21 IORA Member countries adopt the Delhi Declaration on Renewable Energy

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Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) As many as 21 countries today adopted the Delhi Declaration on Renewable Energy in the Indian Ocean Region, post the 2nd iora summit 2018 Renewable Energy Ministerial Meeting was held at the 2nd Global Re-Invest India-ISA with the Partnership Renewable of Energy Investor’s Meet & Expo at the Greater Noida.

Due to the Growing Demand for renewable energy in the Indian Ocean littorals, The Delhi Declaration on Renewable Energy in the Indian Ocean Region calls for collaboration among iora 2018 member states in the meeting, for development of a common renewable energy agenda for the Indian Ocean region and also promote regional capacity building.

The declaration also calls for various other things such as the promotion of technology development and transfer, strengthening of public-private partnerships in renewable energy and also the collaboration among the IORA member states and the member nations of the International Solar Alliance (ISA). IORA member countries are also resolving to collaborate with the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

The ministerial that participated in meeting were Minister of State (IC) Power and New & Renewable Energy, Government of India Shri R.K. Singh, Secretary General, Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Dr. Nomvuyo N Nokwe, Deputy Minister of Energy, Ministry of Energy, South Africa Ms.Thembisile Majola, State Minister for Foreign Affairs, Bangladesh Md. Shahriar Alam M.P. Ministerial representatives from Iran, Mauritius, Seychelles, Sri Lanka, and Yemen also conveyed his thoughts at the meeting.

IORA member nations will collaborate with the ISA member nations as per the declaration adopted, to exchange the knowledge and share views and potential interests in the renewable energy sector; paved by the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed on 3 October 2018, between IORA and ISA with a focus on joint capacity-building programs, research & development activities in solar energy and to exchange of best practices.

The world’s largest-ever joint renewable resource data project were, IORA member nations and IRENA will undertake the expansion of the Global Renewable Energy Atlas, which will be coordinated by IRENA, thereby creating the Indian Ocean region’s first and most comprehensive map and database that can  be used to tap the sizable renewable energy potential of the region; and also which will help to collaborate on opportunities available under the International Renewable Energy Learning Platform (IRELP).

The Indian Ocean Rim Association objective was to strengthening regional cooperation and sustainable development within the Indian Ocean Region with 21 Member States and 7 Dialogue Partners. The last Renewable Energy Ministerial  Meeting was held on 21st January 2014 at Abu Dhabi, UAE. Subsequently, during the last meeting of IORA Council of Ministers, which was held on October 2016 at Bali, Indonesia, there in that meeting it was decided that the next conference will be held in India. In line with the commitment made, India hosted the 2nd IORA Renewable Energy Ministerial regarding which meeting is being Conducted today.

Countries such as India, Australia, Iran IR, Indonesia Thailand, Malaysia, South Africa, Mozambique, Kenya, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Bangladesh, Singapore, Mauritius, Madagascar, UAE, Yemen, Seychelles, Somalia, Comoros and Oman are members of IORA.