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Timber smuggling to Vietnam continues

Vientiane Times, 6 June 2015

More and more wood is being smuggled across the border from Laos and Cambodia to the southwestern boundary of Vietnam, according to a Vietnamese media report on Thursday. Vietnamese smuggling prevention agencies were quoted in the VietNamNet online newspaper as saying they had discovered many consignments of wood illegally imported from the two countries.

Attapeu folk continue to unearth alabaster despite ban

Vientiane Times, 23 Oct 2014

The high sale price of alabaster has brought local people flocking to Phoukanghong Mountain in Attapeu province, where they have been digging up blocks of the mineral to sell, despite a government ban on its removal. Locals told Vientiane Times yesterday that villagers were continuing to remove the rocks illegally and with great enthusiasm, as if celebrating a festival.

Rubber becomes top export earner

Vientiane Times, 9 Oct 2014

In the first six months of this year rubber reached the top of the list of Lao agricultural exports as the highest revenue earner after the number of rubber trees mature enough to tap increased substantially. The country exported about 16,650 tonnes of unfinished and raw rubber products to China, Vietnam and Thailand and received almost US$37 million according to an official Agriculture Department report. Other major agricultural export earners were sweetcorn, 186,000 tonnes worth US$36 million; coffee, over 7,000 tonnnes worth almost US$16 million and cassava, 50,000 tonnes worth about US$12 million.

PM orders a halt to alabaster projects in Attapeu

Vientiane Times, 8 Sept 2014

Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong has issued an order to halt the feasibility studies for alabaster on Phoukanghong Mountain in Attapeu province, an official in charge of the project confirmed on Friday. The PM’s order comes after the provincial authorities signed memorandums of understanding (MOU) with 48 companies to conduct project surveys on the stone resource before the excavation process can take place.

More companies join rush for alabaster in Attapeu

Vientiane Times, 5 September 2014

Attapeu Provincial Department of Natural Resources and Environment estimates that there is about 250,000 tonnes of alabaster which can be easily quarried on Phoukanghong Mountain, about 60km from the provincial capital. Officials from the department estimate that there is alabaster readily available on the surface of the land on an area of 1020 hectares on the mountain. However there may be more alabaster available on Phoukanghong Mountain, which is some 7,800 hectares in size. The question is how far beneath the surface it is and whether it is viable to extract.

Attapeu province rife with illegal logging

Vientiane Times, 4 September 2014

Almost 180,000 cubic metres of timbers, including many illegal logs were excavated in Attapeu province in the 2013-14 fiscal year, according to a report from the Provincial Department of Agriculture and Forestry. Of the total figures, more than 7,000 cubic metres were confiscated from illegal activities, sparking concerns about widespread illegal logging in the province.

Officials said this is just the figure authorities had seized but the real figure could be considerably more. The department director Mr Vixay Saysengchan said authorities had seized 47 vehicles carrying over 4,000 cubic metres of illegal logs in the province for 2013-14.

Foreign companies search for bauxite in southern Laos

Vientiane Times, 24 July 2014

Companies from China, Japan, Vietnam and Laos are in the process of conducting potential studies for bauxite exploration in the Bolaven plateau of southern Laos triggered by the high potential for the mineral in the region. The companies aim to identify the exact amount of bauxite in the plateau and whether the quality of the mining can meet their expectations before other investment processes can take place including feasibility studies and project development.

Plantation workers yet to reap financial harvest

Vientiane Times, 2 Feb, 2013

Companies that have set up rubber plantations in Laos should improve the pay and conditions for workers, as many of the families working on these plantations are still earning very low incomes, a labour official has suggested. This situation runs contrary to the reason that concessions are granted, the justification being that they will provide gainful employment and improve the lives of local villagers.

Vietnam rubber producer plants trees in Attapeu

Vientiane Times, July 25, 2012

The Hoang Anh Gia Lia Group is planting more than 30,000 hectares of  rubber trees in Attapeu province. An official from the group Mr Phan Thanh Thu, told the Vientiane Times on Monday that more than 6,000 Lao and Vietnamese citizens are currently working in its fields. “We will need 15,000 workers when the rubber trees are mature in four or five years,” he said. The company is not only planting rubber trees but also constructing a processing factory in Phouvong district, Attapeu province.

Companies to explore mining and hydropower possibilities

Vientiane Times, February 9, 2012

The Phouphieng Mineral Export-Import Sole Company is teaming up with the Mekong Mining Company to study the possibilities for bauxite and potassium mining and hydropower in Laos. A Memorandum of Understanding was signed on Tuesday in Vientiane between Phouphieng Company President Mr Vilaysith Liumxayachak and Mekong Mining Company President Mr Andrew Kent. Officials from both sides attended, along with the Vice President of the National Science Council, Dr Maydom Chanthanasinh.

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