Category: Mekong Utility Watch

Vietnamese experts fault electricity monopoly for power cuts

(October 10, 2008) Vietnamese economists and industrial power consumers have criticized Electricity of Vietnam, the only electricity provider in Vietnam, for its unannounced power cuts, which have caused heavy losses for businesses and disrupted people’s lives, Vietnam News Agency reports.

STATEMENT: Mekong NGOs call for open decision making

(March 27, 2008) Read a letter sent to the Chief Executive Officer of the Mekong River Commission in November, 2007 from more than 200 civil and environmental groups from 30 countries, including Probe International, calling on the Mekong River Commission (MRC) to block the planned construction of six dams on the Mekong river.

China damned over floods

(August 23, 2008) As Mekong River floodwaters in Laos and Thailand recede, indignation with China for its lack of transparency on upstream dam developments is on the rise. China has recently pursued a friendly policy of economic integration with Southeast Asian neighbors but in relation to Mekong River development it has taken what many see as a covetous and less than neighborly approach.