[enviro-vlc] Future Resource Economy and Policies in Laos (FREPLA)
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Date: 31 August 2010 3:17:53 PM PDT
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Subject: [LaoFAB] Future Resource Economy and Policies in Laos (FREPLA)
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*Laos looks to sustainable future growth*
Vientiane Times, 31 Aug 2010
As Laos' economic growth continues to accelerate, mainly on the back
of abundant natural resources, sustainable utilisation of those
resources has become an issue of concern.
A seminar entitled ‘Future Resource Economy and Policies in Laos till
2020' was held in Vientiane on Friday to discuss sustainable
utilisation of natural resources, especially water resources.
The seminar was presided over by Director General of the Ministry of
Energy and Mines' Department of Electricity, Mr Viraphonh Viravong,
and Finland's Embassy in Bangkok Representative, Ms Kati Veigone, and
attended by participants from government ministries and international
organisations in Vientiane.
“In regards to helping Laos move off the list of least developed
nations, the energy sector and how it is managed is of vital
importance,” Ms Veigone said.
“Investment in energy and natural resource management is very
important for the economic growth of Laos.”
At the seminar, experts from Finland talked about future challenges
and recommendations for natural resource development, with a focus on
utilising water resources to produce energy and boost national
Presenters at the workshop outlined the major driving forces behind
future trends of energy use in Laos - population growth, migration,
economic growth and its structure, industrialisation, increased
mobility, and increases in household facilities and consumption
They stressed the importance of investing in good management systems
for natural resources, in particular water.
The Future Resource Economy and Policies in Laos till 2020 project
commenced in 2009, supported by a 380,000 euro grant from the Finnish
The objective of the project is to identify inter-linkages, barriers,
trade-offs and synergies of using the full potential of rural energy
resources and applying holistic water management in national strategic
Ms Veigone said last year the Ministry of Energy and Mines started to
develop a new renewable energy strategy for Laos with support from the
government of Finland.
“Through this work the promotion and development of renewable energy
has become a priority in the policies of the Lao government to assist
in social and economic improvement in the region.”
“Under the strategy, the goal for 2025 is for 30 percent of total
energy produced to come from renewable sources for use in production,
forestry, processing and industry.”
Laos and Finland have had close cooperation in the energy and natural
resources sectors in recent years, primarily through the regional Plan
for Mekong project, which covers Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam.
“In the coming years, our collaboration with Laos will focus on three
themes - natural resources, rural development and energy,” Ms Veigone
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