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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 22, 2016, the ASEAN+3 Ministers on Energy Meeting (AMEM+3) and the East Asia Summit Energy Ministers Meeting (EAS EMM) were held in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar. Japan offered a new proposal on future energy cooperation and participating countries welcomed the proposal. In addition, Japan held a meeting with the Minister for Electricity and Energy of Myanmar and other officials.

1. AMEM+3 and EAS EMM

These meetings were inaugurated to ensure a stable energy supply and enhance measures for energy security and addressing climate change in the Asian regions, where energy demand has been growing, providing good opportunities for energy ministers of participating countries to discuss approaches to policy harmonization and international cooperation.

The AMEM+3 was held, bringing together energy ministers from 10 ASEAN Member States and ministers and officials in charge of energy from Japan, China and the ROK. As a representative of Japan, Mr. Toshinao Nakagawa, Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, attended the meeting.

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

At these meetings, participants mainly discussed the following subjects:

  1. Raising common recognition among participating countries for promoting the utilisation of natural gas in Asia and future actions therefor
  2. Promoting customized further cooperation for ASEAN’s energy efficiency and conservation based on each country’s development stage.

At the meetings, Japan offered a new proposal on promoting the utilisation of natural gas in Asia and shared the importance of three efforts with participating countries: establishing a more flexible and transparent LNG market, encouraging investment in gas-related business and infrastructures, and exploring new demand. In addition, participants agreed that Japan and EAS participating countries will start the discussion on concrete policies for advancing the EAS collaboration on natural gas with the support of the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA) and other related institutions.

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

Concerning the EAS Mid- and Long-term Energy Policy Research Roadmap, which Japan proposed in 2015 and ERIA prepared, participating countries reached consensus on the roadmap, aiming to accelerate energy policy research contributing to the development of policies by participating countries. 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 and establishment of oil security. Participating countries expressed appreciation for Japan’s efforts.

2. Meeting with the energy minister

Parliamentary Vice-Minister Nakagawa held a meeting with H.E. Mr. Pe Zin Tun, Minister for Electricity and Energy, Myanmar, and both sides discussed the cooperation in establishing an optimal energy-mix system in Myanmar.

Reference

Release date

September 26, 2016

Division in Charge

International Affairs Division , Agency for Natural Resources and Energy

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