On April 30th, the visitors from NET Foundation visited ICS Programme and our producers at Nonsavanh village to exchange experiences in energy technology community. The total participants are 14 persons.

The objectives of the visit is to study the project implementation in Laos, to exchange knowledge in producing ICS for community and to build network in management ICS production with neighbour countries.

During the visit, NET foundation have shared experiences, problems with us and with the producer so that the producer will gain more experiences on problems solving and on stove production.

On 28 Febuary,  the ICS Programme held a Multi-stakeholder Meeting at Learning House of Development in Vientiane.  The meeting was facilitated by the Association for Rural Mobilization and Improvement (ARMI).  Forty-three people attended, including 13 women.

During the meeting, Mr. Inthone Sophapmixay, ICS Programme Team Leader for Vientiane, presented the seven Expected Results of the programme as well as updates regarding progress towards each Expected Result in the Programme’s three provinces.  The ICS Programme Plan for 2014 was also presented, including production and sales targets, as well as promotion and quality control plans.  Finally,  participants were updated on the development of the new ICS (prototype 4), which will be smaller, lighter and cheaper, while maintaining  the  same performance standards.

 

On Wednesday 26 of February 2014, a Multi-Stakeholder Meeting was organized by Association for Rural Mobilization and Improvement (ARMI) at the Department of Planning and Investment in Savannakhet province. The president of the Savannakhet branch of the Lao Woman Union Mrs. Khampheng Vilaythong, chaired the meeting.  Other key attendees include the director of ARMI, Mr. Amphone Souvannalath, the SNV Renewable Energy Sector Leader, Mr. Bastiaan Teune; representatives from the Department of Science and Technology; stove producers and  retailers; and the ICS team in Savannakhet. There were 60 attendees, including 34 females.

The meeting updated participants about the overall progress achieved under the ICS programme in the past year, including production, sales, quality control and promotion activities.  The quality control and promotion plans for 2014 were also presented.

During the meeting, Ms. Khamleth Sengsoulichanh,  ARMI’s team leader for the ICS programme in Savannakhet,  presented the current status of ICS production in the programme’s three provinces (Savannakhet, Champasak and Vientiane), as well as the targets for the coming year.  A total of 6,760 stoves were produced in 2013 and the Production Plan for 2014 in Savannakhet aims to ensure  14,314 ICS are produced.

The meeting also facilitated discussion among the attendees to exchange knowledge, identify problems and determine solutions in order to improve the ICS programme. 

Our project opened a booth at the Watphou festival in Champasak Province from 12-14 February.  99 stoves were sold in just two days.  Our promotion team and Lao Women Union representatives hosted activities and games to attract the public, including a cooking competition, testing demonstrations and short films.

 

Integration with GACC standards

Alignment with WB and the interministerial working group on cookstoves.

The launch of the programme was successful and during this event the participants covered the spectrum of stakeholders in the stoves’ sector.

Inception meetings with producers and retailers have been conducted, as well as first training sessions and through hands on support. The bigger tasks will be conducted in the coming period, which is to set up a producers association and providing a platform of dialogue that will increase the enabling environment for ICS roll out.

From 24- 28 June, the expert from GERES consulted with ICS programme resulting in a useful comments which is available on demand, the objective of this visiting are Assessment of our staff+hard ware and the operations of labs in SVK and Champasak, Assessment of the PEMS and see to what extend we are capable handling the PEMS or not, verify the testing reports done so far and advise on the process of filing and recording..

21 June 13 The Laboratory Set up at RENMI office had been completed; most necessary tools for the lab test were purchased and well-equipped. With active support from ICS staffs, SNV advisers and RENMI officers made the works went well and as plan. On 25th of June, there was a visit from GERES, Mr. David, to the new lab and he also gave some useful advice to the team for the appropriate testing protocol. Up to now, there were some numbers of stove testing have been implemented by our Testing Officers team up with RENMI staffs.

From Jan - June, Programme gave producers more than 800 serial and sticker numbers  attached in to ICS, these labels certificated by department of science and technology-SVK (DST-SVK). This was registered the designed logo, stove dimension PTT3, promotional tools and medias under DST-SVK to MST for consider and approval into publication ICS logo; the progress is on going of approval process at MST. Next step of label registration for CPS and VTE can proceed direct to DST and request for agreement to put their name into sticker.

During April 23-25, 2013. ICS Programme conducted a workshop for three testing agencies from DST-CPS, DST-SVK and RENMI, total 14 participants and 3 women. The workshop was organized at Savannakhet Department of science and technology office.

Purpose of this event to increase capacity of the testing agencies on stove testing Adapt water boiling test (AWBT) method and protocol, the workshop has applied two methodologies on testing theory of AWBT and demonstrate on video of stove testing process. Ms. Khounmy is a tester how again long experiences on stove testing was shared the PowerPoint of expected result of the tests and reason why we are applying for AWBT protocol, and Ms. Anousone explained the detail method of data entry.

In the afternoon session the participant were started practice and demonstrate by two testers from DST-SVK apply AWBT with stove PTT3 and Taopayat from Vientiane and from Pakse, after test they fill data in to form. After complete testing session the team and participant were share reflection and learn on data analysis. 

Observation, most of the participants is interest and pay attention to learn and question on testing’s protocol, result analysis and planning for conduct testing in their lab.

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