23 September 2016
Senior Minister of State Sim Ann at The 34th ASEAN Ministers On Energy Meeting
Senior Minister of State for Culture, Community and Youth & Trade and Industry Ms Sim Ann was in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar from 20 to 21 September 2016 for the 34th ASEAN Ministers on Energy Meeting (AMEM). She also met with her counterparts to reaffirm bilateral ties and explore opportunities for collaborations.
The theme for this year’s AMEM was “Towards a Greener Community with Cleaner Energy”. Ministers from the ten ASEAN member states exchanged views on key issues such as sustainable energy development, natural gas and regional cooperation.
At the meeting, Ms Sim reiterated Singapore’s commitment to the global effort to mitigate the effects of climate change. She also welcomed ASEAN’s progress on implementing the ASEAN Plan of Action for Energy Cooperation (APAEC) 2016-2025. On enhancing energy connectivity and international cooperation, Ms Sim voiced support for the US-ASEAN Energy Connect initiative and the inaugural Energy Access Forum, which will be held during the Singapore International Energy Week (SIEW) 2016 next month. The Forum, which is held in partnership with the US under the US-ASEAN Energy Connect Initiative, will discuss key challenges of energy access in the Asia Pacific region and share best practices to address them. Ms Sim also stressed the importance of continuing to expand ASEAN’s engagement with Dialogue Partners and International Organisations following the good progress achieved with the US and the International Energy Agency (IEA).
The ASEAN Energy Awards 2016 Ceremony was held during the AMEM. The annual awards aim to promote regional cooperation on energy efficiency and profile the efforts of the private sector in energy management. This year, nine organisations from Singapore received awards for implementing best practices in energy efficiency in buildings. (Refer to Annex A for the list of awardees).
As with previous years, the ASEAN Ministers were joined by their key energy dialogue partners, namely Australia, China, India, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand, Russia, the United States, the IEA and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).
Ms Sim was accompanied by officials from the Ministry of Trade and Industry and the Energy Market Authority.
(Annex A: Singapore winners of the ASEAN Energy Awards Competition 2016)
Ms Sim Ann, Senior Minister of State for Culture, Community and Youth & Trade and Industry, with her ASEAN counterparts at the 34th ASEAN Ministers on Energy Meeting (AMEM) in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar.
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22 September 2016
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