LDIM in action
Trip to Korea, September 2018
On 17-20 September 2018, the Coordinated Response Team of the Korean Civil Societies for the Xe Pian-Xe Namnoy Dam Collapse (The Korean Task force) and Sogang University Institute of Social Sciences hosted the visit of the Thailand and Cambodia activist team that work in association with Laos Dam Investment Monitor (LDIM). The team had good chances of meet and discuss with the National Assembly Member, Mr. Kim Sung Whan (The trade, Industry, Energy, SEMs and Startups Committee) and the secretary team of Ms. Sim Sang Jeung (Strategy and Finance Committee). The team was also organized the press conference in front of SK Engineering and Construction Company, the lead company for Xe Pian Xe Namnoy dam construction
On the 19th of September, there was then an international Public Forum on “The Collapse of Xe Pian-Xe Namnoy Dam in Laos: Voices from the ground and Korea” at Sogang University.
Video from the live-stream of the public forum can be found at:
https://www.facebook.com/ldimnetwork/videos/24132938654138/ (Good for the beginning to the first hour)
For more details about the forum, please visit LDIM's Public Forums
Finally, the team met with Korea
Eximbank/Economic Development Corporation Fund (EDCF) team that responsible for the loan lent to the Laos government for the Xe Pian-Xe Namnoy Dam.
The meeting with Eximbank/OECF was followed by the final press conference
of the Mekong team and the Korean Taskforce.
Video “The situation of Xe Pian Xe Namnoy dam collapse” (for the conference opening) https://www.facebook.com/ldimnetwork/videos/2126798200704946/
Some news and media about LDIM activities in Korea are as below;
Radio Free Asia
KBS News (Korea) - http://news.kbs.co.kr/news/view.do?ncd=4041099
Yonhapnews (Korea) - https://www.yna.co.kr/view/AKR20180920133100004
M. News (Korea) - https://m.news.naver.com/read.nhn?mode=LSD&mid=sec&sid1=102&oid=001&aid=0010353934
TF News (Korea) - http://m.tf.co.kr/read/photomovie/1733497.htm
The Korean government's Inspection on Xe Pian-Xe Namnoy
Ms. SIM Sang-jung is one of the most popular politicians in South Korea. She was one of the five major presidential candidates in the South Korean presidential election in 2017. She was the leader of the Justice Party, one of the opposition parties in 2018, when the LDIM and Mekong team visited her office and discussed with her team.
Ms. SIM was continued working on the case of XP-XNN which has finally become the inspection case for the Korean parliament. The Korean Civil Society Taskforce on Xe Pian-Xe Namnoy was also work in continue with the Korean government on the case.
The news with her presence on the inspection can be found at http://m.kpinews.co.kr/news/articleView.html?idxno=82687&fbclid=IwAR3LcD6KYZVRhtCtS180459CL4MxmQKV6J9O-i_BvAti4M5oKNOMf68YME0
Statement of the Korean Taskforce “Assessment required to resolve whether the collapse of the Xe Pian-Xe Nam Noy dam was caused by alterations to the dam design and early filling of the reservoir“
More news coverage
KPI News (Korea) -
Transborder News (Thailand) - http://transbordernews.in.th/home/?p=19567&fbclid=IwAR3VYXZa4StALrXmn5EnZHNz5YyN2MZUgHfYmB3sbWiizAVagtSi826aqAA
Visit the campsite in Sanamxai District, Attapeu Province in 2018
Laos Dam Investment Monitor (LDIM) had a chance to visit the campsite at Sanamxai District in Attapeu Province, Southern Lao PDR after the Xe Pian-Xe Namnoy Dam collapsed in July 2018.