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Talking timelines: To Laos, dam is foregone conclusion

Just before the regional consultation period for Laos’ Don Sahong dam comes to a head at a final meeting in Vietnam on Sunday, Laos government officials are already espousing plans and timelines for the project’s completion. ...

Laignee Barron
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/talking-timelines-laos-dam-foregone-conclusion

Mekong countries voice major concerns over Laos dam

A public consultation organized by the Mekong River Commission opened in Pakse, Laos, Friday, where opponents continued to call for Laos to reconsider a controversial dam project. Cambodia, whose border is just two kilometers from the dam site, urged the commission to “educate” Mega First ...

Say Mony
http://www.voacambodia.com/content/mekong-countries-voice-major-concerns-over-laos-dam/2557457.html

Environmentalists skeptical ahead of Laos meeting on hydropower dam

The four-nation Mekong River Commission (MRC) this week holds public consultations on the development of a large hydropower dam in southern Laos. The project is one of a series of planned dams in the Mekong River Basin that environmentalists say could harm an ecosystem critical for ...

Ron Corben
http://www.voanews.com/content/environmentalists-skeptical-ahead-of-laos-meeting-on-hydropower-dam/2552305.html

Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia hold conference to boost youth ties

A conference on youth cooperation among Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia opened in Vietnam’s capital Hanoi on Monday, drawing participation of representatives from the three neighboring countries. ...

Global Post News Staff
http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/xinhua-news-agency/141208/vietnam-laos-cambodia-hold-conference-boost-youth-ties

Cambodian fishermen urge better studies on Lao dam

As Cambodia prepares for a regional meeting over a contentious Lao dam on the Mekong River, fishing communities in Stung Treng province have appealed to Laos to cancel the project. The Don Sahong dam would be built on the Mekong, two kilometers from the Cambodian border. ...

Say Mony
http://www.voanews.com/content/cambodia-fishermen-don-sahong-dam-mekong-river/2550700.html

Major meeting over contentious Laos dam scheduled

The Vientiane-based Mekong River Commission will hold a regional public consultation on a controversial dam project in Laos later this month. The Don Sahong dam discussion will allow civil society and other relevant stakeholders to voice their concerns over the dam’s impacts, the commission said in ...

Say Mony
http://www.voacambodia.com/content/major-meeting-over-contentious-laos-dam-scheduled/2545880.html

Laos, Cambodia officials meet to resolve boundary demarcation divergence

Delegates from Laos and Cambodia have held an extraordinary meeting in an attempt to resolve outstanding issues related to their shared border, state-run media Vientiane Times reported Thursday. The meeting was held on Wednesday to examine demarcations where technical survey teams from both sides had been ...

Global Times News Staff
http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/894978.shtml

Vietnamese in Mekong Delta object to Lao dam on Cambodia border: report

Vietnamese living in the Mekong Delta have raised objections to a proposed Lao dam on the mainstream of the river next to Cambodia, Thanh Nien News reported. The report Monday said the objections followed a two-week survey in five delta provinces by the Hanoi-based Green Innovation ...

The Cambodia Herald News Staff
http://thecambodiaherald.com/cambodia/vietnamese-in-mekong-delta-object-to-lao-dam-on-cambodia-border:-report-7765

Public consultation set for Lao dam on Cambodian border

The Mekong River Commission has announced plans for a regional public consultation next month on the Don Sahong Hydropower Project on the the border with Cambodia. “The regional public consultation will provide an additional forum for civil society, non-governmental organisations, research institutes, governmental organisations and regional ...

The Cambodia Herald News Staff
http://thecambodiaherald.com/cambodia/public-consultation-set-for-lao-dam-on-cambodian-border-7738

Vietnam looks towards $5bil and $2bil trade with Cambodia, Laos next year

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and his Lao counterpart Thongsing Thammavong agreed to conclude negotiations on the signing of a new bilateral trade agreement, which forms the legal framework for achieving the two countries’ goal of 2 billion USD in trade by 2015. The agreement is ...

VietNamNet Bridge News Staff
http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/government/117214/vietnam-looks-towards--5bil-and--2bil-trade-with-cambodia--laos-next-year.html

Dam opposition takes complaint to Malaysia

Six environmental organisations opposing Laos’ controversial Don Sahong hydropower dam yesterday took their complaints to a new level: The Human Rights Commission of Malaysia. In a 23-page letter, the organisations from Cambodia, Thailand and the US collectively requested an investigation into the trans-boundary impacts of the ...

Laignee Barron
http://phnompenhpost.com/national/dam-opposition-takes-complaint-malaysia

Cambodia bond a possibility

The launch of an unrated Laotian government bond on Thailand’s bond market could pave the way for Cambodia to issue its own government bond denominated in Thai baht. The Bangkok Post reported yesterday that Thailand’s Finance Ministry and Public Debt Management Office had allowed Cambodia, Vietnam ...

Hor Kimsay
http://phnompenhpost.com/business/cambodia-bond-possibility

Calls flow for dam to be canned

Ahead of a national consultation meeting about Laos’s Don Sahong hydropower dam later this week, communities that will be affected by the project have made their opinion clear: suspend the dam. ...

Phak Seangly and Laignee Barron
http://phnompenhpost.com/national/calls-flow-dam-be-canned

Dam promises are ‘a facade’

With regional consultations on Laos’s Don Sahong dam expected to commence soon, the developers are violating pledges to postpone construction, which is being undertaken by a Chinese company associated with several controversial hydropower projects, the Post has learned ...

Daniel Pye and Laignee Barron
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/dam-promises-are-%E2%80%98-facade%E2%80%99

Laos, Cambodia enhance legislative cooperation

Lao National Assembly and the National Assembly of Cambodia have vowed to continue the exchange and mutual support between the two legislative bodies. The vow was made at a meeting held in Vientiane between the high-level parliamentary delegations led by the Lao National Assembly President Ms ...

Somxay Sengdara
http://www.vientianetimes.org.la/FreeContent/FreeConten_Laos.htm

Cambodia's parliament chief to visit Laos

Heng Samrin, president of the National Assembly of Cambodia, will make an official visit to Laos from September 13-17 to advance bilateral ties and cooperation, the legislative body said in a statement on Monday. ...

Xinhuanet News Staff
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/world/2014-09/08/c_133628101.htm

Cambodia, Lao transit fees for Hanoi-Ho Chi Minh City route seen as too high

Aviation companies can save on flying time and fuel if they are allowed to take the proposed Ha Noi-HCM City air route crossing the airspace of Laos and Cambodia. However, the governments of Laos and Cambodia are charging transit fees for flights passing through their airspace ...

The Cambodia Herald News Staff
http://thecambodiaherald.com/cambodia/detail/1?page=13&token=MGE2ZDJlMjJiNGY

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