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POSTED | 10:36 AM | 12-03-2015

Many miners in Laos violate agreements

More than 50 mining operators have breached agreements they made with the Lao government, Deputy Minister of Planning and Investment Bounthavy Sisouphanthong told the Vientiane Times in an article published on Thursday (12 March 2015).

The violations included many mining projects failing to comply with environmental guidelines, while some did not pay obligation fees to the government and local communities,

The violators have been warned to strictly follow the agreements, Dr Bounthavy said.

The inspection came after the government learnt about ineffective operations at some mine projects and problems involving some rubber and eucalyptus plantation projects.

Since 2012, the government has suspended consideration and approval for new mines, rubber and eucalyptus projects and launched the inspection in an attempt to properly regulate the investment projects.

Dr Bounthavy said it was still unclear when the suspension will be lifted.

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