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Press Releases, 8/18/2009

Environment Minister of Laos to visit Finland

Press release 209/2009
17 August, 2009

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs is the host of the visit and study trip being made to Finland by Environment Minister Khempheng Pholsena of Laos and her delegation on 18–22 August. The delegation includes, among others, Deputy Minister of Energy and Mining Somboun Lasasombat and personnel of the Laos Department of Environment.

The purpose of the study trip is to learn about administration of Finland’s environment sector. The delegation will visit the Finnish Environment Institute and the Ministry of the Environment, where discussions will take place with Permanent Secretary Hannele Pokka. In addition, the delegation will visit the Ministry of Employment and the Economy, where Minister Pholsena will meet with Minister Mauri Pekkarinen. The delegation will also make study visits to Ämmässuo waste treatment plant, to the laboratory of the Finnish Environment Institute in Hakuninmaa and to the company GreenStream Network, which specialises in renewable energy and emissions trading.

This study trip is a component of the project to strengthen administration in the environment sector of Laos; Finland is considering granting the project support from development cooperation funds. The long-range goal of the project is to develop environment-sector administration in Laos, e.g. environmental permit procedures, regional planning and waste management, and to promote environmental awareness.

In Laos, Finland is now granting development cooperation funds to support the preparation of a renewable energy strategy, and is considering the starting of a survey.

Additional information Marjaana Kokkonen, Unit for Asia and Oceania, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, mobile tel. +358 40 555 8437,, Tuulia Toikka, Ministry of the Environment, mobile tel. +358 40 552 4054,

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