4th High-level Meeting of The Viet Nam Energy Partnership Group (VEPG)
Delivering the Clean Energy Transition, Together!
Overcoming difficulties caused by the covid 19 pandemic and complying with the regulations of the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control, on the afternoon of August 31st, 2021, Vice Minister of Industry and Trade, Mr. Dang Hoang An, together with Ambassador Giorgio Aliberti of the European Union Delegation, and Ms. Carolyn Turk, the World Bank Country Director for Vietnam successfully co-chaired the 4th high-level meeting of the Vietnam Energy Partnership Group (VEPG) in Hanoi in the Hybrid platform on the topic of promoting energy sector in Vietnam.
The meeting welcomed the participation in person of Chairs and Co-chairs of VEPG Technical Working Groups on Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency, Energy Sector Reform, Energy Access and Energy Data and Statistics along with the presence of representatives from the Vietnamese government, Ambassadors, and representatives of development partners (and Civil Society organizations).
The meeting is of great significance and held at the right time as VEPG is moving into next phase. VEPG Steering Committee is now opening a new door to discuss on the new vision for the VEPG beyond 2021. The direction of the VEPG will be determined to go along with the orientation of the National Energy Development Strategy mentioned in the Resolution 55 of the Politburo. Accordingly, in the next period, VEPG’s activities will mainly focus on the goals of finalization and implementation of the PDPVIII, the national Energy Master Plan, and promoting the energy transition to ensure national energy security, to push up the economic development as well as to meet national commitments to environment and climate action
In addition, the VEPG will witness a change in its operational structure and key stakeholders. The current high-level mechanism and steering committee will be remained and hosted the Ministry of Industry and Trade. In the next funding phase, VEPG expect the collaboration between Vietnamese government and development partners would be enhanced and involvement of other energy stakeholders would be more active. Especially, the VEPG Steering Committee will appreciate the participation of private sector.
Regarding the VEPG Funding After November 2021, the VEPG Steering Committee was pleased to announce the interim financial aid funded by the German government to cover the funding gap from November 2021 to June 2022. After June 2022, the operation of the VEPG will continue to be funded by the EU through the implementation of the GIZ.
At the press conference linked to VEPG’s role as a high-level policy dialogue for the Energy sector in Vietnam, Vice Minister of Industry and Trade, Mr. Dang Hoang An, Ambassador Giorgio Aliberti, European Union Delegation to Vietnam, and Ms. Carolyn Turk, the Country director of the World Bank in Vietnam clarified issues raised by media. During the press conference, people had a 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 with all inputs and presentations is available for download below.