The Lao delegation led by Vice Minister of Energy and Mines Dr. Tiao Sinava Souphanouvong took part in Russian Energy Week International Forum 2018 (REW 2018) which was held in Moscow on October 3-6, 2018. Over 9 500 people attended the Forum including representatives from 66 foreign states. The plenary session was opened by the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin.
The forum was held with the support of the Russian Ministry of Energy, Moscow Government and the Roscongress Foundation. The Forum’s main programme consisted of 67 events of various formats; over 450 speakers took part in its business programme.
“As a world’s leader in the energy industry, Russia contributes significantly to shaping the global energy agenda. I am glad that the heads of energy departments and companies as well as experts from different countries choose Moscow and REW to discuss issues of energy industry development,” Russian Minister of Energy Alexander Novak said.
In order to implement a decision made by the President of the Russian Federation a demining unit of the Russian Armed Forces’ International Anti-Mine Center is deployed to Laos to assist in mine clearing the country’s territory.
The mission will last five months – from October 2018 to March 2019. Besides, Russian military engineers will train Lao sappers and supply them with equipment to search for explosives and personal protection equipment.
Amid the mission, a subdivision of the International Anti-Mine Center will be established in Laos.
During the Second Indochina war, Americans dropped on Laos 270 million bombies, about a third of which have never exploded.
On October 2, 2018 President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin signed Law on Ratification of Russia-Laos Treaty on Extradition of persons sentenced to imprisonment.
The treaty was signed in Moscow on September 26, 2017 and is aimed at elaborating international legal framework of bilateral cooperation on issues of extradition of convicts which is supposed to contribute to protection of legal interests of Russian and Lao citizens.