Morocco and India co-chaired the first edition of the Arab-India Energy Forum, which was held by videoconference on June 8-9.

The event is part of the implementation of the executive program of the Arab-Indian Cooperation Forum and the third meeting of senior officials of India and the Arab League, held virtually on January 12, 2021, said a statement from the Indian Ministry of External Affairs.

The opening session of the forum was marked by speeches of Moroccan Minister of Energy, Mining and Environment Aziz Rabbah, Indian Minister of State for Power and Renewable Energy Raj Kumar Singh, and Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Affairs of the League of Arab States (LAS) Kamal Hasan Ali.

Plenary sessions explored the potential and challenges of cooperation in the fields of energy transition, intra-regional power trading, hydrocarbons and nuclear power generation.

Participants represented a wide range of public and private sector institutions from India and the LAS member states as well as key regional organisations such as the Organisation of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries (OAPEC) and the Arab Atomic Energy Agency (AAEA).