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Experts Recommend Policy, Technical Standards For Electric Vehicles In Laos

Source: Vientiane Times

Representatives of government, state-owned enterprises, associations, the private sector, development partners, and Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) experts yesterday met in Vientiane to make recommendations on policies and technical standards in the transition from internal combustion engine vehicles to electric vehicles (EVs).

They provided recommendations in the areas of EV registration, EV technical inspection, taxation, financial promotion, and the importation of EVs.

They also discussed an awareness-raising campaign in Vientiane, along with potential opportunities and the next steps to EVs in Laos.

The meeting on the development of policy, technical standards, and financing for electric vehicles was co-chaired by Deputy Minister of Public Works and Transport, Mr Viengsavath Siphandone and Country Representative of GGGI-Laos, Jason Lee.

According to GGGI, it has supported the government in developing its EV plans since 2018.

The Global Green Growth Institute conducted an assessment on promoting electric mobility in Laos and is currently working with the Department of Transport to develop a regulatory framework on EVs.

The framework includes EV policies and technical standards, along with incentive mechanisms, to enhance the penetration of EVs.

The Department of Transport and GGGI organised the meeting to present the assessment results along with recommendations, and to facilitate discussion amongst various stakeholders.

The workshop also included GGGI’s analysis of the business case for electric vehicles and introducing electric buses in Vientiane.

Officials from the Department of Transport summarised the overall objectives of regulations on transport and the current regulatory setting for motor vehicles in Laos.

GGGI experts introduced the study and explained the regulatory gaps for electric vehicles.

They also detailed technical standards, safety and inspection procedures in line with Asean countries, and discussed the total cost of ownership analysis and the impact of EVs on taxes and the Lao economy.

GGGI Laos has supported the government to deliver green growth and sustainable development, in particular, the sectors of green cities, climate change, water and energy.

GGGI works closely with the Ministry of Public Works and Transport to implement a project on solid waste management and the Sustainable Transport Project to promote electric motorcycles and electric buses in Vientiane.

GGGI also works with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment on a Green Climate Fund Readiness Support project focusing on building green climate-resilient cities in Vientiane and the provinces of Luang Prabang, Champassak, Savannakhet and Khammuan.