Community Development

Sepon has contributed over US$1.5 billion in direct revenue to the Lao Government through taxes, royalties and dividends since operations commenced in 2002. Indirect benefits through employment, training, community and local business development programs have also contributed significantly to social and economic development in the Lao PDR.

Community Trust Fund (TF)

Over 14,000 people in 72 villages around the mine have better livelihood through better access to basic services by being empowered to set and achieve their own development priorities through the Community Development Fund and Fund for the Assistance to the Disadvantaged Group. The combined funds of more than US$13 million have supported over 260 projects including investment in schools, roads, latrines, fish ponds, and potable water access.

Fund for Assistance to the Disadvantaged Groups (FADG)

Previously known as Village Development Fund, the program aimed to improving access to basic services to the poorest through participatory program where village level choose, select and contribute, implement and own their projects.

In 2019, the program changes to Fund for Assistance to Disadvantaged Group to improve a living condition of the poorer family in 14 villages near mine.

To date, over $3.2M invested in the program benefit over 47 communities.

Local Business Development

LXML’s business development programs aim to diversify income opportunities, create climate for new businesses to flourish, and assist building sustainable livelihoods for the community beyond mine closure. LXML purchases US$3 million (75% of its fruits, vegetables, and local produce) through 34 local businesses having delivered a combined income over US$33 million and created over 500 jobs for local people.

Cultural Heritage

Vilabouly District as one of the first mining and metallurgy areas in Southeast Asia, around 3000 years ago.

More than 100 antic mining shafts uncovered, signifying the different mining techniques employed and how safety approach existed since then.

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