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Baroness Verma’s visit highlights UK’s renewable energy offer to India
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Baroness Verma, UK Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, will be in India from 12 -18 February 2015.
Baroness Verma will visit Chandigarh, New Delhi and Jaipur and will be accompanied by a 19 member renewable energy business delegation which includes representatives from project developers, financial institutions, and technical advisory firms.
In Chandigarh, the minister will call on ministers and officials from the Governments of Punjab and Haryana and discuss renewable energy with business people, officials and academics. She will also present certificates to Punjab and Haryana police officers for completing a UK training course.
In Jaipur, Baroness Verma will meet with the Chief Minister of Rajasthan Vasundhara Raje, officials from the Government of Rajasthan and will interact with select industry members on renewable energy. She will also discuss the issue of female empowerment with members of FICCI-FLO (Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry - FICCI Ladies Organisation).
In New Delhi, Baroness Verma will lead a strong UK presence at the global Renewable Energy Investor’s summit (RE-Invest). She will speak at the plenary session titled ‘India - the New Investment Destination for Renewable Energy’ on the renewable energy potential of the country and investment opportunities.
She will also deliver a keynote address at an event titled ‘Financing renewables: different country experiences,’ to share UK experience on different ways to facilitate necessary flows of capital for renewable energy scale-up, and will inaugurate the UK business stand on renewable energy at the conference.
To strengthen the UK collaboration with India on renewable energy and other issues, Baroness Verma intends to meet ministers, officials from the Ministries of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Power, Coal and New and Renewable Energy, Railways, Commerce and Industry and NITI Aayog.
Baroness Verma said:
I am looking forward to returning to India to play my part in further strengthening our relations, especially on renewable energy, and to front a strong UK presence at RE–Invest Summit.
I am also looking forward to sharing the UK’s experience on frameworks to attract private investment, practical policy measures and capital market initiatives on renewable energy.
I am particularly delighted that I will be accompanied by business people keen to explore opportunities for business and collaboration in India on clean energy. The UK is committed to being India’s partner of choice and it is our strong and long standing business, education and low-carbon energy links that provide the backbone of this relationship.
Her visit is part of a series of visits to India by senior British government representatives and follows her own visit to India last November.
- Baroness Verma’s CV
- Baroness Verma visited Jaipur, Chandigarh and New Delhi in November last year to explore opportunities for business and collaboration and strengthen ties with the Indian government.
- The Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC), UK
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