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ເລັ່ງເຈາະອຸໂມງທາງລົດໄຟ ລາວ-ຈີນ ເພື່ອຕ້ອນຮັບ “ໜຶ່ງແລວທາງ ໜຶ່ງເສັ້ນທາງ”

ແປລາຍງານນີ້ຈາກ: LandLink, 17/5/2017

ເຖິງແມ່ນວ່າຈະມີຝົນຕົກລົງມາຢ່າງໜັກຢູ່ທາງພາກເໜືອຂອງປະເທດ ແຕ່ວ່າການເຈາະອຸໂມງທາງລົດໄຟ ລາວ-ຈີນ ກໍ່ບໍ່ຢຸດຊະງັກ. ກົງກັນຂ້າມ ຍັງມີຄວາມຄືບໜ້າເປັນລຳດັບ. ໃນວັນທີ 17 ພຶດສະພາ ທາງສຳນັກຂ່າວ ວຽງຈັນ ທາມສ໌ ໄດ້ລາຍງານຄວາມຄືບໜ້າ ການກໍ່ສ້າງເສັ້ນທາງລົດໄຟ ລາວ-ຈີນ ເຊິ່ງຖືເປັນຂໍ້ຕໍ່ທີ່ສຳຄັັນຂອງການລິເລີ່ມ “ໜຶ່ງແລວທາງ ໜຶ່ງເສັ້ນທາງ” (One Belt One Road) ຂອງປະທານປະທານາທິບໍດີ ສີ ຈິ້ນຜິງ ຂອງປະເທດຈີນ ເພື່ອປັບສະຖານະ ຂອງ ສປປ ລາວ ຈາກປະເທດ Land Lock ໃຫ້ເປັນ Land Link ໂດຍພົບວ່າ ການຂຸດເຈາະອຸໂມງ 3 ແຫ່ງໃນແຂວງຫຼວງນໍ້າທາຍັງເດີນໜ້າຕໍ່ເນື່ອງທ່າມກາງສາຍຝົນ. ທ່ານ ຈັນທະຈອນ ແກ້ວນະຄອນ ຮອງຫົວໜ້າແຂວງຫຼວງນໍ້າທາ ໃນຖານະຜູ້ປະສານງານການກໍ່ສ້າງທາງລົດໄຟ ລາວ-ຈີນ ບອກກັບ ວຽງຈັນທາມສ໌ ວ່າອຸໂມງບໍ່ເຕັນສາມາດເຈາະໄດ້ເລິກຫຼາຍກວ່າ 50 ແມັດແລ້ວ ສ່ວນອຸໂມງມິດຕະພາບຂ້າມພົມແດນ ລາວ-ຈີນ ມີການເຈາະເລິກໄປໄດ້ 10 ແມັດແລ້ວ. ອຸໂມງມິດຕະພາບມີຄວາມຍາວທັງໝົດ 9.68 ກິໂລແມັດ ເຊິ່ງຢູ່ໃນຝັ່ງຈີນ 7.17 ກິໂລແມັດ ແລະ ຢູ່ຝັ່ງລາວ 2.51 ກິໂລແມັດ ແລະ ຄາດວ່າຈະໃຊ້ເວລາໃນການກໍ່ສ້າງທັງໝົດ 56 ເດືອນ.

ນອກຈາກນີ້ ບໍລິສັດຜູ້ຮັບເໝົາກໍ່ສ້າງຂອງຈີນກຳລັງກຽມວາງເສົາເຂັມຕໍ່ມໍ່ສະພານ ຊຶ່ງເຊື່ອມລະຫວ່າງ ແຂວງອຸດົມໄຊ ໂດຍໃນແຂວງອຸດົມໄຊນັ້ນ ຕ້ອງມີການເຈາະອຸໂມງເຖິງ 30 ດ້ວຍກັນ.

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.

Xayaboury bans further investment in banana farms

Vientiane Times, October 22, 2015.

Xayaboury province will impose restrictions on banana farms following reports which suggested that farms in several provinces had used harmful chemicals which leaked into the soil and threatened local livelihoods. Governor of the northwestern province, Mr Phongsavanh Sitthavong, recently informed the media that Xayaboury would allow only companies that had already been granted a concession to plant bananas on approved areas. New investments or the expansion of existing plantations will not be allowed.

Rubber price crash forces farmers to sell farms

Vientiane Times, 21 Oct 2014

Some Luang Namtha provincial rubber growers have decided to sell their plantations after the price of rubber has gone way down. Others have destroyed their plantations and switched to growing other commercial crops such as bananas and sugarcane, the provincial domestic trade section head, Mr Sawaeng Sivilay, told Vientiane Times yesterday. The huge drop in the rubber price this year has discouraged farmers in the province from growing the tree, he said. Some farmers have even chosen to sell the land on which they have planted the rubber trees, asking about 20 million kip a hectare when the trees are between two and four years old and around 30 million kip a hectare when the trees are nearly ready to tap, Mr Sawaeng reported.
Many growers are not expected to continue with this business despite the general understanding that the price will go up again in the next few years.
The raw rubber price in the province had risen as high as 15,000 kip/kg in 2010 but by the beginning of this year it had halved to 7,000-8,000 kip/kg and is now only just over 4,000 kip/kg. About 60 percent of rubber growers are keeping their plantations and stockpiling the rubber waiting for the price to go up again but 40 percent have had to sell because they can’t survive that long without income.
The drop in price here simply reflects the situation in the world market, according to Mr Sawaeng. The management of rubber production and pricing is limited as farmers can only sell to four buying companies in the province because they are legal investors approved by the government. Most of the rubber gets exported to China but the Chinese government has limited its import quota to 2,000 tonnes per year or 500 tonnes a company, Mr Sawaeng said. The quota has been imposed because the Chinese government wants to protect their own local rubber growers, he added.
Lao government representatives, in particular those from the provincial Department of Industry and Commerce, have approached the Chinese authorities with a proposal to raise the quota of the rubber goods but no answer has yet been forthcoming. To help solve the problem, the department last year encouraged rubber growers to set up a cooperative for price negotiation and to help each other get through the price crisis, Mr Sawaeng said. But some of the group’s members have had to sell their rubber at the very low price as they don’t have any other choice.
Luang Namtha, one of the northern provinces in Laos, contains the largest rubber plantations in the country with the majority of the investors being Chinese companies. The province has about 30,000 ha of rubber.
In recent years the product has helped improve the living conditions of local families working with the companies and selling their produce as well as contributing to provincial economic development and poverty reduction.

Progress on Food and Nutrition Security action plan reviewed in Saravane consultations

UNDP, 16 Sep 2014

Saravane 16th September 2014 – Food and Nutrition Security, among other off-track Millennium Development Goals, continued to be on top of the discussion agenda at this year’s provincial Round Table consultation meeting, held in Saravane from 15th to 17th of September.

More than 100 Government officials and development partners took part in the meeting to review the progress made since last year’s consultations in Luang Namtha, which resulted in the development of a multisectoral food and nutrition security action plan to address malnutrition in the country. The provincial consultation is a part of the Round Table Process and a key milestone leading up to the annual Round Table Implementation Meeting (RTIM).

Rubber becomes top export earner

Vientiane Times, 9 Oct 2014

In the first six months of this year rubber reached the top of the list of Lao agricultural exports as the highest revenue earner after the number of rubber trees mature enough to tap increased substantially. The country exported about 16,650 tonnes of unfinished and raw rubber products to China, Vietnam and Thailand and received almost US$37 million according to an official Agriculture Department report. Other major agricultural export earners were sweetcorn, 186,000 tonnes worth US$36 million; coffee, over 7,000 tonnnes worth almost US$16 million and cassava, 50,000 tonnes worth about US$12 million.

Government increases the number of rice bowls to 10

KPL, 3 October 2014

The government has added eight more provinces to its list of main rice bowls in the country increasing rice farmland to 800,000 ha from previously 600,000 ha. With the addition of eight provinces to the list of main rice bowls by the government, there are 10 provinces across the country where rice farming is a priority. These include Khammuan, Savannakhet , Saravan, Champassak, Borikhamxay, Vientiane, Vientiane Capital, Bokeo, Xayaboury and Luang Namtha.

Rubber processing factory to be built in Luang Namtha

Vientiane Times, 3 September 2014

A Chinese company has invested more than US$3 million to build a rubber processing factory in Long district, Luang Namtha province in order to transmute raw rubber before exporting the goods to China. The contract was recently signed in the province between the provincial Planning and Investment Department and the company. The signing ceremony was witnessed by the provincial Administration Office Head Mr Khamlay Sipaseuth.

Rubber plantations in Luang Namtha grow despite price drop

Vientiane Times, 27 August 2014

The number of rubber plantations in Luang Namtha province has continued to increase despite the fact the rubber price has been declining steadily over the past few years. The rubber price began to fall back in 2011 and the price of the commodity on the world market has remained low ever since, Mr Sawaeng Sivilay, an official from the provincial domestic trade section, said.

Govt pledges investigation for fair rubber price

Vientiane Times, 28 July 2014

The government has pledged to undertake an investigation to ensure a fair rubber price following claims from rubber growers that the price is lower than the market rate. Deputy Minister of Industry and Commerce Mr Bounmy Manivong made the pledge on Friday in a press conference held at the National Assembly (NA) responding to the issue raised by a rubber grower through the hotline of the NA’s ordinary session that ended on the day.

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