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Vietnam rubber giant to address issues raised by displaced communities

Vientiane Times, 28 August 2014

The state-owned Vietnam Rubber Group (VRG) will directly resolve all issues raised by villagers affected by its plantations in Laos and Cambodia, Thanh Nien News reported. A large area of land in Laos has been given over to rubber plantations under concessions awarded to large companies.

The report by the news agency, which is run by Vietnam’s Youth Association, referred to Global Witness’ requests that VRG improve its communication with communities affected by the company’s plantations in the two countries.

Vietnam rubber giant to hear complaints from displaced communities

Thanh Nien News, 25 August 25 2014

The state-owned Vietnam Rubber Group (VRG) has promised to improve communication with communities affected by its plantations in Cambodia and Laos following requests from Global Witness, a British NGO that investigates the financial dimensions of corruption and resource extraction. Communities affected by VRG’s plantations can now lodge formal complaints or inquiries with the firm. Previously there was no system that allowed people to interact with the company in this way, according to Global Witness.

New report on land and forest “grabs” in Cambodia and Laos

Press Release, Global Witness, 14 May, 2013

The International Finance Corporation (IFC) and Deutsche Bank are financing Vietnamese rubber companies driving a wave of land and forest “grabs” in Cambodia and Laos, according to a new report and film by Global Witness.

The report, “Rubber Barons”, reveals how a pervasive culture of secrecy around plantation investments in the region has allowed two of Vietnam’s largest companies, Hoang Anh Gia Lai (HAGL) and the state-owned Vietnam Rubber Group (VRG), to acquire more than 200,000 hectares of land through a series of deals with the Lao and Cambodian governments that lack transparency.

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.

Vietnam targets investment in Laos’ central and southern provinces

Vientiane Times, February 14, 2012

A government report disclosed last week that 93 percent of the total value of Vietnamese investment in Laos lies in eight provinces in central and southern Laos.In total, Vietnam has investments in 16 of the 17 provinces in Laos, including the capital. The report stated that as of December 2011, the Lao government had approved 207 investment projects with total registered capital of US $3.4 billion.

Vietnamese company to survey for copper in Xekong

Vientiane Times, January 12, 2012

The government has given permission for the Hoang Anh Gia Lai Joint Stock Company (HAG) of Vietnam to conduct an exploration survey forcopper deposits on 92 square kilometres of land in Lamam district of Xekong province. A Memorandum of Understanding for the survey was signed in Vientiane on Saturday by Lao government officials and HAG representatives, witnessed by leaders from both countries.

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