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Laos enters negotiation on EU FLEGT

Vientiane Times, 23 Oct 2014

Assurance of the legality of Lao timber is a step closer after negotiations with the European Union (EU) regarding forestry law enforcement, governance and trade commenced.  The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry announced the progress on the issue yesterday in Vientiane.

The Forestry Department Director General, Mr Thongphat Vongmany spoke at a press conference during the 4th Sub-Regional Training Workshop on Timber Legality Assurance in Vientiane, which runs from October 22-24. He said the Lao side still has several issues requiring discussion with the EU FLEGT and Asean nations attending the training workshop. “Are we ready to enter the EU FLEGT? The answer is not yet, due to the fact we still need more discussion on this,” he said.

Phu Bia to open new gold mine in Laos

Vientiane Times, 25 January, 2012

Phu Bia, one of the largest mining companies operating in Laos, expects to kick off its new gold mining project in Vientiane province in March, the Australian miner reported. PanAust, the parent company of Phu Bia, this week announced the progress of its Ban Houayxai gold and silver mine project, saying the US$168 million gold and silver mining facility is scheduled to come on-stream in March this year.

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