The United States and Thailand deepened their energy cooperation through a series of high-level engagements during the visit by the U.S. delegation led by Assistant Secretary of State of the Bureau of Energy Resources, Francis R. Fannon, to the Thai Ministry of Energy on June 20 through 21, 2019.
The delegations from the U.S. State Department Bureau of Energy Resources and from the Thai Ministry of Energy acknowledged the long-standing relationship between the two countries, especially on energy cooperation, and noted the significant role the U.S. private sector has played in advancing Thailand’s energy sector development in the past. Going forward, Assistant Secretary Fannon proposed that the U.S. initiative, Asia EDGE (Enhancing Development and Growth through Energy), can serve as an instrument to deepen the U.S.-Thai relationship and support further development of energy resources in Thailand.
In addressing both delegations during the visit, the Thai Minister of Energy, Dr. Siri Jirapongphan, confirmed Thailand’s interest in encouraging continued direct investment by the U.S. private sector in Thailand’s energy sector, particularly in conjunction with the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) program. He noted his appreciation for the proposed objective of Asia EDGE to catalyze additional U.S. private sector investments in Thailand. He will forward the proposal to his successor for further consideration.
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