New agreement paves way for solar power development

VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times/ANN) - The Ministry of Science and Technology in collaboration with Japan’s Marubeni Corporation and the AMZ Group will undertake a prefeasibility study of solar power technology research and development in Laos. 

A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the project was signed recently in Vientiane between the Director General of the Cooperation and Planning Department, Ministry of Science and Technology, Dr Khamphet Vongdala; Deputy General Manager of the Power Development Section at Marubeni Corporation, Mr Shigeru Nagashima; and President and CEO of the AMZ Group, Ms Alivan Sithara.

The event was witnessed by Minister of Science and Technology Prof. Dr Boviengkham Vongdara.

“If Laos is to participate in the Industrial Revolution 4.0, we need the use and development of technology to enhance our research and development, which requires greater skills in the fields of science and technology,” Dr Khamphet said. 

This MOU is consistent with the plan for science and technology development. It also paves the way for possible cooperation in the future, such as enhancing the use of science and technology for the use of solar power development and research in Laos, he added.

He believed that the signing of the MOU was a step towards the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement in the near future.

The aim of the feasibility study is to look into the possibility of building more and more solar power stations. The use of new technology and science in developing the economy requires quick decisions and the success of this project requires the cooperation and participation of surrounding countries in the use of solar power, he added.

“We look forward to further support and cooperation from the government,” Mr Nagashima said.   

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