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Policy makers define clear land use areas

Vientiane Times, 31 July, 2013

Up to 4.5 million hectares of land or 19 percent of the country’s total area is earmarked to be set aside for agricultural production in order to secure food for the country’s population under a draft National Land Policy. The draft, still under development, was tabled at the fifth ordinary session of the National Assembly’s Seventh Legislature, which closed on Friday. The policy will be put out for public comment before being resubmitted to parliament for debate and eventual approval at a later date.

Land compensation tops parliament debate

Vientiane Times, 26 July, 2013

Compensation for lands taken for development projects topped debate in parliament yesterday with law-makers stating that affected people should receive reasonable compensation in order to address the emerging land dispute issue. Members of the National Assembly (NA) are debating to develop the draft National Land Policy at the assembly’s fifth ordinary session of the NA’s Seventh Legislature.

Parliament’s ordinary session to open July 8

Vientiane Times, 26 June, 2013

The fifth ordinary session of the National Assembly (NA)’s seventh legislature will run from July 8-26 with socio-economic development, seven draft laws and other emerging issues set to dominate debate. The NA’s Administrative Office issued an announcement yesterday stating that two hotline numbers will be available for public feedback, those being 413504 and 413505.

Members of the public will be able to seek help from the parliamentarians, who will have the opportunity to ask for explanations from the relevant government sectors, an NA official involved with the hotline said.

Draft land policy offers market-price compensation

Vientiane Times, 10 June, 2013

A newly-drafted land policy offers compensation based on current market prices to those who lose their land to commercial projects, National Assembly (NA) members have learned. This is the first ever policy to clearly state that the occupiers of land which is appropriated for investment projects must be given financial compensation that is equivalent to the market price.

Government aims to address land related issues

Vientiane Times, 6 May, 2013
The government is committed to ensuring that the compensation provided to villagers affected by land development projects is done in such a way that villagers are satisfied with the outcomes. The move is aimed to address land disputes in Laos, which have been an ongoing issue as villagers sometimes feel that they don’t receive appropriate compensation for land lost to development projects.

Director General of the Land Administration Department within the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Mr Siphandone Sihavong, told Vientiane Times last week that if land compensation is paid in accordance with market prices, all the problems can be resolved. In fact, Prime Ministerial Decree No.192 stipulates that land compensation for any affected villagers needs to ensure that those people enjoy improved livelihoods after relocating to other areas.

National draft land policy under scrutiny

Vientiane Times, 22 March, 2013

Representatives from various government sectors, the National Assembly (NA) and foreign experts from NGOs are discussing a national draft land policy before submitting it to the next ordinary session of the National Assembly. A two-day meeting on the draft policy began yesterday in Vientiane, chaired by the NA’s Economics, Planning and Finance Committee President, Dr Souvanpheng Bouphanouvong.

National Assembly members tackle land disputes

Vientiane Times,  Nov 14, 2012

Thalath, Vientiane province: National Assembly members have called for a new strategy to be put into place when amending the National Land Policy, in an attempt to eradicate legal loopholes relating to land disputes. Speaking during inter-session talks on Monday, National Assembly member for Luang Namtha province, Mr Kongphet Keobuapha, said various options would be explored. The National Land Policy Strategy was the first item on the agenda at the National Assembly’s intersession, which is currently taking place.

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