Press Release : Asia Cooperation Dialogue (ACD) Workshop on Energy news3

Press Release : Asia Cooperation Dialogue (ACD) Workshop on Energy

On 4 November 2017 the Ministry of Foreign Affairs hosted the ACD Workshop on Energy under the theme “ACD Energy Action Plan: Towards Global Energy Challenges” at Shangri-la Hotel, Bangkok. The workshop is an extension of the 7th Asian Ministerial Energy Roundtable (AMER), during 1 – 3 November 2017 organized by the Ministry of Energy of Thailand.

The ACD Workshop on Energy is the first energy-related event hosted by Thailand since her announcement to become the latest Co-Prime Mover on Energy under the Interrelation of Food, Water, and Energy Security Pillar in New York. This also reflects the ACD’s effort to interact with International Institutions and Cooperation Frameworks, including the AMER platform.

The Workshop’s objective is to provide a platform for Energy experts among members to exchange experiences, share best practices as well as formulate recommendations to the ACD Action Plan on Energy. The result of which will also contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goal 7, “Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all”, and the Paris Agreement, to which Thailand is Party.

 The ACD Workshop discussed various important topics namely, “Asian Energy Connectivity” by the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia, “Sustainable Development Goal 7” by UNESCAP, “What can the Belt & Road Initiative Contribute to Facing ACD Energy Challenge” by a representative from the China Electric Power Planning and Engineer Institute, “Thailand’s Energy Strategic Directions towards the Global Energy Transition” by the Ministry of Energy of Thailand, and “ACD Energy Action Plan: Towards Global Energy Challenges” by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand.

The Workshop attached great importance to energy connectivity and enhancing cooperation in order to fully utilize ACD’s advantages in energy for the shared benefits of all, as ACD is equipped with abundant energy resources, technology and expertise. The Workshop supported the involvement of all stakeholders and their role on energy. Panelists and participants also agree that cooperation should go beyond information sharing and translate policies into result-oriented action. The Workshop recognizes that various factors need to be addressed, such as harmonization of technology and regulations, in order to ensure a truly inclusive and sustainable energy security of ACD.

More than 50 high level representatives from Member States attended the Workshop. These include Bahrain, Brunei, China, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippines, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Viet Nam, as well as representatives from International Organizations such as UNESCAP, ERIA and IEF and from relevant Thai agencies.