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The board of the United Arab Emirates-Pacific Partnership Fund has approved a grant funding worth $US5million for a Joint Renewable Energy Project in Fiji. In a statement, UAE Foreign Affairs Ministry has informed the Fijian Government that the grant is available for immediate implementation of the Project, which will involve solar powered electrification to the islands of Kadavu, Rotuma and Lakeba. The grant project will be implemented by Abu Dhabi’s multi-faceted renewable energy company known as Masdar. Masdar is part of the all solar-powered Masdar City Project which is the world’s first ever city that is sustainable, has zero-carbon and zero-waste ecology. “It is our hope that we can finalize the project scope and bilateral agreement with Fiji within the next few weeks to allow the UAE Government’s renewable energy arm, Masdar, to begin tendering by early 2014. We would like to thank the Fijian Government for its continuous support and rapid advancement of this cooperation with the UAE. We look to this joint project as a meaningful, concrete opportunity to strengthen relations between our countries and open new areas for partnership,” the UAE statement said. In warmly receiving the notification of approval, Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola thanked the UAE government for the generous support for such a valuable project. “This is a part of the Fijian Government’s rural electrification program and its endeavor to provide sustainable development through a green economy. It will not only see the 24 hour electrification of all the homes but also provide the source of clean energy needed to develop small industries and micro and small enterprises in these remote islands,” Ratu Inoke said. Ratu Inoke took this opportunity to welcome to Fiji, the Foreign Minister of the UAE, His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, who will be visiting Fiji in mid-February 2014. “I take this opportunity to thank him (Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan) personally for the approval of funding for this project by a grant. Also importantly, I wish to take this opportunity to pay tribute to the work of my ministry and the Fiji Embassy in Abu Dhabi for working extremely hard over many months to realize the finalization of this important grant project,” Ratu Inoke said. As the next step, representatives from Masdar will be consulting with Fiji’s Ministry of Energy to review the draft bilateral agreement, containing the project scope, for mutual agreement by the Fijian government. Meanwhile, Minister for Energy, Timoci Natuva has been invited to a ceremony during Abu Dhabi’s Sustainability Week (18-22 January, 2014) for a formal signing of the bilateral agreement. The Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week coincides with the General Assembly of the International Renewable Energy (IRENA), hosted in Abu Dhabi on January 18-19, 2014 and will include the high-level opening of the World Future Energy Summit on 20th January next year.
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