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Illegal imports investigated, PM outlines urgent efforts for August

Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith has told the cabinet to intensify efforts to counter the illegal import of more than 5,000 vehicles into Laos.

The premier issued the directive at the government's two-day monthly meeting for July that closed in Vientiane on Tuesday.

It was previously reported that 5,639 cars had been illegally imported into the country.

The government's spokesman, Dr Chaleun Yiapaoher, told the local media recently that action to address the issue is ongoing.

He added that the reported number for illegal imports was just for cars but it would be higher if motorcycles were included.

Prime Minister Thongloun called on relevant ministries to take stricter action to manage and inspect goods at duty-free shops, while also preventing tax-avoidant goods going through checkpoints and other channels.

The Ministry of Finance was told to speed up the installation of selling machines in various shops along with inspecting the use of receipts by 30 enterprises under the management of central-level state organisations in an attempt to maximise revenue collection.

The Prime Minister also stressed the need for both central and local state departments to follow up and inspect the operation of the one-stop service to ensure effective operation.

In this regard, any issue found within the one-stop service system that hinders thr investment process must be promptly addressed to attract investments, he suggested.

He told authorities in charge of the one-stop service to provide a box for receiving public opinions regarding the service in order to assess the effectiveness of the services provided. Many state organisations have already launched their hotlines, and the Prime Minister asked the departments to take into account public opinions.

The relevant sectors were also told to explore measures for the timely resolution of issues linked to enterprises that have mobilised deposits illegally from the public.

The move came after reports emerged that some enterprises, including PS-Agriculture and Industry Development Import and Export Co. Ltd and Asianface Company Ltd, had illegally mobilised deposits by luring people with a high interest rate. These companies later cut the interest rate and were unable to return money to depositors.

Prime Minister Thongloun told the cabinet to continue managing and stabilising the macro economy, while ensuring the exchange and inflation rate is stable. In addition, importance must be attached to studying appropriate interest rates of bank loans along with ensuring that businesses can easily access loans.

The cabinet was also asked to continue improving state enterprises, which have encountered difficulties in ensuring effective operations.

With many parts of provinces across the country affected by storms and floods, Prime Minister Thongloun told central and local departments to take flood-response measures.

He told the Ministry of Public Works and Transport to promptly inspect roads damaged by floods and to repair them in a timely fashion, while preventing overloaded trucks from using the roads. Health officials were told to keep a close watch for flood-borne diseases.

With the government planning to launch the 2018 Visit Laos Year, Prime Minister Thongloun told authorities to begin organising promotional programmes to create the atmosphere for the official launch of the initiative during the That Luang Stupa Festival in Vientiane in November.

The Ministry of Industry and Commerce was asked to keep taking action to manage the prices of goods, especially food items in local markets, to ensure fair trade.

Additionally, Prime Minister Thongloun told the ministries to attach great importance to all works under their responsibilities and report the implementation outcomes to the Prime Minister's Office before the government's meeting for August for assessment.


By Times Reporters
(Latest Update July 28, 2017)

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