Source: Vientiane Times, June 21, 2017
The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment has ordered provincial and district line departments to take actions to address land disputes, unlawful land occupations and related issues.
The order came as increasing numbers of cases involving land issues have emerged in recent years prompting the government to form a taskforce committee to investigate and address the issues.
Deputy Director General of the Ministry’s Land Administration Department Mr AnothaiChanthalasy told Vientiane Times yesterday that the taskforce committee was required to conclude their works and report their outcomes to the government by October.
It was reported previously that the government has told the committee to inspect land concessions and the transfer of land use rights in various cases after learning these issues had been causal factors in disputed cases emerging in recent years.
The committee will also inspect the implementation of the government’s policy to turn assets into capital, which has seen state departments approaching investors to build new offices for them in suburban areas in exchange for usage of the state lands where their old offices were located, generally closer to the city centre. The inspection came as reports emerged that many projects implemented under the turning-asset-into-capital scheme were not properly included in relevant socio-economic development plans thus were not approved by the National Assembly.
Additionally, many of these projects did not undergo open bidding processes in violation of the relevant regulations.
Additionally, Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith said recently that a number of fake documents had been produced claiming usage rights of state lands by various individuals and organisations.
The inspection will also find out if local people’s lands have been occupied unlawfully as well cases of the inappropriate occupation of proximate state lands by members of such communities.
MrAnothai said Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, MrSommad Pholsena issued several notices giving guidance on how best to take actions to address these issues.” Authorities in charge will carry out a comprehensive inspection into land issues including the inspection of land registrations,” MrAnothai said.
In his notice issued late last month, MrSommad recommended local people facing land disputes approach district offices in charge to seek solutions in line with the relevant laws and regulations.
The minister also called for the district and provincial authorities to collate submissions made by respondents and take appropriate actions to address the particulars of respective cases based on the law.
For those issues which district and provincial departments are unable to address, the officials are called upon to report to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment or higher authorities to seek guidance and solutions.
Those wanting to submit petitions concerning land disputes to the Ministry’s Land Department directly can do so through its reception desk, its petition box or through the ministry’s hotline No 1514.
MrSommad pledged that the Ministry would work with local concerned authorities to address the submitted issues.
He also told the provincial Natural Resources and Environment departments to report progress made in addressing identified land-related issues to the ministry on a regular basis.
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Source: Vientiane Times, June 21, 2017
Source: KPL, June 15, 2017
By Phetsamone PHOMMUNY
(KPL) Bolikhamxay authorities have recently announced the shutdown of 17 timber factories and 35 other factories have been ordered to improve their standards within the next six months.
Head of the Bolikhamxay Industry and Commerce Division, Sengaloun Sengaphone said that 35 timber factories must be improved within next six months in line with the Prime Minister’s decree. If they fail to do so, their business operations will also be suspended permanently.
17 timber factories have been shut down due to violation of the Prime Minister’s decree and running in poor condition: wood industry processing factory, Phoudoi-Liengfathong, KL, Sengdao Group, Duangchaleun 2, Duangchaleun 3, Boualy, Mingkhuang, Duanglasy, Phaviengthong, Phoudoi Furniture,Touay-Toun Furniture, Manida, Inthalengsy, Manivong, SLP and Bounyou furniture.
Prime Minister’s Order No. 15 has successfully curbed harmful practices in the forestry sector and timber industry, while restoring public trust in the party and government.
Currently, 67 timber factories are deemed to be legitimate and up to standard, Mr Sengaloun has said, adding that since the Prime Minister’s order No 15, authorities have strictly implemented the order and set up a task force committee to carry out preventive measures on illegal logging and banning illegal wood exports.
Source: Vientiane Times, May 30, 2017
Community land which has been handed over by village authorities to investors should be all taken back as collective property because the actions of local authorities are against the law.
Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Mr Sommad Pholsena tabled this direction in debate at the recent session of the National Assembly (NA).
The assembly quizzed the government about the spread of village authorities giving community land to investors, individuals, companies and organisations for rent or granted in exchange for community roads or other infrastructure facilities.
“I would like to propose the National Assembly as well as Local People’s Assemblies annul the land authorisations made by village authorities,” Mr Sommad said. He referred to the Land Law, which he said gave clear stipulation on the allocation of agricultural land use rights.“The district or municipal administration is in charge of considering and approving the allocation of land use rights for agricultural land under its management to individuals and organisations to use by issuing land certificates to them,” the minister stated from article No.18 of the law.
“These land certificates are valid for three years. During this period, if land has been used in conformity with objectives and regulations, and if there is no objection or claim, or those claims have already been settled, then the individuals and organisations have the right to apply to the land management authorities at the provincial or city level for the issuance of a land title for long-term use rights,” he continued reading the stipulation in the law.
Mr Sommad also highlighted the spread of offences made against stipulations in the law regarding allocation of forest land use rights, use of land around bodies of water, and determining the scope of construction land use rights.
He promised to inspect the offences related to the responsibilities of his ministry such as the issuance of land titles. In an example, he spoke about village chiefs selling community land to private companies or individuals, who later received land titles from the ministry.
Such issuance of land titles would include cases when private companies or individuals wanted to use the land to secure investment finance, according to the minister. He asked NA members and members of provincial people’s councils to keep a close eye on these activities and inform the ministry about any related offences.
Source: Vientiane Times, April 28, 2017
The government will use tougher measures to regulate concession projects by withdrawing land if no progress is made on the proposed project, while also pushing for authorities at various levels to participate in the process.
Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith on behalf of the government made the promise yesterday in response to National Assembly (NA) members’ queries concerning issues surrounding land concessions, which were raised at the ongoing debate session.
The government acknowledged that many concession projects have been awarded, but investors often did not fulfill their obligations with regard to the contract and relevant laws. Many acquired land for the purpose of handing it over to other investors, thereby making a profit.
“If an investor who has been given a concession is found not to proceed with the stated project in the time frame agreed, I ask local authorities to actively investigate and report their findings to the government,” Prime Minister Thongloun said.
He urged the relevant ministries to urgently take action when they received a report indicating possible misconduct.
The issue of investors refusing to obey the requests of local authorities was also raised by Assembly members. In response, Mr Thongloun said concession deals and other development project agreements made at the central or local level must be signed off by local authorities.
Also up for discussion was encroachment onto state land by investors in addition to the land area stated in the concession contract.
“In this case, local authorities have the right to use measures directly to prevent encroachment at the first stage before it continues any further. The authorities should not wait for orders from the government,” Mr Thongloun said. “If local authorities are unable to influence the situation, please inform the related sector or ministry so they can deal with the matter,” he added.
Taking possession of land without putting it to good use not only delays the country’s development but denies other developers the opportunity to use land productively.
“If land is handed over and no development takes place, it will be withdrawn. I want the business sector to understand this,” the prime minister said.
“Effective investment and the implementation of development projects that follow the law will help to strengthen the economy,” he added, noting that the government would not allow a monopoly in investment, but supported competition.
Mr Thongloun told Assembly members that the government had carried out a study on the positives and negatives of the Law on Land, saying a lot of shortcomings were uncovered.
The government is improving its policies before submitting them to the Politburo, which is expected to propose a resolution by the Party Central Committee in order to tackle the issues surrounding land use, according to Mr Thongloun.
Source: Target Magazine,25/04/2017
“ກອງປະຊຸມສະໄໝສາມັນ ເທື່ອທີ 3 ຂອງສະພາແຫ່ງຊາດ ຊຸດທີ VIII, ລັດຖະບານຊຸດນີ້ໄດ້ສັງລວມສິ່ງທີ່ພົ້ນເດັ່ນ 13 ບັນຫາ ເຊິ່ງໜຶ່ງໃນນັ້ນ ແມ່ນວຽກງານການຄຸ້ມຄອງນຳໃຊ້ທີ່ດິນ ເຊິ່ງເກີດມີບັນຫາຕາມມາຢ່າງຫຼວງຫຼາຍ ແລະ ລັດຖະບານໄດ້ຕັ້ງບັນຫາຂຶ້ນເພື່ອຄົ້ນຄວ້າ ແນ່ໃສ່ການປັບປຸງນະໂຍບາຍທີ່ດິນແຫ່ງຊາດ ໂດຍໄດ້ນຳເຂົ້າເປັນວາລະໜຶ່ງຂອງກອງປະຊຸມຄົບຄະນະຂອງຄະນະບໍລິຫານສູນກາງພັກຄັ້ງທີ IV ສະໄໜທີ V ເຊິ່ງປັດຈຸບັນ ກຳລັງປັບປຸງໃຫ້ເປັນມະຕິຂອງພັກ ແລະ ຈະສະເໜີໃຫ້ສະພາແຫ່ງຊາດເພື່ອພິຈາລະນາໃນຂັ້ນຕໍ່ໄປ.”
ຂ່າວແປຈາກ ໜັງສືພີມ ວຽງຈັນທາມ ວັນທີ 6 ກຸມພາ 2017
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ຄະນະກຳມະການດັ່ງກ່າວຈະກວດກາບັນຫາການສຳປະທານທີ່ດິນ, ການໂອນກຳມະສິດທີ່ດິນໃນກໍລະນີ ຕ່າງໆ, ການ ປະຕິບັດນະໂຍບາຍຫັນຊັບສິນເປັນທຶນ, ບັນຫາທີ່ປະຊາຊົນຈັບຈອງທີ່ດິນ ແລະ ບັນຫາອຶ່ນໆ ພາຍຫລັງ ທີ່ພົບວ່າບັນຫາເລົ່ານີ້ໄດ້ກໍ່ໃຫ້ເກີດຂໍ້ຂັດແຍ່ງທີ່ດິນ.
ທ່ານນາຍົກໄດ້ກ່າວຕໍ່ກອງປະຊຸມປະຈຳປີ 2016 ຂອງຂະແໜງປ້ອງກັນຄວາມສະຫງົບ ເຊິ່ງໄດ້ຈັດຂຶ້ນທີ່ ນະ ຄອນຫລວງວຽງຈັນເມື່ອໝໍ່ໆມານີ້ວ່າ: ຜ່ານມາໄດ້ມີການປອມເອກະສານເພື່ອຄອບຄອງສິດນຳໃຊ້ທີ່ດິນ, ສິດນຳ ໃຊ້ທີ່ດິນກາຍເປັນຂອງຜູ້ນັ້ນຜູ້ນີ້.
ທ່ານນາຍົກໄດ້ກ່າວວ່າບັນຫາເລົ່ານີ້ໄດ້ເຮັດໃຫ້ທີ່ດິນລັດຫລຸດລົງ. ຄະນະກຳມະການດັ່ງກ່າວຈະດຳເນີນ ການກວດກາເບິ່ງວ່າການສຳປະທານທີ່ດິນແມ່ນຖືກຕ້ອງແລ້ວບໍ່, ການໂອນກຳມະສິດທີ່ດິນໃນກໍລະນີຕ່າງໆ ແມ່ນຖືກຕ້ອງແລ້ວຫລືບໍ່, ການຫັນຊັບສິນເປັນທຶນເຮັດເໝາະສົມແລ້ວຫລືບໍ່ແລ້ວມີການສວຍໃຊ້ອຳນາດເພື່ອຜົນ ປະໂຫຍດສ່ວນຕົວ. ການກວດກາຍັງຈະເບິ່ງວ່າມີການຍຶດຈອງທີ່ດິນຂອງປະຊາຊົນທີ່ຜິດກົດໝາຍຫລືບໍ່ ລວມທັງ ບັນຫາທີ່ປະຊາຊົນຍຶດຈອງທີ່ດິນລັດທີ່ບໍ່ເໝາະສົມ.
ລັດຖະບານໄດ້ມອບໃຫ້ຄະນະກຳມະການດັ່ງກ່າວ, ເຊິ່ງຊີ້ນຳໂດຍຜ່ານ ທ່ານ ປອ ບຸນທອງ ຈິດມະນີ ຮອງນາຍົກລັດຖະມົນຕີ ແລະ ຫົວໜ້າອົງການກວດກາແຫ່ງລັດ, ກວດກາ ແລະ ວິໃຈບັນຫາທີ່ດິນທີ່ພົ້ນເດັ່ນ ເລົ່ານັ້ນມາລາຍງານໃຫ້ລັດຖະບານພາຍໃນເດືອນຕຸລາ. ຜົນຂອງການກວດກາດັ່ງກ່າວຈະໄດ້ລາຍງານໃຫ້ກົມການເມືອງ, ສູນກາງພັກ ແລະ ສະພາແຫ່ງຊາດ ເພື່ອຂໍທິດຊີ້ນຳ ແລະ ວິທີແກ້ໄຂ. ພະນັກງານທ່ານໜຶ່ງຂອງອົງການກວດ ສອບແຫ່ງລັດໄດ້ກ່າວວ່າການຈັດຕັ້ງປະຕິບັດນະໂຍບາຍຫັນຊັບສິນເປັນທຶນແມ່ນໜຶ່ງໃນບັນຫາທີ່ທາງອົງການກວດສອບແຫ່ງລັດ ກຳລັງດຳເນີນການກວດສອບຢູ່ເພື່ອເບິ່ງວ່ານະໂຍບາຍດັ່ງກ່າວຖືກຈັດຕັ້ງປະຕິບັດຢ່າງຖືກຕ້ອງຫລືບໍ່.
ລັດຖະບານໄດ້ອອກນະໂຍບາຍດັ່ງກ່າວເມື່ອຫລາຍປີຜ່ານມາ. ເຊິ່ງຜົນຂອງການຈັດຕັ້ງປະຕິບັດເຫັນວ່າຫລາຍ ອົງການລັດກໍ່ໄດ້ໃຫ້ນັກລົງທຶນມາສ້າງສຳນັກງານໃຫ້ໃຫມ່ໃນເຂດນອກຕົວເມືອງເພື່ອແລກປ່ຽນກັບດິນລັດໃນຕົວເມືອງທີ່ ສຳນັກງານເກົ່າຕັ້ງຢູ່. ນີ້ກໍ່ໝາຍຄວາມວ່າອົງການລັດສາມາດມີຫ້ອງການໃຫມ່ໂດຍທີ່ລັດຖະບານບໍ່ຕ້ອງໄດ້ຈັດສັນ ງົບປະມານມາສ້າງຫ້ອງການໃຫມ່ດັ່ງກ່າວ. ນະໂຍບາຍນີ້ຍັງສົ່ງເສີມຄວາມພະຍາຍາມຂອງລັດຖະບານເພື່ອຍ້າຍ ບັນດາຫ້ອງການລັດຢູ່ໃນຕົວເມືອງອອກໄປຢູ່ເຂດນອກທີ່ບໍ່ແອອັດເພື່ອຫລຸດຜ່ອນບັນຫາຈາລະຈອນຕິດຂັດ ແຕ່ວ່າມີ ຫລາຍບັນຫາເກີດຂຶ້ນເມື່ອຫລາຍອົງການລັດບໍ່ໄດ້ລາຍງານໂຄງການທີ່ປະຕິບັດພາຍໃຕ້ນະໂຍບາຍຫັນຊັບສິນເປັນທຶນ ໃຫ້ກະຊວງແຜນການ ແລະ ການລົງທຶນຮັບຊາບ, ດັ່ງນັ້ນໂຄງການເລົ່ານີ້ບໍ່ໄດ້ລວມເຂົ້າໃນແຜນ ພັດທະນາເສດຖະກິດ-ສັງຄົມນັ້ນໝາຍຄວາມວ່າໂຄງການເລົ່ານີ້ບໍ່ໄດ້ຖືກຮັບຮອງໂດຍສະພາແຫ່ງຊາດ. ຍິ່ງໄປກວ່ານັ້ນໂຄງການເລົ່ານີ້ບໍ່ໄດ້ຜ່ານ ຂັ້ນຕອນການປະມູນເຊິ່ງສ້າງຄວາມເປັນຫ່ວງວ່າມັນອາດຈະເປັນຊອງວ່າງໃຫ້ເຈົ້າໜ້າທີ່ຮັບຜິດຊອບທີ່ຂາດວິໃນຫາຜົນປະ ໂຫຍດສ່ວນຕົວ. ດ້ວຍເຫດນັ້ນ, ລັດຖະບານຈຶ່ງໄດ້ສັ່ງໂຈະການປະຕິບັດນະໂຍບາຍດັ່ງກ່າວຕາມການ ຮ້ອງຂໍຂອງສະພາເພື່ອທົບທວນຄືນນະໂຍບາຍ ແລະ ວາງມາດຕະການເພີ້ມເຕີ້ມເພື່ອປິດຊອງວ່າງ.
Vientiane Times, August 25, 2016
KPL 6 July 2017:
(KPL) At a recently held meeting between cabinet members and provincial governors (Jun 23-24), Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith assigned the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment to work with the Ministry of Finance to re-examine land taxation, the selling of land, and the transfer of ownership to analyze the positive and negative impacts of the Turning Land into Capital policy and ensure that land taxes go to the state treasury.