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Media Release

Foreign Affairs Minister Ratu Inoke Kubuabola Discusses Renewable Energy in Abu Dhabi

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14th May, 2012: Fiji’s Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Minister, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola today met with Mr. Naser Ali Al Marzooqi, the Head of Facilities Management at Masdar City, an emerging global clean and high technology and knowledge- driven centre that is located in Abu Dhabi.

Masdar City aims to become a global leader in renewable energy which currently hosts an institute for 250 post graduate students from 44 countries.

During this meeting, the Minister was also given the opportunity to visit the facilities, with state-of-the-art technology that fuses traditional knowledge and modern technology to produce an energy source that is sustainable and protects the environment.

Mr. Kubuabola said that with Fiji’s opening of its Embassy in Abu Dhabi in August this year, we expect to learn more from this initiative with a view to enhancing our own ways of promoting renewable energy production. 

“This is important for us and the Pacific region in our efforts to promote sustainable development and address the adverse impacts of climate change", said Mr. Kubuabola.

Mr. Kubuabola also visited the Headquarters of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and met with the Senior Executives who briefed him on the activities of the Organisation.

IRENA is fast becoming an increasingly effective vehicle for promoting knowledge, capacity and action for the rapid uptake of renewable energy worldwide.

Fiji joined IRENA in November 2010 and is amongst its 93 member countries.  Fiji’s membership of IRENA is envisaged to assist Fiji’s endeavour to achieve its renewable energy policies and goals. Its regional work in the Pacific is growing as it works in collaboration with regional institutions such as the South Pacific Commission and the University of the South Pacific.

“With the opening of the Fiji Embassy in Abu Dhabi, we look forward to further strengthening our relations with IRENA and also forge new partnership with Masdar City,” Mr. Kubuabola added.

Mr. Kubuabola said that the visits were very informative and acknowledges that Fiji has a lot to learn from the United Arab Emirates.
 
(Photo caption: Fiji Delegation with Mr Naser Almarzooqi at Masdar City, UAE)