The 2nd Arab Forum for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency is Picking Momentum

Cairo, Egypt –29 May, 2014- Final preparations are currently taking place for  the 2ndArab Forum for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ARFREE). High level guests and speakers are gathering from all over the Arab region and beyond  to lead the debate on the future of sustainable energy in the Arab region. Final agenda for sessions and meetings are coming together. A number of high-level governmental officials, field experts and International Organization representatives have confirmed their attendance to the forum. These includeH.E. Dr.Omar Kettaneh, Palestinian Minister of Energy, H.E. Dr. James Moranthe EU Delegation Ambassador to Egypt and H.E. NavdeepSuri  India's Ambassador to Egypt ,, and H.E. Dr. MervatTellawy, Chairwoman of the Board of Directors of the Arab Women Organization. The Executive Bureau of the Arab Ministerial Council for Electricity, and the Arab Electricity Experts Committee Meeting will take place on the margins of the Forum on 16 and 17 June respectively. The event will take place at Mövenpick hotel on 18th and 19th of June, 2014 in Gouna, Egypt under the patronage of H.E. Secretary General of the Arab League, Dr. Nabil El-Arabi and HE. Dr.Mohamed Shaker, the Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy in Egypt. The Forum’s mainspeakers and panelists include Mr. MoncefBenAbdallah, Consultant Industry & Energy, former Industry and Energy Minister, Tunisia,   KhaledIrani, former Minister of Environment and Former Minister of Energy & Mineral Resources in Jordan, Director General, Royal Scientific Society for the Protection of Nature, Chief Executive Officer of E2E, Dr.PaddyPadmanathan, President & CEO Acwa Power, Eng. JamilaMatar, Director Energy Department, League of Arab States, Dr.  Tareq Emtairah, Executive Director, Regional Center of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency,       Ms. Giovanna Ceglie, Director of UNIDO office in Cairo, Dr. GeorgetaVidican, Senior Researcher, German Development Institute, Eng. Mohamed MousaOmran, MOERE/Deputy Minister, Egypt, Dr. RoulaMajdalani, ESCWA, and Dr. Samir Kotb, Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development (AFESD). About the Forum The League of Arab States (LAS) in cooperation with the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), the Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCREEE), The EU-funded project Energy Efficiency in the Construction Sector in the Mediterranean (MED-ENEC) and with the support of the Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy – Egypt, and the European Commission in Egypt. This year, the forum explores the role of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and their impact on RE and EE job creation discourse and transformative impact on the Arab sustainable energy future. The forum examines the technical, institutional, financial and legislative instruments that can encourage the engagement of SMEs in these fields. For More details, please visit http://www.ARFREE.net For all media inquiries, please contact: League of Arab States Secretariat Tel: +20 2 25752966/ 25750511 energy.dept@las.int

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