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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

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.

ລາວຫາລືແຜນແມ່ບົດຈັດສັນທີ່ດິນແຫ່ງຊາດ

ແຫຼ່ງຂ່າວ: ໜັງສືພິມລາວພັດທະນາ

http://www.laophattananews.com/ລາວຫາລືແຜນແມ່ບົດຈັດສັນ/

ກອງປະຊຸມວິທະຍາສາດເພື່ອຄົ້ນຄວ້າ ແລະ ປະກອບຄຳເຫັນໃສ່ຮ່າງແຜນແມ່ບົດຈັດສັນທີ່ດິນແຫ່ງຊາດ ໄດ້ສໍາເລັດລົງເມື່ອບໍ່ດົນມານີ້, ໂດຍການເປັນປະ ທານຂອງທ່ານ ສົມມາດ ພົນເສນາ ລັດຖະມົນຕີກະຊວງຊັບພະຍາກອນທຳມະຊາດ ແລະ ສິ່ງແວດລ້ອມ ແລະ ໃຫ້ກຽດເຂົ້າຮ່ວມຂອງທ່ານ ບຸນທອງ ຈິດມະນີ ຮອງນາຍົກລັດຖະມົນຕີ, ປະທານອົງການກວດກາລັດຖະບານ, ຜູ້ຊີ້ນຳຄະນະສະເພາະກິດ ເພື່ອດຳເນີນການກວດກາ, ສຶກສາຄົ້ນຄວ້າ ແລະ ວິໄຈບັນຫາທີ່ດິນ.

ທ່ານລັດຖະມົນຕີກະຊວງຊັບພະຍາກອນທຳມະຊາດ ແລະ ສິ່ງແວດລ້ອມໄດ້ ກ່າວວ່າ: ການສ້າງແຜນແມ່ບົດຈັດສັນທີ່ດິນແຫ່ງຊາດ ແມ່ນເພື່ອກຳນົດເຂດທົ່ວປະເທດຢ່າງເປັນລະບົບ ແນໃສ່ການວາງແຜນຄຸ້ມຄອງ, ປົກປັກຮັກສາ, ພັດທະນາ ແລະ ນຳໃຊ້ທີ່ດິນຕາມຫລັກວິຊາການ ແລະ ລະບຽບກົດໝາຍ ເຮັດໃຫ້ທີ່ດິນ ກໍຄືຊັບພະຍາກອນທຳມະຊາດຕ່າງໆມີຄວາມຍືນຍົງ.

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.

NA, Govt discuss development impacts, compensation

Source: Vientiane Times, August 16, 2017

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

The impacts on residents of government-approved development projects and concession projects by domestic and foreign investors were on the top of the agenda for discussion between National Assembly (NA) and government at a joint meeting yesterday.

NA President Pany Yathotou, Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith, NA Committees chairs and ministers attended the first joint meeting between the NA’s Eighth Legislature and the government held yesterday in Vientiane to discuss the way ahead on addressing development impacts and compensation policy.

Lao gov’t approve Chinese company to conduct SEZ feasibility study

Source: Xinhua, August 2, 2017. Editor: Zhou Xin
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-08/02/c_136491811.htm
VIENTIANE, Aug. 1 (Xinhua) — Lao government has given the green light for a Chinese company to conduct a feasibility study on developing the Khonphapheng Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in southern Laos’ Champassak province, local media reported on Tuesday.
The Chinese company had informed authorities that it wants to invest 10 billion U.S. dollars to develop the SEZ, some 580 km south of capital Vientiane, the Deputy Governor of Champassak, Buasone Vongsongkhone told Lao state-run media Vientiane Times.
If the project is realized, it will become the largest investment venture in Champassak province and potentially the country.
A memorandum of understanding was recently signed between the government and the Chinese company, Guangdong Yellow River Industrial Group, in Vientiane, Vientiane Times online reported Tuesday. The move will allow the company to conduct a feasibility study for this project as well as project designs and other activities within six months.
“If the study is positive, we can move forward on a concession agreement which will allow the company to develop the project,” Buasone said on Monday.
Khonphapheng waterfall and the surrounding area are designated for development as a new town that will focus on tourism.
The Chinese company’s study will identify business activities and tourism facilities to facilitate the growth of tourism in Laos. This would include hotels, restaurants, a trade center and other tourism-related businesses.
In July 2015, the government approved the development of Khonphapheng and the surrounding area, also known as Siphandone (the 4,000 islands region), as a new SEZ.
Even before the government’s approval, investors from China, South Korea, Singapore and the Philippines had expressed initial interest in the zone.
Khonphapheng, located in Khong district, is the largest waterfall in Southeast Asia and attracts thousands of visitors every year. Nevertheless, more facilities are needed to attract more tourists.
Officials said the waterfall, close to the Laos-Cambodia border, is a suitable location for developing the SEZ as it would bring more businesses to the area.
The provincial authorities have allocated more than 7,000 hectares for the potential development, which would be divided into four zones: Zone A (480 hectares), Zone B (797 hectares), Zone C (2,120 hectares) and Zone D (3,678 hectares).

Tunnelling ahead as Laos-China railway proceeds on track

Source: Vientiane Times, July 15, 2017
http://www.vientianetimes.org.la/FreeContent/FreeConten_Tunnelling_162.htm
Construction of the Laos-China railway project is progressing as scheduled despite some work requiring a pause due to the rainy season, officials in charge said.
Work on boring tunnels is carrying on, project coordinator for Luang Namtha province Mr Chanthachone Keolakhone told Vientiane Times via telephone on Wednesday.
Mr Chanthachone said Lao and Chinese officials had worked hard to bore tunnel entrances before the rainy season so that rainfall would not delay construction.
Naturally, work inside the tunnels can be carried out without little regard to weather conditions outside.
Mr Chanthachone said that all three tunnels are being bored with the Boten Tunnel having progressed the furthest at more than 120 metres.
The Teentok Tunnel is gathering steam at 45 metres in length to date.
The Laos-China Friendship Tunnel, crossing the Laos-China border has seen more than 55 metres of progress thus far.
Mr Chanthachone said construction of bridges and roads related to the project are now on pause until rains end.
Construction may not meet the standards if we continue to work due to the rainfall, he said.
In particular, the preparations to drill the foundations for a bridge connecting Luang Namtha and Oudomxay provinces had to be halted.
In Oudomxay province, the project coordinator Mr Phonpadith Phommakit told Vientiane Times on Wednesday that work on around 34 tunnels is still ongoing.
Currently, some nine of 34 tunnels have been bored and are on now track, while some works of roads and bridges are also on pause due to the rainfall.
In Vientiane, project coordinator Mr Souneth Luangsouphom said officials have continued to remove barriers and to develop areas for the construction since the project began in December last year.
At present, Chinese contractors had already developed a 15 km stretch in preparation for construction to date, he said.
A 7km-long bridge from Dongxiengdy to Nakhoun villages in Naxaithong district will be constructed after the seasonal rainfalls conclude, he said.
The planned 417-km railway to connect Vientiane to the Chinese border traverses the provinces of Vientiane, Luang Prabang, Oudomxay and Luang Namtha passing through 75 tunnels with a combined length of 197.83km.
The project has a total investment of 40 billion Chinese yuan (about US$6 billion), 70 percent of which comes from China, with 30 percent from Laos.
The project set to be completed by 2021 is seen to mark a significant milestone in the socio-economic and cooperation strategies of the two countries.
The project is linked to the ‘One Belt, One Road’ initiative proffered by Chinese President Xi Jinping and is expected to contribute to increased friendly relations and cooperation between the neighbours and Asean as a whole.
The Lao government places great importance on the realisation of the project which is part of a planned regional railway linking southern China to Singapore via Laos, Thailand and Malaysia.
Laos also attached great importance to and is seriously examining opportunities per the One Belt and One Road, which provides clear goals of comprehensive cooperation between countries of the region and contributes to the promotion of a higher level of connectivity in policies, infrastructure, trade and investment, finance, society and culture.

ແຂວງວຽງຈັນ ອະນຸຍາດ ໃຫ້ນັກລົງທຶນຈີນ ປູກໄມ້ໃຫ້ໝາກ ຢູ່ເມືອງຫີນເຫີບ 150 ເຮັກຕາ

ແຫຼ່ງທີ່ມາຂອງຂ່າວ: ຂ່າວສານປະເທດລາວ (KPL) 23/06/2017
http://kpl.gov.la/detail.aspx?id=25610
ແຂວງ​ວຽງ​ຈັນ, ​ອະນຸຍາດ​ໃຫ້​ນັກ​ລົງທຶນຈີນ ​​ເຂົ້າປູກ​ໄມ້​ໃຫ້​ໝາກ​ ແບບ​ປະສົມ​ປະສານ ​ຢູ່​ເມືອງ​ຫີນ​ເຫີບ​ ເຊິ່ງຈະ​ປູກ​ໝາກ​ມ່ວງ, ລີ້ນຈີ່​ ແລະ​ ລຳ​ໄຍ, ​ໂດຍ​ຈະ​ບໍ່​ປູກ​ກ້ວຍ ​​ເພື່ອຫວັງ​ຜົນ​ກຳ​ໄລ ​​ໃນ​ໄລຍະ​ສັ້ນ​ເດັດຂາດ, ຊຶ່ງພິທີ​ເຊັນ​ສັນຍາ​ອະນຸຍາດ ​ຢ່າງ​ເປັນ​ທາງ​ການ​ ມີ​ຂຶ້ນ​ໃນ​ວັນ​ທີ 22 ມິຖຸນາ​ ນີ້ ​ລະຫວ່າງ​ທ່ານ ສຸ​ກັນ​ ວິ​ໄລ ຫົວໜ້າ​ພະ​ແນ​ກ ​ແຜນການ-ການລົງທຶນ ​ແຂວງວຽງຈັນ ​ແລະ ​ທ່ານ​ ທາວ ​ຊິນ​ຍີ ປະທານ​ບໍລິສັດ ​ຊິນ​ຮວງ​ຕາວ​ຕີງ​ອີ້​ ການ​ຄ້າ​ຈຳກັດ ໂຄງການ​ດັ່ງກ່າວ, ​ມີ​ມູນ​ຄ່າ​ການ​ລົງທຶນ 1 ລ້ານ​ໂດ​ລາສະຫະລັດ.
ໃນ​ສັນຍາ​ລະ​ບຸ​ວ່າ:​ ໂຄງການ​ປູກ​ໄມ້​ໃຫ້​ໝາກ​ ແບບ​ປະສົມ​ປະສານ ປະກອບ​ມີ ການ​ປູກ​ໝາກມ່ວງ, ໝາກ​ລີ້ນຈີ່ ​ແລະ ​ໝາກ​ລຳ​ໄຍ. ​ຊຶ່ງຈະ​ຈັດ​ຕັ້ງ​ປະ​ຕິບັດ​ ຢູ່​ ບ້ານ​ຄອນ​ແກ້ວ​ ​ເມືອງ​ ຫີນ​ເຫີບ​ ແຂ​ວງ​ວຽງ​ຈັນ ໃນ​ເນື້ອ​ທີ່ 150 ເຮັກຕາ, ​ໂດຍ​ມີ​ໄລ​ຍະ ການ​ສຳປະທານ 30 ປີ​ ນັບ​ແຕ່​ມື້​ເຊັນ​ສັນຍາ ​ເປັນ​ຕົ້ນ​ໄປ ຫລັງ​ຈາກ​ນັ້ນ​ ແມ່ນ​ສົ່ງ​ດິນ​ດັ່ງກ່າວ ​ຄືນ​ໃຫ້​ລັດ.
ທ່ານ​ ທາວ ​ຊິນ​ຍີ ປະທານ​ບໍລິສັດ ​ຊິນ​ຮວງ​ຕາວ​ຕີງ​ອີ້​ ການ​ຄ້າ​ຈຳກັດ ກ່າວວ່າ:​ ໂຄງການ​ນີ້ ​ເປັນ​ໂຄງການ ​ປູກ​ໄມ້​ໃຫ້​ໝາກ​ ແບບ​ປະສົມ​ປະສານ​ ໂດຍ​ຈະ​ນຳ​ໃຊ້​ ເຕັກນິກ​ວິ​ທະ​ນາສາ​ດ ​ເຂົ້າ​ໃນ​ການ​ຜະລິດ, ບໍ່​​ໃຊ້​ເຄມີ​ທີ່​ເປັນ​ອັນຕະລາຍ ​ຜູ້​ທຳ​ການ​ຜະລິດ​, ຕໍ່​ປະຊາຊົນບໍ​ລິ​ເວນ​​ໃກ້​ຄຽງ​ ແລະ ​ໂຄງການ​ ຈະ​ບໍ່​ປູກ​ກ້ວຍ​ ທີ່​ໃຊ້​ສານ​ເຄມີ ​ເພື່ອ​ຫວັງຜົນ​ກຳ​ໄລ​ ໃນ​ໄລຍະ​ສັ້ນ​​ເດັດຂາດ.
ສ່ວນ​ການ​ປູກຕົວ​ຈິງ ແມ່ນ​ຈະ​ເລີ່​ມລົງມື ​ໃນ​ຕົ້ນ​ລະດູຝົນ​ປີໜ້າ, ​ໃນ​ຈຳນວນ 150​ ເຮັກ​ຕາ ​ແມ່ນ​ຈະ​ປູກໝາກມ່ວງ​ 50% ຂອງ​ເນື້ອ​ທີ່​ ຄາດ​ວ່າ 5 ປີ​ຈະ​ໄດ້​​ເກັບ​ຜົນ​ຜະລິດ​ຂາຍ, 70%​ ແມ່ນ​ສົ່ງ​ໄປ​ຈີນ ​ແລະ ​30%​ ແມ່ນ​ຂາຍ​ພາຍ​ໃນ, ສ່ວນດ້ານ​ແຮງ​ງານ ​ແມ່ນ​ຈະ​ນຳ​ໃຊ້​ປະຊາຊົນ ​ຢູ່​ບ້ານ​ຄອນ​ແກ້ວ​ ແລະ ​ບ້ານ​ໄດ້​ຄຽງ​, ຊຶ່ງ​ໂຄງການ​ດັ່ງກ່າວ ມີ​ຄວາມ​ຕ້ອງການ​ແຮງ​ງານ ​ຫລາຍ​ກວ່າ ​50 ຄົນ​, ສ່ວນ​ວິຊາ​ກການ​ແມ່ນ​ນຳ​ໃຊ້​ຄົນ​ຈີນ.

Demarcation complete, Luang Prabang eyes investment to push SEZ project ahead

Source: Vientiane Times, June 26, 2017
http://vientianetimes.org.la/FreeContent/FreeConten_Demarcation_145.html
Development of a US$1.2 billion special economic zone (SEZ) in Luang Prabang province has faced delays attributed to project demarcation now completed while its developer seeks further investment and financial backing.
The plans for the zone include a 23-storey building, schools, hospitals, shopping centre, bank, hotels, restaurants and residences including homes and advanced nursing care for older people.
The SEZ is designed to create a modern conurbation for the provincial capital while ensuring the ongoing preservation of the old town.
The government signed an agreement on the zone with the country’s own Phousy Group in January last year, allowing the company to establish this project in Luang Prabang province.
Areas for organic vegetable production also feature in the plan.
Speaking to Vientiane Times on Friday, Deputy Director of the Luang Prabang provincial Department of Planning and Investment, Mr Bounsom Thatsavong said that construction activity had not been carried out in the zone so far.
“The zone is still vegetated as it has been,” he said.
“Nevertheless, the developer has completed demarcating the project site.”
He said the developer would be looking for further partners to develop the SEZ zone since it requires an enormous amount of capital to carry out.
He did not confirm when construction would begin or particulars of the financial backing and investment sourced to date.
“Our authorities have tried to push for the project’s progress which should contribute to boosting the economic growth in our province,” Mr Bounsom said.
Earlier this year, Deputy Prime Minister Mr Sonexay Siphandone visited the project site during a visit to the northern provinces.
Mr Sonexay saw firsthand the extent of development so far and the location of the site where a bridge will be built across the Mekong to link the three zones incorporated in the SEZ.
People in the area currently use ferries to cross the Mekong between the town of Luang Prabang and Chomphet district for travel and business.
The zone is about 10km outside Luang Prabang town centre with another site in Chomphet district on the other side of the Mekong River.
With a concession period of 99 years, the initial project proposal comprised an area of 4,850 hectares in the two districts.
A portion was found to overlap with the world heritage site, resulting in a revision in size to about 4500 hectares, Mr Bounsom said.
The government hopes the project will catalyse economic growth in the province and generate further job opportunities for local people.
A one-stop operating service is to be introduced for businesses in the zone to ensure transparency and accountability and to facilitate development.
The site is set to help the province overcome development constraints and preserve the old town of Luang Prabang, home to Laos’ first World Heritage Site and considered a magnet for domestic and international tourists in an increasingly interconnected region.
By Somsack Pongkhao
(Latest Update June 26, 2017)

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