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Government Discusses Draft National Land Policy

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The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment has held discussions to research and improve the draft national land policy as well as the plan for agricultural land use in Laos.

The policy was revealed at a workshop on the draft national land policy held in Vientiane on Tuesday.

The event was attended by Deputy Prime Minister Dr Sonexay Siphandone, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Mr. Sommad Pholsena, district governors and other involved sectors .

The purpose of the meeting was to present research and discuss improvements to the draft national land policy, the plan for agricultural land use, plan for land management and other items involved with land use nationwide.

During the event, the participants will also discuss and share comments on the draft national land policy to contribute to the draft and solve the remaining issues of land management nationwide.

They will also discuss the rights for land use, land management, set target land  uses and plan future land uses. Dr Sonexay Siphandone said the land belongs to the nation, and it’s a priceless natural resource as well as the place of living of the population.

After the discussions, he noted, the committee will improve the draft to present to the government’s meeting on August 26 and also present it to the meeting of the National Assembly in October this year.

In 1992, the government of the Lao PDR set out and improved other regulations about land management, especially the decree on Land No. 99/PM, dated July 12, 1992 as well as the first Land Law in 1997 as well as the improved Land Law in 2003.

From 1994-2003, the government has had a policy on land allocation and provided land to people in 5,400 villages nationwide as well as issued 300,000 certificates for temporary land use.

In the period from 2009- 2015 land allocation was completed in over 4,600 villages and 55 districts around the country.

Source: Vientiane Times