ASEAN ministers discuss energy sector development in Kuala Lumpur


THE 33rd ASEAN Ministers on Energy Meeting (AMEM) was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, from 5 to 10 October. The participants issued a joint ministerial statement pledging to implement new action plans for development in the region’s energy industry.
In his opening remarks at the AMEM, Honourable Datuk Seri Panglima Dr Maximus Johnity Ongkili, Malaysia’s Minister of Energy, Green Technology and Water, called for greater cooperation among the countries to achieve a sustained and cost-efficient energy supply without depriving future generations.
The meeting highlighted the achievements in the implementation of the 2010-2015 ASEAN Plan of Action for Energy Cooperation and discussed strategies for the new plan of action for 2016-2025, which will be implemented in two phases. The first phase of the APAEC 2016-2025 will cover the period of 2016 -2020 with the measures to enhance energy security cooperation and move toward greater connectivity and integration.
Myanmar’s delegation was led by U Zay Yar Aung, Union Minister for Energy, who served as the Vice Chair of the AMEM.
The Myanmar delegation also attended the 12th ASEAN+3 Ministers on Energy Meeting (AMEM+3), the 9th East Asia Summit Energy Ministers Meeting (EAS EMM) and 5th Meeting of ASEAN Energy Ministers and International Automatic Energy Agency in Kuala Lumpur.
While in Malaysia, U Zay Yar Aung met Mr S. Iswaran, Minister for Trade and Industry of Singapore and General Anantaporn Kanjanarat, Thailand’s Minister of Energy, to discuss opportunities for cooperation in the energy, trade and industry sectors.

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