Vientiane Times, 24 April 2018
Posts Tagged ‘National Land Policy’
Vientiane Times, August 25, 2016
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.
Vientiane Times, 8 August 2014
Policy developers are exploring ways to deal with land disputes and precautionary measures to prevent issues from arising in the wake of land leases and concessions for investment projects. Representatives from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Ministry of Planning and Investment and their provincial departments along with officials from the Ministry of Home Affairs met yesterday in Vientiane to discuss possible solutions.
Experts from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) were invited to share lessons on various land-related topics including economic appraisal techniques for state land concessions and leases, as well as social and gender risk assessment for state land concessions and leases.
LIWG, 12 June 2014
In a recent meeting of the Natural Resources and Environment Sector Working Group (NRE-SWG), the Land Tenure Security informal focal group, along with several meeting participants, raised concerns over the wording in the recent National Land Policy draft. The February 2014 draft of the Policy specifically gives the State the right to expropriate land for private investment purposes, i.e. not only for public purposes.
The Land Tenure Security focal group is concerned that, if approved, the draft policy will undermine tenure security and risks the following impacts:
LIWG, 23 May 2014
The long term LIWG work in supporting the development of the Lao National Land Policy (NLP) has continued over the past months, in cooperation with partners and stakeholders. Through extensive analysis, consultation, and research into international best practice, the LIWG has further developed its recommendations to the NLP, with the aim of enhancing utilization of land for the economic, social, cultural and spiritual advancement of the people of Laos. The NLP Handout (Eng/Lao) gives an easy-to-approach summary of our Key Recommendations.
Our main recommendation is:
LIWG, 20 November, 2013
Since 2012, LIWG has been supporting the development of the Lao National Land Policy. A set of four key recommendations has been developed, through extensive analysis and research over a year. The four Key Recommendations are related to the areas of:
– Customary Tenure
– Communal Land Titling
Here is a summary of what is recommended:
Vientiane Times, 1 August, 2013
Policy makers have suggested tax increases and land occupation restrictions in order to constrain occupation of large scale of lands. The suggestion was made in the drafted National Land Policy, which was tabled at the 5th ordinary session of the National Assembly (NA)’s seventh legislature, which closed on Friday.
During the session, the law makers shared ideas to further develop the draft. During the debate it was noted that many, notably rich and influential figures have occupied considerably large areas of land. Under the draft policy, individual Lao nationals, joint venture enterprises between Lao and foreign investors and foreigners are not allowed to own land use rights to more than an appropriate area of land.
Vientiane Times, 1 August, 2013
Law and policy makers have recommended full recognition and ownership over land use rights for people who inherited lands from their parents over generations, even though they have no land titles. The recognition matter was debated at the fifth ordinary session of the National Assembly’s (NA) seventh legislature, which closed on Friday when the law makers shared ideas to develop the draft National Land Policy. Parliamentarians said it was the government who was slow in issuing land titles to people, notably those in rural communities.