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India, Bahrain hold 1st Joint Working Group Meeting 2021 in the field of Renewable Energy

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1st India-Bahrain Joint Working Group meetingOn February 4, 2021, India & Kingdom of Bahrain held the 1st Joint Working Group Meeting 2021 in the field of Renewable Energy (RE) in a virtual format. The Indian side was led by Mr Dinesh Dayanand Jagdale, Joint Secretary, Ministry of New & Renewable Energy & Abdul Hussain bin Ali Mirza, President of Sustainable Energy Authority led the Bahraini side.

i.Background:

In July 2018, Both sides had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for boosting cooperation in the field of Renewable Energy.

ii.Key Points in the meeting:

  • Both sides emphasized on the importance of renewable energy to meet the climate change goals of the Paris Climate Agreement.  India has set a target to cut its emissions intensity by 33-35% by 2030 of 2005 levels.
  • The two sides presented the initiatives taken, future targets, progress made by them in the Renewable Energy Sector. They also discussed the opportunities available in the sector.
  • Both countries agreed to share the best practices, experience & expertise in the RE sector.

iii.They agreed to increase engagement in capacity building & focused cooperation between concerned agencies & private sector of two countries in the RE sector with special focus on wind, solar & clean hydrogen.

iv.It was also agreed to hold the next round of JWG meeting at a mutually convenient date, which will be decided by the diplomatic channels of both countries.

Recent Related News:

i.November 30, 2020, EAM, Jaishankar visited the Kingdom of Bahrain from November 24-25, 2020. It was Jaishankar’s first visit to Bahrain as EAM.

About Bahrain:

Prime Minister (Crown Prince) – Prince Salman bin Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa
Capital – Manama
Currency – Bahraini Dinar (BHD)