Denmark announced the appointment of an energy advisor to be based at its embassy in Cairo, according to a Wednesday statement, noting that the new official will work closely with the Danish Energy Agency (DEA) in the framework of a new Strategic Sector Cooperation (SSC) programme with Egypt.
The new advisor has a long experience in the development and financing of renewable energy projects and will liaise directly with Egyptian stakeholders, providing technical assistance in integration of renewable energy and renewable energy regulation.
The new step aims to facilitate government-to-government collaboration by making the Danish energy expertise available to the Egyptian side in line with Egypt’s sustainable development 2030 Vision and the government’s efforts to increase substantially the share of renewable energy.
“Denmark is keen to expand its long-standing cooperation with Egypt, placing an energy advisor at the embassy in Cairo is a win-win for both countries as it matches Danish core competences and Egyptian development priorities,” said Tomas Anker Christensen, Danish ambassador to Egypt.
On the sidelines of the EU-Arab League Summit in Sharm El-Sheikh on 24-25 February 2019, the Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi discussed strengthening the strategic partnership between Denmark and Egypt, the statement added.
The SSC programme will focus on deployment and integration of renewable energy in the Egyptian energy system and long-term energy system, planning along the lines in the current Integrated Sustainable Energy Strategy for 2035.
The DEA has supported the Zafarana wind farm project through a Danish mixed credit programme.
The SSC, currently operating in 14 countries, works on opening new markets and investment opportunities in sector-specific projects in areas, such as urban development, agriculture, energy, environment, shipping, and water.
The partnerships between Danish and local authorities aims to meet the global demand for sustainable solutions in emerging markets.