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Old April 8th, 2011, 06:51 AM   #61
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Old April 15th, 2011, 09:43 AM   #63
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Chinese firm to build seven power plants on Nam Ou

A Chinese company plans to build seven hydropower plants along the Nam Ou River, one of the largest tributaries of the Mekong.

Deputy Minister of Planning and Investment Thongmy Phomvixay and Sinohydro Ltd Deputy Managing Director Sen De Cai signed a master plan for the Nam Ou hydropower development project on Monday.

Under the plan, Sinohydro will build two major reservoirs and seven hydropower plants along the 475 km Nam Ou River. The river rises in China and runs through Phongsaly province before entering the Mekong River at Pak Ou in Luang Prabang province.

Once completed, the seven power stations will have a total production capacity of 1156MW, generating 5 billion kilowatt hours a year. The power will be sold to Electricite du Laos for domestic consumption - specifically in the north of the country - and to Thailand, Vietnam and China.

Sinohydro will initially build three power plants along the Nam Ou River. The construction of the remaining power plants will depend on the demand for electricity in Laos.

According to a senior official from the Ministry of Planning and Investment's Investment Promotion Depart-ment, Sinohydro will use the master plan as a framework for signing agreements with the government to develop power plants in the future.

Sinohydro cannot build all seven power stations at the same time due to the high construction cost and low demand for electricity. The Lao government is required to sign the master plan so the company can begin development along the Nam Ou River.

Sinohydro says it is negotiating a concession agreement with the Lao government and hopes to finalise the document by the middle of this year. The company also says it expects to sign a finance agreement with Electricite du Laos and China Development Bank this month.

The developer signed the project agreement with the Lao government in 2007 and renewed it in early 2010. The company presented a project feasibility report to the government at the end of 2010.

According to the feasibility study, the Nam Ou will be able to supply enough water to power the plants as it runs through mountainous forested areas and valleys and has 11 major tributaries. Warm moist air from the Bay of Bengal and the South China Sea also bring much rainfall to the river area.



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(Latest Update April 13, 2011)

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Old April 15th, 2011, 09:44 AM   #64
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Vientiane boosts educational ties

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VIENTIANE, April 13 (VNA) -- The education departments of HCM City and the Lao capital of Vientiane will work to strengthen co-operation between high schools in both cities towards improving teaching quality and developing skilled human resources.

Under a memorandum of understanding signed by representatives of two cities in Vientiane on April 11, the Vientiane-HCM City Friendship High School will be upgraded and the Vietnamese language taught in the near future.

The MoU was signed during a meeting between a high-ranking mission from HCM City led by Le Thanh Hai, Secretary of the HCM City Party Committee, and a delegation led by Sombath Yialyher, Secretary of the Vientiane Party Committee as well as the capital city's mayor.

They agreed to boost comprehensive cooperation between the two cities, especially in education and commerce.

The Lao officials pledged to create favourable conditions for Vietnamese businesses to further invest in projects in Vientiane and other localities in their country.

The meeting was held during the HCM City delegation's five-day visit to Laos that will end on April 14.

On April 11, the Vietnamese delegation was received by Choummaly Satyason, General Secretary of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party and President of Laos.

The delegation also met with Lao Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong who called on both sides to better tap the great potential that exists for co-operation between the two cities and the two countries. (VNA)

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Old April 15th, 2011, 09:45 AM   #65
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TNT introduces new shipping service to and from Laos
Wednesday, April 13th, 2011
TNT Express is making its internationally popular Economy Express service available to and from Laos.

Economy Express provides businesses with a day-definite, customs-cleared, door-to-door delivery service for shipments weighing up to 500 kg (non-palletised).

Delivery is guaranteed within 2-5 working days, depending on the origin and destination.

The Lao economy is projected to grow by 7.5% in 2011 (source: IMF, October 2010).

This expansion is driven by infrastructure investments, mining, hydro power exports to Thailand and garment production.

Thailand, China and Vietnam are the country’s main trading partners. Typical shipments to Laos include machinery, mobile phones and telecom equipment like fibre optic cables, used to develop the country’s infrastructure.

TNT has been active in Laos since 2004.

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Old April 21st, 2011, 01:00 PM   #66
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PM predicts 8.5 percent economic growth this year

Laos will achieve higher than expected economic growth this fiscal year, Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong announced yesterday.

“According to a report on the implementation of the national socio-economic development plan over the past six months, we will be able to achieve greater national economic growth than earlier expected this fiscal year,” he said.

Mr Thongsing was speaking at the opening ceremony of a joint meeting of the Ministry of Planning and Investment and the Ministry of Finance at Lao ITECC in Vientiane.

The meeting is reviewing implementation of the national socio-economic development plan over the first two quarters of this financial year and will set directions for implementation of the annual national development plan over the next six months.

The meeting, which runs until today, will also discuss development of the 2011-12 national socio-economic development plan, which will be put into practice in October. More than 100 planning and finance officials are attending the meeting

Mr Thongsing said implementation of the national development plan over the first half of the fiscal year had created a solid foundation for Laos to achieve GDP growth of 8.5 percent in 2010-11, higher than earlier forecasts of 8 percent.

He also said the government was able to collect more than half of the annual planned revenue target over the past six months, while state expenditure over the same period was less than half of the annual plan.

The value of the nation's exports reached 62 percent of the annual plan over the first two quarters of the fiscal year, while imports were recorded at 55 percent of the year's target. The value of foreign and domestic investments reached 84 percent of the annual plan.

He said Laos saw good progress in implementation of plans to achieve the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), particularly in the areas of education and health, adding that this has created a strong foundation for the country to achieve all of its MDGs by 2015.

Mr Thongsing urged government officials to pay close attention to effectively implementing the 2010-11 socio-economic development plan over the remainder of the year, with a particular emphasis on preparations to harvest irrigated rice and wet season rice cultivation.

He said officials should mobilise funds to improve and expand irrigation systems to secure water supply to rice cultivation areas. He also urged officials to introduce concrete measures to attract domestic and foreign investment and to mobilise foreign aid assistance.

He advised the Ministry of Finance to continue to improve working structures in the three decentralised sectors of customs, taxation and treasury to enable the government to collect and spend revenue in accordance with plans.

The ministry should also create legislation for the capitalisation of assets, to enable state agencies to mobilise funding for development initiatives.

Mr Thongsing said the relevant sectors should ensure the national budget was used effectively, in particular to boost commercial goods production, improve living conditions, and build infrastructure.

They should also secure salary payments for government officials, and administration budgets and funding for government projects.

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Old April 22nd, 2011, 06:20 AM   #68
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Let's see the ceremony for the construction of Lao railway from Chinese border (Bo Ten) to Viengchan on 25 April 2011 and taekign a serious attenion of the open ceremon 5 years later.
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Soochow University to open school in Laos

Soochow University, Laos (SUL), an overseas affiliate school of Soochow University in China's Suzhou, is expected to officially open in 2012. This will be the first overseas university run by a higher education institution from the mainland.

Soochow University began education cooperation with Laos in 2007 and has since been laying the groundwork for the opening of SUL. In 2010, Soochow University obtained the approval of the Lao government to provide undergraduate and graduate education in the country, becoming the first foreign educational institution to gain such approval.

Its plan to start an overseas school was recently approved by the Jiangsu provincial government, and enrollment will begin next year after the Chinese Ministry of Education finally approves the plan.

Wang Jiexian, director of the Representative Office of Soochow University in Laos, said that SUL will cover a total area of 200,000 square meters and has a total of 25 million U.S. dollars of investments. As the main investor in the school, Soochow University has reached an agreement with a Suzhou-based company to co-build SUL. It will send Chinese teachers to Laos at the initial stage, but will gradually employ more local teachers.

SUL will offer altogether 12 majors, including Chinese language and literature, economy and trade and engineering, to around 5,000 students.

Soochow University is part of China's Project 211 and a key comprehensive university in Jiangsu province. It consists of 20 colleges covering 11 disciplines, and has a student population of over 50,000, including over 1,300 international students from 37 countries. Starting a school outside China is an important strategy for Soochow University to develop into a world-renowned university.

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finally....xayaburi dam will be delayed for 10 years for further studies on environmental issues

Xayaburi Dam Decision Delay a Temporary Reprieve for Mekong River

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By Reinhard Hohler, Chiang Mai (18.04.2011)

Government representatives from the four lower Mekong Basin countries agreed today that the decision on the Xayaburi Dam, the first dam proposed for the lower Mekong mainstream, be deferred and elevated to the Ministerial level. According to a press release from the Mekong River Commission (MRC), whilst Lao PDR proposed to proceed with the dam, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam called for an extension to the decision-making process, citing concerns about transboundary impacts and knowledge gaps that require both further study and public consultation.

“Today the Mekong River has gotten a much-needed but temporary reprieve. The Mekong River is a valuable shared resource, and the Xayaburi dam’s transboundary impacts require agreement between the region’s governments and the public” said Ms. Ame Trandem, Mekong Campaigner with International Rivers. “A healthy Mekong River is central to sustainable development in the region, and simply too precious a resource to squander. Given the project’s inevitable transboundary impacts we urge the region’s governments to acknowledge the widespread concern of the public and civil society groups and indefinitely cancel the Xayaburi Dam project.”

The Xayaburi Dam, if built, would forcibly resettle over 2,100 people and directly affect over 202,000 people, and could threaten the extinction of approximately 41 fish species, including the critically endangered Mekong Giant Catfish. An additional 23 to 100 migratory fish species would be threatened through a blocked fish migration route. These impacts in turn will affect the livelihoods and food security of millions of people in the region.

“This delay is an acknowledgement of the dam’s far-reaching ramifications for the Mekong River ecosystem and millions of people in the region. We expect the Lao government to respect the decision of the MRC Joint Committee,” said Chhith Sam Ath from NGO Forum on Cambodia. “We hope the governments of the region have recognized that much more needs to be understood about the river and its rich fisheries before a rash decision is made that could threaten the integrity of the entire ecosystem and the livelihoods of millions of people” said Nguy Thi Khanh from WARECOD, a Vietnamese NGO.

The project has been subject to intense criticism regionally and internationally. Numerous fisheries experts and other scientists who recently reviewed the project’s Environmental Impact Assessment agreed that it is sub-standard and insufficient to accurately determine the project’s impacts, let alone stand a chance of mitigating them. Furthermore, the MRC Secretariat’s own Technical Review highlighted the grave environmental and social harms associated with the project, and also identified considerable knowledge gaps that remain and require comprehensive study. Fisheries scientists unanimously agree that the dam's impacts on fisheries cannot be mitigated and that a proposed fish ladder will be ineffective.

“We are happy to hear that the project has been delayed, but we will continue to fight for our Mother Mekong and for the health of the river’s fisheries, which provides so much to so many people in this region. We will continue to push the Thai government to cancel the agreement to buy power from the Xayaburi Dam,” said Jirasak Inthayos from Chiang Khong District, Chiang Rai Province, who joined a protest against the Xayaburi Dam.

An earlier "Save the Mekong" petition of 23,110 signatures was submitted to the region’s Prime Ministers in October 2009, and in March 2011 a letter from 263 non-governmental organizations to the Prime Ministers of Lao PDR and Thailand also called for the cancellation of the Xayaburi Dam.

The Mekong River is central to the lives and culture of mainland Southeast Asia. As the world’s largest inland freshwater fishery, the Mekong River feeds millions of people throughout the region, and the river’s extraordinary aquatic biodiversity is second only to the Amazon River. The Xayaburi Dam is the first of eleven large dams proposed for the lower Mekong River’s mainstream.

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Lao - China Highspeed railway delayed since they have not taken the full study on the social & environmental impacts into account, cuasign even the moputhpieces of the governemnt to publish the people complains abotu the high speed railway project. Furthermore, the rumour widespreaded that Lao governemnt is gogin to give a concession for Chiense investors to exploit the land with 10 km radius along the railway track as the payment for loan and all otehr investments.

Nevetheless, Deputy PM promised that the foundation laying ceremony will be held by the end of December 2011 while denying the rumours that Lao governemtn is givign the concesion of the land within 10 km radius of the hgih spedd railway as a concession for Chinese business as the way to pay 7 billion US Dollars of investment on this high spedd railway.

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chinese also intend hinghspeed railway in vietnam,railway go through HA NOI for promote economy beetwen chinese and vietnam
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Not that easy for the section from Dongdang to Hanoi and Hanoi to Vinh before turnign right to Tha Khaek and Pak Xan before meetign the thero line (Boten - Luang Phrabang - Viengchan) at Viengchan Tai station. The reason? Deep distrust on Chinese movements - esp after the Spatley Archipelaco's disputes ... Vietnamese Politburo fear that the High Speed train will be use by PLA to move Army men to flood Hanoi and put Vietnam in full submission and sing unconditional surrrender.
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Not that easy for the section from Dongdang to Hanoi and Hanoi to Vinh before turnign right to Tha Khaek and Pak Xan before meetign the thero line (Boten - Luang Phrabang - Viengchan) at Viengchan Tai station. The reason? Deep distrust on Chinese movements - esp after the Spatley Archipelaco's disputes ... Vietnamese Politburo fear that the High Speed train will be use by PLA to move Army men to flood Hanoi and put Vietnam in full submission and sing unconditional surrrender.
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Boten - not so golden a city anymore?

China in Laos
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How a Sino-Lao special economic zone hit the skids

May 26th 2011 | BOTEN, LAOS

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When a Hong Kong-registered company signed a 30-year, renewable lease with the Lao government in 2003 to set up a 1,640-hectare special economic zone built with mainland money and expertise, Golden City was touted as a futuristic hub for trade and tourism. The builders promptly went to work, and a cluster of pastel blocks rose amid the green hills of northern Laos. Thousands of Chinese tourists and entrepreneurs poured into the enclave, drawn largely by the forbidden pleasures and profits of gambling, which is illegal in China, except in Macau. Today the main casino, inside a three-star hotel, lies abandoned, its baize tables thick with dust.

The trouble started in December, when Chinese gamblers found that the operators refused to let them leave until they had coughed up for betting losses. Officials from Hubei province apparently negotiated the release of several hostages, but many more continued to be held against their will. Accounts in the Chinese media say that casino recruiters lured gamblers with offers of free travel and hotel rooms, only to be kept captive and beaten when their credit ran out. Lao villagers swap grisly tales of corpses dumped in the river.

Chinese authorities have since put the boot into Boten. In March the foreign ministry warned citizens not to gamble in Laos and accused Golden City of cheating its cross-border customers. It said it had demanded that Laos close down the casino. Last month the casino duly shut, and the smaller gaming halls have since gone too. The 232-room hotel, which is almost empty, will be next.
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