Energy Roundtable: Briefing on Developing Shared Principles for Energy Infrastructure Development in Asia
Please join us for the fourth roundtable in the US-ASEAN Business Council's Energy Roundtable Series, which will feature a briefing on developing shared principles for energy infrastructure development in Asia by Ms. Sarah Ladislaw, Senior Vice President & Director and Senior Fellow of the Energy and National Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) (bio available here). Ms. Ladislaw will also be joined by Mr. Richard M. Rossow, Senior Adviser and Wadhwani Chair in U.S.-India Policy Studies (bio available here), and Mr. Nikos Tsafos, Senior Fellow at the Energy and National Security Program (bio available here), of CSIS.
Increasing demand for energy infrastructure could potentially transform the global order as developing nations become arenas for economic and strategic competition. China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is at the forefront of the global infrastructure build-out and has promised over US$1 trillion in investment since it was established in 2013. However, BRI has also sparked a debate about infrastructure needs, gaps in project financing, and the principles that should govern infrastructure development in the twenty-first century, prompting the United States and other like-minded countries to emphasize high-quality/best-value infrastructure and coordinate efforts aimed at presenting alternatives to the BRI development model.
This is particularly evident in the energy infrastructure realm, where calculations about energy needs, affordability, financing, energy security, and environmental impact should factor into decision-making on infrastructure. There is an opportunity for the United States and others to set standards in these areas by promoting more transparent, sustainable, and high-quality/best-value energy infrastructure development and financing.
CSIS is embarking on a research project that would examine energy infrastructure development projects in Asia and identify recommended best practices to encourage transparent, sustainable, and high-quality/best-value energy infrastructure financing for projects across the whole energy value chain in the region. This roundtable discussion is designed to gather the U.S. energy industry perspective and garner inputs for the project.
The Energy Roundtable Series is an initiative by the Energy Committee at the US-ASEAN Business Council to keep member companies well-informed of prevailing and shifting trends in Southeast Asia's vital energy sector.
If you have any questions about the roundtable, please email Riley Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org.