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ASEAN+3 Ministers on Energy Meeting (AMEM+3) and East Asia Summit Energy Ministers Meeting (EAS EMM) were Held

On September 28, 2017, the ASEAN+3 Ministers on Energy Meeting (AMEM+3) and the East Asia Summit Energy Ministers Meeting (EAS EMM) were held in Manila, Philippines. Ministers adopted the Joint Ministerial Statements based on the outcome of both meetings. In addition, Japan held meetings with Secretary of Energy of the Philippines and other officials.

1. AMEM+3 and EAS EMM

Both meetings were inaugurated to ensure stable energy supply, strengthen measures for energy security, and address climate change in the Asian region, where energy demand has been growing. They provide good opportunities for energy ministers of participating countries to discuss policy harmonization and international cooperation.

The AMEM+3 was held, bringing together energy ministers from 10 ASEAN Member States and ministers and officials from Japan, China and the Republic of Korea. As a representative of Japan, Mr. Atsushi Taketani, Deputy Commissioner for International Affairs, Agency for Natural Resources and Energy, attended the meeting.

EAS EMM also had officials from Australia, India, New Zealand, Russia and the United States in addition to the ASEAN+3 participating countries.

At these meetings, participants mainly discussed the following subjects:

[ⅰ]Raising common awareness among participating countries for promoting the utilization of natural gas in Asia and related future actions

At the meetings, the Ministers recognized the pivotal role of the promoting natural gas utilization for sustainable growth of the region and ensuring energy security.
They welcomed the study by the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA) to formulate policy options for promoting utilization of natural gas including LNG in the region. The initial findings indicate that natural gas demand in the EAS region could potentially expand more than two times between now and 2030 and will require about $80 billion in LNG supply chain investments to meet this demand. The Ministers also noted the importance to develop a liquid and transparent LNG market and agreed to accelerate efforts to facilitate investments in LNG value chain, and provide capacity building for the development of laws and regulation, and create new natural gas demand such as LNG bunkering and gas co-generation.

[ⅱ]Promoting customized further cooperation for ASEAN’s energy efficiency and conservation based on each country’s development stage

Japan proposed to promote customized further cooperation for ASEAN’s energy efficiency and conservation, based on each country’s development stage. Participating countries appreciated the proposal.

Furthermore, concerning the EAS Mid-term Energy Policy Research Roadmap, which ERIA prepared, following Japan’s proposal in 2015, participating countries welcomed the adoption of the roadmap, aiming to accelerate energy policy research contributing to the development of their policies. Based on the roadmap, ERIA will lead the efforts for enhancing energy policy research in collaboration with energy researchers of participating countries.

In addition, Japan introduced its programs for human resource development in the fields of energy efficiency, nuclear safety, clean coal technologies and oil security. Participating countries expressed their appreciation for Japan’s efforts.


The East Asia Summit Energy Ministers Meeting (EAS EMM)

The ASEAN+3 Ministers on Energy Meeting

2. Bilateral meetings with a energy minister and officials

Mr. Atsushi Taketani, Deputy Commissioner for International Affairs, Agency for Natural Resources and Energy held bilateral meetings with H.E. Alfonso G. Cusi, Secretary of Energy of the Philippines, H.E. Hoang Quoc Vuong, Vice Minister of Industry and Trade of Viet Nam and Mr. Adnan Zahir Amin, Director General of IRENA (International Renewable Energy Agency). Topics included the cooperation of power and natural gas sector in the Philippines and Viet Nam, and the cooperation in IRENA outreach activities for Asia and Africa. 


Meeting with H.E. Alfonso G. Cusi, Secretary of Energy of the Philippines

Meeting with H.E. Hoang Quoc Vuong, Vice Minister of Industry and Trade of Viet Nam

Meeting with Mr. Adnan Zahir Amin, Director General of IRENA

Reference

Release date

September 28, 2017

Division in Charge

Overseas Energy Infrastructure Office, Agency for Natural Resources and Energy
Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry

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