Bounkham Vorachit, who was appointed Minister in March this year and is now the MRC Council Member for Lao PDR, told MRC Secretariat CEO An Pich Hatda during their online meeting last Thursday that the country was fully committed to the principles and objectives of sustainable development under the MRC cooperation.
Mr Zhigong expressed the hope that the Lao government would continue to strengthen its key support and assistance to the Nam Ou River Project, so that the rich hydropower resources of the Nam Ou River could be transformed into rich social and economic benefits, and contribute to the rapid economic development of northern Laos and the friendly cooperation between China and Laos.
Recent years have also seen an upswing of surveillance and persecution of Lao citizens for critical comments posted online. A representative case was the September 2019 arrest of the social media influencer Houayheuang Xayabouly, then 30, also known as Muay, who was detained after she posted a video on Facebook criticizing the government’s delayed response to floods caused by a dam collapse. She was subsequently sentenced to five years imprisonment.
Child labor remains widespread in Laos, particularly in ethnic minority communities in rural areas where minors forego schooling to perform agricultural work or stay at home taking care of younger siblings while their parents work on farms, undermining efforts to educate impoverished children, provincial teachers and education officials said Wednesday.
This is a part of the government’s plans to plant 35 million trees over 36,950 hectares this year and to restore up to 70 percent of its forest cover by 2025.
Villagers who had to leave homes flooded in 2017 by the Lower Sesan 2 dam have seen their culture and livelihoods eroded
“This banana plantation uses a lot of chemicals to kill weeds and insects and wash the bananas, and the workers who spray them don’t wear masks,” a coworker said. “The two men who died both had chemicals building up in their systems for over a year.”
Laos plans to plant 35 million trees on 36,950ha leading up to National Arbour Day on June 1 to restore forest cover up to 70 per cent of total land area by 2025.
The one-time casino boom town on the Laos-China border is on the rise again, powered by billions in Chinese investment.
People in 232 villages of six provinces have benefitted from community sub-projects financed by the Poverty Reduction Fund (PRF) under the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry this year.