Seventh Meeting of the Planning Working Group (PWG-7), 8th Meeting of the Focal Group (FG-8), and 8th Meeting of the RPTCC (RPTCC-8): Summary of Discussions

Date: November 2009
Type: Conference Proceedings
Series: Proceedings of the Meetings of the GMS Regional Power Trade Coordination Committee (RPTCC)


The PWG-7 meeting took stock of the progress of work under regional technical assistance project (RETA) 6440 (Facilitating Regional Power Trading and Environmentally Sustainable Development of Electricity Infrastructure in the GMS), particularly along the RETA’s two components: (i) facilitation of development of regional power trade, and (ii) capacity development for environmental impact assessment (EIA) of power projects. Forthcoming RETA 6440 activities were discussed with the presentation of work plan and timetable for the remainder of RETA 6440.

The FG-8 meeting discussed the country reports on the progress of power development programs of GMS countries, taking into account the effects of the global financial crisis on power demand and its consequences on planned power generation and transmission investments. The discussions looked at how these developments affect the milestones identified in the MOU on the Road Map for GMS Cross-Border Power Trading (MOU-2) signed during the Third GMS Summit in March 2008 and the status of energy items in the Vientiane Plan of Action (VPOA), 2008-2012. Forthcoming RETA 6440 activities and work plans were to be adjusted for better alignment with MOU-2 milestones.

The RPTCC-8 meeting undertook the following: (i) discuss ways to strengthen linkages between RETA 6440 and other subregional programs in promoting environmentally-sustainable regional power trade development; (ii) firm up the objectives, scope and components of proposed projects for advancing regional power trade under the GMS Energy Road Map; (iii) share knowledge and experience that would provide suitable generation and transmission technology options for GMS countries’ power development programs; and (iv) share GMSappropriate practices for promoting renewable energy (RE) and energy efficiency (EE) in the GMS, a continuation of Subregional Energy Forum (SEF) knowledge sharing series.