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U.S. Companies Discuss Partnerships with ASEAN Energy Ministers

(Kuala Lumpur) A delegation of 5 leading U.S. Energy companies organized by the US-ASEAN Business Council engaged the ASEAN Energy Ministers on how to increase energy trade and investment between the U.S. and ASEAN during the 33rd ASEAN Ministers of Energy Meeting.  The delegation was led by the US-ASEAN Business Council’s Senior Vice President and Regional Managing Director Ambassador Michael Michalak and included senior representatives from ConocoPhillips, Chevron, GE, First Solar and Mercer.  The delegation presented a proposal on how the Council’s Energy Committee can partner with the ASEAN senior officials for Energy and the ASEAN Center for Energy to support ASEAN-wide energy priorities as outlined in the ASEAN Plan of Action for Energy Cooperation (APAEC). In particular, the Council and ASEAN energy officials discussed working together to look at labor supply and demand in the energy sector across the region.
“The ASEAN Energy Ministers meeting is a vital platform for discussion of sustainable energy development throughout the region,” said Ambassador Michalak, the Council’s Senior Vice President and Regional Managing Director.   “Our delegation this year includes a wide variety of companies, including specialists in mobile power production, oil and gas, infrastructure development, hydropower, smart grids, solar, wind solutions and human resource specialists. One of the goals of the Council’s Energy Committee is to position the Council and its members to help ASEAN achieve their energy goals as laid out in the next five year APAEC (2016-2020). By bringing such a diverse group of companies, we hope to be able to contribute to that discussion and find win-win solutions and opportunities to build partnerships, and we look forward to working more closely with the ASEAN senior officials and the ASEAN Center for Energy.”
The delegation held bilateral meetings with Datuk Loo Took Gee, Secretary-General of the Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water, Malaysia, H.E. Dr. Lim Hong Hin, Deputy Secretary General of ASEAN, H.E. Pehin Yasmin, Minster of Energy, Brunei, Dr. Mr Ng Wai Choong, CEO of Singapore Energy Market Authority, H.E. Ith Praing, Secretary of State for Energy and Mines, Cambodia, Mr. Jarman, Director General of Electricity, Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, Indonesia, H.E. Zenaida Y. Monsada, Secretary of Energy, Philippines, H.E. Hoang Cuoc Vuong, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade for Vietnam, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Dr. Phyllis Yoshida and U.S. Ambassador to Malaysia Joseph Yun.


For 30 years, the US-ASEAN Business Council has been the premier advocacy organization for US corporations operating within the dynamic Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Worldwide, Council Members generate over $6 trillion in revenue and employ more than 13 million people. Members include the largest US companies conducting business in ASEAN, and range from newcomers to the region to companies that have been working in Southeast Asia for over 100 years. The Council has offices in: Washington, DC; New York, NY; Bangkok, Thailand; Hanoi, Vietnam; Jakarta, Indonesia; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Manila, Philippines; and Singapore.

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