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THE NATION

June 20, 2017 01:00
By CHULARAT SAENGPASSA | THE NATION
THAILAND is preparing to sign a tripartite electricity-trading agreement with two neighbouring countries at the upcoming Asean Ministers of Energy Meeting.

Energy Ministry permanent secretary Areepong Bhoocha-Oom said the agreement would pave the way for the Laos-Thailand-Malaysia electricity deal, enabling the Asean Power Grid to materialise.

Bangkok Post

By PIANPORN DEETES , THAILAND AND MYANMAR CAMPAIGNS DIRECTOR OF INTERNATIONAL RIVERS | 22 May 2017 at 04:25

A year ago, the cabinet issued a resolution recognising an obligation to protect human rights in Thai outbound investments. With Thai companies increasing their operations in neighbouring countries in sectors that carry significant risks for human rights and the environment, further action to put this important commitment into practice is now overdue.

THE NATION

May 13, 2017 01:00
By Jeremy Bird
Across the globe, hydropower is an emotive subject that results in strong ideological pro-dam and anti-dam positions.

This often results in the marginalisation of the middle ground, making it harder for informed and objective discussions to take place. And there are plenty of examples of individual projects that fuel this debate. That is why involvement in an initiative in Myanmar to assess the full dimensions of the benefits and impacts is to be encouraged – namely the Strategic Environment Assessment (SEA) of Myanmar’s hydropower sector facilitated by the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the government of Myanmar. At the same time, the framing of the SEA needs to be placed within the broader context of regional economic integration, such as China’s One Belt One Road policy initiative, regional trade in electricity and new institutional arrangements for dialogue on Lancang-Mekong cooperation.

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