Thursday, July 22, 2010

Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia boost energy cooperation

The signing of an agreement on energy cooperation topped the agenda of the Vietnam – Laos – Cambodia Energy Ministers’ Meeting that took place on July 22 in the highland city of Da Lat, Lam Dong province.

Vietnamese Minister of Industry and Trade Vu Huy Hoang, Cambodian Minister of Industry, Mines and Energy Suy Sen and Lao Minister of Energy and Mines Soulivong Daravong along with energy senior officials attended the event.

The agreement was set up after the meeting reviewed the cooperation in energy between the three countries and drew up a cooperative programme in the future.

It focused on important issues regarding energy such as further enhancing cooperation in projects that connect the power networks of the three countries, especially the 230 Kv and 500 Kv projects; exploring the hydroelectric potential of the Mekong river in line with protecting the environment and ecosystem; as well as developing human resources in the power industry.

The agreement is seen as an important foundation for the three countries to continue cooperating for the benefit of sustainable, stable and clean energy development.

According to the Vietnamese Ministry of Industry and Trade, the cooperation between the three countries has achieved good results with a large number of Vietnam’s hydroelectric projects being carried out in Laos and Cambodia, helping improve people’s quality of life.

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