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VN’s timber ‘ban’ has a catch

Phnom Penh Post, Thu, 6 November 2014

Vietnam’s announcement that it would temporarily suspend the import and re-export of unprocessed timber from Cambodia and Laos may not benefit the Kingdom’s forests as much as it may seem, experts on the timber trade told the Post yesterday. Vietnam’s Ministry of Industry and Trade, which declined to comment immediately for this article, made the announcement in a circular released Tuesday, which takes effect on December 8.

Vietnam to ban timber imports

Phnom Penh Post, Wed, 5 November 2014

Vietnam will be enacting a “temporary suspension” of timber imports and re-exports sourced from natural forests in Cambodia and Laos, according to a government circular from the country’s Ministry of Industry and Trade. The circular takes full effect on December 8 but does not indicate when the suspension will end. Officials from the Ministry of Industry and Trade did not reply to requests for comment.

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.

Rubber plantations in Luang Namtha grow despite price drop

Vientiane Times, 27 August 2014

The number of rubber plantations in Luang Namtha province has continued to increase despite the fact the rubber price has been declining steadily over the past few years. The rubber price began to fall back in 2011 and the price of the commodity on the world market has remained low ever since, Mr Sawaeng Sivilay, an official from the provincial domestic trade section, said.

Dangerous herbicide use found in Bokeo banana farms

Vientiane Times, 30 July 2014

The authorities are concerned about the herbicide used at Chinese operated banana farms in Bokeo province, fearing that overuse of chemical substances will impact people’s health and the environment. Deputy Director General of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment’s Land Administration Department Mr Anothai Chanthalasy said Chinese companies directly rented land areas from villagers without approval from the authorities.

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.

Rubber price fails to bounce for Lao growers

Vientiane Times, 22 May 2014

Lao authorities are helpless to assist rubber growers after the constant drop in rubber prices in recent years with the trend continuing. Thousands of hectares of rubber trees in the northern provinces are ready to be tapped, however prices are still decreasing.

A Luang Namtha provincial official Mr Sawaeng Sivilay, who is involved in rubber trading, told Vientiane Times yesterday that the major reasons for the decrease were due to the price of rubber on the world market remaining low and the limited quota of product imported by China.

New factory to put bounce in Luang Namtha rubber production

Vientiane Times, 20 May 2014

Sing district, Luang Namtha province will soon have its second rubber processing factory, after Chinese investor Zinli Company agreed to spend 24 billion kip building a facility with a three hectare land concession. A rubber tree in Luang Namtha province is tapped for latex.

An agreement was signed last week between Director of the provincial Planning and Investment Department Mr Xayphone Khounsiriheuang and the company’s Deputy Director Mr Wang Zinli. The ceremony was attended by the provincial Deputy Governor, Mr Phanthong Phithoumma, along with local authorities and company representatives.

Vietnamese companies eye rubber-processing in Oudomxay

Vientiane Times, 23 April 2014

A Vietnamese company has shown interest in building a rubber processing factory in Oudomxay province despite high competition from Chinese investors. The Provincial Planning and Investment Department’s investment promotion section Deputy Head, Ms Maly Panyasith told Vientiane Times on Monday that the company had proposed the idea to provincial authorities however it has yet to begin any operations.

Rubber growers struggle with volatile Chinese market

Vientiane Times, 25 Nov 2013

Rubber growers in northern Laos are struggling to get a fair price for their product on the volatile Chinese export market, with no bilateral agreement between the two countries to ensure stability. Most raw rubber produced in northern Laos is exported to China because of the proximity of the border.

Some Chinese traders are flouting the new regulation by importing illegally across parts of the border that are not well monitored.But recently the Chinese government imposed a quota on five companies that buy Lao rubber limiting them to an import of 2,000 tonnes per year from Luang Namtha province, the provincial Industry and Commerce Department Director, Mr Phonxay Chanthasone, told Vientiane Times last week.

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