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Lao companies to benefit from railway project: Officials

Source: Vientiane Times,April 21, 2017

http://www.vientianetimes.org.la/FreeContent/FreeConten_Laocompanies.htm
Officials in charge have confirmed that Lao construction companies will benefit from the almost-US$6 billion railway project linking Vientiane to the Chinese border.

Director of the Laos-China Railway construction project and Director of the Lao National Railway Company, Dr Koung Souk-Aloun, told Vientiane Times on Wednesday that a list of 59 companies has been submitted to the Chinese side for selection.

�We have sent them [the Chinese side] 59 companies, not 20 companies. The selection process is underway and hopefully Lao companies will be hired to undertake some of the work on the railroad project,� he said.

Senior parliamentarian calls for transparent investment concessions

Vientiane Times, 29th April 2015

A senior parliamentarian has called for the government to put action in place to ensure transparent concessions over investment projects in order to maximise the benefits obtained and the utilisation of resources. Chairwoman of the Committee for Economics, Planning and Finance of the National Assembly (NA) Dr Souvanpheng Bouphanouvong made the comments in a
press conference last week during her attendance to the three-day government meeting where the cabinet, Vientiane mayor and provincial governors met.

Vientiane Authorities Say That Luang Area Belongs to Investors

RFA, 01 August, 2013

Authorities in Laos have issued an order informing hold-out residents of an area in the capital slated for a massive urban development project that they are not to sell their land as it now belongs to the site’s developers from China. The order came amid general concerns of government mismanagement and corruption in disputes between residents and investors.

ເຊກອງໃຫ້ແມ່ຂອງຮ່ວມທຸລະກິດ ເຊົ່າດິນປູກພືດ ແລະ ສ້າງໂຮງງານ

ເສດຖະກິດ-ສັງຄົມ, 27 ສິງຫາ 2012

ແຂວງ​ເຊ​ກອງ ໄດ້​ອະ­ນຸຍາດ​ໃຫ້​ບໍ­ລິ­ສັດ​ແມ່​ຂອງ​ຮ່ວມ​ທຸລະ​ກິດ ຈຳ­ກັດເຂົ້າ­ປູກ​ສາ­ລີ, ພືດລົ້ມ​ລຸກ, ພືດ​ອຸດ­ສາ­ຫະ­ກຳ ພ້ອມສ້າງ­ຕັ້ງ​ໂຮງ­ງານ​ປຸງ​ແຕ່ງ​ສາ­ລີຢູ່​ເມືອງ​ລະ​ມາມ ແລະ ທ່າ​ແຕງ ໃນ​ເນື້ອ­ທີ່ 200 ເຮັກ­ຕາໂດຍ​ມີອາ­ຍຸ​ສຳ​ປະ­ທານ 30 ປີ.
ພິ­ທີ​ເຊັນ​ຍາ​ສຳ​ປະ­ທານ​ໄດ້ຈັດ​ຂຶ້ນ​ເມື່ອ​ວັນ​ທີ 23 ສິງ­ຫາຜ່ານ​ມາ​ທີ່​ພະ​ແນກ​ແຜນ­ການ ແລະ ການ​ລົງ­ທຶນ ແຂວງ​ເຊກອງ, ຕາງ­ຫນ້າ​ຝ່າຍ​ແຂວງ, ລົງ​ນາມ​ແມ່ນ​ທ່ານ ຫນູ​ພອນ ເຂັມ​ມະ​ໄລ ຫົວ­ຫນ້າ​ພະ​ແນກແຜນ­ການ ແລະ ການ​ລົງ­ທຶນ​ແຂວງ​ເຊ​ກອງ ແລະ ຝ່າຍ​ບໍ­ລິ­ສັດ ແມ່ນ​ທ່ານ ເຈິນ​ທີທິງ ປະ­ທານ​ບໍລິ​ສັດ​ແມ່​ຂອງຮ່ວມ​ທຸ­ລະ​ກິດ​ຈຳ­ກັດ ໂດຍ​ມີ​ທ່ານ ລ້ຽງ ຄຳ​ພູນ ຮອງ​ເຈົ້າ­ແຂວງ​ເຊກອງ, ທ່ານ ເຈົ້າ­ເມືອງໆ​ລະ​ມາມ, ທ່ານ​ເຈົ້າ­ເມືອງໆ​ທ່າ​ແຕງພ້ອມດ້ວຍ​ຜູ້­ຕາງ­ຫນ້າ​ພະ­ແນກ­ການ​ທີ່ກ່ຽວ­ຂ້ອງ​ອ້ອມ​ຂ້າງ​ແຂວງ​ເຂົ້າຮ່ວມ. ການ​ສຳ​ປະ­ທານ​ທີ່​ດິນ​ເທື່ອ​ນີ້ ຂອງ​ບໍ­ລິ­ສັດ​ແມ່​ຂອງ​ຮ່ວມ​ທຸ­ລະກິດ​ແມ່ນ​ເພື່ອ​ປູກ​ສາ­ລີ, ພືດ​ລົ້ມລຸກ, ພືດ​ອຸດ­ສາ­ຫະ­ກຳ ແລະ ສ້າງ­ຕັ້ງ​ໂຮງ­ງານ​ປຸງ​ແຕ່ງ​ສາ­ລີ ໂດຍ​ມີ​ກຳ­ນົດ​ຊຳ​ປະ­ທານ 30 ປີ ນັບ​ແຕ່​ມື້​ທຳ​ການ​ຜະ­ລິດ​ປົກ­ກະ­ຕິເປັນ­ຕົ້ນ​ໄປ ເຊິ່ງ​ແຂວງ​ເຊ​ກອງເຫັນ​ດີ​ໃຫ້​ສຳ​ປະ­ທານ​ທີ່​ດິນ​ໃນເນື້ອ­ທີ່​ທັງ​ຫມົດ 200 ເຮັກ­ຕາ ສຳ­ລັບ​ການ​ສຳ​ລະ­ສະ​ສາງ​ຝ່າຍບໍ­ລິ­ສັດ​ຕ້ອງ​ເສຍ​ພັນ­ທະ​ໃຫ້ແຂວງ​ນັບ​ແຕ່​ດຳ­ເນີນ​ການ​ກໍ່ສ້າງ​ເຊັ່ນ: ອາ­ກອນ​ລາຍ​ໄດ້​ຈາກເງິນ­ເດືອນ​ພະ­ນັກ­ງານ, ກຳ​ມະກອນ​ທັງ​ຫມົດ​ພ້ອມ​ທັງ​ຄ່າ​ທຳນຽມແລະ ຄ່າ​ບໍ­ລິ­ການ​ອື່ນໆ ຍົກ­ເວັ້ນ​ແຕ່​ອາ­ກອນ​ກຳ­ໄລ​ເປັນເວ­ລາ 4 ປີ, ຈາກ​ນັ້ນ​ແມ່ນ​ຈະ​ໄດ້ມອບ​ພັນ­ທະ​ອາ­ກອນ​ກຳ­ໄລ​ໃຫ້ລັດ​ຕາມ​ກົດ­ຫມາຍ​ສ່ວຍ​ສາ​ອາກອນ. ຢ່າງ­ໃດ​ກໍ່​ຕາມ ການ​ສຳ​ປະທານ​ທີ່​ດິນ​ນອກ­ຈາກ​ຈຸດ­ປະ­ສົງດຳ­ເນີນ​ໂຄງ­ການ​ພັດ­ທະ­ນາ ເພື່ອປູກ​ຫມາກ­ສາ­ລີ, ພືດ​ລົ້ມ​ລຸກ, ພືດອຸດ­ສາ­ຫະ­ກຳ ແລະ ສ້າງ­ຕັ້ງ​ໂຮງງານ​ປຸງ​ແຕ່ງ​ສາ­ລີ​ແລ້ວ, ຍັງ​ມີຈຸດ­ປະ­ສົງ​ເພື່ອ​ເຮັດ​ໃຫ້​ທີ່​ດິນ​ໄດ້ຮັບ​ການ​ພັດ­ທະ­ນາ​ດ້ວຍ​ການ​ລົງທຶນ, ດ້ວຍ​ແຮງ​ງານ, ວັດ­ຖຸ​ທຶນຮອນ, ການ​ກໍ່­ສ້າງ​ພື້ນ­ຖານ​ໂຄງລ່າງ​ເຮັດ​ໃຫ້​ທີ່​ດິນ​ມີ​ຄຸນ​ນະ​ພາບ ແລະ ເພີ່ມ​ມູນ​ຄ່າ​ຂອງ​ທີ່​ດິນ ເພື່ອໃຫ້​ເສດ­ຖະ­ກິດ-ສັງ­ຄົມ​ມີ​ການ​ຂະຫຍາຍ​ຕົວ ສາ­ມາດ​ຫລຸດ­ຜ່ອນຄວາມ­ທຸກ​ຍາກ​ຂອງ​ປະ­ຊາ­ຊົນໃນ​ເຂດ​ທ້ອງ­ຖິ່ນເປັນ​ໄປ​ຕາມແນວ ­ທາງ​ນະ­ໂຍ­ບາຍ​ຂອງ​ພັກ-ລັດ​ນຳ​ອີກ.

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.

Govt needs to examine land compensation, experts say

Vientiane Times, July 17, 2012

Land compensation for villagers affected by some development projects in Laos has been found to be inappropriate and contrary to the law, according to the observation of land experts on Monday. A senior land expert Dr Palikone Thalongsengchanh told Vientiane Times yesterday that land disputes have arisen as officials did not follow the process of providing appropriate land compensation for villagers whose land is resumed. “Our law stipulates that land compensation for affected villagers who have to give up their land for development projects needs to be sufficient to improve their livelihoods,” he said. “But we have observed that many villagers get poorer after losing their land for development projects, due to inappropriate land compensation.”

Govt halts new mining projects, land concessions for tree farms

Vientiane Times, June 26, 2012

The government won’t consider any new investment proposals in mining or land concessions for rubber and eucalyptus plantations until December 31, 2015. The slowdown will give the government time to review policies and assess the effectiveness of existing projects. The government will also speed up the survey and allocation of land to identify which areas are suitable for investment, and which areas should be preserved. Minister of Planning and Investment Mr Somdy Duangdy made these observations yesterday when res ponding to concerns raised by National Assembly members after a spate of development projects have encroached on villagers’ land and affected the environment.

Govt needs time to put brakes on land concessions

Vientiane Times, June 1, 2012

The government plans to suspend land concessions but it will take some time to put this into effect, a senior official from the Ministry of Planning and Investment has said. “We have sent the draft of a prime ministerial decree on suspending land concessions to the cabinet for consideration and approval. We won’t be able to stop granting land concessions until the prime minister signs the decree,” Dr Kikeo Chanthabouly told Vientiane Times on Wednesday.

Laos does not need new mining projects: World Bank economist

Vientiane Times, May 28, 2012

The Lao economy will not experience a sharp decline over the next few years, despite the government’s decision not to encourage new mining proposals, a senior World Bank economist has said. Ms Genevieve Boyreau made the comment on Wednesday amid concerns that the Lao economy will see a major downturn over the next few years once  the government imposes its new policy. The mining sector has made a major contribution to economic growth over the past five years and the government’s decision to call a halt to new mining investments has caused public concern.

New cassava grower puts down roots in Savannakhet

Vientiane Times, May 29, 2012

The Natural Resources and Environment Ministry has awarded a land concession to a Chinese agricultural investor, Henan Tianguan Enterprise Co Ltd, to grow cassava for export to China and Thailand. The cassava will be cultivated on an area of more than 1,000 hectares in Phalanxay district, Savannakhet province. The state land concession agreement was signed in Vientiane on Friday between the ministry and Henan Tianguan Enterprise Co Ltd, in the presence of authorities from the ministries of Planning and Investment and Agriculture and Forestry. A ministry official said the government had agreed to the concession, which would run for 20 years. Company Manager Mr Zeng Xianli said “We are spending about 40 billion kip (US$5 million) on the project. We plan to plant cassava on an area of 1,005 hectares in fiscal year 2013-14.” The company also plans to encourage local people to grow cassava on an area of 550 hectares in fiscal year 2014-15. “We expect to employ over 200 people,” Mr Zeng said.

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