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What can be done to mitigate the harmful effects of mining?

Vientiane Times, November 7, 2016

http://www.vientianetimes.org.la/sub-new/Opinion/Opinion_what260.htm

Mining operations are proliferating in Laos but many of them are not utilising environmentally friendly practices, adversely affecting local communities and failing to comply with government regulations. Vientiane Times went to the National Assembly to ask members about their experiences of these issues in their home constituency.

Energy, mining output value declines

Vientiane Times, March 16, 2015

A summary report released by the Ministry of Energy and Mines on Friday indicates that the output value of Laos’ energy and mines sector dropped in the first quarter of this fiscal year (2014-15). The ministry’s summary noted that production value in 2014-15 was only 4.22 trillion kip (about US$527.71 million), down 16 percent compared to the same period in the last fiscal year. The report noted that the energy sector generated more than 3.07 billion kWh, about 11 percent down on the same period last fiscal year.“The energy sector has gone down 11 percent while mining has dropped 17 percent,” the ministry reported.

Many miners found to be in violation of agreements

Vientiane Times, March 12, 2015

More than 50 mining operators have breached agreements they made with the Lao government, it has emerged as officials in charge take action to inspect mine project operations across the country, according to a report. The violations included many mining projects failing to comply with environmental guidelines, while some did not pay obligation fees to the government and local communities, Deputy Minister of Planning and Investment Dr Bounthavy Sisouphanthong told Vientiane Times yesterday.

Income from mining declines despite rising output

Vientiane Times, March 10, 2015

The mining output in Laos continues to rise but the value of mining exports has declined due to the falling prices of mineral products on the world market. According to a report from the Ministry of Energy and Mines recently, the value of mineral products declined by 8.7 percent in 2013-14 due to falling prices on the world market, particularly the prices of gold, potash and copper.

Found 25 mining exploration and survey projects being approved after the order No 13

 Socio-Economic Newspaper,  December 18, 2014

The inspection authority found that 25 mining exploration and survey projects, which cost about 6 billion kips are approved after the government order No 13/PM. The approvals for those projects have been affecting the environment and state properties while the relevant ministry confirmed all project approvals are carried out in compliance with the law. In the national assembly meeting on last 12 December, Ms. Viengthong  Syphandone, the chief of government inspection authority reported the result of inspections:  a summary of the implementation of the government budget plan for fiscal year 2012-2013 and the implementation of national assembly session: It is seen that ministry of planning and investment is still continuing approval for 25 mining exploration and survey projects, which cost 6.741,77 billion kips   after the order 13/PM, 11 June 2012.

LFNC outlines public complaints

Vientiane Times, 29 July 2014

Members of the public urge the National Assembly (NA) to enhance its role in regard to issues such as illegal mining, illegal logging, development discrepancies and the implementation of development plans by local administrations. Vice President of the Lao Front for National Construction (LFNC) Mr Tong Yerthor outlined the public’s concerns when commenting on the NA’s works at the conclusion of the seventh ordinary session last Friday.

Govt may lift ban on mining, land concessions ahead of schedule

Vientiane Times, 10 June 2014

The government may revoke a suspension and resume the approval of new investment proposals in mining or land concessions for rubber and eucalyptus plantations as part of efforts to boost growth over the next two years, although in a more limited capacity than before the ban.

The government has realised it may not be able to maintain a blanket ban on all approvals and will instead proceed more cautiously by carrying out proper strategic forecasts, an official from the Ministry of Planning and Investment has said.

Govt considers revoking 10 mining concessions

Vientiane Times, 28 April 2014

The government will consider revoking investment concessions for about 10 mining projects whose investors have failed to abide by relevant laws and agreements they made with the government. Poor performance of the investors was found by a committee in charge of launching an assessment inspection of mining projects across the country in a move to ensure mining investment effectiveness.

Govt tackles illegal gold mining in provinces

Vientiane Times, 10 April 2014

The government is now working hard to crack down on illegal gold mining in numerous provinces by cooperating with relevant ministries and local authorities after being alerted by local people.

The complaints made through the input hotline of the 6th Ordinary Session of the National Assembly (NA) in December last year asked the government to address the issue because people were worried about negative environmental and health impacts.

Mining project checks almost complete

Vientiane Times, 21 Sept 2013

The government is close to completing checks of mining projects that were approved prior to June last year and are now engaged in feasibility studies or excavations.

The Ministry of Energy and Mines is working with the ministries of Planning and Investment and Natural Resources and Environment to monitor these projects. Their checks of 67 projects are now 95 percent complete, Minister Soulivong Daravong reported during a media interview this week. The minister was speaking on the sidelines of the annual government meeting with provincial governors taking place in Vientiane from September 16-20. Mr Soulivong said 29 of these 67 projects are building factories but have not begun excavations yet. “After carrying out our inspections, we estimate that 22.8 percent of these mining projects are of a high grade, 45.6 percent are medium and 26.3 percent are low grade,” he added.

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