Friday 2 November 2012

India and ASEAN to Explore Areas of Cooperation in New and Renewable Energy

New Delhi:(Page3 News Network)-The Government of India is hosting a meeting of the Ministers of Renewable Energy of ASEAN countries and India in New Delhi on 7th November 2012. In the meeting, the Ministers in-charge of Renewable Energy of ASEAN member countries and India would deliberate upon and discuss policy and regulatory framework for promotion of renewable energy in ASEAN member countries and INDIA. Financing of renewable energy, cooperation in research and development, technology transfer and resource assessment would be specific issues that would engage their attention.
Prior to the Ministerial level meeting, a two-day workshop on renewable energy of experts and policy planners from ASEAN countries and India is being organized by Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), Department of Science and Technology (DST) and Global Innovation Technology Alliance (GITA) and is scheduled in New Delhi on 5-6 November 2012. The workshop aims at sharing of experience among participating countries on the development and deployment of renewable energy, and also identifies institutions for establishing long term cooperation between institutions in India and ASEAN countries. The workshop would also discuss technological strengths and manufacturing base of the participating countries in order to forge useful partnership. The workshop would have the benefit of discussing possible topics/projects for industrial R&D to be considered under ASEAN-India S&T Development Fund (AISTDF) which is jointly created by DST and Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India and managed by “Global Innovation and Technology Alliance” (GITA)-A Section 25 Company. 
Discussion on Global Technology trends in Renewable Energy Technologies, Renewable Energy Technologies and manufacturing base in ASEAN countries and India, development and deployment of renewable energy, identification of areas of co-operation in R&D and technology transfer, identification of institutions for establishing long term cooperation, Focus on cooperation in resource assessment of renewable energy sources, identification of industrial R & D projects for support under ASEAN-India S&T Development Fund are the major objectives of the Workshop. 
About 250 participants including Policy makers and senior officials responsible for renewable energy activities in ASEAN member countries, Technology and Industry experts, from the participating ASEAN countries are expected to participate. The eminent speakers from Government, Industry and Experts will share their knowledge and expertise through presentations, panel discussions and case studies. Experts from GITA and International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), Abu Dhabi would make presentations on their activities. 
The two day Workshop will include a Technical Session covering the following themes
• Trends in Renewable Energy Technologies: Wind Power, Solar, Biomass. 
• Assessment of Potential and identification of potential locations. 
• Possible areas of cooperation in R&D and Technology Transfer. 
• Identification of industrial R&D projects for support under ASEAN-India S& T Development Fund. 
• Future Areas of cooperation in Renewable Energy. 
The Programme will be inaugurated by Shri Gireesh B.Pradhan, Secretary, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy. The resolution for cooperation in Renewable Energy among the ASEAN countries will be adopted in the Ministerial Meeting on 7th November, 2012. 

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