Updates from September 2019
This month, USAID Clean Power Asia program staff engaged with multilateral stakeholders on the sidelines of Asia Pacific Climate Week and the ASEAN Ministers on Energy Meeting including with representatives from the International Renewable Energy Agency about technical collaboration on various upcoming projects; the Regional Resource Center for Asia and the Pacific regarding potential collaboration on PV deployment; NREL regarding collaboration on regional energy storage; and the ASEAN Center for Energy to discuss ongoing medium-term strategic cooperation.
Also this month, USAID Clean Power Asia program staff attended a meeting in Hanoi at the Lower Mekong Initiative Quality Infrastructure Training, giving a presentation on Stakeholder Consultations in Infrastructure and Energy Transition, as well as leading a session on Competitive Procurements, which covered the fundamentals of competitive procurement and provided key considerations for design and implementation taken from our experience in Lao PDR.
How we promote enhanced regional collaboration
USAID Clean Power Asia works closely with partners and stakeholders across the region to build strategic relationships with organizations whose missions align with and complement the program. The ASEAN Center for Energy is a subcontractor, and international bodies such as the International Energy Agency and the International Renewable Energy Agency are engaged in program events to share lessons learned and best practices from across ASEAN. The program helps to promote enhanced regional cooperation by encouraging government counterparts and private sector actors to view one another as partners and collaborators, to gain an appreciation of the others’ needs and capabilities, and to begin to understand how to utilize the wealth of resources among them.
The program employs regional and international partners to share knowledge and lessons to benefit those contemplating similar steps in their systems. ASEAN member states have more to gain from coordinated efforts and knowledge sharing than they do going it alone in this rapidly evolving space. USAID Clean Power Asia ensures that coordination and learning are built into all activities and provide value to USAID and the many actors along the renewable energy value chain.