Inter-Regional Energy Cooperations: Strengthening the Efforts towards the Energy Transition

Date : 25 August 2023

Location : Uluwatu 6
Inter-Regional Energy Cooperations: Strengthening the Efforts towards the Energy Transition

Composed mostly of developing countries, the economic growth of Southeast Asia, Latin America, South Asia, and Africa are among the most dynamic and fastest in the world. Yet, such economic growth prospects could be affected by the lingering impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, which caused unprecedented shocks to the global economy. The energy sector has not been spared, but it has the potential to play a critical role in global reconstruction and recovery efforts. While the world still recovering from the pandemic, recent energy crises due to the Russian-Ukraine war further reminded the global energy community of the importance of energy security and the geopolitics of energy. These bring the importance of collaboration between countries in the world—either bilaterally, regionally, or globally—in pursuing energy security. The regions remain cautiously optimistic that economic growth would rebound or achieve even higher growth if they could address, at the regional and national levels, the challenges of greater integration and innovation in the areas of trade, investment, human capital, and regulatory coherence, while capitalizing on global megatrends and other emerging trade-related issues. Taking Southeast Asia as an example, some successes have been seen in progressing energy transition while reviving the economic growth post-COVID-19 pandemic and during the energy shock due to the Russian-Ukraine war. In 2020, Viet Nam installed more than 10 GW of solar PV—around 9 GW of which is in the form of solar rooftops. In 2022, the region commenced its first multilateral cross-border electricity trade involving four ASEAN countries, the Lao PDR-Thailand-Malaysia-Singapore Power Integration Project (LTMS-PIP). As such, there are various lessons learned in the ASEAN that would be applicable and useful to share with other developing regions. Vice versa, ASEAN can also extract lessons on similar experiences from other regions. Furthermore, wide disparity across developing regions in dealing with their respective energy security challenges requires strengthening both intra and inter-regional relationships for regional energy trade and cooperation. Increasing inter-regional cooperation in various layers of knowledge and resource sharing could bring an interdependent network to ensure best practices are shared. Particularly the region with similar economic situations, resources, and geographical landscapes. Knowledge sharing through cooperation with various inter-regional institutions will be a strong addition to the existing engagement that each region has with Dialogue Partners (DPs) and International Organisations (IOs), hence it will help to collectively advance each region’s energy policy and planning and accelerate energy transition and resilience.



16:00 – 16:10

Opening and Welcome Remarks

Dr Nuki Agya Utama
Executive Director ASEAN Centre for Energy
16:10 – 16:20

Presentation Intro: ASEAN Energy Situation and Outlook in the Light of ASEAN Plan of Action for Energy Cooperation (APAEC)

Dr Zulfikar Yurnaidi
Manager of Modelling and Policy Planning (MPP) ASEAN Centre for Energy
16:20 – 16:25

Photo Session

Session 1: Presentations
The Highlight of Regional Energy Landscape and the Role of Regional Organisations

16:25 – 16:40

Energy Situation and Outlook in Latin America and the Caribbean and the Role of OLADE

Andrés Rebolledo Smitmans
Executive Secretary Organización Latinoamericana de Energía (OLADE)
16:40 – 16:55

Energy Situation and Outlook in Africa and the Role of AFREC

Rashid Ali Abdallah
Executive Director African Energy Commission (AFREC) of the African Union (AU)
16:55 – 17:10

Energy Situation and Outlook in South Asia and the Role of SAARC

Dr. Nawaz Ahmad
Director SAARC Energy Centre of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC)

Session 2: Roundtable Discussion

17:10 – 17:55

Roundtable Discussion

  • Andrés Rebolledo Smitmans, Executive Secretary, Organización Latinoamericana de Energía (OLADE)
  • Rashid Ali Abdallah, Executive Director, African Energy Commission (AFREC) of the African Union (AU)
  • Dr. Nawaz Ahmad, Director, SAARC Energy Centre of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC)
  • Glenn Pearce-Oroz, Senior Director, International Relations and Special Projects Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL)
  • Hongpeng Liu Director, Energy Division United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP)
Dr Nuki Agya Utama , ASEAN Centre for Energy
17:55 – 18:00

The Way Forward and Closing
Beni Suryadi Manager, ASEAN Centre for Energy