Vientiane Times: December 26, 2017
Vientiane Times: December 25, 2017
Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith has stressed that the government’s policy on land use should add value to land and benefit everyone in the country.
Mr Thongloun discussed the policy with officials from various sectors and local authorities at a national meeting held last week.
“We must make land generate additional value and provide benefits for the state, every family, and everyone in urban and rural areas,” he said.
Mr Thongloun was referring to the country’s 236,800 square kilometres of land which he said should be used as the basis for social and economic development, stressing that everyone could be its owner, participate in its management and benefit from it.
Vientiane Times: December 21, 2017
Factors including a national master plan on land allocation that has not yet been officially approved and the general lack of regulations have caused complications in land management and losses to state revenue.
The second nationwide meeting on land identified these factors as mitigating issues in land management over the past decade.
Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Mr Sommad Pholsena presided over the meeting which opened yesterday and continues until Friday.
Vientiane Times: December 20, 2017
Eleven lengths of rosewood timber were found loaded on a Toyota Fortuner driven by a police officer in Attapeu province, a provincial source has said.
The wood, which was initially estimated to be worth more than 166 million kip (US$20,000), was found last week when forest inspection officials were making vehicle checks in the province’s Saysettha district.
The private number plate on the SUV was issued in Vientiane, but the driver was a police officer at the Attapeu Police Headquarters, according to the source.
An investigation is now ongoing. Forest inspection officials have compiled a report and submitted it to the Attapeu Police Headquarters.
Vientiane Times: December 19, 2017
Yunnan province, China: — Laos is strengthening cooperation with China and the Mekong countries by supporting the five-year strategic plan from 2018-2023 which was approved at last week’s 3rd Lancang-Mekong Cooperation (LMC) Foreign Ministers’ meeting.
A Lao delegation attended the meeting held in Dali, southwest China’s Yunnan province, from December 14-16, led by Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr Saleumxay Kommasith.
Vientiane Times, December 14, 2017