Cleantech San Diego Signs MOU with Dubai Green Economy Partnership
The Dubai Green Economy Partnership (Dubai GEP) has met with Cleantech San Diego in California with the aim of promoting the adoption of green technologies, products, and services worldwide. The future partnership will also lead to accelerated trade and investment in innovative green technologies regionally and internationally, and particularly in the UAE where 2015 has been announced as the Year of Innovation.
The meeting was held when a delegation from Dubai Green Economy Partnership comprising members from various high-level government bodiessuch as Dubai Supreme Council of Energy , Dubai Investment Development Agency (Dubai FDI) – an agency of the Department of Economic Development in Dubai – EnPark and Dubai Carbon, visited California in an effort to connect the most innovative clean technology companies in Silicon Valley and San Diego with Dubai.
The delegation also attended the Low Carbon Energy Investment Forum in San Francisco, where Dubai Supreme Council of Energy and EnPark showcased Dubai’s green economy and presented the Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy.
Cleantech San Diego is a non-profit membership body that positions the greater San Diego region, including Imperial County and Baja California, as a global leader in the clean technology economy. The organisation focuses on fostering collaborations across the private-public-academic landscape, leading advocacy efforts to promote cleantech priorities, and encouraging investment in the San Diego region.
According to the meeting, which was held at the law offices of Latham & Watkins,Cleantech San Diego will now explore opportunities for collaboration beyond the U.S. and into the Middle East’s booming green economy.
“Cleantech San Diego looks forward to continuing conversations with The Dubai Green Economy Partnership,” said Cleantech San Diego President and CEO Jason Anderson.” Our organizations share a common goal of advancing opportunities for cleantech solutions worldwide. We are excited about the prospect of future collaborations between our two regions, which create valuable opportunities for Cleantech San Diego member companies to conduct business on a global scale.”
Fahad Al Gergawi, CEO of Dubai FDI and Secretary General of Dubai GEP commented: “The partnership will give green technology innovators in Dubai with privileged access to a vast array of companies and service providers under the Cleantech umbrella. The Silicon Valley has led the tech boom and now asits innovations transcend borders green technologies would be one of the major benefactors. Furthermore, Dubai FDI is encouraging the US-based companies to come to the emirate and set up shop as demand for green technologies ramps up.”
“I believe that to truly grow the green economy in Dubai, we need to connect with international markets, communicate our successes and discuss the challenges, while also sharing knowledge gleaned from global industry leaders,” said Marwan Abulaziz Janahi, Executive Director of EnPark, a member of TECOM Investments. “The Forum provided an important platform for us to showcase Dubai GEP’s achievements and accomplishments within the energy sector.”
The two organizations signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on June 23, which outlines a shared goal of working together toward becoming global partners with the aim of achieving a green and sustainable economy and engaging with similar organizations in other countries.