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State Minister Daishiro Yamagiwa Visited Thailand and Laos

On September 22, 2014, Mr. Daishiro Yamagiwa, State Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, visited Thailand, and had meetings with H.E. Dr. Pridiyathorn Devakula, Deputy Prime Minister, H.E. Mr. Chakramon Phasukavanich, Minister of Industry, and H.E. Ms. Apiradi Tantraporn, Deputy Minister of Commerce. In addition, on September 23 and 24, he also visited Vientiane, Laos, attended the ASEAN Ministers on Energy Meeting, and had meetings with the energy ministers and other officials.

1. Meetings with Thailand Ministers

State Minister Yamagiwa had meetings with Deputy Prime Minister Pridiyathorn, Minister Chakramon, and Deputy Minister Apiradi, and requested the government of Thailand to continue the efforts for democratization of the country based on the road map that was publicized recently. In addition, he also requested the country to improve the business environment, including appropriate operation of administrative procedures, such as authorization of foreign investment, to advance negotiations concerning customs duties imposed on automobiles under the framework of the Japan-Thailand EPA, and to consider Japan’s opinions in the process of investigating Thailand’s safeguard measures on iron and steel products. In the bilateral meetings, Thailand Ministers expressed their appreciation for the contribution of Japan’s government and private sectors to the Thailand economy.

Furthermore, both sides exchanged views on the negotiations for the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), and the development of the Dawei Special Economic Zone in Myanmar, and agreed to cooperate in advancing such initiatives.


Meeting with Deputy Minister Apiradi

Meeting with Minister Chakramon

Meeting with Deputy Prime Minister Pridiyathorn

2. ASEAN+3 Ministers on Energy Meeting


ASEAN+3 Ministers on Energy Meeting

The ASEAN+3 Ministers on Energy Meeting was held with the energy ministers and other officials from Japan, China and ROK, as well as those from 10 ASEAN countries, attending. The meeting was chaired by H.E. Mr. Soulivong Daravong, Minister of Energy and Mines of Lao PDR, and co-chaired by State Minister Yamagiwa jointly with representatives from China and ROK.

The major outcomes of the meeting are as follows:

  1. The Ministers agreed to enhance the cooperation in promoting the introduction of clean-coal technology in the region, including high efficiency coal-fired power generation, and recognized the necessity for continuing technology transfer and public financial support by developed countries and Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs);
  2. Concerning the strong growth in natural gas demand,, The Ministers affirmed the importance of competitive natural gas prices and further promotion of flexible gas markets including relaxation of destination clauses.; and
  3. They welcomed Japan’s efforts for promoting oil stockpiling and its results of human resource development in the fields of nuclear power and energy efficiency and conservation, and they agreed to continue promoting the cooperative efforts in the fields.

3. East Asia Summit (EAS) Energy Ministers Meeting


State Minister Yamagiwa and Minister Soulivong, co-chairing the meeting

Being co-chaired by Minister Soulivong and State Minister Yamagiwa, the East Asia Summit (EAS) Energy Ministers Meeting was held with energy ministers from 18 countries, namely, 10 ASEAN countries, Japan, China, ROK, Australia, India, New Zealand, Russia and the U.S. attending.

The major outcomes of the meeting are as follows:

  1. The ministers welcomed the activities for Energy Efficiency and Conservation Work Stream led by Japan, including the efforts for developing Energy Efficiency Goals and Action Plans and promoting energy efficiency by Smart Energy Management;
  2. They shared the importance of nuclear power generation as a base load power source in the interested countries, and also recognized the necessity of continuous adoption and deployment of clean-coal technologies, including high efficiency coal-fired power generation; and
  3. They welcomed the outcomes of ERIA’s research studies and agreed to start a new research study for promoting oil stockpiling in the region.

4. Bilateral meetings with the energy ministers and other officials

State Minister Yamagiwa had meetings with Minister Soulivong, H.E. Mr. U Aung Htoo, Deputy Minister of Energy, Myanmar, and H.E. Mr. Susilo Siswoutomo, Vice Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources, Indonesia. He discussed with his counterparts the cooperation for promoting the introduction of clean-coal technology, such as high efficiency coal-fired power generation, as well as the future bilateral cooperation.

References

Joint Ministerial Statement of the ASEAN+3 Ministers on Energy Meeting(PDF:51KB) PDF File
Joint Ministerial Statement of the East Asia Summit (EAS) Energy Ministers Meeting (PDF:48KB) PDF File

Release Date

September 25, 2014

Division in Charge

  • International Affairs Division, Commissioner's Secretariat, Agency for Natural Resources and Energy
  • Asia and Pacific Division, Trade Policy Bureau
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