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Thailand-Lao PDR Cooperation on Mineral Resources Development

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Abstract

The close relations between Thailand and Lao PDR have long history due to our countries are next to each other. It is 1,810 kilometers in distance that our borders are connected with each other. Thailand and Lao PDR are generally alike not only in ethnic and culture, but all so language which allowing us to, compared to others, easier communicate with each other. Hence, it is no doubt that Thailand is ranked as the first major trading partner of Lao PDR. The trade value has been increasing continuously. In 2014, trading value between the two countries is 5,443 million USD including 4,033 million USD of goods that Thailand exported to Lao PDR and 1,411 million USD of goods that Thailand imported from Lao PDR.

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Thailand-Lao PDR Geological Cooperation

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The Recent Thailand-Lao PDR cooperation on Geology and Mineral Resources has been continued to grow over the post decode. The Royal Thai Deportment of Mineral  Resources (DMR) and the Department of Geology and Minerals (DGM), Lao PDR is the organization that has carried out all the cooperation activities. The Thai-Lao cooperation focuses on key topics, including geological and mineral resources information exchange and development, institutional capacity building and museum development. These activities have been carried out through the Thai-Lao Joint Commission on Cooperation. As results, a line of products has been streamed out from the projects, i.e., geological survey results of potential geotourism sites, mineral assessments and exhibitions of geological museum of DGM. The works have been expanded to cover a wider "geological resources"  rather  than  "mineral   resources" for instant, geosite for geotourism development, while at the sometime, continued its pre-existing work on mineral resources.

At present, Thai-Lao cooperation is extended to the International Cooperation Project. DGM and DMR  have operated the project entitle "Thai-Lao Cooperation Project for Sustainable Development of Geological Resources" in year 2012-2016 which is supported  by Thailand International  Development Cooperation Agency (TICA), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Thailand,  in order to continue with the current cooperation and to achieve the ultimate outcome  of the technical cooperation project and aims for making socio-economic progress towards sustainable development for the benefits people and societies of the two countries.

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Mining activity in Lao PDR to the End of 2014

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Laos is a country located in South Asia, between Burma, China, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand. Laos is a landlocked country. Laos has a total area of about 236,800 square kilometers (91,428 square miles) and a population estimated at 6.5 millions. The capital of Laos, and its largest city, is Vientiane.

Lao PDR is a developing nation that has seen an expansion in the mining and hydro­power sectors in recent years, both of which have driven economic growth.

Mineral production, as a percentage of Lao GOP, has abruptly increased since gold production began in the Sepon Mine. To 10/06/2015: There are 74 Companies, 77 Contracts 117 activities (producing mines).

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Development on Geology and Mineral Sector of Lao PDR

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Overview

The Department of Geology-Mines was established in June 2006 belong the Ministry of Energy and Mines (MEM). Later in the year 2011 the Department of Geology-Mines was separated into two Departments as the Department of Geology and Minerals (DGM) under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MoNRE) and the Department of Mines under the Ministry of Energy and Mines (MEM).

The Department of Geology and Minerals is one organization, which obtains formal structure of administration-technicians under responsibility for the Ministry of Natural Resources of Environment (MoNRE). The DGM roles pay on two main activities. There are conducting geological map for minerals prospection and exploration and monitoring and evaluation on minerals investment both state and private investment. Moreover, the DGM is a committee secretariat to the MoNRE for researching, planning to survey mapping, geology-minerals, prospecting, survey minerals system with grid line and other scale; great requirements, procedures relating for management of minerals prospection and exploration in the whole country; managing investments phase prospecting, exploration and pre-feasibly study.

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Exploration Aspects of Natural Fuels in Thailand

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Introduction

Through the decades, the experience in Thailand as in most of the world was characterized by rapid increase in the utilization of energy. Thus, it is necessary for Thailand to obtain sufficient supply of energy to meet the demand of the country in various concerning sectors in order to improve standard of living and income of the people. The most critical problem facing Thailand on energy development is a rising price of imported crude oil and its products. She has been spending a great share of foreign exchange on importing this source of energy which has resulted in more and more deficits in trade balance. The economic development will soon be hindered unless alternative sources of energy in the country are developed. The responsible government agencies for this respect are Office of the National Energy Authority; Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand, the Defence Energy Department, the Petroleum Authority of Thailand and the Department of Mineral Resources. The Department of Mineral Resources is now taking care and charge of the exploration aspects of natural fuels, particularly of oil shale, coal and petroleum.

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