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Ms. Cheng Xialei, deputy director of HRC participating the "Energy-Poverty Workshop" held in Cambodia and delivering a presentation
   ---At the invitation of World Bank and GVEP, Ms. Cheng Xialei, deputy director of HRC participated and delivered a presentation to a high-level regional Workshop on Modern Energy Services and Poverty Reduction in East Asia, which was held in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, May 4 to 6, 2005, under the co-auspices of the World Bank, the Global Village Energy Partnership (GVEP) and the UNDP. Nearly 180 delegates from Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Mongolia, Philippines and Vietnam, etc. attended, including country delegations headed by the Minister in charge of Energy comprised of officers at the level of Permanent Secretary or Director, from the Ministries of Education, Health, Agriculture, Water; as well as representatives from the private sector, provincial government, and civil society.

   The general objective of the Workshop is to establish how the provision of modern energy services can enhance economic and social development and reduce poverty in East Asia; to explore how these energy services can contribute to attaining the Millennium Development Goals, as well as to identify specific energy investment opportunities being put forward for financing by the donor and banking communities.

   According to the agenda, in the afternoon of the second day, Ms. Cheng Xialei delivered a 30-minute presentation, sharing with participants how China managed to integrate decentralized energy services as an integral part of the development of its rural areas; and using the example of the SHP, introducing how it is being used to support the economy at the local level and to decrease the use of fuel wood by local farmers. The presentation also explained how the transition to small rural hydropower enterprises has been handled on the financial, technical and regulatory standpoints and what are the lessons learnt that could benefit to other countries. Being of great interests to all the participants, the presentation was highly acclaimed and led to the heat of discussion.

   Many of the participants also showed their keen interests in the 2005 International Training Course on SHP, which, entrusted by the MOFCOM of China, will be conducted by HRC in the coming October and November. They expressed the strong desires to dispatch engineers for attending the training course and thus to learn more about the SHP development in China. (2005-05-09)


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