India and UAE have agreed to promote cooperation in renewable energy, especially in the areas of solar energy and wind power. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to this effect was signed in Abu Dhabi on Saturday,18th of January. The MoU was signed by Dr. Farooq Abdullah, Minister of New and Renewable Energy of India and Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, Minister ofState of UAE.
Both the countries also agreed to form a Joint Working Group for better coordination through joint research on subjects of mutual interest, exchange and training of scientific and technical personnel, exchange of available scientific and technologies information and data, organization of workshops, seminars and working groups, transfer of know-how, technology and equipment, on non-commercial basis etc.
Dr. Farooq Abdullah briefed the UAE Minister on the progress made by India in renewable energy with special reference to the National Solar Mission launched in 2010 under the National Action Plan on Climate Change. He also briefed the Minister on India’s efforts in promoting energy for remote and un-electrified areas.He congratulated the UAE for warm hospitality extended during the 4th Assembly session of IRENA.