Singapore’s prime minister urges ASEAN to work in direction of a joint power grid

Following the success of the Lao PDR-Thailand-Malaysia-Singapore power integration venture, Singapore’s Prime Minister, Lee Hsien Loong, 70 years old, called on ASEAN yesterday to proceed working towards a joint power grid. A regional energy grid will strengthen energy safety, and resilience in member states, and advance regional decarbonisation, Lee stated. The Lao PDR-Thailand-Malaysia-Singapore venture demonstrates that “multilateral power buying and selling within the region is possible,” Lee stated at the forty second ASEAN summit’s plenary session, themed ASEAN Matters: Epicentrum of Growth, in Labuan Bajo, Indonesia.
Singapore started importing renewable energy from Laos by way of Thailand and Malaysia on June 23, 2022. Gan Kim Yong, Minister for Trade and Industry, 63 years previous, provided a venture update in a parliamentary written reply last November. From June 23 to October 31, over 170,000 megawatt-hours of electricity had been imported from Lao PDR to Singapore, with the electrical energy flow remaining steady.
Lee highlighted that member states could reap financial benefits by improving people’s digital connectivity and literacy. He strongly helps Indonesia’s efforts to develop the ASEAN Digital Economy Framework Agreement and welcomes the proposed Leaders’ Statement on the agreement to be issued later this yr. “Economic integration has lengthy been ASEAN’s precedence and must at all times remain so. It underpins ASEAN centrality,” declared Lee, including that core agreements, such as the ASEAN Trade in Goods Agreement, ought to be updated and upgraded to stay relevant to evolving business practices.
Lee additionally careworn that ASEAN ought to increase cooperation on transnational points, including protecting its people from “increasingly sophisticated” cross-border threats. The want for enhanced cybersecurity cooperation was highlighted, and Lee famous the “good progress” made on the ASEAN Regional Computer Emergency Response Team proposal, aiming to strengthen regional cyber cooperation and incident response capabilities in opposition to refined cyber threats.
However, Remote in these fields requires sturdy political support. Lee emphasised that given the troubled global outlook, ASEAN must “stay cohesive and united at the highest levels”, including embracing a shared vision for the region’s future. He welcomed two Leaders’ Statements, affirming their dedication to the Proposed Core Elements of the Post-2025 Vision submitted the previous year. This imaginative and prescient referred to as on ASEAN to pursue openness, transparency, inclusivity, rules-based operations, deeper exterior engagements, in addition to new areas of cooperation, together with sustainability, cybersecurity, and digital and green economies.
Lee also talked about that the imaginative and prescient goals to strengthen ASEAN as an institution, with Singapore welcoming efforts to evaluation the association’s capability and institutional effectiveness. He advocated for streamlining and optimising ASEAN processes and strengthening the ASEAN Secretariat and the function of the ASEAN Secretary-General to allow simpler implementation of key priorities.
Furthermore, Lee acknowledged that ASEAN has adopted a roadmap for Timor-Leste’s membership, laying out the obligations and commitments the country must fulfil. “It is robust and comprehensive. It has been extensively discussed and thoroughly designed and has our full help,” he stated. Singapore will proceed to assist Timor-Leste in building its capacity as it prepares to join ASEAN, working together to finish all requirements in the roadmap, together with negotiating to accede to ASEAN’s huge array of treaties and agreements. Singapore has launched a Singapore-Timor-Leste ASEAN Readiness Support (STARS) help package to train Timor-Leste officials in ASEAN information and abilities training, together with academic capability building..

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