Taiwan set to host Indo-Pacific Energy Forum

Taiwan to welcome representatives from US, Japan, and Australia to engage in energy governance dialogue

Beth Urbanas from U.S. Department of Energy. (Flickr/IISD RS photo)

Beth Urbanas from U.S. Department of Energy. (Flickr/IISD RS photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan will team up with Japan, Australia, and the U.S. to host the Indo-Pacific Improvement on Energy Governance Forum in Taipei from Wednesday (Nov. 20) through Friday (Nov. 22), seeking practical solutions for energy conservation.

The energy forum will be held under the Global Cooperation and Training Framework (GCTF), and will also be the first time the GCTF event is co-hosted by Australia. This year's meeting will focus on energy security as well as potential partnerships between the 12 attending countries, reported Liberty Times.

The American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) released the event information on Monday (Nov. 18), confirming that Taiwan Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Hsu Szu-chien (徐斯儉), Minister of Economic Affairs Shen Jong-chin (沈榮津), AIT Director Brent Christensen, and Australia's representative to Taiwan Gary Cowan will all speak at the opening ceremony. Furthermore, Beth Urbanas, Deputy Assistant Secretary of International Affairs in the U.S. Department of Energy, will join the forum as well.

According to CNA, the forum will not only consist of group discussions but also tours of Taiwan's energy facilities. Taiwan and Australia will also explore potential collaborations on the use of natural gas for power generation.

GCTF was established by Taiwan and the U.S. in 2015 after signing an MOU. It has since then hosted conferences and workshops on public health, humanitarian assistance, women's rights, digital economy, and network security.

Amid diplomatic pressure from China, GCTF has become a platform for Taiwan to show its international neighbors what the country can contribute.

Updated : 2021-01-17 09:12 GMT+08:00