Vietnam Academy Of Social Sciences

Renewable energy: Potential and prospects between Vietnam and Morocco


On the occasion of the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and Morocco (1961- 2021), on the afternoon of June 30, 2021, at the head office at No. 1 Lieu Giai, Ba Dinh, Hanoi, Institute of African and Middle East Studies (IAMES), Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences (VASS) in collaboration with the Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco in Vietnam held an online seminar with the theme "Renewable energy: Potential and prospects of cooperation between Vietnam and Morocco".

Attending the webinar were: Assoc.Prof.Dr. Le Phuoc Minh, Director of IAMES; Mr. Jamale Chouaibi, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Morocco in Vietnam and the scholars of the two countries from the Ministry of Industry and Trade of Vietnam; Ministry of Energy, Minerals and Sustainable Development; Vietnam Institute of Economics; Department of Sustainable Energy; Center for Innovation and Green Development; R&D Innovation Program, Solar Energy and New Energy Research Institute, and IAMES researchers and scientists from specialized research institutes of the Academy.

Vietnam and Morocco are two countries with potential and advantage conditions to develop renewable energy to serve the process of industrialization and modernization of the country and sustainable green development. Therefore, developing renewable energy is one of the priority policies of both Vietnam and Morocco in the context of climate change, industrial revolution 4.0 and green growth.

On February 11, 2020, Vietnam issued Resolution No. 55-NQ/TW about "Vietnam's national energy development strategy to 2030, with a vision to 2045” Which creates a breakthrough in policies and mechanisms to encourage and promote strong renewable energy development to meet domestic energy demand.

Opening speech at the Workshop, on behalf of IAMES Leaders, Assoc.Prof.Dr. Le Phuoc Minh warmly welcomes the large number of delegates to attend in person in Vietnam and online in the Kingdom of Morocco. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Le Phuoc Minh appreciates the achievements of the two countries over the past 60 years, always standing side by side and supporting each other in all fields (politics, security, economy, society...).  Assoc.Prof.Dr emphasized that the seminar is towards the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and Morocco. This is a significance activities creating a forum for scholars, researchers, policy makers to exchange information, analyze and evaluate strategies, policies and current situation implementation of renewable energy development in the two countries. Thereby sharing experiences of success and failure, advantages and disadvantages in policy making, investment deployment and development of renewable energy between the two sides; find ways and opportunities for cooperation in investment and development of renewable energy between Vietnam and Morocco.

Specially, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Le Phuoc Minh also emphasized that the aim of the workshop is: Consolidating and developing scientific research cooperation relationships between IAMES and Morocco partners. This is a connecting with two countries as well as other potential African partners.

Moreover, Assoc.Prof.Dr. Le Phuoc Minh also extended his greetings to Ms. Dang Thu Ha, Ambassador of Vietnam in the Kingdom of Morocco. He expected that will promote this potential and strength cooperation between  two countries.

Delivering a welcome speech at the Workshop, Ambassador Jamale Chouaibi warmly welcomed the attendance of the delegates. The Ambassador belived that the exchange and discussion of renewable energy from experts and scientists will become the precious information, What is helping to complete the strategic goals of energy development. In 2030, Morocco will produce 52% renewable energy, of which 20% will be solar energy, 20% wind energy and 12% hydroelectricity. Besides, Morocco is also make an effort to cooperate with African countries for developing green sustainable economic Which was known as with King Mohammed VI's Green Belt Initiative. The Ambassador also emphasized that the workshop is one of practical activities to celebrate the 60th anniversary for the establishment of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and Morocco, contributing to strongly promoting activities within the framework of the South-Morocide cooperation program (*)

Two specific targets on renewable energy until 2030, the vision’s Vietnam to 2045: The proportion of renewable energy sources in the total primary energy supply will reach about 15-20% in 2030, 25-30 % in 2045; Reducing greenhouse gas  from energy activities from 15% by 2030, to 20 % by 2045.

Besides, Morocco has many achievements in growth and development in the North African countries, Which is also one of the fastest growing economic and political stability among African countries. Morocco is a country with a strong growth in renewable energy projects in Africa. The development of renewable energy is key for this North African country to reduce the dependence on energy imports from abroad, ensure energy security and protect the environment.

The workshop received 07 reports from Vietnamese and Moroccan speakers. The exchanging and discussing about the contents of Renewable Energy Development in Vietnam; Investment opportunities in the renewable energy sector in Morocco; Creating value through energy transformation; Advantages and disadvantages of sustainable development in Vietnam; Prospects of cooperation in renewable energy development between Vietnam and Morocco…

The ideas exchanged at the seminar aimed to strengthen connectivity, create opportunities to expand investment cooperation in renewable energy development between the two sides, contributing to the successful implementation of the Project "Developing relations between Vietnam and South, Middle East-Africa countries for the period 2016-2025” of the Government of Vietnam. Thereby strongly promoting the diplomatic relationship between the two countries, which is growing for the prosperity and green of Vietnam, Morocco and Africa.

(*) South-South cooperation is a form of cooperation to promote effective development through learning and sharing of experiences, practices and technologies among developing countries (UNDP).



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