COP28 Joint MDB Pavilion

Fostering Partnership towards NetZero Economies in MENA

11 December 2023, 15:30 - 16:30 (JST 20:30 - 21:30)
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Fostering partnerships and collaborations is crucial to expedite progress toward NetZero economies. The J-MENA GREEN initiative aims to concentrate on viable prospects such as technologies, incentives, policies, and networks within renewable energy, clean energy, and energy efficiency sectors in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).

In this event, we will: 

  • Identify solutions and resource gaps in the MENA Region toward NetZero Economies.
  • Share experiences and ideas on scaling up efforts and enhancing coordination between Japan and countries in the MENA region to facilitate the exchange of proven climate solutions and resources.

The goal is to introduce inventive business and partnership models tailored to capitalise on these opportunities, thereby accelerating sustainable investments in green projects aligned with the Paris Agreement and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

This session invites experts from government agencies, research institutions, financial institutions, and the private sector to seek their insights, guidance, and suggestions about fostering Japan-MENA's 'win-win' partnership towards NetZero Economies, including by launching a green business matching platform.

Event Details

11 December 2023, 15:30 - 16:30 (JST 20:30 - 21:30)

Joint MDB Pavilion, Blue Zone, B6, 74

Regional Center for Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency (RCREEE)
Gulf Research Center (GRC)
Islamic Development Bank (IsDB)

Presentation Materials

15:30-15:35Welcoming and Opening RemarksJauad El Kharraz, Executive Director of the Regional Center for Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency (RCREEE). 
15:35- 15:40Setting the Scene presentaionAbdessalem Rabhi, Programme Manager, IGESPDF (847KB)
15:40-16:25Panel discussion
The panel discussion aims to address the following questions:
-How to foster partnerships towards NetZero Economies, especially in the MENA region? -What and where are the key opportunities and challenges for a Japan-MENA win-win "Green" partnership?
-What can we do more or differently to contribute to fostering a Japan-MENA win-win "Green" partnership?
ModeratorAbdessalem Rabhi, Programme Manager, IGES 
PanelistsEman Adel, Sustainable Energy Expert, Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCREEE), Egypt. 
Takashi Endo, General Manager, Mitsubishi Research Institute Inc. (MRI), Japan (Middle East Regional Office). 
Tatsuya ITO, Senior Manager of the Internal Environment Initiatives Division, Hitachi, Ltd. 
Sameh Hussein, Lead Technical Cooperation Expert, Reverse Linkage/Technical Cooperation, Islamic Development Bank, Saudi Arabia. 
Lotfi Msadki, Ministry of the Environment, Tunisia (TBC) 
16:25-16:30Closing RemarksJavaid Iqbal, Managing Director, Knowledge Corporation, Gulf Research Center (GRC), Dubai