Working towards greater community control over land, forests and natural resources
(ກຸ່ມເຮັດວຽກກ່ຽ່ວກັບບັນຫາການນຳໃຊ້ທີ່ດິນ) ແນ່ໃສ່ສົ່ງເສີ່ມ ຄວາມເຂົ້າໃຈ ແລະຄວາມຮູ້ທ່ວງທັນ ໃນດ້ານ ເສດຖະກິດສັງຄົມ ສິງແວດລອມ ທີ່ກ່ຽວຂອງກັບການນຳໃຊ້ເນື້ອທີ່ດິນ ໃນໂຄງການ ຕ່າງໆ, ໂດຍການເກັບກຳ ແລະ ແຜ່ກະຈາຍ ຂໍ້ມູນ ຂ່າວສານ, ການຊຸກຍູ້ການສົນທະນາປຶກສາຫາລື ແລະ ການຄົ້ນຄວ້າວິໃຈ

Furniture makers call on govt to deal with wood trade issues

Vientiane Times, 22 April 2014

Lao furniture makers call on the government to protect the domestic furniture industry by using stricter measures against the illegal wood trade and preventing the export of logs and timbers.

Lao Furniture Association President Mr Khamphay Somsana made the call at a meeting between Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong and the Lao Chamber of Commerce and Industry held yesterday in Vientiane.

“Disorder is being seen in the wood trade and we, the association, call on the government to inspect sawmills and pseudo furniture factories backed by foreigners,” Mr Khamphay said.

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.

Bolaven coffee farms to be protected

Vientiane Times, 19 March 2014

Coffee plantation areas on the Bolaven Plateau in the southern province of Champassak are expected to be better protected after the government approved a national strategy to promote coffee as a competitive crop.

President of the Lao Coffee Association, Mr Sinouk Sisombath said last week that he was among the people who played an important role in pushing for the nation’s coffee development strategy to improve its competitiveness.

LIWG launched its 2014 Law Calendar following with three training workshops

LIWG organized two 2014 Calendar Training Workshops in coordination with CCL on 6th and 11th February in Oudomxay province and Xiengkhuang province, north of Laos, respectively. The two trainings were full day training workshop aimed at making aware of legal content of the 2014 Law Calendar to relevant CSOs workers including some government officials in two provinces.
In addition, LIWG also organized a 2014 Law Calendar Launching Workshop on 14 February 2014 in Vientiane Capital, in coordination with VFI. This workshop gathered NPAs, INGOs, relevant universities students and few government staff to attend.

Mekong road residents ask for compensation

Vientiane Times, 27 Jan 2013

Villagers are requesting compensation for a road widening project in Vientiane despite authorities having announced that no compensation will be paid for those already affected.

The concrete road will run from Chinaimo junction in Sisattanak district through Somhong and Kaengpayang villages along the Mekong to the junction of Thakhek village in Hadxaifong district.

It is currently under construction. Affected villagers say they are not against the project’s development but they wanted some compensation to minimise their losses because they have spent a lot of money to build their houses.

Govt mulls revoking 12 project concessions

Vientiane Times, 10 December 2013

The government will consider revoking concessions for eight mining projects and four industrial tree plantation projects whose concession holders have failed to comply with the relevant laws and the terms of the concession agreements, a minister has told the parliament.

Mr Somdy Duangdy.

Minister of Planning and Investment Somdy Duangdy told the National Assembly’s sixth ordinary session which opened yesterday, that the ministry will propose to a higher authority to consider the revocations.

Chinese agricultural firm looking to invest in Champassak

Vientiane Times, 7 December 2013,

A large Chinese investor is looking to secure a concession for 10,000 hectares of land on the Bolaven plateau in Champassak province for rice, small crops and cattle raising, according to provincial officials.

The Planning and Investment Department in Champassak province signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Chinese company Beidahuang earlier this week, allowing it to commence a survey and study of the area.

“We will allow them to undertake a survey on 10,000 hectares of land in the province,” the Deputy Director of the department, Mr Bounthien Phiasakha, toldVientiane Times on Friday.

NA to focus on proposed laws at upcoming session

Vientiane Times, 25 Nov 2013

The Sixth Ordinary Session of the National Assembly (NA) which is expected to take place next month will see the debate and approval of new draft laws and amended laws designed to further national development.

The approval of the new laws will contribute to helping the country accomplish its goal of building a state governed by the rule-of-laws in the near future and better integrate with the rest of the region and the world.

Rubber growers struggle with volatile Chinese market

Vientiane Times, 25 Nov 2013

Rubber growers in northern Laos are struggling to get a fair price for their product on the volatile Chinese export market, with no bilateral agreement between the two countries to ensure stability.

Most raw rubber produced in northern Laos is exported to China because of the proximity of the border.
Some Chinese traders are flouting the new regulation by importing illegally across parts of the border that are not well monitored.But recently the Chinese government imposed a quota on five companies that buy Lao rubber limiting them to an import of 2,000 tonnes per year from Luang Namtha province, the provincial Industry and Commerce Department Director, Mr Phonxay Chanthasone, told Vientiane Times last week.

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