Minister hails East Asian summit as ‘significant milestone’

James Kon

Minister of Energy Dato Seri Setia Dr Awang Haji Mat Suny bin Haji Mohd Hussein yesterday described the establishment of the East Asia Summit Energy Ministers Meeting (EAS EMM) as a “significant milestone” in the evolving energy architecture of this region.

He said this as the chair of the 15th EAS EMM, which was held virtually as one of the associated meetings under the 39th ASEAN Ministers on Energy Meeting (AMEM).

The EAS EMM has played a major role in ushering in a new wave of multilateralism among ASEAN and its dialogue partners, and paving the way for the promotion and enhancement of practical cooperation among energy institutions and organisations.

Dato Seri Setia Dr Awang Haji Mat Suny urged EAS EMM member states to continue to strive towards energy security and accelerating energy transition in the region by responding effectively to current and future challenges and opportunities through the spirit of solidarity, compassion and collective responsibility.

“Cooperation on the three EAS Energy Cooperation Task Force – Energy Efficiency and Conservation; Biofuels for Transport and Other Purposes; and Renewable and Alternative Power Generation – should remain a central task, the promotion of innovative energy technologies and low carbon society needs to be scaled-up, and leaders’ commitment in the principles of peace, stability and prosperity should be upheld,” he said.

Minister of Energy Dato Seri Setia Dr Awang Haji Mat Suny bin Haji Mohd Hussein chairs the meeting. PHOTO: THE MINISTRY OF ENERGY

Brunei Darussalam was represented by Deputy Minister of Energy cum delegation head Dato Seri Paduka Awang Haji Matsatejo bin Sokiaw. Ministers and senior officials responsible for energy from the EAS participating countries participated in the virtual event.

According to the Ministry of Energy (ME), the EAS EMM mechanism has paved the way for increased understanding among nations, across all levels, establishing wider areas of cooperation and enhancing linkages within various energy establishments and institutions.

The meeting also discussed the EAS Energy Cooperation Programme implementation report. It highlighted the progress and accomplishments of energy cooperation in 2020/2021 and the work plans led by ASEAN member states and dialogue partners towards practical cooperation, which is the core thrust of the EAS EMM platform, with the establishment of Work Streams on Energy Efficiency and Conservation; Biofuels for Transport and Other Purposes; and Renewable and Alternate Power Generation.

The meeting continued with the EAS EMM ministerial dialogue with international energy organisations including the International Energy Agency (IEA) and International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). The meeting concluded with the adoption of the 15th EAS EMM joint ministerial statement, marking the end of the 39th AMEM for 2021.