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Khammuan authorities revoke two firms’ concession licences

Vientiane Times, March 22,2018

Khammuan provincial authorities are monitoring the progress of investment projects in the province in a move to further boost economic growth.
Their investigations revealed that about 20 projects owned by Lao and foreign investors had failed to demonstrate any progress in their operations while others were violating the law in various ways.
Two of the 20 projects had their concessions revoked by the provincial authorities for not complying with agreements.
Provincial Governor Mr Oday Soudaphone took the decision to revoke the concession licences of the two firms, which had invested in limestone excavation and sand and gravel mining.
The first company (whose name translates as Veunxeu-Vongsaphay limestone excavation) was found to have violated the Investment Promotion Law and a concession agreement signed with authorities on June 21, 2016, to excavate and process limestone in Hinboun district.
Authorities were unable to contact the company president but informed other company representatives that the firm would not be allowed to continue with the project.
The second firm (whose name translates as Phonchaleun sand and gravel mining) was found to have contravened a concession agreement signed with authorities on February 21, 2012, to operate a sand and gravel business in Hatnakom village, Hinboun district.
But no progress had been made since the company was granted a concession licence.
Deputy Director of the Khammuan provincial Department of Planning and Investment, Mr Si-nguan Inthalath, told Vientiane Times on Monday these two companies had not shown any willingness to carry out their proposed projects.
“They not only failed to comply with the concession agreements signed with our authorities, but also failed to pay any tax,” he said.
Mr Si-nguan concluded that the companies could have run into funding problems or had been unable to find markets for their products.
Many companies seem not to be genuinely interested in carrying out a project as permitted by authorities while others just want to maintain ownership of a project with the intention of selling it to another investor at a later date.
“We identified about 20 companies that did not demonstrate sufficient progress in their project operations. We will invite them for talks and discuss ways to solve the problem,” Mr Si-nguan said.
“We will warn them that what they are doing is unacceptable and encourage them to comply with our laws. If no progress is made after the warning, we will have to revoke their concession licences.”
Khammuan has abundant mineral resources including potassium, lead and gold, so private investment in mining continues to increase.
Deputy Head of the Khammuan provincial Administrative Office, Mr Vannavong Vongphachanh, said mining commodities were mainly exported through Vung Ang Port to Vietnam and China.
This is Laos’ shortest route to a seaport. Since the opening of the Third Friendship Bridge in 2011, linking Thakhaek district in Khammuan province to Thailand’s Nakhon Phanom province across the Mekong River, more freight has been transported using this route.

One trillion kip in state assets misappropriated in past year

Vientiane Times, March 16, 2018

Budget approval urgently needed for Laos-China railway

Vientiane Times:  March 13, 2018

Lao authorities in charge have called for urgent approval of a budget of 500 billion kip for Laos’ 2018 contribution to the construction of the Laos-China railway.

China-Laos Railway Project by VT

Govt mulls fairer compensation policy for people affected by development projects

Vientiane Times: January 3, 2018

100 ກວ່າຄອບຄົວຖືກໂຄງການ ເຂດເສດຖະກິດພິເສດມະຫານະທີສີພັນດອນ

ຂ່າວໂດຍ: Lao post, ວັນທີ 3 ມັງກອນ 2018

ປະຈຸບັນໂຄງການພັດທະນາເຂດ ເສດຖະກິດພິເສດມະຫານະທີສີພັນດອນ ແມ່ນໄດ້ສຳເລັດການສຳຫຼວດ ແລະຈະລົງມືກໍ່ສ້າງໃນປີນີ້ ໂດຍມີເນື້ອທີ່ທັງໝົດ 9,8 ພັນເຮັກຕາ ມີມູນຄ່າການລົງທຶນຫຼາຍກວ່າ 9 ຕື້ໂດລາ ຊຶ່ງຈະສ້າງໃຫ້ສຳເລັດທຸກຮູບແບບໃນປີ 2050 ຂະນະທີ່ມີຜູ້ໄດ້ຮັບຜົນກະທົບຈາກໂຄງການທັງໝົດ 100 ກວ່າຄອບຄົວ.

SEZ 4000 islands

ອີງຕາມແຫຼ່ງຂໍ້ມູນຈາກໜັງສືພິມຈຳປາໃໝ່ລະບຸວ່າ: ໃນວັນທີ 29 ທັນວາຜ່ານມາທີ່ພະແນກແຜນການ ແລະການ ລົງທຶນແຂວງຈຳປາສັກ ໄດ້ມີກອງປະຊຸມ ຜ່ານຮ່າງບົດວິພາກປະເມີນຄວາມເປັນ ໄປໄດ້ທາງດ້ານເສດຖະກິດເຕັກເຕັກ, ແຜນແມ່ບົດປະເມີນຜົນກະທົບຕໍ່ສິ່ງແວດລ້ອມ ແລະສັງຄົມຂອງໂຄງການດັ່ງກ່າວ ຊຶ່ງໃນກອງປະຊຸມທ່ານ ສິດທິໄຊ ໄຊຍະວົງ ປະທານທີ່ປືກສາໂຄງການໄດ້ກ່າວ ວ່າ: ໂຄງການພັດທະນາເຂດເສດຖະກິດ ພິເສດມະຫານະທີສີພັນດອນ ມີເນື້ອທີ່ທັງໝົດ 9.800 ເຮັກຕາ ມີມູນຄ່າການລົງທຶນ ຫຼາຍກວ່າ 9 ຕື້ໂດລາ ໄລຍະເວລາຄືນທຶນ 33 ປີ ໂດຍສາມາດດຶງດູດນັກທ່ອງທ່ຽວ ໄດ້ຫຼາຍກວ່າ 15 ລ້ານຄົນ ຈະມີລາຍຮັບຈາກການທ່ອງທ່ຽວ 1,8 ຕື້ໂດລາຕໍ່ປີ, ສ້າງວຽກເຮັດງານທຳ ໄດ້ 1 ແສນຄົນ ໃນນັ້ນ ແມ່ນຈະໄດ້ສ້າງໂຮງແຮມ 5 ດາວ ແລະກາຊິໂນຫຼາຍກວ່າ 35 ແຫ່ງ, ສ້າງລາຍຮັບຈາກການປັນຜົນ ແລະພາສີອາກອນໃຫ້ລັດຖະບານ 200 ລ້ານໂດລາຕໍ່ປີ.

PM pushes for strict land management

Vientiane Times: December 26, 2017

Attapeu unearths huge stash of buried illegal logs

Vientiane Times, December 15,  2017 

Authorities in Attapeu province have uncovered 180 cubic metres of illegal logs, which were buried underground, local media reported.
The discovery came after authorities carried out an inspection along the Lao-Vietnam border at the 766th and 770th border markers in the southern province, Attapeu Online, published by the provincial Administrative Office, reported yesterday.
The provincial administration has formed two task force teams to carry out the inspection along the border as well as in the Vang Tud and Nongkai-Ork mining project areas, a provincial official involved in the inspection affairs told Vientiane Times yesterday.

Regional countries seek new approaches to agricultural investment

Source: Vientiane Times, November 16, 2017

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.

ສຳມະນາວຽກງານທີ່ດິນ ແລະ ຊັບພະຍາກອນທຳມະຊາດໃຫ້ແກ່ ສສຊ ແລະ ສສຂ

ຂ່່າວຈາກ: ໜັງສືພິມ ຜູ້ແທນປະຊາຊົນ, ສະບັບວັນທີ 1-4/10/2017

(ສພຊ) ເພື່ອສ້າງຄວາມເຂົ້າໃຈຕໍ່ວຽກງານບໍລິຫານທີ່ດິນ ແລະ ຊັບພະຍາກອນທຳມະຊາດໃຫ້ມີຄວາມເລິກເຊິ່ງ, ສະຖາບັນຄົ້ນຄວ້ານິຕິກຳ ສະພາແຫ່ງຊາດ ໄດ້ຈັດກອງປະຊຸມສຳມະນາ ເພື່ອແລກປ່ຽນຄວາມຮູ້ ແລະ ບົດຮຽນກ່ຽວກັບການບໍລິຫານວຽກງານທີ່ດິນ ແລະ ຊັບພະຍາກອນທຳມະຊາດ ໃຫ້ແກ່ສະມາຊິກສະພາແຫ່ງຊາດ (ສສຊ) ແລະ ສະມາຊິກສະພາປະຊາຊົນຂັ້ນແຂວງ  (ສສຂ) ທີ່ ສູນ ຮ່ວມມືສາກົນ ແລະ ການຝຶກອົບຮົມ (ICTC) , ນະຄອນຫຼວງວຽງຈັນ ລະຫວ່າງວັນທີ 28-29 ກັນຍາ 2017, ພາຍໃຕ້ການເປັນປະທານຂອງທ່ານ ຄໍາເຜີຍ ປານມາໄລທອງ ຫົວໜ້າ ສະຖາບັນຄົ້ນຄວ້າ ນິຕິກຳແຫ່ງຊາດ; ມີບັນດາທ່ານ ສສຊ ແລະ ສສຂ, ປະທານ-ຮອງປະທານກຳມາທິການ, ຫົວໜ້າ-ຮອງຫົວໜ້າກົມ, ສູນ, ພະນັກງານພາຍໃນ ສພຊ, ຫົວໜ້າກົມນິຕິກຳ, ກະຊວງຊັບພະຍາກອນທຳມະຊາດ ແລະ ສິ່ງແວດລ້ອມ, ຕ່າງໜ້າຈາກກະຊວງທີ່ກ່ຽວຂ້ອງ,​ ຫົວໜ້າໂຄງການບ້ານຈຸດສຸມ (VFI), ຕ່າງໜ້າຈາກອົງການອາຫານ (FAO) ແລະ ຕ່າງໜ້າຈາກ (CAMKID)/OXFAM ເຂົ້າຮ່ວມທັງໝົດ 153 ທ່ານ.

ທັ້ງນີ້ ກໍ່ເພື່ອສະໜັບສະໜູນການປະກອບສ່ວນຄວາມຄິດເຫັນຂອງທ່ານ ສສຊ ແລະ ສສຂ ເຂົ້າໃນຮ່າງກົດໝາຍທີ່ດິນ (ສະບັບປັບປຸງ); ການໃຫ້ສຳປະທານ ແລະ ການໃຫ້ເຊົ່າທີ່ດິນ ໂດຍຜ່ານການສົນທະນາແລກປ່ຽນຄວາມຄິດເຫັນກັນ; ພ້ອມນັ້ນ ເພື່ອເຮັດໃຫ້ການຈັດຕັ້ງປະຕິບັດພາລະບົດບາດຂອງສະພາແຫ່ງຊາດ, ສະພາປະຊາຊົນຂັ້ນແຂວງ ແລະ ອົງການຈັດຕັ້ງທາງສັງຄົມ ໃນການຕິດຕາມກວດກາ ການຈັດຕັ້ງປະຕິບັດກົດໝາຍ ແລະ ບັນດານະໂຍບາຍກ່ຽວກັບທີ່ດິນໃຫ້ມີປະສິດທິພາບທີ່ເພີ່ມຂື້ນ; ເພື່ອຍົກລະດັບຄວາມຮູ້ ແລະ ປະສົບການກ່ຽວກັບວຽກງານການຄຸ້ມຄອງທີ່ດິນ ແລະ ຊັບພະຍາກອນທຳມະຊາດໃຫ້ແກ່ ສສຊ ແລະ ສສຂ ພ້ອມດ້ວຍພະນັກງານທີ່ເປັນເສນາທິການໃຫ້ແກ່ກຳມາທິການຕ່າງໆ.

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