World Green Economy Organization :  A New approach from the Arab world
Nov26

World Green Economy Organization : A New approach from the Arab world

World Green Economy Organization :  A New approach from the Arab world Recently at the UN Climate Conference in Marrakech, the World Green Economy Organization was announced globally in presence of  Dr Thani Bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, United Arab Emirates Minister of Climate Change and the Environment,  Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Vice Chairman, Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, and Chairman of the board of the World Green Economy Organisation (WGEO) and Helen Clark, Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). By Houmi Ahamed-Mikidache Towards a green economy “The World Green Economy Organization aims to support the implementation of the Paris Agreement and increase awareness on climate change to enhance the shift towards a green economy and a low carbon economy that is climate-resilient, resource-efficient, and socially inclusive,” said in Morocco Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Vice Chairman, Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, and Chairman of the board of the World Green Economy Organisation (WGEO), during the global launch of the World Green Economy Organization in Marrakech (Morocco). “ Launching WGEO at this time reflects the relentless efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals outlined in the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,” he added . After the October 2016 third World Green Economy Summit in Dubai, the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties, COP 22, in Marrakesh, Morocco, was an opportunity for the Arab world to show its willing to diversify its economy and also a way to promote its willing to work with all countries around the world towards a green economy. Dubai Plans Last June, Mr Al Tayer, announced in Dubai that  his country will build within the next five years  a largest Concentrated Solar Power (CPS) which will generate  1,000 megawatts (MW) of power by 2030 as part of the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy to generate 75 per cent of Dubai’s power from clean energy by 2050. This solar project could reduce more than 6.5 million tonnes of CO2. It can therefore meet its pledges linked to the Paris Agreement : keep global warming temperatures below 2°C in a long term goal, he added. The project will even surpass the existing world’s largest CPS tower in Morocco that has a power generating capacity of 150MW, senior energy officials said. How the World Green Economy Organization will work? According to Mr Al Tayer, the World Green Economy Organization, based in Dubai,  will play an instrumental role in mitigating climate change.   It will serves as a mechanism for adaptation and mitigation to climate change by generating new solutions for sustainable energy, water and other environmental challenges. How ? “by lowering the risk of green economy investments and bridging...

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What is next after the US election 2016?
Nov14

What is next after the US election 2016?

What is next after the US election 2016?   By Aya Kathir Column Trump and the Paris agreement: As the climate change and global warming become day after day a really great risk to people lives, it becomes the big issue of the post US election 2016.  Donald Trump, as he mentioned in his speeches and the debates during election,  doesn’t seem to believe in the climate change as an environmental issue or even as a real scientific evidence. The president elected mentioned during campaign that investing in the climate change field is  a waste of the U.S financial resources, and that the financial growth should be addressed to ensure the access of the clean water which by its role while guarantee the elimination of aliments like the malaria, and also to seek for alternative energy sources. But the reality is… Over the past several years, the western and southern states  have suffered from the worst droughts.  In the US history,  California for instance  grabs the attention on crops and the water issues. But Mr Trump says that the clean water will be one of “the most important issue that will face the next generation” During the first week of negotiations of the COP 22, the 22nd Conference of Parties in Morocco, questions were raised , about Trump’s situation via the Paris agreement and his intention to pull out the US of the Paris agreement, which will strongly affect the international efforts to limit the global warming. The US had pledged to $3billion to the UN Green Climate Fund which will give the financial support to the developing countries helping them to face the climate change. Stressing on the fact that, despite the elections’ results, fighting the climate change will strongly remain the first priority of the international community. According to observers, withdrawing the US, the world’s largest greenhouse polluter after China, from the Paris agreement will block other countries from fulfilling the agreement’s commitment and it will be considered as a step back from a process that already took years and years. The Paris agreement’s goal is to reduce the carbon dioxide emissions so that the atmosphere warming will drop down to at least 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit to protect the whole planet form a real extreme dangerous warming. Washington has already ratified the Paris agreement, the US is bound by the agreement to remain part of it for at least three years. After the three years, if really the US decides to cancel it, it must wait another year before it can formally leave. The Middle East through the election In the Middle East and North Africa with...

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COP 22-Hamed Said Al-Oufi: ” We want to maintain links with Africa”
Sep06

COP 22-Hamed Said Al-Oufi: ” We want to maintain links with Africa”

COP 22-Hamed Said Al-Oufi: ” We want to maintain links with Africa” By Houmi Ahamed-Mikidache Since the seventies, the Sultan Qabous Bin Said introduced an economic diversification in Oman policy. Indeed, in  1976, the Sultanate adopted five-years plans in order to safeguard the financial and economic stability of the country with a balance development of the various governorates. The Ministry of Agriculture, in collaboration with the FAO works on a sustainable development action plan on the agricultural sector in the horizon 2040. With the aim to achieve food security, reduce importation of fruits and vegetables and to integrate the population in the agricultural sector. 98% of the technic to capture the fishes in Oman are traditional. Located in the middle east, in the south of the Arabia Peninsula, the Sultanate of Oman has a strategic geographical position, with a very strong history shared with Eastern Africa ( trade, culture…). With an average population of 4 726 413 estimated in January 2016, the country is largely depend on the oil resources ( 9, 16 billions OR*, including 7, 7 billions OR of the oil net revenues). The agricultural and fisheries sectors play an important role in the daily lives of the omanis. These sectors represent 406.1 millions OR of the Oman GDP in 2014. Oman is exporting its products for many years in India, Africa and in the Gulf region…The fisheries sector increased slightly from 2013 to 2014, 211 000 fishes were captured in 2013, whereas in 2013, there were  206 000. In Oman, bottom trawling is prohibited as the Sultanate is committed to preserve the environment and the marine ecosystem. 98% of the technic to capture the fishes in Oman are traditional. Since 2014, the Sultanat of Oman has established a new program on aquaculture to help growing the fishing industry. In Duqm, an industrial zone, in the South of Muscat, the omani government has created in 2011 the economic authority Duqm. Dr Hamed Said Al Oufi,, Undersecretary, Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries Wealth of the Sultanate of  Oman was recently in Mauritius for the Conference on Ocean Economies and Climate Change. He gaves his view on Oman, Africa and blue economy Listen the interview of  Mr Said Al Oufi Interview Minister of Fisheries Oman       Second part of the interview  ...

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Comores- Préparation de la Conférence Internationale: «  Oman et les relations avec les Etats de la Corne de l’Afrique »
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Comores- Préparation de la Conférence Internationale: « Oman et les relations avec les Etats de la Corne de l’Afrique »

Comores- Préparation de la Conférence Internationale: «  Oman et les relations avec les Etats de la Corne de l’Afrique » Par Houmi Ahamed-Mikidache   Le colloque Une importante délégation omanaise, conduite par l’ambassadeur du Sultanat en Tanzanie, Ali bin Mohammed Mahrouqi,  s’est rendue à Moroni  aux Comores récemment. Reçue par le président de l’Union des Comores, Azali Assoumani, cette délégation a discuté de l’organisation  d’une conférence internationale sur Oman et ses relations avec les pays de la Corne de l’Afrique, prévue du 6 au 8 décembre 2016 ( dates à confirmer). 300 chercheurs et penseurs internationaux feront le déplacement aux Comores. Un documentaire sur les relations historiques ( aspects environnementaux, culturels) entre Oman et l’Afrique sera présenté durant cette conférence. Ce colloque international sera traduit en trois langues : français, anglais et arabe.  Un comité  scientifique établi pour la conférence a tenu une réunion au ministère des Affaires Etrangères afin d’identifier  tous  les thèmes de cet événement international ainsi que la logistique ( documents de travail…). Une autre réunion préparatoire est prévue au mois d’Octobre prochain. Oman et le développement Composé de onze gouvernorats, Mascate, Dhofar, Misandam, Buraymi, la Dakhliyah, et la Wusta (…), le Sultanat d’Oman est décrit comme un état moderne sous l’autorité du ministère de l’Intérieur, à l’exception des gouvernorats de Mascate et de Dhofar. Chaque gouvernorat se distingue par son administration, sa géographie et son économie. Le neuvième Plan quinquennal du Sultanat de 2016 à 2020 est axé sur une stratégie de diversification de l’économie. Objectif : Elargir la base productive d’Oman et créer des emplois pour les omanais en augmentant la contribution du PIB de secteurs comme l’agriculture, l’industrie, le tourisme, la pêche et les ressources minérales. Elément important du dispositif omanais : le développement des ressources humaines par l’éducation et la formation professionnelle. L’Aquaculture : la solution Pour inciter la production du secteur de la pêche et accroître sa valeur, le gouvernement omanais a mis en place depuis 2014, un programme d’aquaculture durable. A Doqm, une zone industrielle au sud de Mascate, le gouvernement omanais a crée l’autorité économique, Al Doqm en 2011. Doqm développe l’aquaculture pour diversifier son économie, avec l’aide de partenaires. Le Sultanat d’Oman bénéficie d’une surface  de 3 240 kilomètres de côtes pour l’exploitation des ressources halieutiques. Oman face aux changements climatiques En 2014, 2,2 millions de touristes ont visité Oman, avec 1,1 million de clients occupants des hôtels, soit une recette de plus de 191, millions de Rial Omanais. Conscient des répercussions environnementales du tourisme, le Sultanat a mis en place une série de mesure de prévention et de protection. A Mascate, le gouvernement a installé deux équipements de mesure des émissions polluantes...

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Oman and Africa : a strong relation
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Oman and Africa : a strong relation

  Oman and Africa : a strong relation By Houmi Ahamed-Mikidache   Recently a business delegation from the Sultanate of Oman came to Tanzania to strengthen economic ties. Tanzania is seeking to embark on a major industrialisation drive , as  international media reported  during the Oman delegation visit. Enhance economic ties Oman and Tanzania are seeking new investment partnerships. Duqm, Salalah and Sohar ports could be linked to  Dar es Salaam Port for new markets. Oman is indeed willing to open  new markets in Africa through Tanzania and its  coastline on the Indian Ocean. Tanzania could be the gateway to several countries on the continent, observers said before and during the Oman delegation visit. Oman is planning to invest in Sugar, cassava, cereals crops processing industry in Tanzania. Oman and Africa, especially eastern Africa have strong relations for many years. In the video below,  Michael Katz, chief executive officer of Oman Aqua Science, said that ecological studies found that Oman and Zanzibar used the first trading vessel. For which purpose ? Agriculture and Fisheries. Diversity The agricultural and fisheries sectors play an important role in the daily lives of the omanis. These sectors represent 406.1 millions OR of the Oman GDP in 2014. The fisheries sector increased slightly from 2013 to 2014, 211 000 fishes were captured in 2013, whereas in 2013, there were  206 000. In Oman, bottom trawling is prohibited as the Sultanate is committed to preserve the environment and the marine ecosystem. The Sultanate has a diverse agriculture and climate said, in the film,  Dr Nadiya Al Saady of Oman Animal & Plant Genetic Resources Center ( OAPGRC). To the view of  Shawn Basson of Nehad Agronomy Services, Oman is the food basket of the middle east from January to March. It provides food to its counterparts. Sustainable strategies and opportunities «  Oman is part of the GCC [The Gulf Cooperation Council]. It is very closed to India, subcontinent, Eastern Africa. These people have 1,5 billion people leaving there. They have a great demand for food, » said Saleh Al Shanfari from Oman Food Investment Holding co. With climate change opportunities and promotion of countries sustainable strategies, customers are more demanding. «  People want to know where the food is produced. People want to have fresh food and organic food, »she emphasized. Watch the...

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The largest Concentrated Solar Power (CPS) project to surpass Morocco CPS tower- Officials
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The largest Concentrated Solar Power (CPS) project to surpass Morocco CPS tower- Officials

Dubai: The largest Concentrated Solar Power (CPS) project to surpass Morocco CPS tower- Officials By Houmi Ahamed-Mikidache Dubai-June 18th-  The largest Concentrated Solar Power (CPS) project to be built on a single site in the world will begin power generation in Dubai within the next five years, officials announced on Thursday. « The long view is that the new CPS site will generate 1,000 megawatts (MW) of power by 2030 as part of the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy to generate 75 per cent of Dubai’s power from clean energy by 2050, »  said officials from Dubai Electricity and Water Autority, The project will even surpass the existing world’s largest CPS tower in Morocco that has a power generating capacity of 150MW, senior energy officials said.To the view of Saeed Mohammad Al Tayer, managing director and CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Autority, the solar project could reduce more than 6.5 million tonnes of CO2. It can therefore meet its pledges linked to the Paris Agreement : keep global warming temperatures below 2°C in a long term...

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