February 3, 2021
On February 2 (Tue.), 2021, the 2nd CEFIA Government-Private Forum was held via video conference, hosted by the government of the Kingdom of Thailand. As a representative of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), Mr. Munekiyo Kouichi, Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, delivered a speech at the beginning of the forum.
Moreover, taking the opportunity of the forum, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and METI signed a memorandum of cooperation (MOC) in CEFIA.
1. Outline of the 2nd CEFIA Government-Private Forum
CEFIA (Cleaner Energy Future Initiative for ASEAN) is an initiative that was inaugurated for the purpose of advancing dissemination of low carbon technologies and establishment of related polices and systems under the leadership of businesses as efforts for encouraging ASEAN to advance energy transition and low carbonization, based on a proposal by the government of Japan. CEFIA initiated its efforts in September 2019. The CEFIA Government-Private Forum is established under the ASEAN+3 New and Renewable Energy (NRE) and Energy Efficiency and Conservation (EE&C) Forum.
The 2nd CEFIA Government-Private Forum held on February 2, 2021, brought together government officials in the field of energy from 10 ASEAN economies, and Japan, China and the ROK as well as representatives from universities and private companies. ADB and other organizations also participated in the forum. The forum held briefings on the current situations of CEFIA’s activities and discussions on contributions to the ASEAN Plan of Action for Energy Cooperation (APAEC) and on approaches to activating financing for low-carbon technologies in the ASEAN region.
2. Speech by Parliamentary Vice-Minister Munekiyo (video message)
At the beginning of the online forum, Parliamentary Vice-Minister Munekiyo delivered a speech as a representative of the government of Japan. He stated that [i] Japan will aim to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, as was declared by Prime Minister Suga in October 2020, in parallel with initiating a positive cycle of economy and environment by placing technological innovations at the core; [ii] CEFIA will become a contributor to efforts for encouraging member countries to shift to realistically feasible, sustainable energy systems; and [iii] through CEFIA, international financial institutions, governments, companies, local banks and other organizations are expected to work together and discuss ideal approaches to projects.
3. MOC in CEFIA concluded between METI and ADB
Taking the opportunity of the forum, METI and ADB signed a MOC at CEFIA. Signees were Mr. Tanaka Shigehiro, Vice-Minister for International Affairs, METI, and Mr. Bambang Susantono, Vice-President, ADB.
The MOC defines the fields for cooperation as [i] energy efficiency/conservation and renewable energy, [ii] other technologies that contribute to transition to low carbonization and [iii] utilization of private funds for supporting these efforts, and it stipulates specific efforts that the parties should undertake such as regular deliberations on progress in flagship projects, mutual participation in events, joint convening of seminars and other occasions and information sharing.
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