The first edition of the Arab-Indian Energy Forum (AIEF) was held by videoconference on June 8 and 9, under the co-presidency of the Kingdom of Morocco and India.
The event is part of the implementation of the Executive Program of the Arab-Indian Cooperation Forum and the Third Meeting of Senior Officials of India and the Arab League, held virtually on January 12, 2021, reports a statement from the Indian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The inaugural session of the Forum, adds the same source, was marked by the speeches of the Indian Minister of Electricity and New and Renewable Energies, Raj Kumar Singh, of the Moroccan Minister of Energy, Mines and the Environment , Aziz Rebbah and the Under-Secretary-General for Economic Affairs at the Arab League, Kamal Hassan Ali.
In addition, the plenary sessions reviewed the potential and challenges of cooperation in the fields of energy transition, intra-regional exchanges of electricity, hydrocarbons and nuclear electricity production, the statement continued. noting that the panelists represented a wide range of public and private sector institutions from India and Arab League member states, as well as regional organizations, including the Organization of the Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries (OAPEC) and the Arab Atomic Energy Agency (AAEA).
This first edition was an opportunity to exchange knowledge, expertise and best practices in the fields of energy efficiency programs, the accelerated development of new and renewable energies, the promotion of regional energy sharing agreements. energy, oil and gas extraction, nuclear security and power generation.
The Forum, the statement said, also focused on the respective national policies governing the energy sectors, investment opportunities as well as means of collaboration in R&D and training.
The second edition of the IAEA will be held in India during the year 2023, the statement concluded.