Promoting Enhanced Regional Collaboration

 Updates from November 2019

USAID Clean Power Asia continues to engage with new partners in areas of cooperation to scale program impacts and connect across U.S. Government interagency initiatives. This month, partnerships staff met with Brandon Megorden, Regional Manager for Asia, U.S. Trade and Development Administration to discuss potential for cooperative events in 2020, and met with Heidi Gallant, Executive Director of the American Chamber of Commerce in Thailand.

Also this month, USAID Clean Power Asia arranged an engagement meeting between JICA and USAID to discuss closer cooperation at the project level, with a focus on regional capacity building activities, and also met with senior representatives of the Global Green Growth Institute on medium-term cooperation on least-developed ASEAN countries and recent developments in Nationally Determined Contributions and Green Climate Fund financing for renewable energy projects. These activities support Asia EDGE’s objectives to strengthen the energy security of allies and partners in the region.

 

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.