The annual ASEAN Ministers on Energy Meeting held its 36th session on 29 to 30 October 2018 in Singapore. Themed "Transforming Energy: Invest, Innovate and Integrate", the meeting was chaired by His Excellency Mr. Chan Chun Sing, Minister of Energy and Industry of Singapore with vice chair, His Excellency Dr. Siri Jirapongphan, Minister of Energy of Thailand. Other related meetings that took place were the 15th ASEAN Ministers on Energy Meeting Plus Three (AMEM+3) and the 12th East Asia Summit Energy Ministers Meeting (EAS EMM).
The 36th AMEM discussed on the important of energy resilience and innovation as well as clean energy transformation for the region. The Meeting discussed on the Mid-Term Review of the ASEAN Plan of Action on Energy Cooperation (APAEC) 2016-2025 Phase 1: 2016-2020 that entails strategies on the seven programme areas namely ASEAN Power Grid, Trans-ASEAN Gas Pipeline, Coal and Clean Coal Technology, Energy Efficiency and Conservation, Renewable Energy, Regional Energy Policy and Planning, and Civilian Nuclear Energy. With a score of 3.65 out of 5, ASEAN is set to be on track in achieve its collective targets by 2020 that will contribute to the realisation of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) and ASEAN Vision 2025.
At the 12th EAS EMM, Brunei Darussalam had the opportunity to report to the EAS energy ministers on the progress of the Renewable and Alternative Power Generation (RAPG) Work Stream under the EAS Energy Cooperation Task Force as Co-Chair of the Work Stream. The Meeting welcomed the Republic of Korea as the new Co-Chair of the RAPG Work Stream and its new plans on innovative storage technologies and hydrogen applications.
The 15th AMEM+3, among others, discussed the on-going cooperation with the People's Republic of China, Japan and the Republic of Korea. The meeting welcomed new proposed activities on LNG market, hydrogen potential in the region and clean energy dialogue.
The Meeting saw the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding on Energy Cooperation between ASEAN and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) to strengthen cooperation and assist ASEAN in scaling up renewable energy deployment and advancing the transition to a sustainable energy future. Signing on behalf of ASEAN was Yang Mulia Dato Paduka Lim Jock Hoi, Secretary General of ASEAN and on behalf of IRENA was His Excellency Adnan Z. Amin, Director General of IRENA.
The key highlights of the meetings include the importance of striking the balance between energy sustainability, connectivity, accessibility and affordability. The electricity demand in ASEAN is set to increase and this calls for urgent measures for clean transformation. The roles of innovation and investments were identified as one of the key enablers that could narrow the development gap towards this desired transformation. In moving forward, the importance for a strengthened regional cooperation among ASEAN was highlighted, with the hope to work together to accelerate the implementation of the APAEC.
Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Dr. Awang Haji Mat Suny bin Haji Md. Hussein, Minister of Energy, Manpower and Industry represented Brunei Darussalam at the 36th AMEM and Its Related Meetings. The 37th AMEM and Its Related Meetings will take place on 2 to 6 September 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand.
Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Dr. Awang Haji Mat Suny also attended the Singapore Energy Summit, part of the Singapore International Energy Week (SIEW) that is held on 29 October to 2 November 2018. This year's SIEW is themed "Transforming Energy: Invest, Innovate, Integrate" and is held back-to-back with the 36th AMEM and Its Related Meetings.
Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Dr. Awang Haji Mat Suny bin Haji Md Hussein, Minister of Energy, Manpower and Industry with Minsiters from ASEAN and Dialogue Partners and the ASEAN Secretary General