The Twentieth Meeting of the Heads of ASEAN Power Utilities/Authorities (HAPUA XX) was convened in Siem Reap, Cambodia on 3-5 May 2004. The Meeting was officially opened by H.E. Suy Sem, the Minister of the Ministry of Industry Mines and Energy of Cambodia.
Mr. Yim Nolson, Deputy Managing Director of Electricite’ du Cambodge chaired the HAPUA XX, with Mr. Viraphonh Viravong, General Manager of Electricité du Lao, as Vice Chairman.
HAPUA XX reviewed the implementation status of the HAPUA Cooperation Projects and expressed satisfaction over the progress made since the HAPUA XIX Meeting in Surabaya, Indonesia last year. The HAPUA Cooperation Projects comprise of Renewable Energy Development and Environment; Power Interconnection; Research, Development and Engineering; Human Resources Management and Development; Geothermal Energy Development; Rural and Urban Electrification; Electric Power Information Centre; Use of Combined Cycle Power Plants; and Deregulation and Reform of Power Utilities.
HAPUA XX adopted the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) of the new Structure of HAPUA. A Permanent HAPUA Secretariat has been set up with a three years terms rotation. The cooperation projects have been transformed to be eight Working Groups.
HAPUA XX reviewed and adopted the Terms of Reference (TORs) of eight Working Groups (WG) of the HAPUA new structure. The HAPUA WG comprises of Working Groups on Generation, Transmission, Distribution, Renewable Energy and Environment, Electric Supply Industry (ESI) Services, Resource Development, Power Reliability and Quality, and Human Resource, respectively.
It is expected that in the future HAPUA will take important role in the development of ASEAN Power Grid. There is a strong confidence among HAPUA members that the development of ASEAN Power Grid will contribute to the strengthening of the region and bring more prosperity to the people living in the region.
HAPUA XX was attended by delegates from Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. Representatives from the ASEAN Secretariat and ASEAN Centre for Energy (ACE) attended. Lao PDR will host HAPUA XXI in 2005.
HAPUA XX was held in the traditional spirit of ASEAN cordiality and solidarity.