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PM tells Xieng Khuang to fight corruption, illegal car imports, logging

Source: Vientiane Times, August 11, 2017

http://www.vientianetimes.org.la/FreeContent/FreeConten_PM_185.htm

Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith has directed the leadership of Xieng Khuang province to intensify the fight against corruption, illegal logging and drug smuggling.

The premier issued the directive during talks with top provincial officials on Wednesday as part of his two-day working tour to the northern province.

�The Prime Minister underlined the need to pay more attention to addressing illicit drug smuggling, illegal logging and corruption,� the Deputy Head of the provincial Administrative Office, Mr Viengthong Bounthaphone, told Vientiane Times .

Inspectors uncover widespread illegal logging, vehicle imports

Vientiane Times, March 2, 2016

Inspection authorities have uncovered more than 86,744 cubic metres of illegal logs, the illegal importation of 978 vehicles, and also discovered banking officials taking customers’ money, during inspections carried out in 2015. The illegal logs were found after the authorities investigated suspicious incidents in 12 provinces and Vientiane, according to the 2015 report from the Inspection Committee of the Party Central Committee, and the Government Inspection Authority.

Log export prohibition to benefit furniture entrepreneurs

VT Times, September 21, 2015

Furniture entrepreneurs hope to receive increased benefits for their businesses and create revenue for the country after the government prohibited log exports. The government also instructed that timber must be processed within the country before being exporting to foreign countries.

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.

Illegal timber trade tops 2014 economic police cases

Vientiane Times, February 17, 2015

The illegal trade in timber topped all cases uncovered in 2014 by the economic police or police in charge of economic-case affairs, an official report showed. In 2014, the economic police registered 391 illegal cases nationwide including 169 that involved the illegal trade of timber, which made it top of the list. Fraud in relation to citizens’ assets was the runner up with 124 cases recorded over the year, according to a local newspaper published by the Ministry of Public Security.  The 391 total saw a drop of 36 compared to the total cases registered in 2013, according to the newspaper, citing a report presented at the annual meeting of the economic police held last week.

Public urged to help identify illegal loggers

Vientiane Times, 17 Jan 2015

Accurate information and evidence are essential for bringing to justice illegal loggers and wood traders, and forestry authorities are calling on the public to help in this matter. Deputy Director General of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry’s Department of Forest Inspection, Mr Paphakone Vongxay, recently called for public support when responding to questions on illegal logging put to the National Assembly through telephone hotline calls.

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.

Cross border timber smuggling reported in Xieng Khuang

Vientiane Times, 20 August 2014

Vietnamese nationals have been felling trees illegally in Lao territory, with clandestine logging reportedly taking place in Xieng Khuang province which shares a border with Vietnam’s Nghe An province. Lao government officials reported that the Vietnamese have used slings to transfer the logs they cut in remote Lao forest areas back to Vietnam, said Deputy Director General of the Department of Forest Inspection under the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry Mr Thongphanh Ratanalangsy.

LFNC outlines public complaints

Vientiane Times, 29 July 2014

Members of the public urge the National Assembly (NA) to enhance its role in regard to issues such as illegal mining, illegal logging, development discrepancies and the implementation of development plans by local administrations. Vice President of the Lao Front for National Construction (LFNC) Mr Tong Yerthor outlined the public’s concerns when commenting on the NA’s works at the conclusion of the seventh ordinary session last Friday.

Pilot scheme to eradicate illegal logging

Vientiane Times, 24 July 2014

The exportation of logs is undergoing a pilot scheme in an attempt to address the issue of illegal logging in Laos. Despite the government prohibiting the exportation of logs in order to boost domestic supplies to wood processing plants and adding value by processing wood products before exporting them, logs are still seen to be exported with several complaints being made on the issue.

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