Phnom Penh (FN), Sept. 12 – Cambodia-Laos have agreed to promote energy cooperation, according to the joint communique released on Thursday.

“Both sides agreed to further promote cooperation on energy, particularly through increasing bilateral trade in electricity generated either by coal, hydropower and other renewable power sources between the two countries in the coming years based on the capacity of the two sides,” the joint communique stated.

“Both sides concurred to encourage the relevant authorities of both sides to ensure that the construction of high-voltage power transmission lines between Cambodia and Lao PDR are completed as agreed and according to plan. Both sides expressed common desire to encourage energy trade at regional level, and shared the view that energy trade between Cambodia, Lao PDR and Viet Nam can be promoted through the establishment a joint transmission network of the three countries,” it added.

Prime Minister of Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR) Dr. Thongloun Sisoulith and a high-level delegation arrived in Cambodia at 9:30 a.m on Thursday for a two-day official visit from 12-13 September 2019, at the invitation of Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen.