Working towards greater community control over land, forests and natural resources

‘Review compensation policy’, research institute suggests

Vientiane Times, 12 November 2018

Source: http://www.vientianetimes.org.la/freeContent/FreeConten_Review_265.php

Incentives needed to attract investment in special economic zones

Vientiane Times, 31st October 2018

Source: https://bit.ly/2DnAReP

The government has ordered action to further improve the business environment and offer additional incentives aimed at boosting investment in special and specific economic zones (SEZs) amid growing competition in neighbouring countries.
A recent survey suggests that Cambodia, Myanmar and Thailand have also established SEZs and are offering greater incentives.
Thailand, for instance, is creating 10 special economic zones, many of which are located along its border with Laos, according to the survey, which was carried out by the National Economic Research Institute (NERI).

New law requires displaced villagers to be compensated within two years

Vientiane Times, 26th October 2018

Source: http://www.vientianetimes.org.la/freeContent/FreeConten_New_law_251.php

Land Information Learning Center “A learning and sharing information on land platform”

By LIWG Secretariat, 14th May,  2018 

“Information is essential to make well informed decisions about use of land, management of land, land allocation, land tenure and the implementation of government policies and laws related to land,” Ms. Celestine Kroesschell, Chair of Land Information Working Group (LIWG) said during her speech.

Ms. Ms. Celestine, the chair of LIWG gives speech at on LILC launching's day

Ms. Ms. Celestine, the chair of LIWG gives speech at the LILC launching’s day

On 4th May 2018, the Land Information Learning Center (LILC) is official launched  and opened to the public.

Families in Oudomxay Province First to Receive Compensation From Lao-China Railway

By RFA:  May 8th, 2018 

More than 20 Lao families from Hoi Khoom village in northwestern Laos’  displaced by construction of a high-speed railway linking the country with China are the first to receive compensation for the loss of their farmland to the megaproject, a local government official said.

Those receiving payments can no longer plant rice because railway construction has encroached upon their land and left them without money to buy rice to eat, said the official from the province’s Xay district, who declined to be named.

Govt mulls future of Lao uplands

Vientiane Times, May 4th 2018 

http://www.vientianetimes.org.la/sub-new/Current/Curr_Govt_101.php (Referred to LaoFab)

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