World Bank considers funding Laos hydro, mining program

The World Bank is considering a proposal to provide US$7 million to the government of Laos for capacity development in the hydropower and mining sectors.

The bank’s International Development Association is carrying out project preparation work, scoping the proposed technical assistance program to support Laos’ hydropower and mining sectors. The bank said consulting services might be required for developing a strategy for capacity building across related government institutions.

The hydropower component would include optimization of revenue sharing and ownership arrangements, establishment of a Hydropower Learning Center, and capacity building in power system planning and operation. The mining sector component would include support to legislative and regulatory strengthening, land survey management procedures, and enhancement of geo-science capacities.

The Asian Development Bank has been considering a proposal to finance the hiring of consultants to help Laos create a small and mini-hydroelectric development program. (HNN 10/22/08)

For information on the World Bank program, contact Director General Thongphath Inthavong, Department of Mines, Ministry of Energy and Mines, P.O. Box 4708, Nong Bone Road, Vientiane, Lao PDR; (856) 21-413002; Fax: (856) 21-414351; E-mail: dgmmcmd@laotel.com.

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