Industrial production

Economic land concessions and plantations

IN FOCUS: Livelihoods, environment on the line as Thailand pushes for new industrial park

The Thai government has thrown its weight behind a large industrial city project in a coastal area in southern Songkhla. But it is opposed by locals who fear a devastating impact on their hometown. CHANA, Thailand: For Khairiyah Rahmanyah, the sea is life.  She was born and ...

Pichayada Promchertchoo

Rural poor squeezed by land concessions in Mekong region - report

Companies acquired concessions amounting to the size of a small European country, while rural residents of Southeast Asia’s Mekong region saw their landholdings shrink or disappear over the past two decades, according to researchers. More than 5.1 million hectares of land – an area larger than ...

100 rai of violated land seized by officials on Koh Lanta

Department of Forestry and allied officials on Thursday seized about 100 rai of land in Phuket’s Koh Lanta that had been encroached upon by parties they described as “too powerful, unfazed by law and willing to threaten authorities with death”.More than 30 officials from several ...

North Asia Resources to turn cassava into fuel

Hong Kong-listed firm North Asia Resources Holding Ltd announced yesterday that it has purchased 14,000 hectares of an economic land concession in Pursat province from Henan Tianguan Enterprise Group for $53.2 million.Read more ...

15 mining projects see concessions revoked

Fifteen mining operations have had their concessions revoked after investors failed to implement their projects as agreed after they were granted concessions by the government. Speaking at the ongoing ordinary session of the National Assembly last week, Minister of Energy and Mines Dr Khammany Inthirath ...

Gov’t to get tough with dishonest land concession holders

The government will use tougher measures to regulate concession projects by withdrawing land if no progress is made on the proposed project, while also pushing for authorities at various levels to participate in the process. Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith on behalf of the government made ...

Ministry to meet sugar companies over land dispute

The Land Ministry will meet with the three companies at the center of the decade-long land dispute in Koh Kong province this week in an attempt to finally resolve the villagers’ grievances.​ In a letter made available to the public on January 18, the ministry’s ...

Chhin chides ministry on ELCs

Deputy Prime Minister Bin Chhin, the Kingdom’s top authority in charge of resolving land disputes, slammed the Ministry of Agriculture over “shameful” irregularities in granting economic land concessions at the Environment Ministry’s annual meeting on December 21. During yesterday’s meeting, Chhin accused the Ministry of ...

Magwe land confiscation team mired in red tape

Bureaucratic inefficiencies, cumbersome decision-making mechanisms and poor organisation are hampering Magwe Region’s Committee on Confiscated Lands and Other Lands in their efforts to resolve land disputes, say members. The committee, which was formed by the regional government on July 15, is tasked with making determinations on ...

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