The EU-funded projects Energy Efficiency in the Construction Sector in the Mediterranean (MED-ENEC) and the Euro Mediterranean Energy Market Integration (MED-EMIP) are co-organising the Arab Forum on Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency on the theme “Building Financing Partnerships”, to be held in Cairo on 23 and 24 April.

The Arab Forum on Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency is organised by the Secretariat of the Arab League and the Secretariat of the Arab Ministerial Council of Electricity, in cooperation with the European Union Delegation in Cairo, the MED-EMIP and MED-ENEC projects, the Regional Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCREEE) and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UN-ESCWA).

The main objective of the Forum is to create a platform to open dialogue between all partners (government agencies, financial institutions or private sector) and contribute to the development of a road map to achieve the following objectives:

* to identify funding mechanisms necessary to develop the uses of renewable energy and energy efficiency, develop practical solutions to expand the use of renewable energy and energy efficiency;
* build a close partnership between financial institutions to provide funding for renewable energy projects and energy efficiency programmes;
* identify methods for stimulating investments in the renewable energy and energy efficiency industry, and support the participation of the private sector;
* promote capacity building and provide job opportunities in the Arab countries through the expansion of renewable energy and energy efficiency projects and to promote local manufacturing of high efficiency environmentally friendly equipment and products.

Among the participants expected to attend are ministers and experts concerned with renewable energy and energy efficiency from Arab countries, in addition to the heads of a large number of institutions, funds and Arab finance and development banks, European and international development banks, as well as international and regional institutions relevant to the subject, along with businessmen and investors in renewable energy generation plants and companies working in energy efficiency and the service providers, as well as organisations and international and regional projects.

MED-EMIP is a platform for energy policy dialogue and exchange of experiences, leading to enhanced Euro-Med cooperation, integration of the energy markets and improved security and sustainability. .

MED-ENEC II encourages energy efficiency and the use of solar energy in the construction sector, playing a major role in the design and implementation of cooperation efforts between the EU and its Mediterranean Partners and among the Partners themselves. (ENPI Info Centre)