PM addresses energy summit in UAE
January 16, 2012 12:00:00 AM
Fiji’s Prime Minister, Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama has urged the International Renewable Energy Agency to design strategies to consolidate data on petroleum and energy use and further develop strategies for action on energy security.

Speaking at the conclusion of the Pacific Leaders Meeting which preceded the 2nd session of the IRENA assembly which is currently underway in Abu Dhabi, Bainimarama discussed the costs of energy imports facing Fiji and the lack of existing financial institutions in Pacific Island countries

He said the high cost of finance are inflating the final costs of energy deployment for Fiji and for these reasons, developing a meaningful relationship with IRENA is imperative for Fiji.

The Pacific meet, which saw the participation of Heads of State, Ministers, agency Directors, and other high-level members of government of 11 Pacific Island States, brought forward discussions on accelerating renewable energy uptake in the Pacific region.

By Reginald Chandar