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Inspectors uncover widespread illegal logging, vehicle imports

Vientiane Times, March 2, 2016

Inspection authorities have uncovered more than 86,744 cubic metres of illegal logs, the illegal importation of 978 vehicles, and also discovered banking officials taking customers’ money, during inspections carried out in 2015. The illegal logs were found after the authorities investigated suspicious incidents in 12 provinces and Vientiane, according to the 2015 report from the Inspection Committee of the Party Central Committee, and the Government Inspection Authority.

Economic zone management to be efficient, transparent

Vientiane Times, 5 Nov 2013

The National Committee for Special Economic Zones (NCSEZ) and the Ministry of Finance will work together to make a draft agreement on management policy and how to collect income from the Special and Specific Economic Zones in Laos.

Ms Bounpheng Mounphosay addresses the meeting.

This was revealed at a meeting on related topics held yesterday in Vientiane, chaired by the Minister to the Government Office and Vice President of the NCSEZ, Ms Bounpheng Mounphosay.

Government to penalise wood exporters, dishonest officials

Vientiane Times, 10 Oct 2013

The government has decided to take measures to penalise companies and government officials involved in the illegal export of logs to Vietnam through a checkpoint in Saravan province.

The Government Office recently issued an announcement suggesting the Ministry of Finance impose the measures they had drafted and presented to the government.

Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong agreed and approved the measures following a report by the Finance Ministry that detailed the issue and suggested that an export company and several officials were involved in an illegal process, according to the announcement.

Officials seize illegal timber in Khammuan

Vientiane Times, 23 July 2013

Customs officials in Khammuan province recently announced they confiscated illegal wood worth over 238 million kip in the first six months this year. The seized timber consists of 12,000 kg of may kha young (rosewood), valued at 200 million kip, 2.6 cubic metres of may kham phi (Burmese rosewood), worth 5 million kip, and 4.2 cubic metres of may du (Pterocarpus), valued at over 33 million kip.

NA calls for govt to explain, address revenue loss

Vientiane Times, 19 July, 2013

National Assembly members have asked the government to explain irregularities in revenue collection and the reasons behind them when reporting on the state’s annual financial status. NA members made the suggestion when debating the government’s national socio-economic development plan at the ongoing ordinary NA session.

Timber exports to come under greater scrutiny

Vientiane Times, 8 July, 2013

Finance Minister Phouphet Khamphounvong last week issued an instruction to various departments to pay more attention in managing wood exports, aiming to ensure that all revenues from timber flow to the national budget. In the past years, the government has issued a number of laws, regulations and decrees to manage wood exports but these have been insufficiently enforced, creating loopholes for illegal logging activities.

National Assembly meets with constituents in Vientiane

Vientiane Times, February 16,2012

Problems related to land use, education, transparency of state bodies and medical ethics are the main concerns raised by the public to the National Assembly (NA). The NA is committed to submitting these issues to the government for resolution to allay the fears of the public.

Land tax collection transferred to the Ministry of Finance

Vientiane Times, January 9, 2011

The collection of land taxes and other fees will now be the responsibility of the Ministry of Finance, government officials said on Friday. Land taxes were previously collected by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment. Finance Minister Phouphet Khamphounvong told Vientiane Times that the move was in line with the ministry’s policy to collect taxes from different sources. “The payment of land taxes to our ministry aims to centralise national revenue to facilitate national development,” he said, saying the ministry would still follow the system set up by the National Land Management Authority (NLMA). This agency has now been merged with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment. “We will follow their system and then review it. If some aspect of it is found to be inappropriate, we will invalidate it and introduce a new system to replace it.”

Government grants 4,700 hectares for rubber plantations

Another rubber concession has been approved despite concerns over the environmental impacts caused by industrial tree plantations. Photo from Sekong province; clearing land for a rubber concession.

Vientiane Times, January 3, 2012

The government has allocated another sizeable area of land for a Vietnamese firm to grow rubber trees despite concerns over the environmental impacts caused by industrial tree plantations. Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Dr Akhom Tounalom on Friday signed a 40-year land concession for the Lao-Viet joint venture to grow rubber trees on 131 plots of land totaling 4,739 hectares. Senior officials from the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Ministry of Planning and Investment, Ministry of Natural Resource and Environment were present at the agreement signing in Vientiane.

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