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ASEAN members boost energy cooperation

Vientiane , September 23 (VNA) – The 32nd ASEAN Ministers on Energy Meeting (AMEM) adopted a joint statement on strengthening cooperation among state members for sustainable energy development in Vientiane, Laos, on September 23.

In the 20-point statement, the ministers reiterated the need to make concerted efforts to develop and use renewable energy resources and build power integration networks to safeguard the sustainability of energy resources.

Earlier, they discussed reports on the energy cooperation in ASEAN between 2013 and 2014, particularly initial outcomes in realising the ASEAN Plan of Action on Energy Cooperation (APAEC) in the 2010-2015 period and the development of the 2016-2020 APAEC.

They hailed the initiative to carry out the power integration project, which is being piloted by Laos, Thailand, Malaysia, and Singapore .

Delegates also expressed their hope to increase cooperation with international partners to address such issues as increasing demand for electricity, mitigating greenhouse gas emissions, and ensuring nuclear safety in the region.

This year’s event is following the theme “Power Integration for ASEAN Prosperity”.

The next meeting will be held in Malaysia in 2015.