Press Release: Conclusion of the 2nd Asian and Pacific Energy Forum

Press Release

The Second Asian and Pacific Energy Forum concludes in Bangkok


The Second Asian and Pacific Energy Forum concluded in Bangkok today, 5 April 2018. Thirty-three Member States as well as International Organisations, Civil Society Organisations and Non-Governmental Organisations participated in the Forum.

In the Closing Session today, the Forum adopted and issued the Ministerial Declaration. The Declaration, inter alia,-

  1. recognises energy as the prerequisite to the achievements of SDGs;
  2. seeks to accelerate the pace of energy transition;
  3. commits to strengthen regional cooperation, including through public-private partnership, to achieve universal access to energy by 2030;
  4. encourages regional approaches and efforts to increase overall energy supply chain;
  5. recognises the importance of energy connectivity and cross-border energy trade;
  6. acknowledges the efforts of developing countries to implement SDGs and encourages international community to support them;
  7. urges international organisations to assist developing countries in capacity building.

Hon. Mr. Barshaman Pun, Minister for Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation, and the Leader of Nepali delegation, participated in the closing session as well.

On the sidelines of the Forum, Hon. Minister Mr. Pun also held bilateral meetings with Mr. Awais Ahmad Leghari, Federal Minister for Energy (Power Division), Ministry of Energy of Pakistan, who was elected as the Chair of the Forum; and H.E. Mr. Win Khaing, Minister, Ministry of Electricity and Energy of Myanmar, and discussed matters of common interest.

The third Asian and Pacific Energy Forum will be held after five years, in 2023.

Embassy of Nepal


5 April 2018