About the Project

Background - The Mining sector in Laos

The Mining sector in Lao People’s Democratic Republic (PDR) is with more than 10% of the Lao-GDP (Gross Domestic Product) one of the priority sectors in the country’s socio-economic development experiencing rapid growth in recent years driven by domestic and foreign investment.

However, besides the potential for significant benefits, there are risks of environmental and social impacts that can already be observed in Laos.

Focus of the 1st project phase during 2012-2014 was to support the DOM and PDEM to fulfill their tasks in the fields of granting licenses, mining project assessments and mines inspection (mine safety, labor/health and environmental protection).

During the ongoing 2nd project phase from 2015 - 2016 the project will intensify the improvement of the qualification of mine inspectors at central and provincial levels, and apply the methodological and technical approaches developed in the first phase (2012-2014).

To reduce the risks and increase the economic and social benefits from mining, an effective governance system for the management of the mining sector is crucial.

The new mineral law enacted in 2008 and amended in 2012 comprises the principles, regulations and measures concerning management of mining licensing system, mine safety, health and environmental protection, inspection of mines, rights and powers of inspectors, financial resources and protection of mineral resources.

The responsible government agencies in particular the Department of Mines (DOM) within the Ministry of Energy and Mines (MEM) and the Department of Energy and Mines (DEM) in selected Provinces are in need of support for the implementation of this legislation, adequate technical know-how and qualification of personal.


                                                                               Status 09/2018