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Tikoduadua In Abu Dhabi Meet

The Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Pio Tikoduadua hopes to establish various partnerships with member International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) stakeholders over the next few days. Mr Tikoduadua yesterday joined
19 Jan 2015 09:53
Tikoduadua In Abu Dhabi Meet
From left: Counsellor Aliki Salusalu (Fiji Embassy in UAE), the deputy secretary for Infrastructure and Transport Lui Naisara, Minister for Infrstructure and Transport Pio Tikoduadua, Ambassador Esala Teleni (special advisor PIDF), first secretary Emosi Rakai (Fiji Embassy in UAE) and director energy Paula Kati.

The Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Pio Tikoduadua hopes to establish various partnerships with member International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) stakeholders over the next few days.

Mr Tikoduadua yesterday joined representatives from more than 150 countries and more than 110 international organisations at the opening of the 5th Assembly of the IRENA in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

Mr Tikoduadua would be placing great emphasis in enhancing our networks with the IRENA and Masdar City Renewable Energy Project.

The Fijian delegation included the deputy secretary for Transport and Energy, Lui Naisara, director Energy, Paula Katirewa and mission diplomats of the Fiji Embassy in UAE.

Also attending the meeting was a number of Pacific regional organisations including the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) and the Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF).

The PIDF delegation comprised of the deputy secretary-general Penijamini Lomaloma and special advisor (Projects) Ambassador Esala Teleni.

Meanwhile, the assembly has brought together the international community to speed the global renewable energy expansion.

Global challenges including climate change, energy access and energy security would also be addressed.

IRENA director-general, Adnan Amin during the opening of the assembly said the story of renewables was rapidly evolving.

“As the importance of renewable energy grows, so does the relevance of the agency’s work,” Mr Amin said.

He said the assembly was an annual pinnacle for the agency and its future work.

Japanese Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry and Co-President of the Assembly, Yoichi Miyazawa said he hoped the assembly would play a central role in leading the world to leverage the full potential of renewable energy.

“And thus help the world balance economic growth and the mitigation of climate change,” Mr Miyazawa said.

He said the assembly offered an unmatched international platform to discuss the challenges and solutions of global adoption of renewable energy.

State Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan and co-president of the Assembly, Yasuhide Nakayama said they were determined to take a leading role in the field of renewable energy.

“While enhancing co-operative relations with IRENA,” Mr Nakayama said.

The assembly would also discuss IRENA’s strategic and programmatic direction in the context of its longer-term vision to promote the uptake of renewable energy.

Issues countries face in transitioning to a sustainable energy future would also be examined.

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