How we do it

AEMI Working Papers

To make the case for AEMI, the AEMI Group produced seven AEMI Working Papers to demonstrate that the development of AEMI is an imperative requirement for the success of the AEC, given the vital role that energy plays in sustaining economic growth and in securing the well-being of its people. The group published the collection of AEMI papers in the book ASEAN Energy Market Integration (AEMI): From Coordination to Integration (2013) which pulls together their analytical investigations and conclusions. The book was presented in several capitals across ASEAN (e.g., Bangkok, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Manila and Singapore), and has since been widely distributed to ASEAN senior energy officials, policymakers and academics.

Policy dialogue through AEMI Forums

The AEMI Initiative convenes thematic AEMI Forums to bridge the policy dialogue between experts and ASEAN policymakers, and to establish a link between research and policy-making.  Participants include academics and experts from ASEAN and beyond, as well as ASEAN policymakers grappling with the issues being discussed.  Experts present the conclusions from their analytical work, and ASEAN policymakers relate their dilemmas and challenges.  The discussions also benefit from the presence of worldwide experts, international organizations and bilateral aid agencies.

A space for interactive debates

The forums are designed to allow interactive debates in an informal setting.  They are held under a modified form of the Chatham House Rule, whereby participants are free to use the information received, but neither statements made nor opinions voiced during the forum discussion may be attributed to speakers or their institutions.  At the end of each forum, a statement is adopted unanimously to:  summarize its conclusions; highlight the policy recommendations; identify further studies needed to support policymakers in their decisions; and outline the division of labour to deliver them.  AEMI Forum follow-up typically involves further studies, surveys at the national level, as well as interactions with ASEAN policymakers and national energy entities.