President of Seychelles to participate in World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi next week

13 January 2018 Author :  

The President of Seychelles, Danny Faure, will join other world leaders in Abu Dhabi for the World Future Energy Summit (WFES) which starts on Monday, State House said.

The summit will take place from Monday to Thursday at the Abu Dhabi national exhibition centre under the patronage of Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the crown prince. This year’s theme is ‘Driving the Global Energy Transformation.’

The World Future Energy Summit is a global discussion on the future of renewable energy, clean technology and sustainability and is held every year as part of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week. This year, the summit will cover burning issues and key trends in the renewable energy sector, such as the future of energy and transport in urban environments, digitalisation and technology disruption.

Seychelles already has in place an energy policy for 2010-2030 aimed at guiding the island nation towards reducing its consumption of fossil fuels by 15 percent by the year 2030.

The small island developing state, which relies mainly on tourism and tuna fisheries to sustain its small economy, is heavily dependent on imported diesel to run generators which produce the electricity required by the country’s 93,000 inhabitants and tourism establishments.

The head of state of Seychelles, an archipelago in the western Indian Ocean, leaves the country on Sunday and will return on Thursday.

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