Yeo to lead Malaysian delegation to 37th AMEM

by S BIRRUNTHA/ pic MUHD AMIN NAHARUL

YEO Bee Yin (picture) will be leading the Malaysian delegation to the 37th Asean Ministers on Energy Meeting and Associated Meetings (AMEM) in Bangkok, Thailand, to increase the country’s visibility in the regional energy landscape.

In a statement, the Ministry of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change (MESTECC) said Minister Yeo will exchange views with her counterparts — namely the Asean energy ministers, East Asia Summit energy ministers and Asean Plus Three energy ministers — at the three-day meeting, which is being held from today, Sept 4.

Among areas to be discussed are regional energy (RE) cooperation and renewable energy action plan to boost Malaysia’s partnership with other Asean member countries towards a sustainable energy future, it said yesterday.

MESTECC said the meeting also serves as an important platform for Yeo to further strengthen the international collaboration with key international energy-related organisations such as the International Energy Agency and International Renewable Energy Agency.

“Asean’s progress towards achieving its targets as outlined in the Asean Plan of Action for Energy Cooperation 2016-2025 (APAEC) Phase 1 (2016-2020), including the aspirational target of achieving 23% of RE in the total primary energy supply by 2025, will be discussed at the meeting.

“In addition, Malaysia will also share its success stories, as well as the challenges faced in increasing the RE targets in the country’s electricity mix to 20% in 2025,” it said.

The ministry also noted that among other topics to be discussed is the way forward for the APAEC Phase 2 (2021-2025).

This would allow Malaysia to streamline the action plan with the 12th Malaysia Plan (12MP) since the 12MP period coincides with the APAEC Phase 2 implementation, it added.

MESTECC is also expected to issue a joint statement with other corresponding ministries to reaffirm the country’s commitment in supporting the Asean Power Grid initiative.

According to the statement, Yeo will hold bilateral meetings with her Asean counterparts from Thailand, Singapore and Indonesia to deepen cooperation and explore new opportunities that will benefit Malaysia.

“An engagement session will also be held with the Malaysian diaspora in Bangkok to update on Malaysia’s electricity supply industry,” it said.