Laos prepares to host 2014 Asean energy meeting

Laos prepares to host 2014 Asean energy meeting

LAOS - Laos will promote hydropower connectivity when it hosts the 32nd ASEAN Ministers on Energy Meeting (AMEM) next year, according to a senior government official.

Deputy Minister of Energy and Mines Viraphonh Viravong made the statement when giving an interview to Vientiane Times at the 31st ASEAN Ministers on Energy Meeting, which opened in Bali, Indonesia, on Wednesday.

Viraphonh represented Laos at the meeting in the absence of his minister Soulivong Daravong, who was unable to attend the gathering.

He said Laos was ready to host the next AMEM, having successfully hosted similar events in previous years.

"We hosted a similar meeting in 2006," Viraphonh said. "Today Laos has more facilities so I think we are more than ready."

"Our intention for the next meeting is to promote energy connectivity, particularly in terms of hydropower."

About 20 delegates from Laos attended the AMEM in Bali, which took place under the theme 'Energy Sustainability for ASEAN Prosperity'.

The theme demonstrates the commitment of ASEAN energy ministers to work together and achieve mutual progress towards the sustainable generation and use of energy in order to bring prosperity to the ASEAN region.

ASEAN ministers recognise the volatility in worldwide energy demand due to economic uncertainty in several countries and the global economic slowdown.

The ministers reaffirmed their commitment to strengthening energy cooperation to address major energy challenges and ensure a secure and reliable energy supply in ASEAN.

Laos is blessed with abundant natural resources, especially water, forests and minerals.

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