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Revenue collection, timber auction dominate Govt meeting

Implementation of the revenue collection and expenditure plan, the auction of wood impounded by the government, and the upgrade of wood processing plants dominated the monthly government meeting on March 15. Other hot topics tabled at the two-day meeting included the export of wood, a ...

Govt orders further action to regulate timber industry, combat illegal logging

The government has entrusted a taskforce committee to take further action to strictly regulate wood processing businesses and clamp down on illegal logging after learning that issues continue to exist. The assignment was made after the cabinet was briefed at the government monthly meeting for ...

Ministries discuss major work roles and responsibilities

Representatives from three relevant ministries met on February 23 in Vientiane to discuss roles and duties in preventing and addressing the impacts of disasters and emergency incidents, addressing poverty, price adjustment of goods and other issues. The meeting was hosted by Ministry of Finance, with participation ...

Laos still faces chemical management issues

Laos is currently facing a variety of chemical management issues due to a shortage of a full set of regulations, adequate knowledge, the proper equipment and a satisfactory budget. At the 11th Regional Chemicals Management Forum held on February 21 in Vientiane, Deputy Director General of ...

Nation sets sights on trade policy improvement

Laos will continue to be active in improving its regulations and work plan to adapt to the World Trade Organisation rules after the country became a member in 2013. Despite Laos’ membership status, there are still many issues which need to be improved in order ...

10 sawmills closed, 18 others in process: official

Ten sawmills located near and inside forest areas have been closed and removed, while 18 others are in the process of being removed as part of the government’s crackdown on sawmill operations and illegal logging. The closures came after the government recently issued an order ...

Ministry lists top ten commercial rice varieties

The Department of Trade Promotion under the Ministry of Industry and Commerce has listed the top ten Lao rice varieties for domestic sale and export. Laos has about 12,000 rice varieties but many of them still need improvement for commercialisation, department Director General Mr Somvang ...

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