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A session opens to debate legislation

Vientiane Times, December 8, 2015.

President of the National Assembly Ms Pany Yathotou has called for various government sectors to enhance their efforts and push for more rapid development progress, seeking to enable the country to escape from least developed country status by 2020. She said although complex global changes have been made since the last session in the middle of this year, the country was able to maintain political stability and security as well as push for the continued growth of its economy. Addressing the opening ceremony of the 10th Ordinary Session of the NA in Vientiane on Monday, Ms Pany highlighted the achievements over the last NA session and challenges to be addressed in the future.

Draft land policy has ‘no problems,’ lawmaker says

Vientiane Times, 25 April 2015.

A senior official at the National Assembly (NA) has asserted that the content of the draft National Land Policy has no problems, despite the fact it has been put on hold and has not been yet approved by the NA. The drafted policy, which stipulates reasonable compensation based on market prices whenever people’s lands are affected by investment projects, was submitted to the NA’s fifth ordinary session in July 2013 for debate. But it was not approved by the then session.

Govt mulls revoking 12 project concessions

Vientiane Times, 10 December 2013

The government will consider revoking concessions for eight mining projects and four industrial tree plantation projects whose concession holders have failed to comply with the relevant laws and the terms of the concession agreements, a minister has told the parliament.

Mr Somdy Duangdy.

Minister of Planning and Investment Somdy Duangdy told the National Assembly’s sixth ordinary session which opened yesterday, that the ministry will propose to a higher authority to consider the revocations.

Unregulated mining poses environmental threat

Vientiane Times, 16 Sept 2013

Unregulated small-scale mining and mineral extraction along rivers is posing a dangerous environmental threat, a senior official has said.

The Ministry of Energy and Mines official, who wished to remain anonymous, told the Vientiane Times it is common practice in several provinces for local people to extract minerals, mostly gold, from rivers using cyanide, which is considered to be unsafe.

“Cyanide is reportedly sold illegally. People don’t know the proper and safe way to use cyanide in the extraction process, and are harming the environment,” he said.

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