To strike a bright prospect for clean energy cooperation between China and Arab

Newspaper reporter Zhou Zhoujingyue Huang Peizhao in Egypt

08 November 2018, 08:54 source: People's Daily - People's daily

The sixth Sino Arab energy cooperation conference was held in Cairo, Egypt, from November 5th to 8. It discussed relevant topics such as power interconnection, renewable energy cooperation and peaceful use of nuclear energy. Officials, entrepreneurs and experts from China and Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Sultan and Algeria participated in the conference. The participants agreed that China and Azerbaijan are at the critical stage of the transformation of energy development. The two sides complement each other in the field of clean energy and have great potential for cooperation.

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The Sino Arab energy cooperation conference is an important cooperation mechanism in the energy field under the framework of the Sino Arab Cooperation Forum. It was founded in 2008 and is held every two years.

"From Sanya, China to Sultan, Khartoum, from Yinchuan, China to Saudi Arabia, from Beijing to the Egyptian Cairo, the pace of Sino Arab energy cooperation is intense, and the field of energy cooperation has been broadened. The achievements of bilateral energy cooperation are obvious to all." The "Arabia economic network" commented at this meeting.

China is a major producer and consumer of energy. Arabia is one of the most abundant energy sources in the world. With the joint efforts of China and Arab countries, the foundation of energy cooperation is solid and fruitful, playing the role of "principal axis" and "ballast stone" of Sino Arab strategic cooperation.

In recent years, bilateral cooperation in oil and gas, electricity, nuclear power and renewable energy has been deepened. In the field of oil and gas, in 2017, the Arabia countries exported crude oil to China 1.57 million tons, accounting for 37% of China's total crude oil imports. It is one of China's most important sources of imported crude oil. In the field of electricity, China's energy enterprises are actively involved in the construction of Arabia's power infrastructure. China has not only provided a large number of PV modules and fans to Arabia countries, but also participated in the construction of many renewable energy projects.

In July this year, Chinese President Xi Jinping delivered an important speech at the opening ceremony of the eighth Ministerial Conference of the Sino Arab Cooperation Forum, and made important elaboration on energy cooperation between China and Argentina. He stressed the need to actively promote "oil and gas cooperation" and "low carbon energy cooperation". This exposition points out the direction for the next step of energy cooperation between China and Argentina.

One of the highlights of this conference is that the two sides will further expand cooperation in the field of clean energy, and announce the establishment of a clean energy training center in China and Azerbaijan. The two sides will organize capacity-building activities such as photovoltaic, photothermal, wind power and smart grid.

"China and Arab countries complement each other in the field of clean energy and have great potential for cooperation." Liu Baohua, deputy director of China's state energy administration, said 5 days that Arabia's national clean energy resources are unique and one of the best solar and wind energy resources in the world. The development of clean energy to achieve multiple complementarity helps to promote energy transformation and green development in Arabia.

Liu Baohua suggested that China and Argentina rely on the Sino Arab clean energy training center jointly established to strengthen policy planning and technology exchange and carry out project cooperation. At the same time, we should strengthen cooperation with financial institutions such as the world bank and the Asian infrastructure investment bank, promote the cooperation mode of energy industry and finance, and promote the deep participation of financial industry in Sino Arab energy cooperation projects.

Sino Arab energy cooperation will create a huge market.

At the moment, Naka Ajun is at the critical stage of their respective energy development. At present, China's development is changing from high speed growth to high quality development. It is committed to energy transformation and clean development. China will accelerate the adjustment of energy structure and build a clean, low-carbon, safe and efficient energy system. At the same time, Arabia countries are also actively seeking for energy transformation and changing their dependence on fossil energy. In recent years, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and other Arabia countries have proposed economic transformation and transformation plan respectively, aiming at reducing dependence on traditional energy sources, developing clean and renewable energy resources, and achieving sustainable economic development.

Kamal Hassan Ali, assistant secretary general for economic affairs of the League of Arabia States, said that cooperation between China and Afghanistan will create a huge market for both sides to bring more opportunities for economic development. China has advanced technology and rich experience in the field of solar power, and the two sides can carry out deep cooperation in this field.

Yang Kai, President of the Egyptian national power company, told reporters that taking Egypt as an example, the country is relentlessly promoting the development of new energy and renewable energy. Egypt plans to raise the proportion of clean energy to total electricity output to 20% by 2022, and this proportion will rise to 40% by 2035. "These are opportunities for us." Yang Kai said that taking new energy enterprises as an example, Hon energy is actively working for the high-end equipment industry park in Egypt. This project fits the needs of Egypt to transform the energy structure and helps promote local employment and economic development.

Kong He, a representative from China Xinxin Energy Holdings Limited, produced a large number of business cards in front of reporters. Companies from nearly 10 countries including Iraq, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Sultan, as well as financial institutions and government departments, are very interested in our business and hope to cooperate with us.

Reporters learned in the interview that along with the steady progress of the "one belt and one way" construction, more and more Arabia countries hope to cooperate with China and share their experience. "Arabia economic network" wrote that China's economic development is enviable, Arabia countries are very optimistic about the Chinese market, and "Look East" is becoming a consensus.

Saeed is the head of a Energy Service Companies in Egypt. He told our reporter that the Chinese market is broad and the potential of energy cooperation between the two sides is huge. This conference is an excellent platform for looking for Chinese partners. He has met many Chinese companies here, and has a deeper understanding of the needs of the Chinese market.

Aslan, Vice Minister of the Ministry of electricity and renewable energy, said that the "one belt and one way" construction provided a historic opportunity for Arab China cooperation. As China's fourth largest trading partner in Africa, Egypt continues to value and support the construction of "one belt and one road", and hopes that all countries in the region will seize the opportunity to strengthen cooperation with China in various fields including energy.

(Cairo, November 7)

People's daily (08 November 2018, 21 Edition)
(Editor: Shi Yaqiao, Che Kemeng)