Connecting the rail systems of the six countries of the Greater Mekong Subregion could boost intra- and inter-regional trade and transport for Southeast Asia, reducing travel time and the cost of moving people and freight across borders. Photo: ADB.

Mekong Countries to Put Railway Connectivity on the Fast Track

The Greater Mekong Subregion is gearing up to expand its railway network beyond borders to boost travel and trade.

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Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, and Thailand Confirms Phase Two of Trilateral Power Deal

The Lao People’s Democratic Republic (PDR), Malaysia, and Thailand confirmed the second phase of the Lao PDR, Thailand, and Malaysia Power Integration Project (LTM-PIP) at the 37th ASEAN Ministers on Energy Meeting (AMEM) held on 4 September 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand.

Lao PDR sells electricity to Malaysia using Thailand’s electricity transmission network through the LTM-PIP. The second phase expands Lao PDR’s electricity export from 100 megawatts to a maximum of 300 MW.

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Lao PDR's public health program helped improve people's health and enabled health workers to improve their delivery of services. Photo credit: Ariel Javellana/ ADB

Lao PDR’s Deputy Minister of Health Urges Long-term Commitment to Improve Child Nutrition

Dr. Phouthone Muongpak, Deputy Minister of Health of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (PDR) underscored the importance of considering health indicators, in particular child nutrition, when it comes to investments in health. Reducing malnutrition continues to be a key challenge in Lao PDR, one that requires political, financial, and collaborative efforts from all sectors and levels, according to Dr. Muongpak.

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