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Kalam calls for India-Dubai joint energy platform

PTI Dubai | Updated on April 19, 2011 Published on April 19, 2011

Former President of Inda, Mr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam (file photo). Photo Mohammed Yousuf   -  Business Line

Proposing an India-Dubai joint energy platform, former president Mr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam has said that it should focus on research, development and implementation of a green energy solution.

The continuous depletion of fossil fuels — oil, gas and coal reserves — as well as the fluctuation in the price of crude oil has made energy independence imperative, he said.

“The India-Dubai Energy Platform will be a mission-mode partnership with about $700 million funding which would stimulate research, development, marketing, deployment and maintenance of customised and cost-effective solutions in the green energy domain for the two countries,” Gulf News quoted Mr Kalam as saying.

According to Mr Kalam, such a platform can have participants from the Government, corporate and academic institutions, social organisations as an integrated international social and environment responsibility mission.

Through this platform all the initiatives by India and the UAE can be brought together on a common knowledge-sharing platform, synergised according to unique core competencies and marketed across diverse arenas, he said.

“Corporates from India and Dubai and other emirates may actively seek opportunities to support green enterprises as a viable business model and the young professional should be encouraged to take up entrepreneurial ventures which help spread the mission of energy independence in the two nations,” the former President said.

He also said the two sides can consider creating a research fund to sponsor research in developing high efficiency, robust and versatile green power plants.

Published on April 19, 2011
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