Thirty officials representing different departments of the Ministry of Energy and Mines (MEM), Electricite du Laos, and hydropower companies from the private sector have completed a skills training course on water resources management.
The seminar, titled Lao Water Resources Academy 2016, was jointly organised by the MEM, K-Water, and the Korea Trade Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA) between Oct 25 and last Friday.
The certificate handover ceremony was held at the ministry in Vientiane and the certificate was presented by the Director General of the Energy Management Department of the Ministry of Energy and Mines, Mr Sisoukan Sayarath.
Acting Chief Representative of K-Water in Laos Mr Park Sung O, Director of KOTRA Mr Kwon Oh Hyung, and relevant officials attended the ceremony.
The Lao Water Resources Academy was part of a corporate social responsibility programme developed by KOTRA and other Korean companies. K-water is helping Lao officials to develop their skills in water resource management.
The seminar aimed to develop a cooperation model between Laos and Korea with the objectives of enhancing the capability of Lao officials, allowing them to improve their technical skills, and strengthening the intimate bilateral relationship between the two countries.
During the seminar, participants received trainings on various topics covered water resources in Korea, integrated water resource management, smart water management technology, hydropower maintenance, flood control systems, dam operation & maintenance, legal issues related to water resource management, and roles of related organisations.
K-Water also provided participants with information about Korean technologies used in water management systems, the management of river basins, and flood control countermeasures.
This seminar was a part of the Overseas Water Academy programme from K-water which has conducted such programmes in collaboration with KOTRA since 2013. Since then, more than 650 people from the five countries of Laos, Vietnam, Indonesia, India and China have received training.
This was the second time that the programme has been conducted in Laos. The first time it was held in 2014 and had a total of 31 participants. They received training about the use of advanced technologies and techniques, gold control, designs and the construction of dam facilities, safety management, and environmental assessments.
KOTRA plays the role of the commercial section of the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Laos and has continuously assisted with bilateral trade and investment between Laos and the Republic of Korea.
Source: Lao News Agency