Following an initiative by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH under the Energy Programme for Indonesia/ASEAN, a delegation consisting of directors and heads of sections from the Indonesian Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, Ministry of Finance, Financial Service Authority, Ministry of National Development Planning and the State-owned Utility Company (PLN) visited Malaysia and Thailand on 22 – 26 August 2016. This delegation visit has the following objectives:
- Exchange knowledge on implemented RE policies in visited ASEAN countries
- Understand the mechanism and structure of RE policies, related regulations and the broader framework conditions that affect RE deployment
- Discuss the challenges faced by the governments to promote RE within country’s specific
situation and derive the lessons learnt for Indonesia.
In Malaysia, the delegation was welcome by the Sustainable Energy Development Authority, Suruhanjaya Tenaga and the Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water (KeTTHA). During this visit, the ASEAN Centre for Energy’s (ACE) Executive Director, Dr. Sanjayan Velautham, had the opportunity to make a courtesy call to YBhg. Dato’ Seri Ir. Dr. Zaini Ujang, the new Malaysian Senior Officials on Energy (SOE) Leader, who is also KeTTHA’s Secretary General. Dato’ Seri Ir. Dr. Zaini Ujang received Dr. Velautham in KeTTHA’s office in Putrajaya on 25 August 2016. Also present during the courtesy call was KeTTHA’s Under Secretary Policy Planning & International Relations Division, Mr. Ramnick Lal Verma.
To keep the new SOE Leader abreast of ACE, Dr. Velautham gave a general overview of the organisation and presented him with ACE’s publications. Dato’ Seri Dr. Zaini Ujang showed interest in ACE’s works and expressed his readiness to cooperate with ACE. It was also mentioned during this discussion that Malaysia and ACE should explore and develop together the area of capacity building. (Featured photo credit: KeTTHA)