THE 32nd Asean Ministers on Energy Meeting (AMEM) and Related Meetings, which began on Tuesday in Vientiane, Lao People’s Democratic Republic (PDR), ended yesterday, according to a press release.
Brunei Darussalam was represented by the Minister of Energy at the Prime Minister’s Office, Pehin Datu Singamanteri Colonel (Rtd) Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Awang Haji Mohammad Yasmin bin Haji Umar.
Asean ministers gathered for the two-day meeting with the theme “Power Integration for Asean Prosperity” under the chairmanship of Soulivong Daravong, Minister of Energy and Mines of Lao PDR. The meeting was officiated by Thongsing Thammavong, Prime Minister of the Lao PDR.
The meeting focused on the progress of energy cooperation in 2013-2014 under the Asean Plan of Action for Energy Cooperation (APAEC) 2010-2015. The ministers discussed progress of key initiatives such as the development of the Asean Power Grid (APG), Trans-Asean Gas Pipeline (TAGP), Asean Form on Coal (AFOC), Energy Efficiency and Conservation Sub-sector Network (EE&C-SSN), Renewable Energy Sub-sector Network (RE-SSN), Regional Energy Policy and Planning Sub-sector Network (REPP-SSN), Nuclear Energy Cooperation Sub-sector Network (NEC-SSN) and Energy Regulators’ Network (AERN), all of which are relevant to building the greater Asean economic integration.
The meeting also discussed the new APAEC series for 2016-2020 and endorsed the theme, “Enhancing Energy Connectivity and Market Integration in Asean to Achieve Energy Security, Accessibility, Affordability and Sustainability for All”.
The 11th AMEM Plus Three (China, Japan and the Republic of Korea), the 8th East Asian Summit Energy Ministers Meeting (EAS EMM) and the 4th Dialogue with the International Energy Agency (IEA) were also held on the sidelines of the ministerial meet.
The 11th AMEM Plus Three discussed the progress on Energy Security Cooperation and the various work programmes.
The ministers encouraged Japan to continue sharing the knowledge on the safe and secure use of civilian nuclear energy and on its related environmental impact.
The 8th East Asian Summit (EAS) Energy Ministers Meeting stressed on the importance of strengthening energy security and improving the energy access in the EAS region. The meeting reported on the implementation of the EAS Cooperation Work Plan on each of the respective work streams namely Energy Efficiency and Conservation, Bio-fuels for Transport and other Purposes and Renewable and Alternative Power Generation.
The dialogue with the International Energy Agency (IEA) allowed the ministers and IEA to further strengthen the already-existing Asean-IEA partnership. The dialogue is a vital platform for discussion on the global energy developments as well as on the progress of the Asean-IEA Cooperation for the power sector, energy efficiency and policy recommendation, gas market and trading hub in Asean.
The key outcome that transpired from the meetings was the firm commitment of Asean member states, dialogue partners and international agencies in enhancing regional cooperation in the energy sector.
The 33rd AMEM and Related Meetings will be hosted by Malaysia in 2015.