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Taiwan, the United States, Japan and Australia Cooperated for the First Time to Promote Good Energy Governance Development in the Indo-Pacific
Date: 2020-01-02
The "2019 Global Cooperation and Training Framework (GCTF) Workshop on Good Energy Governance in the Indo-Pacific", co-organized by Taiwan, the United States, Japan, and Australia, was held in Taipei from November 20th to 21st, 2019. This is for the first time that Taiwan and the United States have expanded their energy cooperation to cover the Indo-Pacific region under the GCTF.

In his opening remarks, Minister of Economic Affairs, Jong-Chin Shen, pointed out that the Indo-Pacific region is home to more than half of the world's population and is one of the most dynamic regions in the global economy. In terms of energy, the Indo-Pacific region covers major energy consumers, and the world's main energy sea routes are located in this region. It is also one of the regions most in need of solid energy infrastructure. These characteristics demonstrate the importance of improving energy governance for the region. Jong-Chin Shen further suggested that the existing regional international organizations, such as APEC, can be a platform for regional cooperation on energy governance. The Indo-Pacific Strategy that the United States is promoting, including energy initiatives such as Asian Edge, is also a good mechanism for strengthening regional energy cooperation.

Director William Brent Christensen of the American Institute in Taiwan expressed their attitude to assist the Indo-Pacific region in achieving sustainable prosperity, especially in ensuring energy access for regional countries, expanding public-private partnerships, fostering linkages between enterprises, facilitating energy market reforms, promoting energy diversification, and contributing to energy cooperation throughout the region by exchanging viewpoints and discussing on energy governance experiences. He also thanked Taiwan, Japan, and Australia for their support of the GCTF.

This meeting changed from the previous mode of large open meetings to a small in-depth training workshop. Experts from the United States, Japan, Australia, and Taiwan were invited as lecturers, U.S. Department of Energy's Deputy Assistant Secretary Ms. Urbanas as a keynote speaker, and distinguished guests from 15 countries in the Indo-Pacific region as participants. Representatives from Taiwan's Bureau of Energy, Taipower and CPC also participated. All the attendees from the Indo-Pacific region gathered to discuss how to improve energy governance in the region.

During the two-day workshop, lecturers from the U.S., Japan, Australia, and Taiwan explained the governance principles in the fields of oil and gas, electricity and energy resilience, and invited trainees from the Indo-Pacific region to share their domestic experiences. Through close interaction and exchange, trainees not only acquired the latest knowledge and best practices of energy governance but also explored with experts and colleagues the practical ways to improve energy governance of their own countries. Many trainees acknowledged that the GCTF workshop was very constructive and they will look forward to follow-up activities in the future.

With the unremitting efforts of both Taiwan and the United States, the promotion of the GCTF activities has been very successful. Both Taiwan and the United States have indicated that they will continue to explore the needs of the Indo-Pacific region in the energy sector and design a more effective way to meet the needs and assist them in achieving energy transition to sustainability and efficiency.

Spokesperson: Deputy Director-General Lee Chun-Li, Bureau of Energy, Ministry of Economic Affairs
Telephone: 02-2775-7702, Mobile: 0936-250-838
E-mail: chunlee@moea.gov.tw

Business Contact: Section Chief Chern Jyuung-Shiauu
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Media Contact: Section Chief Hsia Yu-Chuan
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