The Viet Nam Energy Partnership Group (VEPG) held its Second High-Level Meeting (HLM) on 26 November 2018 in Hanoi. The HLM was co-chaired by H.E. Đặng Hoàng An – Vice Minister of Industry and Trade (MoIT), H.E. Bruno Angelet – Ambassador of the European Union to Viet Nam and Mr. Ousmane Dione – Country Director of the World Bank. The HLM gathered over 200 high-level representatives including Ambassadors and representatives from the public sector, development partner organizations, private companies and civil society.
The highlight of the HLM was the presentation of policy recommendations by the VEPG’s Technical Working Groups (TWG) aimed at boosting the development of Viet Nam’s energy sector in 5 key priority areas, namely Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency, Energy Sector Reform, Energy Access and Energy Data and Statistics. Each TWG delivered and discussed a set of concrete policy recommendations, developed through extensive research and dialogue by the TWG members over the past year.
Recognizing their value to drive the development of Viet Nam’s energy sector, H.E. Đặng Hoàng An – Vice Minister of Industry and Trade (MoIT), on behalf of the VEPG Chair H.E. Trần Tuấn Anh – Minister of MoIT, and Co-Chairs who are H.E. Bruno Angelet – Ambassador of the European Union to Viet Nam and Mr. Ousmane Dione – Country Director of the World Bank endorsed the TWG’s recommendations and commit to carry them forward in the coming time.
The HLM also invited selected organizations to present best practice examples which relate to the policy recommendations from the TWGs and showcase new and innovative approaches that can be scaled-up in the future. There was a presentation about Phong Dien Solar Power Plant, the first utility solar project which successfully connected to the national grid in October 2018. A representative from Heineken Viet Nam presented a successful application of an ESCO model that helped the company increase its energy efficiency. The last presentation from Green ID was about Local Energy Planning (LEP) which successfully provides solar energy to remote communities, for example, in An Giang province.