VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times/ANN) - The Lao government is set to issue bonds via the Lao Securities Exchange (LSX) early next month to finance the budget deficit, after reaching an agreement with the stock market and appointing financial advisors.

VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times/ANN) - The Lao Furniture Association is preparing to exhibit products made from Lao timber at the beginning of next year to help producers access larger markets.

VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times/ANN) - The German government has agreed to give six million euros for the second tranche of the Lao Access to Finance Fund (LAFF) through the German Development Bank (KfW) for micro and small enterprises in Laos.

VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times/ANN) - The Lao government is hopeful of promoting the professional development of young entrepreneurs by enhancing its efforts in bringing future business operators together. 

SEOUL (The Korea Herald/ANN) - Kim Song-hye, director of the United Front Department’s tactical office, was initially among the seven-member delegation from North Korea to arrive in South Korea late Wednesday to attend a peace forum in Gyeonggi Province on Friday. But the North on Wednesday said that Kim would not be making the trip, citing “personal reasons” without further details. 

VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times/ANN) - Laos has confirmed that it will cooperate with other nations in the Greater Mekong Sub-region in a bid to eliminate malaria in the country by 2030.

SEOUL (The Korea Herald/ANN) - In an effort to expand its presence in the Chinese market, Samsung Electronics hosted its first forum on artificial intelligence in Beijing, presenting its newest technology solutions to tech leaders.

SEOUL (The Korea Herald/ANN) - South Korea's Ministry of National Defense and the conscription agency have yet to finalise plans for an alternative service program for conscientious objectors. The state bodies' preferred option is to put conscientious objectors to serve at correctional facilities for 36 months to help prison guards and other community work. 

SEOUL (The Korea Herald/ANN) - A growing community of Korean women primarily in their 20s to 40s prefer to rent high-end goods from subscription services than unnecessarily spend on personal shopping.

SEOUL (The Korea Herald/ANN) - South Korea's state college scholastic ability test, Suneung, is an annual passage of rite that high school students here race to through their 12 years of public education.