Laos hydropower program seeks power sector reform options

The government of Laos invites expressions of interest from consultants to review its power markets and regulation and to recommend options for reform of its power sector. Responses are due February 2.

The Ministry of Energy and Mines seeks consultants with World Bank-funded technical assistance for capacity building of Laos’ hydropower and mining sectors.

The World Bank’s International Finance Corp. (IFC) already is helping train Laos’ largest hydropower operator, EDL-Generation Public Co., to improve its management of environmental and social risks. IFC announced in 2013 it plans to work with the Laotian government in developing draft laws that would help govern hydroelectric power development. It also recruited consultants to serve as stakeholder engagement/communications specialist for the hydropower and forestry sectors in Laos.

The ministry now seeks consultants to conduct a detailed review of the power market structure, and policy, regulatory and institutional framework that governs the sector. The consultant also is to develop reform options and recommend a path for reform of the power sector.

Expressions of interest are due by delivery, fax or e-mail by February 2 to the address below. For information, contact Chareune Inthavy, Head of HMTA Project Secretariat Office, Nongbone Road, Saysetta District, Vientiane, Laos; Tel/Fax: (856) 21263451; E-mail:,,

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