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Laos to mark World Environment Day

Vientiane Times, 3 June, 2013

Laos will join the global community to observe the World Environment Day on June 5, aiming to promote awareness of the importance of preserving our biodiversity and the need to identify problems related to the environment. The celebration takes place as the world is trying to tackle numerous environmental challenges including climate change, global warming, disasters, environmental governance, ecosystem management and resource efficiency.

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.

Laos officially joins World Trade Organisation

AFP, Feb 2, 2013

Laos has become the last of the 10 member Association of Southeast Asian nations to join the World Trade Organisation. The communist government has implemented a series of market reforms to qualify for membership in the hope of encouraging foreign investment from a wider variety of countries. The economy of Laos is small and almost entirely dependent on trade with its more powerful neighbours, China, Thailand and Vietnam. Fifteen years after it first sought membership of the global trade mediator, Laos finally wrapped up negotiations late last year.

Land grab’ as families are uprooted to make way for luxury resort that will host EU ministers

The Telegraph, Nov 1, 2012

At least 500 people have been uprooted from their homes to make way for luxury villas where European Union foreign ministers, including William Hague, will stay during a summit in Laos on Monday. The “Asia-Europe Meeting” will bring together 48 EU and Asian countries on Don Chan island in the centre of Laos’s capital, Vientiane. To allow the construction of 50 villas and two conference centres, the authorities have moved 102 families who once lived on the island and worked its green paddy fields. The new facilities will be used for this and future summits.

Asia-Europe People’s Forum concludes with declaration focusing on sustainable development

Xinhua, Oct 19, 2012

Vientiane – The 9th Asia-Europe People’s Forum (AEPF-9) concluded here on Friday with a final declaration ratified by all participants. The declaration emphasized the participants concerns in four major areas, including universal social protection and access to essential services. At the closing session of the meeting, Maris Dela Cruz, member of the International Organization Committee of AEPF, said the participates to the meeting engaged in an in-depth discussion from different perspectives in the last three days, in order to come up with people’s vision and recommendations on people’s solidarity against poverty and sustainable development.

AEPF9: Citizens of Asia, Europe seek path to prosperity

Vientiane Times, Oct 17, 2012

The Asia-Europe People’s Forum is a great opportunity for sharing wisdom, ideas and experience and furthering the comprehensive development of every country in Asia and Europe, in response to people’s legitimate aspirations. Dr Thongloun Sisoulith addresses the opening ceremony of the Asia-Europe People’s Forum in Vientiane on Tuesday. This was the message from Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr Thongloun Sisoulith, delivered at the opening ceremony of the forum at the National Culture Hall in Vientiane yesterday.

Low rubber revenues in Luang Namtha hurting local farmers

Vientiane Times, Sept 7, 2012.

Luang Namtha provincial authorities are tackling the issue of falling rubber prices after growers have been hit by consistently low prices for several months this year. A decline in the rubber price on the world market and an oversupply of raw rubber in Luang Namtha has seen traders offering considerably lower prices than usual, according to the provincial Industry and Commerce Department.

Laos shares land and forestry management goals

Vientiane Times, Aug 29, 2012.

Land and forestry is the primary resource of the nation, and needs to be managed properly in order to improve local people’s living conditions and further socio-economic development in Laos. To manage these natural resources sustainably and for the benefit of all Lao people, the country should have suitable policies and good mechanisms for implementation, Vice President of the National Assembly, Dr Xaysomphone Phomvihane said at the workshop on land and forestry tenure reform in Vientiane yesterday.

ບໍລິສັດຫວຽດນາມຈະເຮັດສວນຢາງພາລາ 1000 ເຮັກຕາຢູ່ພາກເໜືອຂອງລາວ

ຫວຽດນາມ, 25 ພຶດສະພາ 2012

Dien Bien Rubber JSC, ໄດ້ເຊັນບົດບັນທຶກຄວາມເຂົ້າໃຈກັບລັດຖະບານລາວເພື່ອສຶກສາຄວາມເປັນໄປໄດ້ໃນການໂຄງການເຮັດສວນຢາງພາລາໃນເມືອງຮຸນ ແລະ ເມືອງແບ່ງ, ແຂວງອຸດົມໄຊ ພາກເໜືອ ຂອງລາວ. ບົດບັນທຶກຄວາມເຂົ້າໃຈຖືກຕົກລົງກັນທີ່ ນະຄອນຫຼວງວຽງຈັນ ທີ 25 ເດືອນພຶດສະພາ ໂດຍ ຜູ້ອຳນວຍການບລິສັດ ທ່ານ Nguyen Hong Thang ແລະ ຝ່າຍລາວຮອງນາຍຍົກລັດຖະມົນຕີກະຊວງ ແຜນການ ແລະ ການລົງທຶນ ບຸນທະວີ ສີສຸພັນທອງ. ເຊິ່ງຈະກວມເອົາເນື້ອທີ່ 1000 ເຮັກຕາ, ເປັນການເຮັດສວນຢາງ ທຳອິດຂອງຫວຽດນາມຢູ່ເຂດພາກເໜືອຂອງລາວ, ທ່ານ Thang ກ່າວ. ໂຄງການນີ້ ຄາດວ່າ ຈະມີສ່ວນໃນການປ່ຽນ ແປງວິຖີການເຮັດກະສິກຳ, ສ້າງວຽກເຮັດງານທຳທີ່ໝັ້ນຄົງໃຫ້ກັບຄົນລາວທ້ອງຖິ່ນ ແລະ ເປັນການສົ່ງເສີມການຮ່ວມມືລະຫວ່າງລາວ ແລະ ຫວຽດນາມ ກໍຄື ດຽນບຽນຟູ ແລະ ສະເພາະ ແມ່ນແຂວງອຸດົມໄຊ, ທ່ານກ່າວ. ໃນນາມລັດຖະບານລາວ, ທ່ານບຸນທະວີ ສີສຸພັນທອງກ່າວຊົມເຊີຍ ບໍລິສັດຫວຽດນາມ ເຊິ່ງເປັນທຸລະກິດຫວຽດນາມທຳອິດທີ່ປູກຢາງພາລາໃນພາກເໜືອຂອງລາວ, ເຖິງແມ່ນ ວ່າມັນມີຄວາມຫຍຸ້ງຍາກ, ໂດຍສະ ເພາະເລື່ອງໂຄງຮ່າງພື້ນຖານ. ທ່ານກ່າວວ່າ ລັດຖະບານລາວ ຈະເພີ່ມເງື່ອນໄຂ ສະດວກສຳລັບບໍລິສັດເພື່ອຮັບປະກັນຄວາມຄືບໜ້າຂອງໂຄງການ, ເພີ່ມທະວີສາຍສຳພັນອັນຮັດ ແໜ້ນ  ແລະ ຄວາມສຳພັນພິເສດລະສອງປະເທດອ້າຍນ້ອງ.

VN company plants rubber trees in northern Laos

VNS, May 25, 2012

Dien Bien Rubber JSC has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Lao government to study the feasibility of a rubber plantation project in Muong Hun and Muong Beng districts of the northern Laos province of Udomsay. The MoU was agreed to by the company’s General Director Nguyen Hong Thang and Lao Deputy Minister of Planning and Investment Bounthavy Sisouphanthong, in Vientiane on May 25. Covering an area of 1,000 hectares, this is Vietnam ’s first rubber planting project in Northern Laos , Thang said.
The project is expected to contribute to changing farming methods, creating stable jobs for local people and promoting cooperation between Vietnam and Laos and Dien Bien Phu and Udomsay in particular, he said.
On behalf of the Lao Government, Bounthavy Sisouphanthong praised the company as the first Vietnamese business to grow rubber trees in Northern Laos , despite a range of difficulties, especially in infrastructure. He pledged that the Lao Government will create favorable conditions for the company to ensure the project’s progress, contributing to consolidating the friendship and special solidarity between the two countries.-VNA

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