Introduction

1.The 12th ASEAN+3 (China, Japan and Korea) Ministers on Energy Meeting (AMEM+3) was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 8 October 2015. The Meeting was chaired by H.E. Datuk Seri Panglima Dr. Maximus Johnity Ongkili, Minister of Energy, Green Technology and Water (MEGTW) of Malaysia and co-chaired by H.E. Mr. Zhang Yuqing, Deputy Administrator of National Energy Administration (NEA) of China, Mr. Hirohide Hirai, Director-General for International Energy and Technology Cooperation, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan, representing H.E. Motoo Hayashi, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) of Japan; and H.E. Mr. Chung Yang Ho, Deputy Minister for Trade, Industry and Energy (MOTIE) of the Republic of Korea. The Meeting was also attended by the Ministers of Energy of Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

2.The Ministers affirmed the need to achieve energy security with economic efficiency and environmental sustainability. The Ministers recognised the importance of developing high quality energy infrastructure, bearing in mind the lifecycle costs, environmental impacts and safety aspects of projects. The Ministers affirmed the importance of ASEAN+3 cooperation towards energy sustainability in the region.

3.The Ministers noted the endorsement of the ASEAN Plan of Action for Energy Cooperation (APAEC) 2016-2025 at the 33rd AMEM and acknowledged that enhancing energy connectivity and market integration would contribute towards achieving energy security, accessibility and sustainability for the region. In this regard, the Ministers underlined their commitment to support ASEAN in its implementation of the APAEC through various activities, such as capacity building, knowledge sharing and information exchange amongst countries.

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