July 03, 2003 13:50 PM
Moggie Says ASEAN Leaders Are
United On Energy Network
SHOOT… ASEAN Energy Ministers take a break
from their 21st annual meeting for a photo shoot
in Langkawi, Thursday. The meeting was earlier
chaired by Energy, Communications and Multimedia
Minister Datuk Amar Leo Moggie.
LANGKAWI, July 3 (Bernama) -- ASEAN
must send a message to the rest of the world that
ministers of member countries remain united and focused
on the need to accelerate the implementation and realisation
of the Trans-Asean energy network, said Energy, Communications
and Multimedia Minister Datuk Amar Leo Moggie.
"The 21 years of coming together to meet, discuss,
guide and share information on policies, strategies
and action programmes to promote energy cooperation
is the solution to energy security," he said in his
welcoming address at the 21st ASEAN Ministers on Energy
Meeting (Amem) here on Thursday.
Amem, the highest authority on energy matters in the
region, is an annual forum for ASEAN Energy Ministers
to meet and cooperate in this sector between the 10-member
"We have acknowledged that the development of energy
infrastructure, diversification of energy supply,
improvement in energy efficiency and the utilisation
of new and renewable energy technologies in ASEAN
would greatly contribute to our region's sustainability
and security of energy supply," he said.
Moggie said the 21st meeting of Amem would chart another
two important milestones in the implementation and
realisation of the Trans-ASEAN Energy Network after
the signing of the ASEAN MoU on Trans-Asean Gas Pipeline
(TAGP) last year.
"Malaysia is honoured to be selected as the host of
the ASEAN Council of Petroleum (Ascope) Gas Centre
and we are pleased to lead the development of this
regional gas institution into becoming a centre of
excellence to serve Asean," he said.
Moggie said in strengthening the institutional structure,
the ASEAN Gas Consultative Council would play an important
role in addressing the various cross-border issues
including harmonising the technical, legal and other
"Likewise, the completion of the much-awaited ASEAN
Interconnection Masterplan for the ASEAN Power Grid
will provide clearer direction to guide its implementation,"
He said Malaysia was looking forward to the new ASEAN
Petroleum Security Agreement.
It is currently under review and will be tabled at
Moggie said the agreement should take into consideration
the new dimension by offering short, medium and long-term
alternatives to enhance energy security.
He said in the long-term, this cooperation could be
extended to include other Asian countries, particularly
"This move will enhance petroleum security for ASEAN+3
(China, Japan and South Korea) and Asia," he said.
"After having to endure some economic downturn and
setbacks over the last 21 years, we are now wiser
and more resilient to face the future."
He also said the energy environment was becoming more
challenging and less predictable.
"Globally, the future geo-political order will continue
to remain unstable for years to come," he said.
As such, the issue of energy security had become a
high priority on the agenda of many international
meetings, forums and dialogues, he said.
Moggie said the recent ASEAN+3 Petroleum Security
workshop in Kuala Lumpur was timely as it would lead
to closer cooperation between ASEAN and its dialogue
partners in China, Japan and South Korea on enhancing
the region's energy security.
Under the ASEAN Vision 2020 and Hanoi Plan of Action
1999, ASEAN had placed great importance on the Asean
Power Grid and TAGP projects, he said.
"There are vast energy resources within the ASEAN
region such as oil, gas, hydro and renewables that
have not been fully exploited.
"We could cooperate to attract investments, funding
and technology transfer from our three dialogue partners
to exploit these resources," he said.
"In this regard, we collectively hold the view that
the accelerated implementation of our leaders' vision
of an integrated ASEAN energy network will not only
significantly enhance economic integration within
the region but will also solve energy security," Moggie