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09VIENTIANE294 2009-06-19 07:25:00 UNCLASSIFIED Embassy Vientiane
Cable title:  

LAOS CONSIDERING JOINING INTERNATIONAL RENEWABLE

Tags:   ENRG KGHG SENV LA 
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E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ENRG KGHG SENV LA
SUBJECT: LAOS CONSIDERING JOINING INTERNATIONAL RENEWABLE
ENERGY AGENCY

REF: STATE 61286



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.
HUSO