High and volatile energy prices make energy security a
serious concern for all countries, both energy producing
and importing countries. While efforts to curb the energy
demand growth rate are being made, energy demand of the
region will continue to grow as a number of countries in
the region are rapidly industrializing and there is a large
unmet demand due to low levels of access to energy services.
The Asia-Pacific Business Forum 2008 focused on the theme
“Energy Security: Opportunities through Regional Cooperation
and Public-Private Partnership.” It encouraged public-private
partnership in promoting investment in energy infrastructure
development and regional energy cooperation in Asia and
the Pacific. The APBF 2008 provided the regional business
community, particularly from the energy sector, with a unique
opportunity to meet senior policy makers, executives from
the energy industries, energy sector experts and senior
representatives from international aid and development agencies
from the Asia-Pacific region.
The discussions at the Forum recommended policy options
at both regional and national levels to promote trans-boundary
energy cooperation and to enhance capacity to create public-private
partnerships in energy infrastructure development.
The background, presentations, reports, and other related
documents can be found in Documents