At the recently held monthly government meeting for February, Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith hailed relevant sectors, authorities and people for actively participating in the enforcement of Prime Minister’s Order No 15 designed to intensify the management and inspection of wood exploitation, timber transport and timber businesses in the country.
Held on Feb 23-24, participants of the meeting agreed to allow the ad hoc committee established under the Prime Minister’s Decision No 40 dated Jun 2, 2016 to continue to implement their responsibilities until the end of 2017 when they are to prepare a report on nationwide inspections and monitoring of the implementation of Order No 15.
The government has asked the ad hoc committee to attach greater importance to its role and its organisational reshuffle, making sure the reshuffle is realistic, with certain action plans made and responsibilities shared properly among its members.
It asked the committee to identify and bring to justice culprits and accomplices involved in illegal logging and timber smuggling saying that punishment shall not be limited to government officials but also to the entrepreneurs violating the law.
The government asked the Ministry of Industry and Commerce to establish a committee led by the Minister of Industry and Commerce to organize in a prompt and systematic manner tender for the timber relevant authorities have seized.
The Ministry of Industry and Commerce was asked to work with the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, relevant sectors and authorities to continue to dismantle wood processing factories located in national parks.
The government has asked the Ministry of Industry and Commerce to have more than 2,400 tonnes of veneer, peeled timber, and abandoned timber exported in a prompt manner.
The government has asked the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry to work with the Ministry of Industry and Commerce and Attapeu provincial authorities to conduct an in depth inspection on more than 8,700 cubic metres of timber that were damaged and burned, and prepare a report on the matter for the government.
The government has asked the Ministry of Industry and Commerce to issue an announcement urging relevant entrepreneurs to pay taxes on over 2,900 tonnes of veneer, including over 1,680 tonnes of rosewood, 923 tonnes of shorea hippocras and over 300,000 tonnes of Pterocarpus macrocarpus, known in Lao as mai dou in Savannakhet and 3,718 tonnes that were proven to be without documents in Saravan by the time stated in the memorandum between the national ad hoc committee and relevant provinces otherwise they will be seized as state property.
It also asked Khammuan Province to issue an order to freeze over 8,000 cubic metres of timber that entrepreuners have bought from local people as the timber was cut without permission and its place of origin is unknown.
Source: Lao News Agency