On 10 December 2019, the Chair and Co-Chairs of the VEPG – the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MOIT), the Delegation of the European Union to Viet Nam and the World Bank – hosted the 3rd High-Level Meeting and 1st Stakeholder Forum of the VEPG in Hanoi.                                                                                                                           

3rd High-Level Meeting and 1st Stakeholder Forum of The Viet Nam Energy Partnership Group (VEPG)

Joining Hands for a Sustainable Energy Future in Viet Nam

On 10 December 2019, the Chair and Co-Chairs of the Viet Nam Energy Partnership Group (VEPG) – the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MOIT), the Delegation of the European Union to Viet Nam and the World Bank – hosted the 3rd High-Level Meeting and 1st Stakeholder Forum of the VEPG in Hanoi.

The event brought together over 220 high-level representatives from the Government of Viet Nam, Development Partners, as well as from the Private Sector, Academia and Civil Society. The highlight of the High-Level Meeting (HLM) was the presentation of the progress made on the forty (40) Policy Recommendations of the VEPG Technical Working Groups in the areas of Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency, Energy Sector Reform, Energy Access, and Energy Data & Statistics, which were presented and endorsed at the 2nd HLM in 2018. The VEPG Chair and Co-Chairs provided important feedback and reflections on the progress made and guidance and recommendations to the VEPG Technical Working Groups to prioritise their work on a number of energy sector processes that are critical for the successful completion and implementation of key government strategies, such as the Power Development Plan number eight (PDP8), the third Viet Nam Energy Efficiency Programme (VNEEP3),Viet Nam Energy Information System (VEIS) and the Viet Nam Electricity Wholesale Market (VWEM).

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The 1st Stakeholder Forum featured interactive sessions with more than 20 renowned high-level experts who exchanged national and international experiences and debated over three hot topics within Viet Nam’s energy sector, namely Energy Sector Planning, Energy Efficiency and Opportunities of Distributed Renewable Energy. The inputs included keynote speeches of experts from important international energy organisations, such as Dr. Brian Motherway – Head of Energy Efficiency of the International Energy Agency (IEA), Prof. David Dapice from the Vietnam Program at Harvard Kennedy School, experts from UNEP/DTU and IRENA, as well as other national and international experts on energy sector planning, energy efficiency and distributed renewable energy. During the panel discussions the audience had the chance to address their questions and actively participate in the debate, which resulted in a lively and successful event.

A documentation of the VEPG High-level Meeting and Stakeholder Forum with all inputs and presentations is available for download below.