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No more unnecessary state investment projects, PM says

Vientiane Times, 14th December 2018

Source: http://www.vientianetimes.org.la/freeContent/FreeConten_No_292.php

Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith told the National Assembly (NA) that the government will thoroughly scrutinise state investment projects to prevent money from being spent on highly unnecessary projects as was the case in past years.

Economic Census III to operate in Laos

Vientiane Times, December 7, 2018

Source: http://www.vientianetimes.org.la/sub-new/Business/Business_Economic_286.php

Laos’ economy will be surveyed by collecting data and registering all business units operating in the country to contribute to its socio-economic development.
The 1st National Steering Committee Meeting on Economic Census III in 2018 was held in Vientiane yesterday, which was chaired by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Mr Somdy Duangdy.

Energy, mining projects flouting rules

Vientiane Times, 1st December 2018

Source: http://www.vientianetimes.org.la/freeContent/FreeConten_Energy_282.php

6 highlight topics on land discussion at 6th NA Debate Session

Summarized by LIWG, 29/11/2018

Read detail: http://www.laolandinfo.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/6-Highlight-topics-at-NA-session-2018.pdf

Land NA Eng 2018

NA member asks for clearer development objectives

Vientiane Times, 23rd November 2018

Source: http://www.vientianetimes.org.la/freeContent/FreeConten_NA_275.php

‘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

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