Doha, March 20 (QNA) – Under the patronage of HE Qatar Prime Minister and Qatar Minister of Interior Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al-Thani, HE Qatari Minister of State for Energy Affairs Eng. Saad bin Sherida Al Kaabi, inaugurated today the 7th General Conference of the Arab Union of Electricity in the presence of Arab ministerial delegations headed by a number of Their Excellencies the Arab Ministers of Electricity and Energy.
In his speech at the opening session of the conference, HE Minister of State for Energy Affairs Eng. Saad bin Sherida Al Kaabi, said that it constitutes a valuable opportunity to shed light on the opportunities and challenges facing this vital sector, and on ways and prospects for its development and advancement to the best levels, ensuring a prosperous future for all Arab peoples.
His Excellency expressed his hope that there would be an opportunity to form a more profound and accurate vision through the interest and follow-up of the Arab Union of Electricity, with the aim of building a unified Arab strategy based on best practices in the field of energy and renewable energy at the Arab and global levels.
His Excellency stressed that the State of Qatar, as one of the most important energy centers in the world, will work in cooperation with all brothers to raise levels of interest in issues related to electricity, and activate joint coordination and constructive cooperation through electrical interconnection agreements and projects and strategic energy to support Arab electricity networks, as well as encouraging investment in the electricity sector to keep pace with the global transition to low-carbon energy and the use of renewable energy and cleaner energies, including natural gas.
His Excellency pointed out that the work of the 7th General Conference of the Arab Union of Electricity includes extensive sessions in which the future of renewable energies will be discussed and the possibilities of integrating them into Arab energy systems to convert them into integrated systems, which is in line with the direction of the Arab Union of Electricity towards striving to achieve environmental sustainability, and the development of the energy sectors in order to serve the economy and maintain environmental security by reducing carbon emissions and greenhouse gases, which is considered one of the most important issues at the present time, will be addressed.
His Excellency said that the conference will discuss the development of policies and strategies for the electricity sector in the Arab world, the prospects for the common Arab electricity market, and electrical interconnection projects that will play a major role in enhancing prospects for joint cooperation and reducing the cost of energy production, which will positively affect the selling prices of electrical energy to consumers.
During the opening session, the new logo of the Arab Union of Electricity was launched, followed by the inauguration of HE the Minister of State for Energy Affairs, accompanied by a number of Arab ministers of energy and electricity, of the exhibition accompanying the conference and the exhibition of electrical equipment and supplies for the production, transmission and distribution of electricity in the Arab countries in its 10th edition combined with the main exhibition.