The 2nd PARI-ERI Joint Workshop Flash Report

The 2nd PARI-ERI Joint Workshop Detailed Report

Apr. 11, 2014

ASEAN Connectivity: Power Integration between Thailand and Myanmar

[Date] Friday, April 4, 2014
[Venue] The Sukosol Hotel, Bangkok
[Co-hosted by] Energy Research Institute (ERI), Chulalongkorn University
Policy Alternatives Research Institute (PARI), the University of Tokyo
[Supported by] Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA)

1. Objective:

Through a consideration of electric power generation in Myanmar, and in the light of recent developments, the aims of the conference were:

  • to understand the current situation and debate the barriers that face on-going Thai investment projects in Myanmar.
  • to compare the barriers identified from a political/institutional, physical/technical, and environmental/social perspective.
  • to explore policy implications and find ways to overcome barriers to a projected power integration between Thailand and Myanmar.

2. Outline:

Since the opening of the country, the economy of Myanmar has experienced remarkable progress. The generation and distribution of electricity, however, has failed to keep pace with the country’s nascent economic recovery. The potential for growth in energy development is nevertheless very promising. In order to address these issues, PARI has already held stakeholder's meetings in collaboration with ERIA.

It is clearly the case that Myanmar is in no position to develop its energy resources without sound global/regional linkages. The primary focus of the 2nd PARI-ERI Joint Workshop was on the energy relationship between Myanmar and Thailand, with discussion centering on Thai funded projects in Myanmar and the barriers that impede electricity connectivity.

What are barriers to Thai/Myanmar power integration? Can we envisage a win-win scenario where both countries benefit from power integration? What kind of energy policies and regulations are needed to craft such a win-win situation? By discussing those questions, participants were able to draw implications for further research.

Presentation Slides:

01 Project Overview —Ichiro SAKATA Handout

02 Policy research on energy development in Myanmar: The Thai's perspective —Kensuke Yamaguchi Handout

03 SEA Energy Outlook and Perspectives on Bilateral Cooperation —Venkatachalam Anbumozhi Handout

04 Dawei Power Project —Danuja Simasathien Handout

05 Lessons from Nam Theun2 IPP Project —Masayuki SEINO Handout

06 Expectation and Challenges in Myanmar: Investors' point of view —Setsuo IUCHI Handout

07 Case Introduction: Dawei,Tasan,Hutghi —Suthee Traivivatana Handout

08 Turning on Myanmar's Lights_Integrated Energy Development Study Phase Two Fieldwork Initiative —Keith Rabin Handout

09 Investment in Myanmar: Government policy and the role of civil society —Ukrist Pathmanand Handout

10 JICA's Scheme for Private Project (incl PPPBOT) Promotion (JICA Private Window) —Tomoyuki KAWABATA Handout

Related Links

The 2nd PARI-ERI Joint Workshop Detailed Report - ASEAN Connectivity: Power Integration between Thailand and Myanmar
The 1st PARI-ERI Joint Workshop Report - The Evolving Energy Relationship between Thailand and Myanmar - A View From Thailand -
ASEAN Connectivity: Power Integration between Thailand and Myanmar (Energy Research Institute, Chulalongkorn University)
The Evolving Energy Relationship between Thailand and Myanmar: A View From Thailand (Energy Research Institute, Chulalongkorn University)
Technology Assessment Research Demonstration Project/ERIA Energy Research in East Asia