May 12, 1997
PHNOM PENH, May 13 (Reuter) – Officials from Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam pledged on Tuesday to cooperate in the development of hydroelectric and other power developments in their region.
“(I) reiterate the need for cooperation, planning and plain hard work on our part in the development of not only the hydro resources in the region, but all the parts which lead to an efficient regional power system,” said Cambodian Minister of Industry, Mines and Energy Pou Sothirak.
Officials from the three natons were attending a two-day workshop on hydropower in the Sekong, Sesan and Nam Theun river basins.
At their meeting, they will review a preliminary report on hydropower development for the three major Mekong tributaries, Pou Sothirak said.
The study is funded by a $2.5 million grant from the Asian Development Bank and French government, according to a statement from the Industry Ministry.
Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam hope to further tap their river resources to supply power to their countries and for sales to their neighbours, including Thailand, officials said.
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