC technologies (related software, phone, fax, email, the internet) good working knowledge of ITC technologies, computer applications (e.g. MS Office) and GIS/GPS,
strong managerial and organisational competence working experiences on provincial and district levels,
willingness to work in rural areas and under demanding conditions, including frequent travels to the field good understanding of REDD+ and village forest management,
ability and willingness to work in a team of national / international experts field work experience,
personal flexibility and high motivation ability to work independently and to live and work in harsh and difficult conditions during field-work
very good command of the English language assignments,
very good communication skills language proficiency in English and Lao,
strong communicative skills, in particular with regards to working with government officials.
GIZ is an equal opportunity employer. Women and persons with disabilities are especially encouraged
to apply. GIZ is an equal opportunity employer. Women and persons with disabilities are especially
encouraged to apply.
Interested candidates are asked to send/submit their application with a comprehensive CV including at least Interested candidates are asked to submit an application CV and cover letter explaining how your
3 reliable references and cover letter explaining their motivation as well as how their experience meets the experience meets the requirements. The application deadline is on 31.03.2015 before 16:00 hr.
requirements latest by 16:00 Hr on 03rd of April 2015 to the HR Division of GIZ Office Vientiane, P.O. Box 9233, Applications should be sent to the HR Unit of GIZ Office Vientiane, P.O. Box 9233, Vientiane Capital,
Vientiane Capital, or e-mail to job-gizlaos@giz.de or by e-mail to job-gizlaos@giz.de
All applications will be treated confidentially and only short-listed candidates will be notified. All applications will be treated confidentially and only short-listed candidates will be notified.
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Opinion
Streetwise

Whats your opinion of temple festivals?


Its good that we regularly hold traditional festivals in our temples because its a beautiful
aspect of our culture but sometimes those taking part dont act respectfully and forget the proper
procedures. Vientiane Times asked people for their thoughts and experiences of these festivities.
Patithin Phetmeuangphuan for people to get together left lying around for a long Khong Boun and a lot of
and share a special event. time and the monks have people cooking for guests.
Mr Boy Souvannala, a And since most people are to clean it up. I think the There were lots of people at
teacher from Borikhamxay Buddhists, it makes sense responsibility for this should the temple but it was quiet
province: Well, I suppose to hold these festivals at be passed on to the stallholder and there was no sign of any
some of the most common temples. But there are some and they should clean up alcohol. I asked my friends
festivals are Boun Phavat, activities that we should before they leave. about concerts and fairs and
drop, especially concerts, they said these never take
because everyone drinks Mr Lat Seang-Aloun, a place at temples because
a lot of alcohol and this businessman in Vientiane: its not allowed. Events like
does not reflect the values I often see people holding these are held somewhere
of Buddhism. Also, some concerts at temples in else because they want the
young men and women wear Vientiane and I thought temples to be kept quiet.
improper clothing, which is that what goes on there is They also dont want the
not something that should be quite normal. But I found temple grounds to have heaps
encouraged. So, yes, I think out it wasnt when I visited of litter everywhere.
its good to hold festivals at some friends in Khammuan They allow some people to
temples, but we should not
sell things in the temple province, because they set up stalls, but they have to We should encourage people
allow certain activities to take
grounds but never clean up dont hold concerts or clean up at the end of the day. to pick up the litter after a
place. afterwards. Its the same with fairs at temples. While I I think this is a good way of festival and ensure festivals
the makeshift games that was there I just saw some going about things and we are in keeping with Buddhist
Ms Nalitar Chanpheang, a people set up. These activities traditional activities like should emulate their example. principles.
student at the Institute of leave a lot of mess in their
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these are held at temples festivals in my village cleaning up all the litter. traditional festivals is part of Lao
because its a good place because so many stallholders Sometimes the rubbish is Buddhist culture and they inevitably
involve a lot of stalls selling things, and
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Speech by Comrade Choummaly Sayasone, Party Secretary General and President


of the Lao PDR delivered at the Grand Meeting to mark the 60th Anniversary of the
Founding of the Lao Peoples Revolutionary Party
(At the National Convention Centre, Vientiane, March 21, 2015)

From last issue based targets as our overall Partys practice to harmonise are created for their further basic knowhow on commercial participation, to maintain social
focal duty, which all the central economic development with learning to strengthen their crop cultivation and animal security and solidarity with firm
Continue expanding and local sectors must properly social and cultural development creative ability so they become husbandry, and other knowledge and continuous development.
economic sectors in which our supervise, allocate capital, and and bring about both material good citizens with a strong concerning daily activities and The development of our
country has potential, such as assign technical officials for the and spiritual wellbeing, greater sense of patriotism, solidarity, livelihoods. Continue to pay nation in the current era is
agriculture and forestry, the serious implementation of these attention and importance must generosity and enthusiasm to attention to addressing all issues associated with international
processing industry (especially activities. be given to the development preserve the nations sound to ensure that development integration. Therefore, we
the processing of agriculture and Local and grassroots level of social and cultural fields traditions and culture along with progresses, while social order must continue to adhere to
forestry products), the electricity authorities must continue to in the coming years. In this ethnic groups, as well as being and stability are maintained. our consistent foreign affairs
sector (especially hydropower), explore and define the untapped regard, education development hospitable to our international Such harmonisation is regarded policy of peace, independence,
transnational tourism and potential of agricultural or human resource development friends. as an important basic element for friendship and cooperation,
services connectivity to boost cultivation, animal husbandry must be a central duty with a Education development the construction of our nation and opening up to external relations
the building of the agriculture and local services that best match focus on accelerating progress in the coming years remains new regime. Development and with foreign countries and
and forestry economic structure the real circumstances. After towards achieving the goal of focused on training people security are basic and important regions in multidirectional,
associated with creating more this, commercial production ensuring that the Lao people are in various fields with greater duties. Without security and multilateral, multilevel and
industry and services in various projects must be drawn up comprehensively developed in quality and quantity, in order to stability, no work can be carried multi forms, based on national
regions across the country, based on local potential and the terms of ideology, revolutionary fulfill the demand for personnel out and the achievements we interests. Continue to improve
narrowing the development gap traditions of the local people morale, knowledge, expertise, by Party and State organisations gained will be lost. Therefore, and enhance friendly relations,
and prosperity disparity between associated with economic and good health. as well as the whole of society. the Three Builds Devolution solidarity, and comprehensive
urban and rural areas and among integration between the various In order to achieve these Therefore, our Party continues Initiative of the Politburo must be cooperation with friendly
regions so that all regions are regarded as the guiding direction strategic countries, while
strongly developed. for development. We must all strengthening relations and
We should all acknowledge
that the development destination
Create conditions for Lao compatriots acknowledge that development
means bringing liveliness to
cooperation with neighbouring
countries. Be active in
aims to improve the livelihoods
of multiethnic people and bring
prosperity. Therefore, along with
living in other countries to return to their society, bolstering national
growth, and representing the
factors that guarantee the
participating in Asean activities
and frameworks based on
common interest and mutual
developing mega projects and
large-scale businesses as capital homeland and participate in the nations security and stability of the
nation.
assistance in accordance with
the core principles as indicated
for the countrys development, We should acknowledge in the Asean Charter. Continue
comprehensive action must
be put in place to promote the
development. the reality that the new
process of change has brought
to maintain relations with
developed and developing
business operations of the people, forces and liveliness to drive countries, the Non-Aligned
beginning with family-run localities. Responsibilities goals, we must continue to to implement its policy of the nations development. Movement, Group of 77,
businesses (small-scale family must be assigned to those in reform the national education promoting all economic sectors However, it simultaneously Francophonie countries,
businesses, expanded family charge to realise the projects, system by paying greater and people of all social strata to has introduced new disputes landlocked developing
businesses), and all economic for which financial, technical importance to upgrading the participate in the expansion of which requires us to urgently countries, and other international
sectors into utilising local and marketing support must quality of education in parallel education, especially vocational address. This is the nature organisations. Increase public
potential to boost and expand be assured. A tax and customs with expanding education education at all levels in various of a growing society and we diplomacy work, create
production in accordance with incentive policy must be opportunities, especially subjects in line with the demand must learn and adapt ourselves conditions for Lao compatriots
commercial production projects worked out for remote areas, for ethnic groups, girls, and for labour, national economic accordingly by accepting the living in other countries to return
and food security projects. while focal zones for poverty underprivileged people. It must structure and international reality and working out basic to their homeland and participate
In the coming years, we alleviation need to be allocated be assured that three educational integration. materials and mechanisms to in the nations development.
must view poverty alleviation in parallel with formulating characteristics are carried out Simultaneously, education properly mitigate and address Support nations fighting for
in association with strengthening development projects with clear in harmonisation, namely: expansion must be promoted the disputes in a timely fashion. peace, oppose the threats of
political ideology at the grassroots implementation measures, while nationalism characteristic, firmly with a focus on people Therefore, we must intensify the war, the arms race and terrorism
level and comprehensive rural sources of financing and budgets scientific-modern characteristic, in rural areas in order to efficiency of the management of towards the formation of global
development in accordance with must be identified and allocated and populism characteristic. We alleviate poverty by attaching state and society in line with the political and economic rule
the four development-based appropriately. must ensure that Lao people are great importance to eradicating direction of Party leadership, through democracy and justice.
contents and four development- Meanwhile, adhering to the knowledgeable and conditions illiteracy alongside teaching the rule of law, and peoples To be continued

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Development

Remote area harbours Laos cleanest village


Patithin Phetmeuangphuan

I
ts quite difficult to find a
clean area in some parts
of poor countries because
it seems theres always
a problem with garbage.
Laos, for example, is strewn
with various kinds of rubbish
wherever you look.
Cleanliness depends on the
actions of the people who live
nearby. One would think that
nobody wants to live in a place
thats dirty or has litter lying
around, but apparently in many
parts of Laos this is acceptable.
Last week, however, I
made a refreshing visit to a
remote village in Ngoi district,
Luang Prabang province, in the
company of other Lao media
personnel and World Vision
staff.
Upon our arrival in the
village of Huayhang, I was This house is a fine example of the dwellings in Huayhang village. These signs indicate the progress made by Huayhang village on
immediately heartened to see the road to development.
that it was very clean. I had
not seen such a clean village and wildlife in the forests as an neighbourhood clean. We around the village collecting our way there by boat a how they could achieve
anywhere else in Laos. additional source of food. passed on the responsibility for litter. trip of about 45 minutes. World Visions goals, he said,
Walking around, I couldnt Huayhang village was poor this to the women because we Huayhang village takes There are no fixed times for but they were happy to follow
see a scrap of litter on the but it was evident that the think they are better at this kind cleanliness seriously and has boat departures; passengers through with what they had
ground or in peoples yards - residents were concerned with of work, Mr Somphone said. made regulations that forbid simply make their way to the been taught in pursuit of
just some home-made bamboo cleanliness as there are very Every house here has its the disposal of rubbish in boat dock in the town of Ngoi the overall objective of
containers that had been placed few other villages as clean as own rubbish container and the public areas. If someone breaks and ask for someone to take having a good education and
outside the houses to collect this one. family cleans around the house the rules they can be fined them to the village. The trip good health, and a source of
any rubbish. The village chief, Mr as often as they can. 100,000 or 200,000 kip costs 30,000 per person. income.
I also really liked the design Somphone Sayakone, said Its very important to teach The village was formed in Mr Somphone said the Huayhang village is small
of the houses. They were small cleaning was very important children the importance of a 1996 and at that time was home villagers are keen to keep but it has garnered several
but attractive and were built in for the people who lived in clean environment, and school to 46 families. Now it has 76 their community clean awards from the government.
typical Lao style. the area. is the best place to instill the families of 364 people. Most because they want to repay It has been named Ban 3 Saath
Life is fairly comfortable Weve been taking part right attitude. The village of the residents are Hmong and the kindness shown to them for its cleanliness efforts,
for the villagers as they have in a project run by World school holds cleaning activities Khmu and are all farmers. by World Vision, whose staff while another sign proclaims
small gardens behind their Vision to encourage people to a few times a week when the The village is far from have often come to help with t h e Wo m e n s U n i o n 3
houses and on the riverbank. respect a clean environment children clean up the school any urban centre and has no various problems. aspects to be considered as
They can also find vegetables and to keep their homes and grounds and sometimes walk road access. We had to make Not everyone was sure good village.

Turkey investing in coal despite cheaper


renewable energy
Sean Buchanan figure is likely to be even higher. protection and emissions social and environmental This study provides low-income households
The report, by the reduction, and foresees a terms, said Sevil Acar, further evidence to support and while these serve the
G E N E VA ( I P S ) - - I n International Institute for much larger role for renewable Assistant Professor at Istanbul the case for eliminating fossil- important goal of improving
response to rising demand Sustainable Development energy in the energy future. Kemerburgaz University and fuel subsidies once and for all, energy access, they come at
for electricity, pressure (IISD), says that the Turkish The report comes at a one of the reports authors. said Peter Wooders, director a high health cost and are
to keep prices affordable government is planning to triple no replacement for social
and a need to maintain generation from coal by 2030 security programmes.
e n e r g y s e c u r i t y, t h e
Turkish government plans
despite the fact that renewable
energy is already cheaper than
Electricity from wind power is half the The report recommends
a gradual phase-out of
to increase electricity
generation from coal.
coal when external costs, such
as health and environmental cost of electricity from coal, these subsidies in favour
of more efficient measures
According to a report damage caused by burning to support access to
on Subsidies to Coal and
Renewable Energy in Turkey
coal, are taken into account.
According to the report,
and solar power is also marginally energy and support social
welfare.
released on Mar. 24,
Turkey already spent
the country has developed
a strategy focusing on
cheaper than coal. Meanwhile, notes the
report, coal also remains
more than US$730 million developing domestic coal a significant employer
in subsidies to the coal resources, such that growth in time when public and private The report says that when of IISDs Energy Programme. in many areas, and any
industry in 2013. This figure, coal-fired power generation is institutions are under mounting the costs of coal are compared As a G20 country that has moves away from coal
says the report, does not expected to be highest of all pressure to stop investing in with the costs of wind and solar already committed to phasing use would need detailed
even count subsidies under Organisation for Economic coal mining companies. energy, taking into account out inefficient fossil-fuel planning to ensure that
the Turkish governments Cooperation and Development Subsidies for coal lock environmental and health costs, subsidies, this is a call to action affected communities can
New Investment Incentive (OECD) countries. in coal power for another electricity from wind power is for Turkey. benefit from compensation
Scheme, which provides Nevertheless, this strategy generation when renewable half the cost of electricity from According to the report, just measures and additional
tax breaks and low-cost loans also acknowledges the sources of energy are less coal, and solar power is also over half of Turkeys subsidies job creation from new
to coal projects, so the true importance of environmental costly for society in economic, marginally cheaper than coal. are used to provide coal to technologies.
32 Lifestyle Monday March 30, 2015 Vientiane Times

From branding guru to traditional arts patron


Lee Sun-young pearl art that she admires so much. buying several of his works. Since
Love? then, she has collected over 300
REPUBLIC OF KOREA (The No. Its not love, Sohn quickly najeon chilgi items, pouring nearly
Korea Herald) -- At the hill of answered. 5 billion won (US$5.4 million) into
Mount Namsan, where a sprawling Whats driving her is, ironically, the art.
metropolis of 10.5 million starts to the same part of her that brought her In najeon chilgi, I saw what can
give way to a forest of leafy trees, a success in the field of brand name be the representative art of Korea.
small museum opened in December. development, she said. But, obviously, no one other than
Nestled inside are wooden As a naming expert, I am trained me must have seen it, because it was
chests, tables, jewelry boxes and to see the core value of objects. I am dying, she said.
other intricate craftworks lacquered also trained to sense what the mass In 2012, she set up Highhand,
and decorated with exquisite desires, she said. All of my senses which sells high-quality but
mother-of-pearl inlays. Everything tell me that najeon chilgi will take off reasonably priced najeon chilgi items
inside is the private collection of globally. with modern designs. It was a move
Sohn Hye-won. The artistry and sophistication intended at cultivating the market, but
I never thought that I would of mother-of-pearl art in Korea is also to preserve the craft for future
really do this -- open a museum, unrivalled in the world, she continued. generations.
said Sohn, 60, in an interview at the The craft of pasting the inner lining In 2013-2014, as an artistic
Korea Mother-Of-Pearl Art Museum. of the abalone onto woodenware director she organised Constancy and
Maybe I am just crazy. using lacquer originated in China, but Change in Korean Traditional Craft
To open the museum in this it flourished here during the Goryeo during an international furniture fair
hillside building, she relocated Dynasty (918-1392). in Milan, Italy.
Crosspoint, a top-notch brand design The traditional craft, however, has The two overseas exhibitions were
and naming company and her main lost ground and is now at the brink of a spectacular success, Sohn said, and
source of income, to another building dying out as Koreans have quickly convinced her that she was right about
just 20 meters down the hill. developed a taste for Western designs. najeon chilgi.
On weekdays, I am mostly at my Sohn also felt the same until just eight The British Museum and the
Sohn Hye-won, director of the Korea Mother-Of-Pearl Art Museum and CEO of
office, sometimes working 15 hours brand designing and naming firm Crosspoint, smiles at one of her museums years ago. Victoria and Albert Museum in
a day. Then on weekends, I tend to exhibition rooms at the foot of Mount Namsan, Seoul. I am trained in modern designs London bought some of the works
this museum and artisans of najeon and I have loved foreign brands. that I selected and curated. That really
chilgi (the Korean traditional craft of Dimchae kimchi refrigerators, for their works. The past me wouldnt even think meant a lot for me, she said.
lacquerware inlaid with mother-of- Tr o m m w a s h i n g m a c h i n e s , But she said she cant just sit of wearing hanbok like this one, Going forward, Sohn wants
pearl) Sohn said. Xcanvas TV sets, Hillstate idle and watch them give up on their she said, pointing at her overcoat to commit herself to the overseas
At Crosspoint, she is the epitome apartments and Chum Churum soju. time-honored trade, so she plays every inspired by the traditional Korean promotion of najeon chilgi, starting
of success. The hefty bonuses and fat role that she can -- patron, collector, costume. right here at her hillside museum.
Fiercely independent, confident paychecks from these creations go exhibition curator, publisher, publicist Sohns first encounter with Currently, it is holding an
and determined to continue her into her crazy other profession. In and marketer. the traditional art of najeon chilgi exhibition of 33 najeon chilgi artists
winning streak, she leads a team of the world of najeon chilgi, money Im in two completely different dates back to 2006 in the southern from the 19th century up until now.
the industrys top-notch designers seems to flow in only one direction worlds. The gap is so wide that port city of Tongyeong where she It is going to be shown at four
and branding experts in the money- -- out of her pocket. sometimes I find myself wondering was developing a logo for the city countries this year, she said.
spinning market world. Artisans who she thinks so highly what on earth am I doing here? government. I believe in this (najeon chilgi)
Many of her creations are of lack the basic means to continue Hearing her speak, one has to She met Song Bang-ung, a master and I am happy to be doing this. I
household names now, such as their trade because there is no market wonder what it is about mother-of- artisan based in the city, and ended up am doing the right thing then, right?

Chinese sports star gets model makeover


Sun Yuanqing Gabbana write in the preface of the could bring a more up-to-date image and
book. help the brand better target successful,
CHINA (China Daily) -- Lin Dan is best Lin was named brand ambassador affluent young professionals, Kong
known as the invincible Super Dan on in 2013. The fashion-conscious athlete says.
the badminton court, but he is also pretty came up with the idea of making a photo The house has previously used
fierce in a designer suit. book and the designers were delighted actresses Monica Bellucci and Scarlett
Last week in Shanghai, the two-time to collaborate with him on the project. Johansson to represent the brand in
Olympic badminton gold medal winner Number one, he is Chinese. And public. It has also dressed several
published an album of photos of himself this is the first time for us to collaborate female Chinese stars including Fan
in collaboration with Italian design duo with a Chinese sportsman. Number two, Bingbing and Bai Baihe. But it is yet
Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana. he has very good style and nice looks. to have a female Chinese ambassador.
A-listers, supermodels including Its not easy to find a sporty and popular The designers believe everything
Naomi Campell, Du Juan and Carina champion with style. Its like David has to come from genuine, personal
Lau, socialites and top clients, came to Beckham in Europe, says Gabbana. connections.
celebrate the new book at an extravagant The pictures were taken over the Everything starts with a
banquet in the Shanghai Exhibition course of two years in different locations relationship. I cant program something
Centre. DJs and dancers flown in from and with different collections. from a picture. For example, we found
the UK kept the party going late into The looks are a mix of classic Dolce Lin Dan and he came to see the show.
the night. & Gabbana, which the designers chose Day by day, it has grown. Its like (From left) Domenico Dolce, Lin Dan and Stefano Gabbana in Shanghai on March
Styled by Gabbana and photographed for Lin, and the more fashionable pieces, you meet somebody and you become 19 at Lins book signing.
by Dolce, the book depicts Lin as a new which Lin chose for himself. friends. We dont want to choose from
icon of masculinity. He poses in a variety He is a new face of the new Chinese a catalog, says Gabbana. have been held in exotic venues such is the 2016 winter collection inspired
of settings from a tailors studio to a posh generation, Dolce says. It could be Just months ago, the designers made as Capri, Venice and Sicily. Only top by the love for mamma, featuring
restaurant to a magnificent mansion. surprising for the Chinese audience to a special capsule collection for the clients and a handful of selected media pregnant models and small children in
The book, as well as T-shirts with see an athlete styled like a movie actor Chinese New Year, which highlights the are invited. The number of Chinese the brands dazzling dresses.
Lins image, are now available in all and icon. signature Chinese red. clients has grown to around five, all of Asked about the secret of working
Dolce & Gabbana stores in China. Best known for its sensual Do you know why Im so envious whom the designers have come to know together so well for so long, the two
Dolce and Gabbana have dressed Mediterranean style, the brand will be of the Chinese? Everything looks good personally. burst into laughter.
famous athletes from soccer club AC able to attract more young consumers on them. Im not always like this, We become friends. Its like a Its like the Chinese saying of the
Milan to the Italian National Football through the collaboration with Lin, Gabbana says, laughing. We love the Dolce & Gabbana family, Gabbana yin and yang. The opposites attract. If
Team. The Italian designers met Lin experts say. contrast between the Sicilian style and says. During the party in Shanghai, these you have the white, you need the black.
at a party in Beijing four years ago. A Lin Dan is the right fit for Dolce the Asian people. VIP clients naturally become the focus If you eat rice all the time, you dont
longtime fan of the brand, Lin soon & Gabbana, says Melody Kong, a The first customer of Dolce and of attention with their gorgeous dresses know the spaghetti, Dolce says.
bonded with the designers and became business analyst from China Market Gabbana is the Chinese, not just the the designers have personally tailored Gabbana says, jokingly, that one
a frequent guest at their shows. Research Group in Shanghai. Chinese from China, but the Chinese for them. would have to consult a mystic to learn
The commanding and charismatic He has a model-like body, he from the world. For us, the Chinese Dolce and Gabbana have been how the two have worked together for
personality of Lin Dan has intrigued us is charming, good-looking, healthy, culture is exotic, unusual and elegant at working together for more than 30 years. so long.
since the first time we met. His aesthetic powerful, hardworking and successful. the same time, he adds. Regardless of the ups and downs in their We love each other. We are like two
sensibility, his taste for beauty, his Currently the brand image that Dolce & Chinese clients now frequent Alta personal relationship, their collaboration brothers, modern brothers. I believe in
elegance and innate affinity for fashion Gabbana has in China is luxury, sexy, Moda, the haute couture line of the has never stopped taking the fashion him and he believes in me. I love him
impressed us immediately, Dolce and feminine and extravagant. Lin Dan brand that began in 2012. The shows world by storm. The latest example and he loves me. Its a sense of family.
Vientiane Times Monday March 30, 2015 33
Arts & Leisure
Voicing diversity
through books
REPUBLIC OF KOREA (The Korea books, stationery, and photographs not
Herald) -- Growth is conspicuously easily found in big bookstore chains.
absent in Koreas book industry, as I learnt about this place from
evidenced by the number of bookstores my professor, said Shin Jin-ah, a
closing down in Seoul. 24-year-old design student copiously
Yet, a new type of publishing is navigating through books at the shop.
on the rise, attracting readers, writers (I am surprised that) there are so many
and sellers with rarely-written about creative people making their own
topics, creative new designs and a unique books. I definitely want to come
niche approach. back for inspiration and enjoyment.
Independent publishing, which The humble-sized bookstore is
covers both self-publishing and small, filled with visitors, usually in their
independent press, is a rare bright 20s and 30s. Most of them learn about
spot in the countrys moribund book the place through SNS and the official
industry, said Kim Kwang-chul, website, which launched a year before
the owner of Propaganda Press, an the store opened, Iro, the shops owner
independent publisher, who recently explained.
curated a special exhibition on When I first started, more people
independent publishing at the National bought the books through our website.
Library of Korea. But now, the percentage has drastically
A look at the overall book industry shifted toward offline sales, he said.
data illustrates this. He believes independent publishing
The number of registered publishers brings something distinctive to the Lao women in leadership roles film posters.
has grown to 42,000 from 16,000 in industry.

Short films highlight womens


2000, while the bookstores suffered a I dont really see independent
sharp decline in 1994, there were publishing as an alternative or a real
5,683 bookshops in the country, but threat to the industry, he said.
only 1,625 remain. In the large pie of publishing, there
The rise of independent publishing are tiny crumbles and thats where

leadership roles
is beneficial for the whole industry, independent publishing comes in, he
injecting a breath of fresh air into went on. There are consumers who
the sector long dominated by mega desire something peculiar, unique or
publishing houses, said Seomun different.
Hyung-chul, an official at the Ministry Catering to the minority is their
of Culture, Sports and Tourism. strength, and weakness, Iro said. Kaoyot village, Vientiane. Training Centre (PADETC), the
It is a sign of cultural diversity Its not a high-return business, The objective of the films is to Swiss Agency for Development and
and peoples increasing interest in nor does it entail high risk. So if you give students over the age of 14 an Cooperation (SDC) in Laos, and the
producing their own creative works, are satisfied with that nature, its an understanding of the importance, Vientianale film festival.
he said. interesting industry to be in.
The National Library exhibit, For Helen Ku, who owns The Book motivation and creation of social A press conference to launch
which runs until the end of March, Society, another bookstore specializing and gender equity as a positive the short film series was opened
is a timely event that sheds light on in independent publications and small change. by Director General of the Cinema
key characteristics of independent press, the business is not just about The 12-film series features the Department, Dr Bounchom Vongphet,
publishing, bringing together over selling books. same actress but in different roles, and Deputy Director of PADETC,
600 titles. Her bookshop, tucked away on such as teacher, head of a village, Mr Kolaka Buandaoheuang and
The subjects covered are a side alley of Tongui-dong, gives a businesswoman involved with a representative from Oxfam, Mr
seemingly limitless, ranging from such a workroom ambience that it has
design and photography to travel, become a hideout for writers, artists silk and handicrafts, working in Inpane Bolihane.
although publishers tend to be artists and designers who often stop by and healthcare, clearing unexploded In the past, women cared for their
or designers, it shows. hang out for a while. bombs, plus working in agriculture families and now they also have key
A fashion magazine with only Ku wanted it to be like that ever and other fields. All have the roles in society. Women have played a
plus-sized models 66100, an A to Z since she opened it in 2010. Dr Bounchom Vongphet speaks at the common theme that a woman can big part in developing the country and
on zombies Zombie Dictionary, and A small but talkative store press conference. be successful, a leader in their area now they are in important positions
an essay How to Sharpen Pencils are that is what we aim to be, said Ku, and an outstanding role model for of government, said Dr Bounchom.
some of the titles that saw the light of who runs the store with her husband.
day thanks to independent publishers. A bookstore is where people can Sonesavanh Souliyaphack others in society. The films will be screened at
It is neither market-oriented meet up, so using that characteristic This film series was created 42 schools nationally this year with
nor reader-oriented, said Kim, the and developing on that, we thought A series of 12 short films about as a cooperative project between 12 secondary schools in Vientiane
curator. The books are published for we can create a place where people Lao Women in Leadership Roles the Cinema Department, Ministry viewing them from March 30 to April
the sake of the publishers as a means can exchange diverse ideas and was launched last Friday at the of Education and Sports, Oxfam, 24. After being shown in the capital,
of expressing their own visions and knowledge. Ministry of Information, Culture and DokLao Discovery of Lao Knowledge the film series will be screened in
goals, he added. In alignment with the vision, she Centre, Participatory Development seven provinces.
Tourisms Cinema Department in
Specializing in such unique, holds exhibitions, book launching

In the mood for love


independently-published collections events, discussion sessions, movie
is Your Mind, a bookshop in the back nights and other cultural events at her
alley of Hongdae, Seoul. store throughout the year.
Opened in 2009, as the first On the Table is one such event
independent bookstore in the at The Book Society. Every month, THAILAND (The Nation) -- Going The Los Angeles-based group is a girls, calling them the Girls to Man
neighborhood, Your Mind is a haven different artists showcase their works to a Jason Mraz concert is a little like Mraz long-time collaborator, having co- group and goofing around on stage
for those treasure-hunting for design on the wooden table in the corner of attending a motivational talk. And written his 2008 hit A Beautiful Mess. striking funny poses.
magazines, artsy collectibles, indie the bookstore. indeed there was much posititivity in the Mrazs motivational speaker mode Not to be outshone by his very able
air at Impact Arena last Saturday where was fully switched on during the third collaborators, Mrazs onstage antics
Mraz and the all-girl rock outfit Raining song Dynamo of Volition. Calling on showcased his dexterity with the guitar.
Jane staged their acoustic show. When the audience to join him in a little dance, He played the guitar backwards while
the singer was not strumming his guitar he asked them to give him a high ten holding it over his head and put his piano
and singing, he was busy preaching just like holding two pizzas. skills on full display during the song Mr
about his brand of fedora hat-flavoured His adoring fans gladly obliged, and Curiosity.
happiness and organic farming. Mraz rewarded them with more positive The audience also discovered his
Granted, Mraz mostly sang sunny, quips. Mraz also offered concert-goers operatic talent during that song, though
upbeat songs. His opening number, a piece of advice - on the days that you he joked it had taken a long time to learn
Love Someone, the lead single from wake up on the wrong side of the bed, to lip synch the part.
his Yes! album, put the audience in go back to sleep again. Mraz said he Among the songs Mraz performed
the right mood for what was to come. wrote the song Hello, You Beautiful on Saturday night was a personal
Mraz shared the stage with Raining Thing on such a day and went back to favourite, The Remedy, a number
Jane, his collaborators on the Yes! sleep after that. less known by the younger audience
album and the girls very much owned The audience went wild when he but an earlier work with a much more
the show thanks to an impressively sang Lucky, the famous duet that has distinctive style than his current singles.
wide musical repertoire. Between been added to many wedding playlists Equally enjoyable and touching was the
the four of them, the ladies play the since its release. Raining Jane filled in soulful Frank D Fixer off his Love is
piano, guitar, cello, drums, keyboard, the female vocals for Colbie Caillat this a Four Letter Word album, which pays
ukulele and sitar and were happy to time and their rich harmony a capella- tribute to his grandfather, the handyman
show off their talents on Saturday style gave it a refreshing quality. Mraz of the family who emigrated from
Indie books are displayed on the shelf of Gagarin bookstore in Jongno, central Seoul. night. underlined his camaraderie with the Austria to the United States.
34 Monday March 30, 2015 Vientiane Times

Whats On
Party anniversary State bookshop Free vaccinations
tennis tournament The National
Expanded
The National Tennis Association in cooperation with Born To B Programme
Company is holding the 2015 Born To B Tennis Tournament, of
to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Lao Peoples Immunisation
Revolutionary Party and develop Lao tennis players. will provide
The registration fee is 100,000kip for junior players and free
150,000 for adults. The tournament is open to all and anyone vaccinations
interested can get an application form at the Chao Anouvong against
Tennis Club near the Chao Anouvong Stadium. Japanese
When: March 22 to April 12. Junior events run from 9am to encephalitis
noon and 2-5pm. The adult competition starts at 5pm. for children aged 1 to 15 in the central and southern provinces
Where: Chao Anouvong tennis courts. from April 20 to 30.
Contract: Email: laotennis@yahoo.com Children in Xaysomboun, Borikhamxay, Vientiane, Khammuan,
Savannakhet, Champassak, Xekong, Attapeu and Saravan

AFC U-23 Many kinds of books are available at the State


provinces and those in the capital can all receive the vaccine
at provincial and district hospitals and dispensaries.
Football Matches Publishing and Book Distribution House. Books
including politics, literature for kids and adults,
Laos will host the AFC U-23 Football Championship story books, social and science books, notebooks,
Qualifier matches, Group J. textbooks, dictionaries, newspapers and Lao and
foreign magazines.
Lao Peoples Army Museum
When: Laos v Mongolia on March 29, at 7pm
Laos v China on March 31, at 7pm The shop also distributes handmade products and Local residents and tourists are invited to visit the Lao
Where: Km 16 National Stadium and broadcasts on TV Lao office supplies.
Peoples Army Museum to learn about past battles, the
Where: Setthathirath Road in Xiengyeun village,
Entrance: 10,000 kip and 20,000 kip brave acts of Lao soldiers, national defence and the
Chanthabouly district in Vientiane.
Open: Monday to Saturday from 8am to 4pm development of the army.
New Zealand Scholarships Contact: 021 255 071; 212 472-5 or fax: 021 212 472 The museum displays weapons used during war time
and information about the birthplace of the Lao Peoples
New Zealand has opened the opportunity for students who Army and its history, as well as detailed accounts of
would like to study in the country. battles against foreign invaders. Visitors will learn about
Where: 2015 applications are now available from Vientiane the victories of the Lao military and people at each stage
College. of the revolution, and can view pictures of the enemies
When: Closing date March 31, 5pm who destroyed parts of the country and oppressed ethnic
For more information contact: www.aid.govt.nz/schols or groups.
www.vientianecollege .com or email nzas@ The museum also details the growth and expansion of the
vientianecollege.com army after the liberation of the country in 1975.
When: Open daily from 8.30am-11.30am and 1.30pm-
4pm.
Where: Kaysone Phomvihane Road near That Luang
esplanade in Nongsangthor village, Xaysettha district,
Vientiane.
For more information contact: 021 900 662

Pon Bee Sim


Merit makers can
attend a ceremony to
celebrate and seal the
Bee Sim in a new hall
at a Vientiane temple.
Where:

Appeal for Donations Panakhounkhien


Painting Exhibition Temple in Phonkhor
A donation centre is being set up to help children in rural village, Xaythany
areas. Donations of educational materials, sports equipment, district
clothing, snacks and cash are needed. It is hoped to provide When: April 1-11
basic English books for students.
The provisions will be distributed to schools in Xiengxeu,
Nameuang, Phouxay, Viengxay, Fongxang and school
groups in Viengxay district, Huaphan province. Indonesian Scholarship
When: Donations will be accepted from today and will be
handed over to schools from April 11-15.
The Government of the Republic of Indonesia offering
Where: Lao Giver Centre in Dondaeng village, close to the Developing Countries Partnership (Master Program)
Dondaeng bridge in Chanthabouly district, Vientiane. Scholarship 2015. All applicants must submit the
requirements document to the Indonesian Embassy and
complete the online application process through the
The Exhibition Room at the National Institute of Fine Arts The Vientiane Times welcomes website www.knb.dikti.go.id.
carries a permanent display of captivating paintings by Lao notices from members of the public for Where: The Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in
artists. announcement on this page. Any events Vientiane
Where: Khounboulom Road in Chanthabouly district, or functions open to the general public When: Closing date 28 April 2015
Vientiane are suitable for publishing. For more information contact the Embassy of the
When: Every Monday-Friday from 8am-4pm; Weekends from Contact: chanfeature@hotmail.com Republic of Indonesia in Vientiane: 021 413900, 020
9am-4pm 76755866, www.knb.dikti.go.id
Vientiane Times Monday March 30, 2015 Sports 35

Serena Williams easily wins


opening match at Miami Open
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP)
-- Serena Williams punctuated
points Saturday with theatrics
worthy of a Grand Slam final.
There were squeals, knee kicks,
pirouettes and fist pumps,
sometimes all at once.
In other words, Williams
appeared to be 100 percent.
Showing no lingering
effects from a recent knee
injury, the seven-time Key
Biscayne champion won her
opening match at the Miami
Open on Saturday, beating
Monica Niculescu 6-3, 6-1.
The match was the first for
Williams since she withdrew
before the semifinals at Indian
Italys Luca Antonelli (centre) takes a shot at goal as Bulgarias goalkeeper Nikolay Mihaylov (right) Wells last week, citing a right
tries to stop him, during a Euro 2016, Group H, qualifying match at the Vassil Levski stadium in Sofia, knee problem. She played
Bulgaria on Saturday. --Photo AP
without a wrap on her knee and
said its feeling much better.
Italy held 2-2 in Bulgaria; Croatia It was a little sore in
practice, but it was OK today,
she said.
tops Group H by 2 points Four-time champion Novak
Djokovic wobbled badly
midway through his opening
A late equalizer from striker Sampdoria this season. I just eight more teams can qualify match but regrouped to beat Serena Williams, of the United States, returns the ball to Monica
Eder on debut rescued a 2-2 hope I can secure some more through a playoff. Martin Klizan 6-0, 5-7, 6-1. Niculescu, of Romania, during their match at the Miami Open tennis
draw for Italy at Bulgaria playing time with this shirt. Besides the argument over Williams match was more tournament in Key Biscayne, Fla., on Saturday. --Photo AP
in European Championship Earlier in Zagreb, Croatia foreign-born players, Italys straightforward but not without
qualifying, although the convincingly beat Norway buildup to the match also tension. Although she also beat and she won nine of the final 10 games later.
Azzurri dropped two points 5-1 with goals from Marcelo involved a controversy over Niculescu two weeks ago, she games. Shell face 15-year-old I felt under pressure the
behind Croatia in Group H on Brozovic, Ivan Perisic, Ivica an injury to key midfielder struggled at the start with the American CiCi Bellis in the last couple of games of the
Saturday. Olic, Gordon Schildenfeld and Claudio Marchisio. Romanians unorthodox game, third round Sunday. second set. I got a little bit
Italy took the lead with an Danijel Pranjiic. After Marchisio was which includes a squash-style Serenas sister Venus also tight, Djokovic said. But in
own goal from Yordan Minev, Norways Alexander Tettey injured in training on Friday, slice forehand that creates lots advanced, beating Samantha the third I managed to bounce
but Bulgaria struck back with cut Croatias lead to 3-1 in the Italys medical staff announced of spin. When flummoxed, Stosur 6-4, 7-6 (3). The older back.
scores by Ivelin Popov and 81st and Tarik Elyounoussi he tore the anterior cruciate Williams didnt try to hide her Williams opponent in the Djokovic had 19 break-
Ilian Micanski in the opening failed to convert a penalty for ligament in his right knee, emotions. fourth round will be No. 4 point chances and converted
17 minutes. Norway in the 69th. an injury that would have Im clearly frustrated, Caroline Wozniacki, who only seven, but still improved
In the 84th, Brazilian- Croatia played the last 20 ruled him out for six-to-eight she told the crowd afterward. rallied to beat Kaia Kanepi to 20-2 this year.
born Eder controlled well just minutes without red-carded months. I just try not to explode, 4-6, 6-1, 6-3. No. 11-seeded Jo-Wilfried
beyond the area, spun around Vedran Corluka. But Marchisio was then which is hard because Im Djokovic, seeded No. 1, Tsonga made a successful 2015
his marker, and curled a shot Also, Azerbaijan beat tested by Juventus medical really passionate. was on the verge of an easy debut by beating American Tim
into the far corner. visiting Malta 2-0 with early staff, which determined there The top-seeded Williams victory when he served at 5-3 Smyczek 6-4, 3-6, 6-3. Tsonga
It was a perfect response and late goals from Cavid was no tear. began to dominate when she in the second set. But he was sat out the start of this year with
to controversy over foreign- Huseynov and substitute After being peppered with started moving toward the net, broken and lost serve again two a right arm injury.
born players this week, with Dmitri Nazarov. questions about Marchisio,
Inter Milan manager Roberto Croatia tops the group with Italy coach Antonio Conte
Mancini saying The Italian
national team should be
13 points. Italy has 11, Norway
nine, Bulgaria five, Azerbaijan
walked out of a pre-match TV
interview.
Kevin Sutherland takes Champions Tour lead
Italian. three and Malta one. Italy was also without
I respect everyones The top two finishers from goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, SAUCIER, Miss. (AP) -- Kevin different mentality, Sutherland still living off a hangover from
opinion but I think all this each of the nine groups qualify who sat out with a fever, and Sutherland birdied three of the said. When I shot the 59, the day before.
controversy is useless, said automatically. The best third- injured playmaker Andrea final six holes Saturday for a it almost felt like I had won Lehman climbed the
Eder, who has nine goals for place team also qualifies, and Pirlo. 5-under 67 and the second- something already. There were leaderboard with a bogey-free
round lead in the Champions all the congratulations, and 66, highlighted by a 50-foot
Tours Mississippi Gulf Resort the million texts and all that birdie putt on the par-3 eighth
Azerbaijan insists European Games Classic.
Those birdies pushed him
stuff and everybody wanted to
talk about it, which is totally
hole.
You just have to get it over
safe despite violence to the top and he protected the
lead with key par saves from
understandable. It was hard to
come out the next day and be
the ridge and then its all about
gravity, Lehman said. Its a
bunkers on the last two holes, focused. matter of getting up to the right
MOSCOW (AP) -- Azerbaijan region said three of its soldiers decision to compete was based including one from a buried As much as I wanted to on the high side in the right
insists its hosting of the were killed and another four on sporting reasons alone. lie and awkward stance on the be, I wasnt as focused as I spot where it can just trundle
European Games in June will were wounded last week He added it is important to par-3 17th. needed to be. I dont think that on down the hill. It looked
be safe despite clashes over the while repelling an Azerbaijani keep sport independent from I didnt have a stance and will be a problem tomorrow. perfect from the beginning.
separatist Nagorno-Karabakh incursion. politics. the balls plugged, Sutherland Whether I play well or not is It was one of those long putts
region last week which left at It said an unspecified Hajiyev declined to detail said. If someone would have a different subject, but I know that at worst case is going to be
least three dead. number of Azerbaijani specific security measures given me a 4, I would have Ill be ready to play. At Dick really close. Within 5 or 6 feet,
Azerbaijan and neighbouring invaders were killed during which will be used to protect taken it. I thought if I could Sporting Goods (Open), I was I thought it was in.
Armenia, which backs the the clash, which lasted about the capital Baku during the just pop it out I might could
separatists, have remained t w o h o u r s . A z e r b a i j a n s June 12-28 games. run it up to the hole. I was just
technically at war since a conflict Defence Ministry, in turn, In accordance with the hoping to get a putt at it and I
over Nagorno-Karabakh in the blamed the Armenian side international procedures and did and I was fortunate enough
late 1980s and early 1990s. for the clash and claimed standards designed for such to make it. Just ended up in a
Azerbaijan foreign ministry that 20 Armenian soldiers large-scale sport events all bad spot but was able to make
spokesman Hikmet Hajiyev were killed or wounded. The necessary safety, security and the best of it.
told The Associated Press in conflicting claims couldnt be civil emergency measures Sutherland, the one-time
e-mailed comments that the independently verified. are being undertaken by PGA Tour winner who shot
games would not be affected by Azerbaijans Nagorno- the relevant authorities of the first 59 in Champions Tour
the fighting, pointing out that Karabakh region and some Azerbaijan, he said. history last year in Endicott,
the region affected is more than adjacent territory have been Protests during the games New York, chipped in for birdie
400 kilometers from the venues under the control of Armenian will not be allowed unless they from behind the 12th green and
and that fighting is confined to soldiers and local ethnic take place within a specified birdied Nos. 15 and 16.
the separatist region. Armenian forces since a 1994 venue with the permission of He had a two-stroke lead
He added that safety and a cease-fire that ended a six-year the authorities, he added. over 2011 MGRC champ Tom
peaceful environment for both war. Hajiyev said that it is a Lehman, but he doesnt have
the athletes competing in the Earlier this month, the well known principle that the hangover from a record
Games and for the spectators in Armenian Olympic Committee ones freedom should not come round like he did the last time
attendance will be provided. said it would participate in the at the expense of others and he took a lead into the final Kevin Sutherland hits to the fourth green during the second round
The defence ministry of the European Games, with head mutual respect shall always be round. of the Champions Tours Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic golf
separatist Nagorno-Karabakh Gagik Tsarukyan saying the prevailed. This is very different, a tournament in Saucier, Miss., on Saturday. --Photo AP
36
Monday March 30, 2015 Vientiane Times

Sports
Brook stops Dan after 4 rounds to
keep IBF welterweight belt
SHEFFIELD, England I am filling arenas, Brook Dan threw a wild right and
(AP) -- Kell Brook won told the crowd. I cant put in Brook caught him unbalanced
his first defence of the IBF words how much it means to with a left hook. Dan did a
w el t erw ei ght bel t w hen me to come back and defend roll on the canvas, and had
mandatory and outclassed my world title. to be directed to his corner,
challenger Jo Jo Dan retired Dan, a Romanian based in where his trainers told referee
after their fourth round and Canada, might need stitches, Earl Brown to end the fight.
four knockdowns on Saturday. too, after he was put down Dans record dropped to 34-3
Br o o k , w h o w o n t h e twice in the second round and (18 KO).
belt from Shawn Porter in twice more in the fourth. He showed heart, Brook
August, remained unbeaten The first time in the second said. I hit him with some
after his 23rd knockout win round, a right uppercut put good, clean shots, and he kept
in 34 fights. Dan on one knee, then a right getting back up. I knocked the
Only six months ago, the cross from Brook earned Dan cobwebs off.
British boxer was attacked on a second standing eight count. Brook said he has a ringside
holiday in Tenerife, stabbed in Dan endured the third round, ticket to watch the megafight
the thigh with a machete by an but Brook found his range between fellow welterweights
assailant yet to be caught. He again in the fourth. Floyd Mayweather and Manny
needed 60 stitches. A right-left combo with an Pacquiao in May in Las Vegas,
I never thought Id walk uppercut caused Dan to lose and hopes to eventually fight
again, let alone box, and here his legs, then right on the bell, the winner.

Orlando City SCs Pedro Ribeiro (left) reacts as he is tripped by Montreal Impacts Nigel Reo-Coker
during the first half of an MLS soccer game on Saturday. --Photo AP

DC United scores in stoppage Kell Brook (left)

time, edges Galaxy 1-0


throws Jo Jo Dan
a left uppercut
during the IBF
World Welterweight
Championship bout
at the Motorpoint
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Chris 53rd minute but missed just Ike Opara scored early and Arena in Sheffield,
Pontius scored in stoppage wide of the far post. Sporting Kansas City held England on
time, lifting D.C. United to The Galaxy was awarded a firm, beating New York City Saturday.
a 1-0 victory over the L.A. free kick at the top of the box at FC 1-0 in blustery conditions, --Photo AP
Galaxy, while Brazilian duo the 80 minute mark, but Hamid handing City its first loss in its
Kaka and Pedro Ribeiro easily saved Jose Villarreals initial season.
scored for Orlando City in low shot. Sporting Kansas City
its comeback 2-2 draw with Brazilian star Kaka and broke through 12 minutes in
Montreal in week four of countryman Pedro Ribeiro when Opara powered home a
Major League Soccer on scored goals to help expansion- leaping header from the centre
Saturday. team Orlando City rally for a of the box just inside the near
Nick DeLeon cleverly 2-2 draw with the Montreal post off a long throw in by
found space on the right Impact. Matt Besler.
wing, before sending in a Ignacio Piatti and Jack Jimmy Medranda nearly
cross that found Pontius at the McInerney helped Montreal made it 2-0 in the 43rd minute,
far side of the 6-yard box, who to a two-goal lead, but Kaka but his left-footed attempt just
steeped low to head it past an and Ribeiro struck back in the missed high.
outstretched Brian Rowe in first half for Orlando. Mike Grellas long-range
the third extra minute for D.C. Piatti opened the scoring strike in the 67th minute gave
United. on a penalty kick the 14th the New York Red Bulls a
A scoreless first half in minute after a handball, and 2-1 victory over 10-man
Washington was not without McInerney made it 2-0 in the Columbus Crew.
chances. Not quite eight 27th. Bradley Wright-Phillips
minutes in, the Galaxys Mika Kaka fed Ribeiro for a goal s e t u p G r e l l a s g o a l b y
Vayrynen curled a free just from close range in the 29th blocking the ball into an
kick inches wide. Then just minute, then Ribeiro returned open space just outside the
before half, United keeper Bill the favor by sliding a pass 18-yard box. It was Grellas
Hamid made a diving save on to Kaka for a shot that Eric first touch after entering the
Alan Gordons header. Kronberg only got a piece of as game as a substitute and the
L.A.s Leonardo was close it sailed into the top left corner 1,000th MLS goal for the
to breaking the deadlock in the in the 30th. Red Bulls.

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