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    Vietnam’s guidance highlighted at ASEAN meet

    Lyna Mohamad

    Vietnam has guided Brunei Darussalam in a time of great disruption, to fulfill its promise in advancing ‘Energy Transition Towards Sustainable Development’ and in doing so, planned the best out of the situation, shared Deputy Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Energy Pengiran Haji Jamra Weira bin Pengiran Haji Petra as the Senior Official on Energy Leader for Brunei Darussalam during the 39th Senior Officials Meeting on Energy (SOME) and its associated meeting yesterday.

    He added that despite the COVID-19 pandemic, Vietnam led Brunei towards the endorsement of the ASEAN Plan of Action for Energy Cooperation (APAEC) Phase II for 2021–2025 by its ministers at the 38th ASEAN Ministers on Energy Meeting – 38th AMEM last year.

    The meeting paved the way by setting the region to the right path towards accelerating energy transition and strengthening energy resilience through greater innovation and cooperation.

    Congratulating Vietnam for achieving their AMEM priorities and deliverables, the deputy permanent secretary noted that Brunei Darussalam will continue building on Vietnam’s admirable work, to advance the low-carbon energy transition agenda in AMEM, in contributing to the ASEAN community building process, particularly the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) by 2025.

    “We are honoured to chair the ASEAN Energy Sectoral Body meeting for the first time today under Brunei Darussalam’s ASEAN Chairmanship in 2021, during which we hope to work with our ASEAN friends and partners to do all we can to strengthen and deepen the feelings among the 650 million people of our region that ASEAN offers them hope, confidence and purpose, as they face the complex and interconnected challenges of the modern world.”

    Deputy Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Energy Pengiran Haji Jamra Weira bin Pengiran Haji Petra during the meeting. PHOTO: BAHYIAH BAKIR

    At the ASEAN Leaders’ Meeting held in Jakarta, Indonesia in April, ASEAN leaders recognised the strength of the ASEAN community lies in putting people at its centre and fulfilling their desire to live in a region of lasting peace, security and stability, sustained economic growth, shared prosperity and social progress.

    Together, these have made Southeast Asia more than a geographical location and they defined its people as a community of nations with an approach to regional and international affairs that transcends different histories and backgrounds, said the chairman adding that the result has been recognition of common interests, a search for shared agreement through consultation and consensus, and a deep respect for each other.

    Pengiran Haji Jamra Weira noted that it is in this spirit that AMEM priorities and deliverables are pivot to, and in aligning it with Brunei Darussalam’s ASEAN Chairmanship 2021 theme: ‘We Care, We Prepare, We Prosper’.

    Therefore AMEM must continue to strengthen its cooperation in fostering economic growth and sustainable development. “This will give our people more confidence in facing the challenges of today and of the future, knowing that we are part of region of close friends and longstanding partners, who share common hopes and a common purpose,” he said.

    With this in mind, Brunei Darussalam has come up with three initiatives this year, which it believes will add value and give strong momentum to the implementation of the first year of the APAEC Phase II for 2021–2025 in advancing the low-carbon energy transition agenda in AMEM, strengthen and improve the close nexus between energy and climate issues, and more importantly, crucial in fostering a sense of community amongst our peoples within the ASEAN energy establishments.

    The three initiatives are: AMEM-Wide Education and Training Exchanges on the Role of Natural Gas in Advancing a Low-Carbon Energy Transition, ASEAN Energy Establishments and Climate Change Organisations Cooperation on Energy Issues and Establishing ASEAN Energy Interaction Programmes.

    Additionally, the Sultanate also initiated a Joint Declaration on Energy Security and Energy Transition as part of the Priority Economic Deliverables (PED) under the AEC for its ministers to adopt when they meet virtually at the 39th AMEM in September.

    The joint declaration will give a unique opportunity to shape the regional energy outlook even beyond 2025, in ensuring current and future energy security, and accelerating the energy transition, for a more prepared, dynamic and sustainable regional economic community, that can enhance the people’s lives.

    “This is especially true in ensuring that the energy sector continues to make effective and meaningful contributions towards enhancing ASEAN’s preparedness and response to regional emergencies and disasters in supporting the implementation of the Strategic and Holistic Initiative to Link ASEAN Responses to Emergencies and Disasters or the ‘ASEAN Shield’.

    “So while it has been a challenging year for us, we can take great satisfaction that the people will have the confidence and certainty on our commitment to making changes for a better future. We look forward to your full support and contribution in making another successful year for AMEM.”

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