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Old July 9th, 2009, 10:14 PM   #21
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High-level delegation to pursue rail talks in China

The Nation Published on July 9, 2009


A government delegation led by Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban is scheduled to visit China this month to invite private investors to participate in high-speed train and double-track railway projects in the Kingdom, following the visit of Premier Abhisit Vejjajiva late last month.


A Transport Ministry source said the delegation would also comprise Transport Minister Sophon Saram and other high-ranking ministry officials, including representatives from the Office of Transport and Traffic Policy and Planning (OTP).


The source said the delegation would open talks with representatives of China's government and its largest state-owned railway construction enterprise, China Railway Engineering, in regard to Thailand's high-speed train and double-track railway projects, in which China had previously expressed investment interest.


The government will then use the results of the negotiations in drawing up a policy for the Kingdom's railway system, said the source.


"The move follows a conversation between Prime Minister Abhisit and the chairman of China Railway Engineering during his visit on June 24-27, in which the Chinese authorities said they would be pleased to support the government's mega-investment projects under the second stimulus measures," said the source.


The source said the Chinese side would study project details to determine whether investment was worthwhile.


The two projects were part of the country's strategic development for mass-transit and logistics systems initiated by the Samak Sundaravej government.


Under the plan, Samak agreed to develop and construct the 2,344-kilometre double-track railway project to connect with the logistics system in the region, expecting this to turn Thailand into a logistics hub for Indochina. The railway would have a standard-gauge size (1.435 metres wide).


The project would be developed under a budget of Bt367 million and consist of five routes: Chiang Khong-Den Chai for a distance of 326 kilometres; Den Chai-Ban Phachi junction (470km); Nong Khai-Nakhon Ratchasima-Kaeg Khoi junction-Ban Phachi junction-Nong Pladuk junction-Kanchanaburi (990km); Kaeng Khoi junction-Chachoengsao-Laem Chabang (247km); and Thanon Chira junction-Ubon Ratchathani (331km).


Samak also agreed to open it for private firms to participate in terms of constructing railways and operating lines by paying the State Railway of Thailand (SRT) concession fees. As a result, the investment will not be a burden on the government.


In addition, the Samak government agreed to develop a high-speed train project with speeds of more than 160kph from Bangkok to large cities that have tourist attractions.


The project would comprise four routes: Bangkok-Nakhon Sawan for a distance of 231km; Bangkok-Nakhon Ratchasima (266km); Bangkok-Hua Hin (200 km); and Bangkok-Chanthaburi (300km).


The OTP, the SRT and other agencies have been assigned to work out the construction cost.


Meanwhile, Transport Ministry deputy permanent secretary Tawalyarat Onsira, as chairman of the SRT, recently said the authority had to wait for a policy on the two projects from the government before it could take any action.


"If China is interested in the projects, it would be good for the country to link its trade and logistics between the two countries," he said.
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Airlines hope rail link ready on time

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Published: 14/07/2009 at 08:59 PM


International airlines urged the government to ensure that the long-delayed airport link project is up and running at its latest promised date in order to complement efforts to make Suvarnabhumi Airport an air hub.

"The sooner the system is opened, the better,'' said Jaiyavat Navaraj, chairman of the Airline Operators Committee (AOC), which represents more than 80 international airlines operating through Suvarnabhumi.

The 26-billion-baht rapid transit system that stretches 28 km from Bangkok's international airport to Makkasan has suffered multiple delays.

Current opposition by the State Railway of Thailand's union to setting up a subsidiary company to operate the line has created doubts about whether it can start operations by the second quarter of next year, the latest promised date.

The system will provide an efficient transport option between Suvarnabhumi and the city centre for some 50,000 passengers and 15,000 airline staff and airport workers who need to commute every day and endure the frustrations of long bus waits and unscrupulous taxi drivers, said Mr Jaiyavat.

But Walter Gintschel, the operation specialist for the airport link system, expressed confidence on Tuesday that the system would be ready for a trial run in early December this year, a process that takes about three months, before the line opens for public service in April.

System contractors B.Grimm, Siemens and Sino-Thai Engineering and Construction are putting the final touches on the system and the train is actually running back and forth to test the line, the German train expert said.

Many of the nearly 180 international airline staff who were given the chance to try the rail system from the airport to Makkasan on Tuesday morning said they were pleased with the train's performance and are looking forward to using it soon.

The government has tentatively fixed the airport rail link fare at 150 baht per person per trip on the express line, which does not make stops between the airport and Makkasan city terminal, a journey that takes 15 minutes.

The planned fare for the city line, which stops at the six stations along the way with a total running time of 30 minutes, is 45 baht for a single ride.
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INVITATION FOR PREQUALIFICATION

3 July 2009

http://www.railway.co.th/auction/dec...E_RED_LINE.pdf


CONSTRUCTION OF THE RED LINE (BANG SUE - RANGSIT) PROJECT E&M FOR BANG SUE – RANGSIT RAILWAY SYSTEM


Funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)

Loan Aggrement No. TXXXI-1

1. The Ministry of Finance (MOF), Kingdom of Thailand has received an ODA Loan from Japan International Cooperation Agency, hereinafter referred to as the JICA, in the amount of 63,018 (sixty three thousand and eighteen) Million Yen toward the cost of Construction of the Red Line (Bang Sue - Rangsit) Project, the Loan Agreement has been signed on March 30, 2009, and intends to apply the proceeds of the loan to payments under the contract for which this Invitation for Prequalification is issued.

Disbursement of the ODA Loan by JICA will be subject, in all respects, to the terms and conditions of the Loan Agreement, including the disbursement procedures and the ‘Guidelines for Procurement under JICA ODA Loans’.

No party other than the State Railway of Thailand, as the Executing Agency, shall derive any rights from the Loan Agreement or have any claim to Loan proceeds. The above Loan Agreement will cover only a part of the project cost. As for the remaining portion, the Ministry of Finance will take appropriate measures for finance.

2. JICA requires that tenderers and contractors, as well as the State Railway of Thailand, under contracts funded with JICA ODA Loans and other Japanese ODA, observe the highest standard of ethics during the procurement and execution of such contracts. In pursuance of this policy, JICA

(a) will reject a proposal for award if it determines that the tender recommended for award
has engaged in corrupt or fraudulent practices in competing for the contract in question;

(b) will recognize a contractor as ineligible, for a period determined by JICA, to be awarded a contract funded with JICA ODA Loans if it at any times determines that the contractor has engaged in corrupt or fraudulent practices in competing for, or in executing, another contract funded with JICA ODA Loans or other Japanese ODA.

3. The State Railway of Thailand, hereinafter referred to as “the Employer”, intends to prequalify contractors, for tendering process of the E&M for Bang Sue-Rangsit Railway System of the Project. E&M for Bang Sue – Rangsit Railway System

The construction includes design and engineering, supply and installation of railway

Trackworks and E&M Railway System covering

a) Bang Sue – Rangsit Railway Section comprising

1) Trackworks in Meter Gauge,
2) Electrification System,
3) Train Control and
Signalling Systems,
4) Communication System,
5) Ticketing System,
6) Depot Facilities and
Equipment,
7) Station Security and Office Automation Systems,
8) Bulk Sub-Station and
Auto-Transformer,
9) Removal, Immunisation, Modification and/or Relocation of Existing
Track, Level Crossings and Signalling and
10) Procurement of Rolling Stocks and the fitting of ATP to existing SRT Rolling Stocks,

b) Bang Sue – Taling Chan Section (financed by Thai Government) comprising

1) Electrification System,
2) Train Control and Signalling
Systems,
3) Communication System,
4) Ticket System,
5) Station Security and Office
Automation Systems,
6) Auto-Transformer and
7) Procurement of Rolling Stocks.

4. Invitation for Prequalification will be made in July 2009, Invitation to Tender is expected in November 2009 and submission for tenders in January 2010.

5. Prequalification is open to firms and voluntarily formed joint ventures form all countries and the contracts shall be tendered on an international competitive bidding (ICB) basis in accordance with the “Guidelines for Procurement under JICA ODA Loans”.

6. Eligible applicants may obtain the prequalification documents by calling , writing , faxing , or by electronic mail at the address below for the Contract mentioned above on July 1, 2009 to July 15, 2009 from 09.00 – 12.00 noon and 01.00 pm – 04.00 pm on SRT’s working days.

7. The documents are available for a nonrefundable fee of 10,000 (ten thousand) Baht including VAT per set of Prequalification Documents. The Employer will promptly dispatch the documents by registered airmail, but under no circumstances will it be held responsible for late delivery or loss of documents so mailed. The request must clearly state: Request for Prequalification Documents for E&M for Bang Sue-Rangsit Railway System.

8. The prequalification documents shall be submitted in sealed envelopes and delivered by hand at the address described below before 12.00 noon (local time) on September 15, 2009 and clearly marked “Application to Prequalify for the Construction of the Red Line (Bang Sue – Rangsit) Project, E&M for Bang Sue – Rangsit Railway System. The application may be submitted by mail on the applicant’s own responsibilities for loss, damage, misplacement, late submission or premature opening of the application. However, the Employer does not encourage the applicant to submit his application by mail.

The prequalification documents shall be obtained and submitted at the following address:-

9. Only Applicants, or in the case of joint venture at least one member of the joint venture, in the Prequalification Documents purchasing list are entitled to submit the application.

10. The State Railway of Thailand reserves the right to accept or reject late applications.

11. Applicants will be advised, within 60 days of the date for submission of applications, of the results of their applications. Only firms and joint ventures prequalified under this procedure will be invited to tender.

The State Railway of Thailand

The Special Project and Construction Department
State Railway of Thailand
1 Rong Muang Road, Pathumwan District, Bangkok 10330
Phone: 662 220 4772, 662 220 4774, 662 220 4776
Fax: 662 220 4776
Email: [email protected]
Attn: Mr. Jaray Roongthanee

Project Director
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INVITATION FOR PREQUALIFICATION

9/07/2009


Contract 1 : Civil Works for Bang Sue Grand Station and Depots Contract 2 : Civil Works for Bang Sue – Rangsit Railway

http://www.railway.co.th/auction/dec...E_RED_LINE.pdf



THE STATE RAILWAY OF THAILAND

MINISTRY OF TRANSPORT

KINGDOM OF THAILAND

INVITATION FOR PREQUALIFICATION

CONSTRUCTION OF THE RED LINE (BANG SUE - RANGSIT) PROJECT

Contract 1 : Civil Works for Bang Sue Grand Station and Depots
Contract 2 : Civil Works for Bang Sue – Rangsit Railway

Funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)

Loan Agreement No. TXXXI-1

1. The Ministry of Finance (MOF), Kingdom of Thailand has received an ODA Loan from Japan International Cooperation Agency, hereinafter referred to as the JICA, in the amount of 63,018 (sixty three thousand and eighteen) Million Yen toward the cost of Construction of the Red Line (Bang Sue - Rangsit) Project, the Loan Agreement has been signed on March 30, 2009, and intends to apply the proceeds of the loan to eligible payments under the contracts for which this Invitation for Prequalification is issued. Disbursement of the ODA Loan by JICA will be subject, in all respects, to the terms and conditions of the Loan Agreement, including the disbursement procedures and the ‘Guidelines for Procurement under JICA ODA Loans’. No party other than the State Railway of Thailand, as the Executing Agency, shall derive any rights from the Loan Agreement or have any claim to Loan proceeds. The above Loan Agreement will cover only a part of the project cost. As for the remaining portion, the Ministry of Finance will take appropriate measures for finance.

2. JICA requires that tenderers and contractors, as well as the State Railway of Thailand, under contracts funded with JICA ODA Loans and other Japanese ODA, observe the highest standard of ethics during the procurement and execution of such contracts. In pursuance of this policy, JICA

(a) will reject a proposal for award if it determines that the tender recommended for award has engaged in corrupt or fraudulent practices in competing for the contract in question;

(b) will recognize a contractor as ineligible, for a period determined by JICA, to be awarded a contract funded with JICA ODA Loans if it at any times determines that the contractor has engaged in corrupt or fraudulent practices in competing for, or in executing, another contract funded with JICA ODA Loans or other Japanese ODA.

3. The State Railway of Thailand, hereinafter referred to as “the Employer”, intends to
prequalify contractors for the following contracts under this Project:


Contract 1 : Civil Works for Bang Sue Grand Station and Depots

1) Bang Sue Grand Station with building services comprising

a) 4 platforms for Commuter Train and 8 future platforms on third floor,
b) 12 platforms for Long Distance Train on second floor,
c) passenger concourse with MRTA System connecting structure on first floor and
d) car-parking area in basement,

2) Chatuchak Station with building services along railway line,

3) elevated railway on precast segmental box girder over concrete piers or portal frames and at-grade railway from Sta. 6+000 to Sta. 12+201.700,

4) Commuter Train Depot, Long Distance Train Depot, Stabling Yards (excluding Trackworks) and other related train operation control building,

5) roads, flyover and drainage system and 6) modification or removal of Hopewell Project’s structures.

Contract 2 : Civil Works for Bang Sue – Rangsit Railway

Construction includes

1) 6 stations with building services along railway line (namely; Bang Khen,
Thung Song Hong, Lak Si, Kan Kheha, Don Muang and Rangsit),

2) elevated railway on precast segmental box girder over concrete piers or portal frames and at-grade railway on pile foundation and on ground from Sta. 12+201.700 to Sta.32+350.000,

3) local road and drainage system and

4) modification or removal of Hopewell Project’s structure and basic structure for future extension of Wat Samian Nari Station and Lak Hok Station.

4. Invitation for Prequalification will be made in July 2009, Invitation to Tender is expected in December 2009 and submission for tenders in March 2010.

5. Prequalification is open to firms and voluntarily formed joint ventures form all countries and the contracts shall be tendered on an international competitive bidding (ICB) basis in accordance with the “Guidelines for Procurement under JICA ODA Loans”.

6. Eligible applicants may obtain the prequalification documents by calling , writing , faxing , or by electronic mail at the address below for the Contracts mentioned above on July 16, 2009 to July 31, 2009 from 09.00 – 12.00 noon and 01.00 pm – 03.00 pm on SRT’s working days.

7. The documents are available for a nonrefundable fee (in Thai Baht Only) of 10,000 (ten thousand) Baht including VAT per set of Prequalification Documents of each Contract. In case the applicants purchase the PQ Documents at SRT’s Office, the applicants shall pay the fee for PQ Documents at SRT’s Treasury Division, Finance and Accounting Department at the date and time mentioned above before obtaining the PQ Documents at the Special Project and Construction Department. In case the applicants purchase the PQ documents by calling, writing, faxing or by electronic mail, the Employer will promptly dispatch the documents by registered airmail after the applicants have transferred the payment for the fee of PQ Documents to SRT, but under no circumstances will it be held responsible for late delivery or loss of documents so mailed. The request must clearly state; Request for Prequalification Documents for :

Contract 1 : Civil Works for Bang Sue Grand Station and Depots ; or
Contract 2 : Civil Works for Bang Sue – Rangsit Railway ; or For both Contract 1 and Contract 2

8. The application for prequalification shall be submitted in sealed envelopes and delivered by hand at the address described below and clearly marked “Application to Prequalify for the Construction of the Red Line (Bang Sue – Rangsit) Project :

Contract 1 : Civil Works for Bang Sue Grand Station and Depots, the application for prequalification shall be submitted on October 1, 2009 before 12.00 noon (local time).

Contract 2 : Civil Works for Bang Sue – Rangsit Railway, the application for prequalification shall be submitted on October 2, 2009 before 12.00 noon (local time).

The application may be submitted by mail on the applicant’s own responsibilities for loss, damage, misplacement, late submission or premature opening of the application. However, the Employer does not encourage the applicant to submit his application by mail.

The prequalification documents shall be obtained and submitted at the following address:-

The Special Project and Construction Department State Railway of Thailand
1 Rong Muang Road, Pathumwan District, Bangkok 10330
Phone: 662 220 4772, 662 220 4774, 662 220 4776
Fax: 662 220 4776
Email: [email protected]
Attn: Mr. Jaray Roongthanee

Project Director

9. Only Applicants, or in the case of joint venture at least one member of the joint venture, in the Prequalification Documents purchasing list are entitled to submit the application.

10. The State Railway of Thailand reserves the right to accept or reject late applications.

11. Applicants will be advised, within 60 days of the date for submission of applications, of the results of their applications. Only firms and joint ventures prequalified under this procedure will be invited to tender.

The State Railway of Thailand
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Ministry insists on SRT restructuring

Bangkokpost Published: 17/07/2009 at 12:00 AM


The Finance Ministry expects to move forward with its restructuring plan for the State Railway of Thailand by the end of the month.

Pradit Phataraprasit, a deputy finance minister, said SRT executives would hold talks with the SRT labour union on Monday to repeat their assurances that the restructuring plan did not represent a privatisation of the state enterprise.

"I would like to repeat that the government has never had any thoughts of privatising the SRT, not in the 10 years since this restructuring plan was first proposed," he said following a meeting with the State Enterprise Policy Office.

The plan calls for two wholly owned companies to be set up under the SRT, one to manage train operations and a second to manage the railway's massive land holdings and properties nationwide.

Authorities say the SRT, the country's worst-performing state enterprise, is in dire need of an organisational and strategic revamp, particularly as the government intends on committing hundreds of billions of baht in new investment in rail and logistics systems over the next several years.

But SRT workers are adamantly against the restructuring plan, which they say represents a back-door privatisation of the state enterprise. They argue that the SRT's continual losses stem from government policies against matching fares with operating costs, with the last approved rise coming some 24 years ago.

The railway posted a net loss of 10.14 billion baht in 2008, more than the 7.8 billion from 2007, due largely to higher fuel, interest and pension expenses.

Mr Pradit said that without change, the government had little confidence that the SRT could implement the infrastructure investments planned for the next several years.

"Over the next five years, the government has set a budget of as much as 200 billion baht to improve the SRT, in the form of infrastructure and service improvements. So it is critical that we have efficient management, if we are to ensure maximum benefits from this money."

Responsibility for core operations, including passenger and cargo transport, will be transferred to a new subsidiary, as will oversight for the new Airport Link light-rail system connecting central Bangkok with Suvarnabhumi airport.

The new asset management company, meanwhile, will be tasked with commercially developing the 36,600 rai of property held by the SRT unrelated to core train operations.

The SRT will continue to maintain and invest in stations and the country's rail network.

Areepong Bhoocha-oom, the director-general of the State Enterprise Policy Office, said the Airport Link project would hold trial runs on Dec 5, the birthday of His Majesty the King. Commercial service is expected to begin in the second quarter of 2010.
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Role sought for Thai firms

Bangkokpost 27/07/2009


The State Railway of Thailand will ask the Japan International Cooperation Agency to revise the terms of reference of the Red Line rail project to allow Thai firms a part in the construction.

The Public Debt Management Office (PDMO), under the Finance Ministry, would negotiate with Jica before the SRT starts seeking companies qualified for the construction, SRT board president Thawan Onsira said. The PDMO supported the revision of the terms because it would benefit the economy and labour development. The office expected to receive an answer from Jica within two weeks, said Mr Thawan, who is also deputy permanent secretary for transport.

He said the participation of Thai construction companies was important for technology transfer. He said a condition of the terms should be that Thai firms are partners in each construction contract.

The Red Line project, a 26km railway from Bang Sue to Rangsit in Pathum Thani, is divided into three contracts: two covering rail construction and one for the electrical work. The project is worth about 68 billion baht.
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Stalemate derails SRT plans Committee to decide railway restructuring

Bangkokpost Published: 28/07/2009 at 12:00 AM


The future of the State Railway of Thailand rests with Deputy Prime Minister Sanan Kachornprasart after the final round of negotiations with its powerful union failed to make any headway.

The main stumbling block between SRT executives and union leaders is the management model for the Airport Rail Link project connecting the city to Suvarnabhumi airport.

The link, due to start on Dec 5, is seen as the most promising aspect of the SRT's future.

The cabinet last month agreed to the restructuring of the SRT but only if the plan was backed by the union.

It would see the SRT separated into two subsidiary firms handling asset management and services. The airport link would be under the service firm.

While existing SRT staff would be responsible for passenger and freight services under the proposed new structure, the SRT plans to recruit new staff to operate the airport link.

The SRT board yesterday held firm on the plan, saying it would offer better management and more efficiency.

The labour union rejected the plan, saying the airport link should be run as a business unit within the SRT instead of under a new subsidiary.

SRT governor Yutthana Thapcharoen said no more talks would be held with the union as it was pointless.

The union has accused the SRT of having a hidden agenda with future plans to privatise profit-making businesses. SRT executives have denied the suggestion.

The SRT will present its position and the union's argument to a committee chaired by Maj Gen Sanan for a decision.

Despite the conflict between the executives and the union, the SRT governor was confident the launch of the new railways system would go ahead.

SRT union leader Sawit Kaewwan said the union wanted the Airport Rail Link operators to come under the SRT because that would provide an assurance that business units would not be privatised in the future.

Mr Sawit insisted the union's resistance to the SRT plan to set up subsidiaries would not delay the launch of the system.

He did not say what the union would do if its proposal was rejected by the Sanan panel.

Its strike in late June in opposition to the restructuring left 200,000 passengers stranded and caused the SRT 16 million baht in losses.

The Finance Ministry yesterday warned the labour union that more strikes could badly hurt the SRT.

Passengers would become frustrated and switch to other transport services, said Areepong Bhoocha-oom, the director-general of the ministry's State Enterprise Policy Office (Sepo).

Mr Areepong said the railway system made up just 2% of the country's available transport services.

Therefore if SRT staff went on prolonged strike, the service could lose out to other kinds of services. Eventually, the SRT would lose more of its already small number of customers, he said.

The Sepo chief said the SRT restructuring must go ahead. Under the restructuring plan, the government would invest about 195 billion baht in the enterprise's business operations from 2010 to 2014. It expects to give the state railway at least 40 billion baht a year.

The investment is in the national interest as Thailand needs to improve its rail transport facilities, Mr Areepong said.

"I hope that SRT staff will agree with the investment plan. It's because the SRT's performance over the past 10 years has clearly proved to be ineffective," he said.

The country could no longer afford to delay the upgrading of the SRT, Mr Areepong said.
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UN sets out case for new rail system Thailand would benefit from green technology

Bangkokpost Published: 2/09/2009 at 12:00 AM


The government needs to modernise and expand the national rail system to cut Thailand's carbon emissions, a United Nations expert says.

"There is a chance [for the Thai government] to spend more money to achieve the shift to a low-carbon life," said Sasakazu Ichimura, environment and development chief with the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (Escap).

Mr Ichimura yesterday said at the launch of a UN report, "The World Economic and Social Survey 2009: Promoting Development, Saving the Planet", that Thailand was among Asean countries in a better position than other developing or poorer countries to achieve integration of economic, livelihood and environment sustainability.

There was room for the government to stimulate the economy and reap the benefits to tackle the climate change threat, he said.

Modernising and expanding the rail system nationwide could help reduce people's dependence on cars and buses, which emit greenhouse gases and contribute to global warming.

"Currently, people living in Thailand have to take their cars and buses for travelling everywhere, especially outside Bangkok," he said.

But Thailand lacked the infrastructure to address this need.

"It is a pity when you constructed a new railway system for a link between Bangkok city and the [Suvarnabhumi] airport that you have to build everything new," he said.

The report urges more investment in low-emission, high economic growth strategies for developing countries.

Noeleen Heyzer, United Nations under-secretary-general and Escap executive secretary, said the huge financial stimulus packages which governments of Asia-Pacific countries developed in response to the financial crisis could be used to address the adverse impacts of climate change.

While rich countries needed to make a concerted effort to cut emissions, developing countries could no longer afford to take the "grow first, clean up later approach" for their economic development, Ms Heyzer said.

The region needed a new energy infrastructure to promote greater energy efficiency and a shift towards renewable energy sources and improved energy access for the poor.

"This requires governments to adjust development plans, national budgets and stimulus packages to support green growth measures," she said.

The states needed to establish new partnerships with the private sector to mobilise resources, she said.

Escap urged its member states to reduce their dependency on fossil fuels by increasing the efficiency of energy consumption. Two-thirds to three-quarters of greenhouse gas emission was from the energy sector.

Ms Heyzer said developing countries must expand electricity and transport infrastructure three to four times to provide for the entire population.

But without renewable energy, there would be more carbon emissions from these countries, she said.

The UN report says low-carbon technologies exist but are often prohibitively expensive for developing countries, and therefore a level of international support by means of a global investment programme was needed.
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