EVAP's Successful Mission to Lao PDR Strengthens Electric Mobility

September 12, 2023

The Electric Vehicle Association of the Philippines (EVAP) recently concluded a fruitful delegation to the Lao People's Democratic Republic (Lao PDR), aimed at promoting electric vehicles (EVs) and fostering cross-border collaboration in the electric vehicle sector. Led by Chairman Rommel Juan and President Edmund Araga, EVAP's two-man delegation explored opportunities in the world of electric mobility.

The efforts of Dr. Manny Biona, the Executive Director of EVAP, played a crucial role in the delegation's success. Dr. Biona not only accompanied the delegation but also played a pivotal role in identifying and introducing Loca Company Limited to the group, a pivotal moment in their journey.

Upon arrival, the delegation received a warm welcome from First Secretary and Commercial Consul Rapunzel Acop of the Philippine Embassy, who provided insights into Lao PDR's economy and evolving EV industry.

A highlight of the trip was a meeting with Mr. Manny Kham, Deputy Director of Laos's Department of Transportation. EVAP invited Mr. Kham to speak at their upcoming EV Summit, strengthening ties between the Philippines and Laos.

The delegation's success peaked during their meeting with Mr. Souliyo Vongdala, CEO of Loca Company Limited—a Lao tech startup known as Laos's Uber for EVs, boasting a fleet of around 250 electric vehicles. Mr. Vongdala expressed eagerness to collaborate, helping Laos establish its electric vehicle association and join the AFEVA.

Chairman Rommel Juan expressed satisfaction with the visit, highlighting the potential for mutual learning and regional sustainable transportation promotion.

This delegation marks a significant step in Southeast Asia's electric mobility journey, fostering knowledge sharing and infrastructure development in Laos. It also strengthens the Philippines and Laos' cooperation for a sustainable, electric future.

In a promising development, Mr. Vongdala and a Laos delegation will join the 11th Philippine EV Summit at SMX Mall of Asia from October 19th to 21st. This collaboration promises to enhance knowledge exchange and international cooperation, underlining both nations' commitment to a sustainable ASEAN region.

The 11th Philippine EV Summit, featuring Mr. Vongdala and the Laos delegation, will be a significant gathering of industry leaders, experts, and enthusiasts. It offers a platform to discuss the latest EV developments, challenges, and opportunities, furthering the electric mobility revolution through international partnerships.

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Randolph de Leon
Randy is a person with disability (PWD), a partially-blinded person with only his left eye functioning. Since childhood, the automobile has always been his passion, and is able to express it through photography and most recently, through writing as well. Outside the motoring beat, Randy spends time manning the media aspect of his business which he co-founded with his sister/college classmate. It's called Dragonlight Wellness and Solutions, a multi-business venture centering on improving peoples' lives through earning.