Between 10 percent and 26 percent of the total cost of the project is being requested in return for bid approvals, sources say.
Chinese Banana plantations have polluted many waterways in northern provinces
Provincial governments have trouble coming up with the funds or are spending too much time on accounting procedures.
Official from South Korean-led relief organization reports on fact finding mission to affected areas.
UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights Philip Alston will visit Laos in March.
The men are in failing health due to harsh conditions in the facility where they are being held, a local source says.