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No license no work, Khammuan wood processors told

Khammuan provincial authorities have ordered some 281 family-operated furniture plants without correct licences to cease their operations.

The family-operated furniture plants are in the districts of Thakhaek, Hinboun, Bualapha, Yommalath, Nongbok, Xebangfay, Xaybuathong, Nakai and Khounkham.

Provincial Governor recently issued Decision No.587 regarding cessation of family-operated furniture units without correct licencing.

The Governor assigned provincial Industry and Commerce Department to issue instructions to relevant sector operators and local authorities to implement the instruction.

Implementation of the order is scheduled to be completed within two months.

Industry and Commerce Office in each district will implement the instruction so that they will be able to successfully suspend operations of these family-operated furniture units according to plan, Deputy Head of Industry Division Mr Vong Xaysana told Vientiane Times recently.

Inspections for improvement of wood processing factories revealed some 89 wood processing plants operating without licences, while others failed to meet certain standards.

The Department has previously ordered suspension to operations at 11 wood processing factories after finding that they failed to meet certain standards.

Others ceased their business operations shortly after registering for licenses in the province.

Three enterprises were willing to suspend their business operations altogether, he said.

Some 78 factories will need to carry on improvements and management directives to be implemented shortly after Lao New Year, especially factories located in or nearby protected forests.

Meanwhile, Savannakhet provincial authorities recently ordered the closure of 253 family-based furniture plants, many of them operating without proper business licences.

Some 166 plants were found to be operating without business licences, while 87 businesses approved by district authorities failed to meet other required standards.

The department recently carried out bidding to sell more than 716 cubic metres of confiscated timber that had been logged illegally.

Revenue of than 1.3 billion kip was netted from the auction for the state.




By Times Reporters
(Latest Update March 31, 2017)

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