Launched in 2019, the Japan–U.S.–Mekong Power Partnership (JUMPP) supports the Mekong region’s pursuit of energy security while encouraging greater regional power trade, clean energy integration, decarbonization, and resilience. Through JUMPP, the U.S. and Japanese governments partner with Mekong governments to promote a more sustainable electricity sector and quality power infrastructure development. U.S. and Japanese bilateral and regional technical assistance supports Mekong electricity regulatory and power system development by working with national power market authorities on integrating renewable energy, developing competitive power markets, enhancing cross-border power trade, and creating opportunities for private investment.
From November 2021 to July 2022, JUMPP stakeholders met four times to discuss ongoing JUMPP collaboration and develop a JUMPP Action Plan for expanding regional cooperation on power sector development, renewable energy deployment, and regional power trade. To prioritize new technical engagements, the governments established the JUMPP Technical Advisory Group (TAG), composed of officials from the Governments of Cambodia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic (PDR), Thailand, Vietnam, Japan, and the United States, as well as implementing partners of JUMPP technical assistance. During meetings, representatives from the governments and state-owned electric utilities presented their priorities, offered input on the draft JUMPP Action Plan, and shared information about their respective goals for scaling up renewable energy and regional electrical interconnectivity. Technical assistance includes: power market analysis, advisory support, technical assessments, capacity building workshops, regulatory exchanges, and roundtables with private energy companies to accelerate the energy transition and cross-border power trade in the region. JUMPP Technical Assistance Activities began in 2019 and will continue through 2024.