The Asia Energy Cooperation Forum Opens in Chongqing


The Asia Energy Cooperation Forum Opens in Chongqing to Promote the Energy Trading Market

2016-7-8 | Chongqing Municipal Government(English)

Asia Energy Cooperation Forum, initiated by the China Institute of International Studies and jointly held by multiple large energy enterprises and high-end think tanks, kicked off in Chongqing on June 27. The participants included Wang Zhengwei, vice chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference; Huang Qifan, Ling Yueming, and Li Yuefeng, the leaders from Chongqing Municipal People’s Government; H.E. Chinar Rustamova, the Ambassador of Turkmenistan to China; Kong Xuanyou, Assistant Minister of Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Ma Zhengang, former deputy director of Foreign Affairs Office of the CPC Central Committee and former president of the China Institute of International Studies, presided over the opening ceremony of the forum.

The forum is aimed at promoting the Asian cooperation mechanism and ensuring the security of energy resources, building high-end platforms for the industrial and academic leaders in energy industry of Asian countries to have dialogues on Asian and global important energy affairs.

More than 200 guests from around 20 countries, international organizations and major energy companies in Asia gathered in Chongqing and organized the discussions about energy cooperation in Asia under the theme of “Asian Energy Sustainable Development and Cooperative Path“.

Wang Zhengwei said that Asian countries are close neighbors and share a common fate. To promote the energy cooperation in Asia is not only of great significance to China’s economic and social development, but also an important measure to boost regional joint development and promote the common prosperity of all countries. The sustainable development of Asia is inseparable from the powerful assurance of energy while the s powerful assurance cannot be separated from the mutually benefiting energy cooperation. In recent years, with the closer and closer energy cooperation, Asian countries have increasingly and urgently called for establishing the Asian energy cooperation mechanism. Therefore, the forum is designed for promoting energy cooperation in Asia and building mutually benefiting energy relationships in Asia. Here are some initiatives: firstly, establishing A regular meeting mechanism for energy enterprises and think tank experts in Asian region; secondly, establishing a normal information exchange platform; thirdly, promoting energy-related think tanks of all countries to conduct joint researches; fourthly, working together to promote the energy cooperation of all countries.

Mayor of Chongqing Huang Qifan in his speech said that Asia Energy Cooperation Forum established an energy cooperation and exchange platform for Asian countries, regional governments and enterprises. This platform is conductive to the formation of the new win-win mechanism and model for the energy cooperation in Asian, and provides strong supports for the economic growth and energy security in Asia.

Energy security is crucial to the economic and social development in a region. On the one hand, Chongqing will continue to deepen supply-side structural reforms, give full play to the role of the market, innovate on new energy supply mechanism, and promote sustainable energy development. On the other hand, Chongqing will take advantage of the “Belt and Road” Initiative and the “Yangtze River Economic Zone” to strengthen its cooperation with domestic and foreign energy enterprises and expand win-win development. Taking this forum as an opportunity, we look forward to cooperating and sharing energy cooperation results with domestic and foreign companies and related organizations in terms of developing shale gas industry clusters, building new energy and smart auto industry base, improving the energy transmission and distribution systems, and innovating on new energy mechanism.

Rustamova said that, energy plays an important role in the national economic system. Turkmenistan has huge potential in energy development and is devoting its efforts to carrying out extensive and practical cooperation with Asian countries in the energy field. This forum takes the important step of promoting the formation of new mechanism and path for the energy cooperation in Asia.