Financing Sustainable Electrification – South and Southeast Asia Dialogues

 

When: 2009

Where: Thailand

What: Strengthening Institutional Capacities

Key objectives

  • Transfer business-oriented expertise for the financing of sustainable electrification projects.
  • Gather top experts to share perspectives on the risks associated with power sector investment in the region and strategies on how to mitigate them
  • Present how the development of appropriate policy strategies and action plans can enhance a country’s capacity to attract advanced power technology investment

When: 2009

Where: Thailand

What: Strengthening Institutional Capacities

Together with the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), we organized and led a high-level workshop aimed at the transfer of business-oriented expertise for the financing of sustainable electrification projects in South and Southeast Asia which took place from September 8-10, 2009, in Bangkok, Thailand.

Through interactive dialogues between the investment community, power sector counterparts and high-level government representatives from the region, participants discussed the countries’ current risks for power sector investors and focused on opportunities to enhance their capacity to attract advanced power technology financial flows through the development of key policy strategies and action plans.

The dialogue offered good multi-stakeholder platform to exchange knowledge and experience between the 29 participants from 8 countries in the region and presenters. There was active participation of country representatives, all drafting and presenting their country action plan by the end of the session. Country participants really valued the presentation of the private sector's risk assessment models when evaluating potential sustainable electrification projects in the region.

These workshops are part of a capacity-building program we initially developed with the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA). The program was designed to promote a bottom-up approach to increasing advanced power technology investment flows in developing countries through a series of region-specific interactive dialogues held in Thailand (2009), Kenya (2010), Switzerland (2010), Chile (2011, 2012), Benin (2012), and South Africa (2013, 2014).

Participating members and partners

  • AEP
  • Kansai Electric Power
  • TEPCO
  • United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA)
  • Global Environment Facility
  • United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP)
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