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Agency for Natural Resources and EnergyMETI State Minister Akaba Attended the ASEAN+3 Ministers on Energy Meeting and the EAS Energy Ministers Meeting

On September 25 and 26, 2013, Mr. Kazuyoshi Akaba, State Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, visited Bali, Indonesia, and attended the ASEAN+3 Ministers on Energy Meeting and the East Asia Summit (EAS) Energy Ministers Meeting. The outcomes of the meetings were respectively compiled into the Joint Ministerial Statements.

  1. On September 25 and 26, 2013, the 10th ASEAN+3 Ministers on Energy Meeting, with representatives from 13 countries of ASEAN economies, Japan, China and the ROK attending, and the 7th EAS Energy Ministers Meeting, with representatives from 18 countries of ASEAN economies, Japan, China, the ROK, Australia, India, New Zealand, the U.S. and Russia attending, were held. As a representative of Japan, State Minister Akaba attended the meetings. The outcomes of the meetings were respectively compiled into the Joint Ministerial Statements (see Appendices 1 and 2).
  2. At the ASEAN+3 Ministers on Energy Meeting, the ministers recognized the importance of cooperation in the region in terms of energy security, and, based on this recognition, they discussed specific efforts concerning the development of the oil stockpiling system, promotion of the use of clean coal technologies and other issues, as well as exchanging views on the role that natural gas will play in the global fuel mix. In addition, they also shared a common perception about the significance of information sharing among the members for responding volatile oil prices in light of the unstable geopolitical situations in the Middle East and other elements. The participants also confirmed the importance of the sustainable development of renewable energy as well as the promotion of energy efficiency and conservation efforts, and discussed specific cooperation to achieve the goals.
  3. At the EAS Energy Ministers Meeting, the ministers reaffirmed the importance of cooperation for energy security in the region. Based on this understanding, they confirmed the development of the members’ cooperation in the field of energy efficiency and conservation as well as the importance of making new efforts for energy efficiency and conservation, including Smart Energy Management. Furthermore, they welcomed the steady progress of the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA) research studies, as agreed upon at the 2012 Ministerial Meeting, and also agreed on the commencement of a new research study on a natural gas market in the EAS region.

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Release Date

September 27, 2013

Division in Charge

International Affairs Division, Agency for Natural Resources and Energy

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