ERIA Pays Courtesy call to His Excellency Dr. Khammany Inthilath, Minister of Energy and Mines, Lao PDR

Updated:13 June 2017

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The Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia's (ERIA) delegation for the Lao PDR Energy Statistics Project 2017 paid a courtesy visit to H.E Dr. Khammany Inthilath, Minister of Energy and Mines (MEM), Lao PDR, on Monday 12th June 2017, at the Minister's office, Lao PDR.

Mr. Shigeru Kimura, ERIA's Special Advisor on energy affairs, said that under the leadership of Prof. Hidetoshi Nishimura, the President of ERIA, ERIA has paid close attention to supporting the CLMV countries in building human resources, especially the capacity of civil servants. He also briefed the Minister about the preparation for the first Lao Energy Statistics in 2017. The work will involve energy data collection from line ministries, and also and energy survey for final energy consumption sector which consists of, industry, transportation, residential and commercial subsectors. During the course of the data preparation, ERIA will also provide capacity building for the staff of MEM and the line agencies who are involved in this energy statistics project.

H.E Dr. Khammany Inthilath expressed deep appreciation for ERIA's support in developing Lao PDR energy statistics, and he expressed his wish to make a joint launch of the survey publication with Prof. Nishimura towards the end of this year 2017 when the project is completed. It will be the first-ever Lao Energy Statistics, which will enable the Ministry to have improved energy planning, thus shaping the formulation of energy policies in the future. He appreciates the strong support of ERIA in building capacity of his staff, especially for the Department of Energy Policy and Planning, MEM. His Excellency wished ERIA's project team every success in this Energy Statistics Project.

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