A high powered delegation from Chile, lead by their Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Alfredo Moreno Charme met Dr. Farooq Abdullah, Minister for New & Renewable Energy and other senior officials of the Ministry in the capital today. The two sides held detailed discussions on cooperation between India and Chile in the field of Renewable Energy. Dr. Farooq Abdullah informed the Chilean Foreign Minister and the Delegation about the progress made by India in different fields of Renewable Energy and suggested exchange of expertise between the two countries for mutual benefit. He particularly mentioned the advances made by India in the field of wind and solar energy under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission. Earlier the Chilean delegation said that the requirement of power in the northern areas of Chile is going to increase sharply. This is the area where there is a preponderance of mines in Chile. Dr. Abdullah suggested that solar energy could provide a major share of increased requirement of power and India would be willing to assist in this endeavour.
The Foreign Minister of Chile invited Dr. Abdullah to visit Chile in the near future. Dr. Abdullah said that in support of the UN Declaration designating 2012 as the “International Year of Sustainable Energy for All”, India is holding an International Seminar on Energy Access in New Delhi. The Seminar proposes to bring together millennium stake holders, ministers, senior policy planners, multilateral and bilateral agencies and civil society organizations. Dr. Farooq Abdullah suggested that this occasion could be an ideal platform for defining the “way forward” for cooperation in the area of Renewable Energy.