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Manmohan Singh to inaugurate international seminar on energy access on Oct 9

According to reports, the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, will inaugurate the plenary session of the International Seminar on Energy Access in New Delhi on October 9 and 10.

Ministers and senior delegates from over 50 countries are expected to participate in the event. The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy and the Confederation of Indian Industry is organizing the event.

The seminar proposes to bring together multiple stakeholders, including ministers, senior policy planners, multilateral and bilateral agencies and civil society working on delivery of energy to develop integrated sustainable and affordable solutions to energy access.

The focus will be to promote development of renewable energy by removing barriers impeding rise of renewable energy and its deployment in large scale for attaining sustainable energy for all. It will provide an opportunity to participating countries, organizations and the experts to showcase policy initiatives and best practices, exchange views, experiences and innovative solutions on energy access.

According to the tentative agenda drawn in consultation with stakeholders there would be twelve technical sessions running concurrently on two days covering topics such as policy and regulation for meeting target of energy for all; financing energy access; solar power for energy access; use of local energy sources of energy access other than solar in rural areas; and business models for stand alone grids.

U.N. bodies and international organizations such as UNDP, UNIDO, World Bank, Asian Development Bank and GIZ have committed to host parallel sessions. In addition, the ministries of power, petroleum and natural gas and coal are also actively participating in the two-day event.

The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) will provide organizational support. The event is being organized under the close supervision of broad based steering and organizational committees consisting of representative from national and international agencies, and headed by secretary and joint secretary, MNRE, respectively.

The United Nations General Assembly has designated 2012 as the “International Year of Sustainable Energy for All”

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