On March 1st – 2nd, the Canada-ASEAN Business Council (CABC) was proud to support the participation of our member EXP Services International Inc. (EXP) at the Academic Forum on the Development and Solutions of Electric Power Problems at Champassak University in Pakse, Laos. The two-day academic forum chaired by the university’s Director, Dr. Bounmy Phonesavanh, discussed developments and improvements in Laos’ electric power sector as well as solutions to electricity-related problems within the country. 

At the Forum, participants – including policymakers, business executives, academics, researchers, and engineers – shared private-sector achievements, industry knowledge, and best practices for the electric power sector. In addition to the Lao government’s energy policies, attendees also learned about various challenges and opportunities of electric power projects, such as power grid connections with neighbouring countries, the integration of renewable power sources like wind and solar energy, and sector-specific skills training for professionals. Other topics discussed included power system stability, solutions to minimize power loss in electricity networks, and approaches to optimize power supply for mega development projects such as railways.

In partnership with the university, Mr. Mathieu Pravongviengkham, Director and Expert in EHV, HV, MV and R&D at EXP, spoke at the event to promote further collaboration between Canada and Laos in navigating the way forward for energy development and investment. His participation at the multi-stakeholder event is a testament to EXP’s strong long-standing commitment in the energy development in CLM (Cambodia, Laos PDR, and Myanmar) countries. 

In 2018, an MoU was signed by Mr. Mathieu Pravongviengkham and Mr. Khotamy Chanthamalinh, Deputy Director General of the Planning and Cooperation Department under the Ministry of Energy and Mines, which consolidated a bilateral partnership supporting EXP in the study and development of the power sector in Laos. Through partnerships like these, it is certain that Canadian companies like EXP will continue to make meaningful contributions towards the future of energy in Laos, and the greater ASEAN region, in the years to come. 

About EXP

EXP International Services Inc. (EXP) is one of Canada’s leading full‐service multi‐disciplinary engineering and architectural firms offering specialized expertise in environmental science and sustainable development, comprised of a multidisciplinary team of more than 3,000 highly skilled employees from around the world. 

About CABC

Established in 2012 and headquartered in Singapore, the Canada-ASEAN Business Council (CABC) is the collective voice of Canadian private sector companies active within the ASEAN region, working to promote and facilitate increased trade and investment in the Canada-ASEAN economic corridor through policy advocacy, networking, and education.