State of Iraq Assumes the Presidency of RCREEE Board of Trustees after Sudan

5 April 2015 – The State of Iraq assumed the Presidency of the Board of Trustees (BOT) of the Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCREEE) for the year 2015 during the twelfth meeting of RCREEE BOT. The presidency of the Board was transferred to Mr. Naseer Kareem Kasim, Head of Department at the Renewable Energy and Environment Center, Iraqi Ministry of Electricity, succeeding Eng. Yasser Abdallah, Director of Renewable Energy Department, Sudanese Ministry of Water Resources and Electricity.

During the meeting, RCREEE Secretariat thanked Eng. Yasser Abdallah for the outstanding efforts and the support given by the Sudanese Ministry in the past year in activating all RCREEE activities. RCREEE is looking forward to the continued support and fruitful cooperation under the new leadership of the State of Iraq.

The Presidency of RCREEE BOT is transferred alternately every year among RCREEE member states according to their alphabetical order. The presidency of RCREEE BOT was assumed since its establishment by Egypt in 2009, where Jordan relinquished its presidency exceptionally to Egypt to be able to accomplish the documents of the establishment phase. Then Jordan assumed the presidency in 2010, followed by Tunisia in 2011, Algeria in 2012, Bahrain in 2013, and Sudan in 2014.

About Sudan's cooperation with RCREEE:

Sudan is one of the most active member states in RCREEE. The Center’s cooperation with Sudan has included collaboration in preparing several research studies and capacity-building activities. In addition to cooperating in spreading the sustainable energy culture in the Arab region. During 2014, RCREEE has organized a BOT meeting, two workshops and a number of meetings with Sudanese experts. Two exchange missions were also arranged for Sudanese experts to both Tunisia and Lebanon for exchanging expertise in the areas of energy efficiency and renewable energy. Many Sudanese experts also benefited from the specialized capacity building program implemented in the Arab region and Europe, in collaboration with prestigious international institutions. RCREEE also, in collaboration with the Ministry of the Sudanese Ministry of Electricity and Water Resources, supported the Sudanese Network for Sustainable Energy in launching and organizing a number of meetings. The meetings included specialized members of the governmental, academic and private sectors in sustainable energy.

About Iraq's cooperation with RCREEE:

Iraq has been and is still one of the most important member states in RCREEE. The cooperation over the past years included many technical support and capacity building activities. In addition to cooperating in the spread of sustainable energy culture in the Arab region. During 2014, Iraqi experts participated in four capacity-building programs, including areas of energy efficiency statistics and indicators, and in the planning of National Renewable Energy Action Plans (NREAPs) in Tunisia, Egypt and Spain. This was done in collaboration with several regional and international destinations. RCREEE has also organized an exchange mission to exchange Iraqi expertise in activating the commitment to energy efficiency building codes in the building sector. This is in addition to the inclusion of the state of Iraq in most recent regional studies that RCREEE prepared, including the Pan-Arab Renewable Energy Strategy 2030: Roadmap of Actions for Implementation” in cooperation with International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the League of Arab States.

About the Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCREEE)

The Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCREEE) is an independent not-for-profit regional organization that aims to enable and increase the adoption of renewable energy and energy efficiency practices in the Arab region. RCREEE teams with regional governments and global organizations to initiate and lead clean energy policy dialogues, strategies, technologies and capacity development in order to increase Arab states’ share of tomorrow’s energy.