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Deputy Prime Minister Receives GE ASEAN President

Deputy Prime Minister Sonexay Siphandone on Jun 8 received a courtesy call from President and CEO of General Electric (GE) for ASEAN Wouter Van Wersch, accompanied by US ambassador to Laos Rena Bitter.

On the occasion, the Deputy Prime Minister highly valued the visit to Laos by the senior official of GE ASEAN as it has contributed to enhancing the relationship and cooperation between Laos and the United States.

General Electric, an American multinational conglomerate corporation, on Jun 9 opened its representative office in Vientiane, expanding its service in ASEAN.

The opening witnessed the presence of US Ambassador to Laos Rena Bitter, Vice Minister of Energy and Mines Chansavath Boupha, GE ASEAN President and CEO Wouter Van Wersch, the media and invited guests.

We have been in ASEAN for more than a hundred years as a company but in the entire ASEAN region, Laos is the only country that we didn’t have an office so last year, in early 2016 I came to the country, I met a lot of our customers and I met the government and we decided as a team that this is the place we want to do more, we want to contribute to the growth of the country, said GE ASEAN President and CEO Wouter Van Wersch.

He said that the main priority of GE in Laos would be in the fields of power generation field, hydropower technology, solar energy, coal technology, and power grid expansion, saying that GE’s involvement in developing power generation and transmission would help Laos realize its vision of becoming the battery of the Southeast Asia in the future.

The visit by President Obama last year was a good milestone for GE, as a number of agreements were signed. These included GE’s memorandum of understanding on training and capacity building with Electricite du Laos (EDL), which has resulted in a number of training courses held for EDL staff and officials in the field of hydropower over the past several months.

Source: Lao News Agency