GECF and ERIA hold joint workshop
The Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF) and the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA) held a joint workshop with ERIA in Jakarta on July 23, 2019. The workshop was organized under the theme Energy and Natural Gas Outlooks: ASEAN and East Asia Focus. The GECF was represented by the Secretary General of the GECF HE Dr. Yury Sentyurin and Mr. Dmitry Sokolov, Energy Economics and Forecasting Department Head.
Dr. Sentyurin thanked Professor Hidetoshi Nishimura, President of ERIA, for hosting the event and briefly presented the GECF’s projects and activities, including the Global Gas Outlook, the Environmental Actions Framework and its recent contributions to the G20 Ministers’ Meeting held in June in Japan.
In a presentation by the GECF it was noted that ASEAN+6* is expected to be a major market for the international gas trade, with natural gas imports topping 620 bcm by 2040.
ERIA’s Special Advisor to the President of Energy Affairs Mr. Shigeru Shimura introduced the EAS Energy Outlook 2019 that was published by the ERIA and suggested several policy recommendations based on the outlook, such as prioritizing energy efficiency and conservation to reduce energy demands, as stated on the website of ERIA.
The GECF delegation also visited the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources of Indonesia and the ASEAN Headquarters in Jakarta. The visit supported the opportunity for intensifying the dialogue between the GECF Member Countries and major markets for international gas trade.
The GECF and ERIA once again noted the organizations’ commitment to the Memorandum of Understanding signed by both sides in November 2017 in Doha, Qatar.
ERIA is an international organization that was established in 2006 by an agreement of the leaders of 16 East Asia Summit (EAS) Member Countries. Its main role is to conduct research and policy analyses to facilitate the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) building and to support wider regional community building.
Note: ASEAN+6 countries are ASEAN and Australia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea