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UNCLAS VIENTIANE 000294
1. Embassy spoke with a wide range of officials in the
Government of Laos (GOL) regarding potential membership in
the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). According
to Mr. Khamphinh Philakon, the officer in the MFA's
Department of International Organizations responsible for
overseeing potential membership, the GOL is in the early
stages of exploring the costs and benefits of joining IRENA.
As many GOL ministries are involved in renewable energy, the
Embassy estimates it will take at least 6 months to a year
before the GOL reaches any decisions. This timetable could
be advanced slightly if a donor agreed to pay the costs
(travel/per diem) associated with membership.