World Energy Outlook 2009 presented in Singapore, Jakarta and Bangkok
16 November 2009
IEA Executive Director Nobuo Tanaka presented the results of the World Energy Outlook 2009 (WEO-2009) to an audience of 400 people in Singapore on 16 November as one of the main events at the Singapore International Energy Week, and then in Jakarta, Indonesia on 18 November and in Bangkok, Thailand, on 20 November. Mr Tanaka highlighted energy prospects in the ASEAN region, which is one of the focal points of the WEO-2009, and stressed that continued energy co-operation in ASEAN will improve energy security, economic development and environmental protection.
While in Singapore, Mr. Tanaka met with Mr. S. Iswaran, Senior Minister of State, Trade and Industry, and in Indonesia, with Dr. Darwin Zahedi Saleh, Indonesia’s new Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources, and in Thailand with Dr. Wannarat Channukul, Thailand’s Minister for Energy.
In opening the Indonesian WEO-2009 presentation, Dr. Darwin stated that Indonesia is addressing the challenge of changing its energy mix by utilising renewable energy and focusing on energy efficiency. The Minister also noted that the WEO serves as an important guide for planning future energy policies and strategies, and welcomed stronger co-operation with the IEA. There was similar sentiment from Minister Wannarat of Thailand. Minister Wannarat echoed concerns over energy security and the environment and Thailand’s need to emphasise renewable energy, market pricing, and energy efficiency. He welcomed the mature and close co-operation with the IEA.