A top official with Laos' State Inspection Commission says lax enforcement of laws has led to poor land management and double concessions of lands to foreign and domestic businesses and individuals, creating economic and social conflicts as well as greed and fighting among family members.
The official adds that the impact has damaged the ruling party's image, causing mistrust of the party among the people. Concessions without proper surveys by central authorities have reportedly encroached upon private lands in some provinces.
In a related development, the Finance Ministry has announced an increase in land tax rates in an effort to raise revenues.
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