The Asia-Middle East Energy Security Summit (previously known as the Asia Energy Security Summit or AESS) is a track II diplomacy initiative that aims to bring policymakers and thought-leaders from across the Middle East and Asia to discuss and debate issues and challenges in the context of energy security, security of energy infrastructures and geopolitics of energy, and their impact in the region. The 7th edition will be held from 22nd – 24th February, 2017, at the IRPRI Resort, village Belgundi, district Belgaum, Karnataka, India.
This initiative, organized by the Independent Power Producers Association of India (IPPAI), one of Asia’s leading independent think tanks, will provide a neutral platform for three days of intensive cerebral interaction amongst thought leaders to debate and discuss global trends and geopolitical shifts on the world stage, the key takeaways on the future strategies that will impact the developed and the developing world, examination of issues critical to striking a balance between fossil fuel dependent energy intensive development and the environment, in the face of the alarming climate change that the world is experiencing.
The global race for development, especially the India-China race for access to dwindling global resources, carbon budget and energy; the shift in power dynamics across the globe that the crash in oil prices has created which has resulted in a change in the old relationships and developments of new alliances; the emerging role of the US as a net exporter of energy in the Asia energy market; the future of energy – fossil fuels and renewables; energy security for the region, geopolitical and alternative energy solutions; and the challenges and opportunities that the growing crisis in water brings are some of the key issues for discussions.
The AMEESS, over the years, has been attended by senior officials from the utilities of Afghanistan, Bhutan, Malaysia, Singapore, and Sri Lanka and multilateral agencies, such as the SAARC Energy Center. Some of the other countries that have been represented by their respective ministries are Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Myanmar, Nepal, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Thailand and Turkmenistan. The summit has also welcomed delegates and speakers from Iran, Japan, Laos, Lebanon, Pakistan, UK, USA, Uzbekistan and Vietnam among others.