U.S. hydro firms to meet with Laos officials

The U.S. Trade and Development Agency (TDA) is organizing a Laos Hydropower Business Briefing for Laotian officials and U.S. hydropower companies.

Laotian delegates are visiting the United States to increase their familiarity with U.S. technologies, equipment, and services, and to discuss the development of environmental and project management standards for hydropower projects in Laos. A similar briefing was scheduled last year but postponed. (HNN 9/20/06)

TDA invites U.S. companies to either of two events, February 27 in Las Vegas, Nev., and March 6 in Washington, D.C. There is no charge to participate.

In Las Vegas, delegates will be available to meet privately with U.S. firms that wish to introduce their companies and expertise. Companies are encouraged to request an appointment.

In Washington, the delegates will participate in a roundtable meeting to present their project plans for the hydropower sector. U.S. firms also will have an opportunity to meet individually in private sessions with Laotian decision makers, TDA said.

With one of the least-developed economies in the world, Laos is promoting development of its large hydropower potential to alleviate poverty and achieve social development. It currently has nine hydropower projects totaling 624 MW, representing less than 2 percent of the country’s hydropower potential.

To register or to obtain more information, contact Olympia Brescia, Global Marketing &Communications, (1) 781-641-2900; Fax: (1) 781-641-7900; E-mail: obrescia@gmc-ideas.com.

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