On Nov 5, Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith visited families affected by the Nam Ou 1 hydropower project in the settlement village Houaylo, Pak-ou district, Luang Prabang.
An estimated 134 families have been reportedly affected due to the implementation of the hydropower development project.
The resettlement of the affected households is scheduled to take place by year end, when the crop harvest season has reached completion.
The Prime Minister pressed local authorities to cooperate with all relevant sectors to deliberate on the impacts of the project and address them in a prompt manner.
He urged citizens to attach importance to their family income generation activities by tapping potentials in their communities, cease subsistence agriculture and develop products unique to their communities as an ODOP (One District One Product) of Pak-ou district, contributing to the comprehensive development in their communities.
On Monday, Nov 6, Prime Minister Thongloun then met with the Party committee of the province, where he informed province officials on plans for the designation of Luang Prabang as a capital and tourism affairs in the province.
He encouraged local authorities to prepare a celebration for after the announcement of Luang Prabang district as Luang Prabang Capital in the near future. The PM emphasized that the hospitality of local people should be promoted so that the province can better attract visitors during Visit Laos Year 2018.
The Prime Minister also visited the construction sites of Laos-China Railway Project in Phonexay Meuang village, Luang Prabang district.