1. The 32nd ASEAN Ministers on Energy Meeting (AMEM) was held on 23 September 2014 in Vientiane, Lao PDR. H.E. Soulivong Daravong, Minister of Energy and Mines of Lao PDR, chaired the Meeting, and Hon. Dato’ Seri DiRaja Mahdzir Bin Khalid, Deputy Minister of Energy, Green Technology and Water of Malaysia was the Vice-Chairperson. The 11th ASEAN Plus Three Ministers on Energy Meeting, the 8th East Asian Summit Energy Ministers Meeting, and a dialogue with the International Energy Agency (IEA) were also held back-to-back with 32nd AMEM.
2. H.E. Thongsing Thammavong, the Prime Minister of Lao PDR officiated the 32nd AMEM and related meetings. In his keynote address, H.E. Thammavong highlighted the importance of energy cooperation and power integration in ASEAN, particularly potential of hydropower as a clean, non-polluting and renewable energy source. He underscored the need for a concerted effort to reduce the impacts of climate change caused by greenhouse gasses while ensuring sustainability of economic growth in the ASEAN region. In this context, he encouraged ASEAN Member States work together to: (i) clearly define a legal and policy framework to promote renewable energy into sustainable development strategy; (ii) strengthening research and development on renewable energy technology appropriate to the ASEAN region; (iii) continue studies on renewable energy market and provide funding for promotion of environmentally friendly green energy; and (iv) encourage high-voltage power integration. In closing, he expressed profound thanks to ASEAN Member States, Dialogue Partners and International Organisations for the kind supports extended to Lao PDR.
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