Vientiane Times July 20, 2016
KPL 6 July 2017:
(KPL) At a recently held meeting between cabinet members and provincial governors (Jun 23-24), Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith assigned the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment to work with the Ministry of Finance to re-examine land taxation, the selling of land, and the transfer of ownership to analyze the positive and negative impacts of the Turning Land into Capital policy and ensure that land taxes go to the state treasury.
Vientiane Times, April 4, 2016.
An agricultural research team has called for the government to formulate and enforce policies and measures to manage banana plantation investments in Laos after they were shown to have negative impacts on society and the environment. The team from the National Agriculture and Forestry Research Institute (NAFRI) and the National University of Laos recently conducted a study on banana plantations, supported by various international organisations. Its recommendations include the formulation of appropriate market policies in order to avoid the risks of failing prices and policy implementation for the proper enforcement of environmental laws.
(KPL) The Governor of Bokeo Province Khamphanh Pheuyavong has imposed a ban on the further expansion of banana plantations invested in by foreign investors in the province. The area of banana plantation investments by foreign companies currently stands at over 10,000 ha. “Impacts on the environment and nearby communities partly results from the fact that relevant government authorities failed to carry out proper management and monitoring of the issue. As a result, chemical fertilizers and harmful herbicides and pesticides have been used by foreign investors,” said Governor Khamphanh Pheuyavong.
Vientiane Times, March 30, 2016.
The Vientiane Planning and Investment Department reports that it has approved land concession agreements for local and foreign investors from 2010 until the present totaling more than 7.65 trillion kip (almost US$945 million) and the figure is expected to keep increasing.
The department reported recently that it had approved investments of 1,488.33 hectares for 39 development projects in the districts of Xaysettha, Chanthabouly, Sikhottabong, Sisattanak, Xaythany, Hadxaifong, Naxaithong and Sangthong.
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