Lao PDR Green Industry Policy/Market Preparation for Industrial Energy Efficiency Project Launch Ceremony & 1st Steering Committee Meeting

On March 16, 2021, Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) Lao PDR together with Ministry of Industry and Commerce (MOIC) co-hosted a Project Launch Ceremony and 1st Project Steering Committee Meeting to kick-off the development of the Lao PDR Green Industry Policy in parallel with a GCF Readiness project, titled “Market preparation for industrial energy efficiency in Laos” at Crowne Plaza hotel, Vientiane.

The Project Launch Ceremony was co-chaired by H.E Mr. Somchit Inthamit, Vice Minister of Industry and Commerce, and Mr. Christophe Assicot, Deputy Country Representative – GGGI Lao PDR. The objective of this event was to officially launch the project and inform stakeholders about the implementation process. In this regard, task allocation between MOIC and GGGI as well as Terms of Reference for the Steering Committee were signed.

The ceremony was immediately followed by the first Project Steering Committee meeting, which was co-chaired by GGGI Lao Deputy Country Representative and Mr. Somphong Soulivanh, Deputy Director General of Department of Industry and Handicraft within MOIC. The meeting was attended by relevant stakeholders, including representatives from Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Ministry of Industry and Commerce, Ministry of Planning and Investment, Ministry of Energy and Mines, and private sector associations.

In the meeting, the overall project activities and responsibilities of the Steering Committee were presented and recommendations from participants were collected. Participants encouraged to invite lecturers from relevant faculty from the university as well as a people experienced in policy making to participate in the next meeting to provide recommendations and address the policy gaps. Subsequently, guidance will be incorporated to further project plan in order to design a green policy for the industry sector and achieve energy efficiency goals.

The project is supported by the Green Climate Fund (GCF) with co-financing from GGGI on the development of Green Industry Policy aspect. The project will last for 18-month.