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ASEAN’s special role in managing energy decisions

The chronic shortage of electricity and the threat this poses in slowing economic growth in the Mekong Region could be eased by accelerating ASEAN’s plans to create a regional power grid. Cross-border electricity swaps, particular in hydropower, are growing as the 10-country bloc creates the ASEAN Economic Community, which came into force at the end of 2015. However, damming the Mekong River has caused widespread controversy in Southeast Asia, such as the Lower Sesan 2 dam on the Mekong River in Cambodia.

The following video, produced by the Vietnam News Agency, includes images from “The New Mekong: Changes and Expectations,” a seminar co-organized by PanNature and Stimson Center.

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