I attended the 29th ASEAN Ministers on Energy Meeting (AMEM) in Jerudong, Brunei Darussalam held on 20 September 2011 chaired by Hon. Pehin Dato (Dr) Mohammad Yasmin Umar, Minister of Energy at the Prime Minister’s Office of Brunei Darussalam.
I wish to convey my heartfelt gratitude to the Government and people of Brunei Darussalam for the excellent organization of this Meeting and the warm hospitality accorded to me and members of my delegation.
Simultaneously, the 8th Meeting of Energy Ministers of the ASEAN Plus Three countries (ASEAN, China, Japan and the Republic of Korea), the 5th East Asian Summit Energy Ministers Meeting (5th EAS EMM), and a consultation with the International Energy Agency were also held in conjuction with 29th AMEM.
Beside Hon. Pehin Dato (Dr) Mohammad Yasmin Umar, Minister of Energy, at the Prime Minister’s Office of Brunei Darussalam; myself, the meeting was well attended by H.E. Dr Ith Praing, Secretary of State, Ministry of Industry, Mines and Energy of Cambodia; H.E. Darwin Zahedy Saleh, Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources of the Republic of Indonesia; H.E. Soulivong Daravong, Minister of Energy and Mines of Lao PDR; H.E. Than Htay, Union Minister for Energy of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar; H.E. Jose Rene D. Almendras, Secretary, Department of Energy, the Republic of the Philippines; H.E. S. Iswaran, Minister, Prime Minister’s Office and Second Minister for Home Affairs and Trade and Industry of Singapore; H.E. Pichai Naripthaphan, Minister of Energy of Thailand; H.E. Le Duong Quang, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade of Viet Nam and H.E. Dr. Surin Pitsuwan, Secretary-General of ASEAN.
“ASEAN Connectivity” was chosen as the theme to reflect the commitment of the ASEAN Ministers of Energy to map out key strategies and actions to enhance physical, institutional and people-to-people connectivity in the region.
In my policy statement, I mentioned that as ASEAN is transforming into the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) by 2015, AMEM’s role would be in contributing to ASEAN Connectivity, especially through the ASEAN Power Grid (APG) and the Trans-ASEAN Gas Pipeline (TAGP) projects.
I also stressed on the importance of RE which will open a new spectrum of power, light, business and employment. As RE can only be promoted aggressively with the inclusion of RE-related businesses because RE needs private technology and financing, it is important for ASEAN members to also look into business and commercial issues of RE.
In this aspect, I told the meeting that we should explore avenues for inclusion of RE businesses in our endeavour. An ASEAN level forum for RE businesses, with the participation of government representatives, would be an excellent endeavour to push forward the RE agenda in ASEAN.
The 29th AMEM concluded with issuance of the Joint Ministerial Statement and I am confident AMEM will continue to propel ASEAN energy cooperation to greater heights.
Please follow the links below to read the full text of the statements.
Joint Ministerial Statement of the 29th ASEAN Ministers on Energy Meeting (AMEM)