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‘Review compensation policy’, research institute suggests

Vientiane Times, 12 November 2018

Source: http://www.vientianetimes.org.la/freeContent/FreeConten_Review_265.php

Incentives needed to attract investment in special economic zones

Vientiane Times, 31st October 2018

Source: https://bit.ly/2DnAReP

The government has ordered action to further improve the business environment and offer additional incentives aimed at boosting investment in special and specific economic zones (SEZs) amid growing competition in neighbouring countries.
A recent survey suggests that Cambodia, Myanmar and Thailand have also established SEZs and are offering greater incentives.
Thailand, for instance, is creating 10 special economic zones, many of which are located along its border with Laos, according to the survey, which was carried out by the National Economic Research Institute (NERI).

Budget approval urgently needed for Laos-China railway

Vientiane Times:  March 13, 2018

Lao authorities in charge have called for urgent approval of a budget of 500 billion kip for Laos’ 2018 contribution to the construction of the Laos-China railway.

China-Laos Railway Project by VT

Land management deficiencies addressed as ministry meets

Vientiane Times: December 21, 2017

Factors including a national master plan on land allocation that has not yet been officially approved and the general lack of regulations have caused complications in land management and losses to state revenue.
The second nationwide meeting on land identified these factors as mitigating issues in land management over the past decade.
Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Mr Sommad Pholsena presided over the meeting which opened yesterday and continues until Friday.

Land management

Govt vows to assist farmers, producers

Source: Vientiane Times, 22 September 2017.

http://www.vientianetimes.org.la/FreeContent/FreeConten_Govt_221.htm

Assisting farmers and producers is one of the government’s top priorities in driving commercial productivity and boosting exports, a senior official has said.

Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Dr Lien Thikeo told media recently that the agricultural promotion policy needs to be implemented effectively to help farmers and businesses enhance productivity.

Enforcement of the Prime Minister’s Order No. 15 issued on May 13, 2016, has had a positive impact. Many entrepreneurs are now using their land, on which they previously operated a timber business, to raise cattle and pigs, he said.

Govt to steam ahead with railway compensation

Source: Vientiane Times, August 23, 2017

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

The government is looking to speed up compensation for people who will lose land or other property to make way for the Laos-China railway, asking the National Assembly (NA) to extend support in this regard.

Minister of Public Works and Transport Dr Bounchanh Sinthavong called for the NA to encourage provincial and Vientiane administrations as well as provincial and Vientiane People’s councils to approve unit prices for the compensation calculated by authorities in charge.

Laos-China railway construction ‘progressing well’

Source: Vientiane Times, May 17, 2017

http://www.vientianetimes.org.la/FreeContent/FreeConten_Laos111.html

Construction of the Laos-China railway is gathering steam with many tunnels being bored despite rainfall, officials said yesterday.
All three tunnels in LuangNamtha province are being bored with the Boten Tunnel having progressed the furthest at more than 50 metres, project coordinator for LuangNamtha province MrChanthachoneKeolakhone told Vientiane Times yesterday.

Plans gather steam for railway linking Vientiane to Vietnamese seaport

Source: Vientiane Times, May 18, 2017

http://www.vientianetimes.org.la/FreeContent/FreeConten_Plans.html

Work is gearing up for the planned building of a railway to connect Vientiane to the Vung Ang seaport in Vietnam after the two countries agreed to move forward with the project.

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.

Don’t build near planned railway: project officials

Vientiane Times, 14 Jan 2015
People living alongside the planned route of the Laos-China railway through Vientiane should not build house extensions or additional property so as to avoid compensation problems. This was the advice given by railway project officials to Donnoun village residents, who raised concerns through the telephone hotline during the recent National Assembly debate session.

“It would be better if local residents refrain from building property anywhere close to the proposed railway as this will create extra complications with regard to the compensation process,” Laos-China Railway Project Manager Dr Koung Souk-aloun said.

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