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Agency for Natural Resources and EnergyMETI to Hold the First Training Program to Support Establishment of Petroleum Security for ASEAN Countries–Aiming at Enhancement of Asia-Wide Energy Security-

From June 15 (Mon.) to June 19 (Fri.), 2015, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) will hold the first Training Program to Support Establishment of Petroleum Security for director-general-level executives in charge of petroleum policies in the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries by cooperating with the Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation (JOGMEC).

1. Background and purpose

At the ASEAN +3 meeting regarding petroleum reserves in February 2014, the ASEAN side requested that a training program for developing human resources in charge of petroleum reserves be held. Based on this request, METI has decided to conduct the first Training Program to Support Establishment of Petroleum Security, the first of its kind aiming to improve energy security in the Asia region.

During the training, lectures will be provided for participants from ASEAN countries, and topics will be Japan’s petroleum policies, such as petroleum industry policies, stable supplies of petroleum in emergencies, and joint projects with ASEAN in the petroleum field. The training will also include field trips to national petroleum stocking bases and petroleum refineries. In addition, a workshop is to be held to exchange opinions about present issues and the directions of future cooperation, concerning the state of petroleum reserves and measures in case of disruption of petroleum supplies, having participants from the ASEAN Center for Energy (ACE), which is ASEAN’s executive office for energy cooperation in charge of petroleum reserves, and the ASEAN Council on Petroleum (ASCOPE), which is ASEAN’s emergency executive office for cases of disruption of petroleum supplies.

The training program targets the director-general-level executives of ASEAN countries in charge of petroleum policies, and aims to improve energy security throughout the whole of Asia, including Japan, by improving energy security in ASEAN where the demand for petroleum continues to increase, through promoting petroleum reserves in each country, strengthening their capabilities to handle emergency situations, and making other efforts.

2. Outline of the training program

Title of training program: Training Program to Support Establishment of Petroleum Security for ASEAN countries
Date: From June 15 (Mon.) to June 19 (Fri.), 2015
Venues: METI, JOGMEC, and other places
Expected participants: Director-general-level executives in charge of petroleum policies in eight ASEAN countries (Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand, and Viet Nam), the International Energy Agency (IEA), ACE, and ASCOPE

Release date

June 12, 2015

Division in Charge

Petroleum Refining and Reserve Division, Agency for Natural Resources and Energy

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