A delegation from the Equatorial Guinea Ministry for Industry and Energy, led by the Secretary of State, Cesar Augusto Hinestrosa Gomez, representing the chief minister, Miguel Ekua Ondo, took part in the International Solar Alliance Conference and the Renewable Energies Forum, held from 14th to 17th January at the National Exhibition Centre in Abu Dhabi.
The grand opening session for the event was led by H. E. Sheikh Mohamed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President of the United Arab Emirates, and Head of State of Dubai, and H. E. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Bin Sultan Al-Nahyan, Prince of Dubai and Supreme Chief and Commander of the United Arab Emirates Armed Forces, in the presence of various presidents, ministers and business leaders. During the session the growth of the organisation in the last ten years, which now represents 175 countries, was highlighted. The United Arab Emirates is a key facilitator in the dialogue on global sustainability, together with the development and promotion of renewable energies.
Following on, there was a Plenary Ministerial Session, opened by H. E. Nawal Al Hosany, Permanent Representative of IRENA fro the United Arab Emirates, and H. E. Upendra Tripathy, Director General of the International Solar Alliance, who welcomed the authorities present and outlined in general terms to panorama and the impact of the use of renewable energies.
They then heard speeches from ministers from various countries, and the Secretary of State for Industry gave his speech.
The ministerial representative focussed their speeches on the following aspects: the importance of the use of renewable energies; the level of implementation in their respective countries; the policies of their governments in the sector; and the needs and difficulties in this area.
Following these speeches there was a short discussion and exchange session between the ministers and members of ISA and its leaders, which brought the official opening session to a close.
Source: Equatorial Guinea Press and Information Office