Press Release - 24th ASEAN Energy Business Forum (AEBF-24) Set to Support Lao PDR's ASEAN Chairmanship

Luang Prabang, 12 February 2024 - The ASEAN Centre for Energy (ACE) and the Ministry of Energy and Mines of Lao PDR are delighted to announce that the 24th ASEAN Energy Business Forum (AEBF-24) is set to convene in Vientiane, Lao PDR, from 25 to 27 September 2024. The forum will align with Lao PDR's ASEAN Chairmanship under the theme, “ASEAN: Enhancing Connectivity and Resilience,” spotlighting the paramount importance of regional collaboration in fostering connectivity and energy resilience.

Dr. Akomdeth Vongsay, Director General of the Department of Planning and Cooperation, Ministry of Energy and Mines, and Senior Official on Energy (SOE) Leader of Lao PDR expressed his delight in hosting AEBF-24 in Lao PDR during its ASEAN Chairmanship. He stated, "We are pleased to host the 24th ASEAN Energy Business Forum (AEBF-24) this year. It is a testament to Lao PDR's commitment to advancing regional cooperation in the energy sector. Under the theme of 'Enhancing Connectivity and Resilience,' we aim to strengthen ASEAN’s connectivity, promote economic integration, and fortify the region's energy resilience.”

AEBF-24 will be held in conjunction with the 42nd ASEAN Ministers on Energy Meeting (AMEM-42) and the 4th ASEAN International Conference on Energy and Environment (AICEE). It will feature various activities, including High-Level Panel Discussions and MinisterCEO Dialogue, providing a platform for thought leaders, policymakers, and industry professionals to discuss crucial energy challenges and prospects in the ASEAN region.

Dr. Nuki Agya Utama, Executive Director of ACE, emphasised ACE's full commitment to supporting Lao PDR’ ASEAN chairmanship through AEBF-24. He stated, "We are steadfast in our commitment to supporting Lao PDR’ ASEAN chairmanship. Not only supporting Lao PDR’s energy priorities, but AEBF-24 will also contribute to the regional targets of ASEAN Plan of Action for Energy Cooperation (APAEC) Phase II: 2021-2025 through fostering collaboration and showcase innovations between the governments, private sector, and academia.” 

As the AEBF-24 approaches, ACE stands resolute in its commitment to shaping a dynamic and interconnected energy landscape for the ASEAN region. Beyond the confines of a traditional forum, ACE envisions AEBF-24 as a catalyst for sustained collaboration, innovation, and resilience.