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Regional countries seek new approaches to agricultural investment

Source: Vientiane Times, November 16, 2017

http://www.vientianetimes.org.la/sub-new/Business/Business_Regional.html

Job Opening: Lao Land Resource Centre (LLRC) Manager

Job Vacancy 

Organization: Village Focus International (VFI)

Project: Lao Land Resource Center Project

Start work date: As soon as possible

Job title: Lao Land Resource Centre (LLRC) Manager

Lao Land Resource Centre (LLRC) Manager 

The Lao Land Resource Centre (LLRC) Manager will assume responsibility for all day-to-day management of Lao Land Resource Centre. The LLRC will:

Officials up to speed for Roundtable meeting in Champassak

Source: Vientiane Times, 10 November 2017

http://www.vientianetimes.org.la/FreeContent/FreeConten_Officials.html

Workshop on Land and Natural Resource Management for NA and PPA members

Source: Phouthan Pasaxon Newspaper, Issue 1st – 4th October 2017

(NA) To strengthen deep understanding on Land and Natural Resource Management, Legislative Research Institute of National Assembly organized workshop on “Knowledge and Experience Sharing with the National Assembly/Provincial People councils’ members on Land and Natural Resource Management” at International Convention Training Center (ICTC), Vientiane from 28-29 October 2017. The workshop was chaired by Dr Khampheuy Panmalaythong, the president of Legislative Research Institute of National Assembly, Laos. There were totally 153 participants from National Assembly’s members, Provincial People Assembly ’ members, President – Vice president of the NA committees, President -Vice president of different departments, centers, officials from National Assembly, The acting director general of Legislation Department from Ministry National Resource and Environment, representatives of relevant ministries, representatives from Village Focus International (VFI), Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and Community Association for Mobilizing Knowledge in Development (CAMKID)/Oxfam attended this workshop.

Govt vows to assist farmers, producers

Source: Vientiane Times, 22 September 2017.

http://www.vientianetimes.org.la/FreeContent/FreeConten_Govt_221.htm

Assisting farmers and producers is one of the government’s top priorities in driving commercial productivity and boosting exports, a senior official has said.

Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Dr Lien Thikeo told media recently that the agricultural promotion policy needs to be implemented effectively to help farmers and businesses enhance productivity.

Enforcement of the Prime Minister’s Order No. 15 issued on May 13, 2016, has had a positive impact. Many entrepreneurs are now using their land, on which they previously operated a timber business, to raise cattle and pigs, he said.

Announcement for International Coordinator Volunteer at LIWG

LIWG, September 11, 2017

The Land Information Working Group is looking for a dynamic and motivated International Coordinator Volunteer, with an interest in land issues and commitment to social justice.

Location: Based in Vientiane
Volunteer Period: October 2017 to March 2018 (from 4 to 6 months duration). This can be a part-time volunteering (replacement of maternity leaves).
Tasks: He/She represents the network at various meetings and events, implements activities in a timely manner and within budget parameters according to the strategy and work plan, and acts as a facilitator that brings members and other stakeholders together.

Govt seeks ways to resolve land conflict issues

Source: Vientiane Times, August 31, 2017

http://www.vientianetimes.org.la/sub-new/Current/Curr_Govt202.htm

Government officials met in Vientiane yesterday to discuss solutions to land conflict issues across the country with the aim of improving land management and preventing the misuse of land.

The meeting of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment was attended by the Minister, Mr Sommad Pholsena, and other stakeholders from around the country.

Over the past year, there has been widespread misuse of forested and public land. The price of land has continued to rise, especially in cities.

Banana exports drop after govt tightens regulations on growers

Source: Vientiane Times, August 25, 2017

http://vientianetimes.org.la/FreeContent/FreeConten_Banana.htm

The export value of bananas in the first six months (Q1 and Q2) of this year decreased compared to the same period last year and is expected to decline further.

The drop in exports comes after the government called a halt to the establishment of large scale banana plantations in a bid to prevent environmental impacts, with local authorities also taking stricter action against banana farms. Laos earned almost US$125 million from banana exports in Q1 and Q2 this year, while last year’s figure for the same period was over US$137.5 million, according to the Ministry of Industry and Commerce.

Govt to steam ahead with railway compensation

Source: Vientiane Times, August 23, 2017

http://www.vientianetimes.org.la/FreeContent/FreeConten_Govt.htm

The government is looking to speed up compensation for people who will lose land or other property to make way for the Laos-China railway, asking the National Assembly (NA) to extend support in this regard.

Minister of Public Works and Transport Dr Bounchanh Sinthavong called for the NA to encourage provincial and Vientiane administrations as well as provincial and Vientiane People’s councils to approve unit prices for the compensation calculated by authorities in charge.

Govt officials discuss land management and development

Source: Vientiane Times, August 16, 2017

http://www.vientianetimes.org.la/FreeContent/FreeConten_Govt.htm

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment is focusing on land management and development around the country with aims to better manage land and prevent spread out land use.

Over the past year, land use was still extravagant because the master plan of national land management is not finished yet.

Meanwhile, the price of land is continuing to rise, especially land in the city areas.

It’s causing an issue related to land management and use.

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