China has agreed to assist Laos in transforming itself into an E-government. The Chinese government will provide funding, personnel, equipments and technical assistance to Laos to help link it electronically with the outside world, as well as within itself.
The assistance is part of the two nations' agreement to increase their information technology cooperation. Officials in Vientiane say the government has decided to electronically link all ministries, databases and other organs in the capital city and throughout the country by the end of 2009, and with its fellow ASEAN members as well as with other countries, starting in 2010.
Funding by the Chinese government will come in the form of low- interest loan. Chinese companies will in February begin laying fiber optic cables in Vientiane to set up the vehicles for electronic links.
In another development, the two countries have agreed to expand their land transportation links to eleven, by building five new highways linking southern China to northern Laos and upgrading six old highways that been previously used by Chinese trucks carrying merchandises to Laos and vice-versa.
Listen to our Laos Today report for more details in Lao.