(KPL) Phu Bia Mining (PBM) officially opened the company-funded upgraded Na Phao international customs checkpoint in Khammuan Province on January 30, 2019.

The upgrade of LAK 19,359,000 (US$2,600) includes roof maintenance to the staff kitchen and cafeteria areas.

The checkpoint connects the Lao People’s Democratic Republic with Vietnam and lies on a major haulage route for the company, with over 80 per cent of PBM’s copper in concentrate passing through the facility each year.

PBM Chairman Chanpheng Bounnaphol said the donation to upgrade the facility was indicative of the company’s ongoing commitment to assisting communities close to its operations and haulage routes. 

“Every year, Phu Bia Mining supports the government of Laos and not-for-profit organisations through its donation packages to purchase equipment, upgrade facilities and host local events.

“This donation package reflects the company’s aims to make meaningful contributions to building long-lasting impacts, and it will benefit staff who will use the facility,” Mr Bounnaphol said.

In 2018, PBM awarded over 80 per cent of cash and in-kind donation and sponsorship requests it received for facility construction, equipment and community event support.

Source: KPL

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