SHANGHAI, 28th April, 2016 (WAM)–A delegation from Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), headed by Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA, has begun meetings with Chinese public and private organisations.

The delegation to China is building stronger ties and developing partnerships with China’s public and private sectors. This supports the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050, which gives priority to sustainability and focuses on an integrated approach to design standards, public infrastructure, finance, management, and maintenance.

The delegation includes Waleed Salman, Executive Vice President of Strategy & Business Development at DEWA, Dr Yousef Al Akraf, Executive Vice President of Business Support and Human Resources at DEWA, Mohammed Abdulkareem Al Shamsi, Acting Executive Director of the UAE Water Aid Foundation, and Ahmed Abdullah, Senior Manager of External Communications at DEWA.

The delegation met Liang Yang, Head of smart PV solutions at Huawei, the Chinese company that specialises in Information Communications Technology. They also met Jun Liu, Vice President of Smart PV Solution Sales & Services at Huawei. Huawei highlighted its solutions for photovoltaic smart cells, smart networks and phones, cloud computing, Big Data, and the Internet of Things. The Chinese company has over 140 million customers for their smart phones, and over 400 international mobile network operators. Over 170,000 employees work at Huawei; 80,000 of with work in research and development.

Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, met Gu Jun, President of China Nuclear Engineering Group Co. (CNEC), Lei Mingze, Director, General Manager, and Chairman of CNEC, also attended the meeting, so that DEWA can learn about the latest developments in the generation of electricity through the peaceful use of nuclear energy. It also supports the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050, which aims to diversify energy sources by 2030. By then, renewable energy will account for 25% of the Emirate’s power requirements, while nuclear energy will provide 7%, clean coal 7%, and natural gas 61%.

Al Tayer also met with Liu Zhengming, Managing Director of Silk Road Fund Co., Ltd, and Grace Yue Zho, CFA of Director Investment at Silk Road Fund Co., Ltd, also attended the meeting. The meeting built closer ties between DEWA and Silk Road Fund Co., Ltd, while highlighting developments, and projects in relation to Dubai’s energy sector.

In addition to this, Al Tayer also met James Zheng, Vice President of Enterprise Business Unit for East and Central China at IBM, and Clement Dai, Industry Sales and Solutions, Global Energy and Utilities Industry at IBM. IBM highlighted its solutions and experiences in clean energy.

During the delegation’s visit to China, Al Tayer also met Judy Q. Liu, Vice President of GCL New Energy Holdings Limited, and President of Asia Pacific and Middle East, and Vivienne Lee, Deputy General Manager of the International Business Department at GCL New Energy Holdings. The meeting highlighted investment opportunities in clean energy as part of the Dubai Green Fund, which is worth $27 billion.

“This visit enables us to exchange opinions and experiences, and enhance practices to further facilitate integrated cooperation between the public and private sectors. This cooperation will enhance investments in the region’s energy sector. We also aim to discuss international performance indicators and high-level benchmarking in the energy sector. We also aim to enhance cooperation with China, in areas such as funding and financial services, while benefiting from best international practices,” said Al Tayer.

Al Tayer emphasised the importance of cooperation between DEWA and Chinese public and private organisations, enhancing long-term partnerships in energy, and working to develop these partnerships to broaden horizons and mutually benefit from their shared experiences.