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Morocco and IEA sign a new joint work program

Morocco and the International Energy Agency (IEA) signed, in Paris, a new joint work program for the period 2022-2023.

This new work program was signed by the Executive Director of the International Energy Agency, Fatih Birol, and the Minister for Energy Transition and Sustainable Development, Leila Benali, on the sidelines of her participation in the ministerial meeting of members of the IEA, which takes place on Wednesday and Thursday at the OECD.

This collaboration concerns the realization of joint actions which will mainly concern statistical data, modeling and support for the decarbonization program, support for the deployment of renewable energies and the assessment of hydrogen potential.

It is also a question of emphasizing the areas of energy efficiency, in support of the energy transition at the regional level, to the political dialogue on energy security and climate resilience.

The two parties also agree to deepen their collaboration in a range of energy-related activities in areas where the IEA can provide assistance to support Morocco in its transition to a low-carbon economy and reduce its dependence on against imported fossil fuels.

This program aims to help Morocco make the best use of its resources to achieve its renewable energy objectives and meet its commitments to promote energy policies, as described in the 2030 energy strategy.

“The signing of this work program once again renews the commitment of Morocco, an associated country of the IEA since 2016, not only with regard to the “ambitious” objectives linked to the energy transition, but also in all that which is related to the international cooperation efforts led by the Kingdom in the fight against climate change”, underlined Nadim Abillama, MENA program manager at the IEA.

“This commitment comes in a context of accelerating energy transitions globally, and Morocco intends to benefit from the expertise provided by its international partners such as the IEA, which are intended to support it in this crucial transformation”, added Abillama.

Benali is taking part in this meeting, the first since 2019, at the head of a delegation made up of senior officials from his department.

This high-level meeting, which brings together the Energy Ministers of the IEA family, member and associate countries, as well as world energy leaders, constitutes a platform for exchange to raise the ambition of achieving climate neutrality, through increased support for energy and climate policy makers, and further activating initiatives to accelerate the development of new clean technologies.

“The ministerial meeting, one of the first major energy-related events to occur after COP26, is taking place against the backdrop of two deep short- and long-term crises with implications for production, trade, use and security of energy, namely the Covid-19 pandemic and the Russian-Ukrainian conflict”, indicates the IEA.

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