On 28 January, PanAust’s Lao-registered company, Phu Bia Mining (PBM) Chairman, Mr Chanpheng Bounnaphol led a contingent of PBM representatives to the Phu Kham Copper-Gold Operation to host a two-day tour of its Operation in Laos for the Director General of the Government of Laos’ Department of Investment Promotion and Ministry of Planning and Investment, Mr Outakeo Keodouangsinh and other Lao Government officials.
As a Government key stakeholder that manages extension of investment and mining licenses in Laos, Company representatives maintain an open dialogue with the central Government of Laos. The visit afforded PBM an opportunity to provide an update on PBM’s Operations in 2021 and its projects in action that will enable the Company to extend its current life of mine.
Throughout this first visit to Phu Kham, Government officials saw firsthand the Company’s operational best practices, touring the processing plant, open-pit, tailings storage facility and were briefed on COVID-19 site protocols.
Government officials also saw first-hand the community development projects that have improved and advanced the socio-economic development for those living in the local communities close to Phu Kham. At the end of the visit, Government officials praised PBM and expressed how pleased they were with the Company’s ongoing commitment to maintaining stellar production, safety, environmental management and community development practices.