The presentation of the projects took place in a virtual meeting during J. Biden’s visit to Jerusalem
The leaders of Israel, India, the United States and the United Arab Emirates announced two far-reaching collaborative projects in food security and clean energy on Thursday during a virtual meeting on the occasion of US President Joe Biden’s visit to Jerusalem.
Mr Biden, Prime Minister Yair Lapid, President of the United Arab Emirates Mohamed bin Zayed and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi made the announcement in a joint statement issued by their offices during their virtual meeting – the highest level gathering to date of the new I2U2 forum, created by the United States.
The joint statement said the four countries will aim to “harness the dynamism of our societies and our entrepreneurial spirit to address some of the greatest challenges facing our world, with a focus on joint investments and new initiatives in water, energy, transport, space, health and food security”.
I2U2 countries will also engage their respective private sectors to advance low-carbon development pathways, improve public health and access to vaccines, co-create new solutions for waste treatment and promote development. green technologies, the statement said.
The countries stress their support for Israel’s integration into the region, linking the normalization agreements of the Abraham Accords with the establishment of forums such as the I2U2.
They also welcome other new regional groupings such as the Negev Forum, which brings together Israel, the UAE, Bahrain, Morocco, Egypt and the United States.
The leaders “discussed innovative ways to ensure longer-term and more diverse food production, as well as food delivery systems to better address global food shocks,” the statement said.
Regarding the two projects, the United Arab Emirates will invest two billion dollars in the development of a series of food parks in India that will integrate green technologies to reduce food waste, conserve fresh water and use renewable sources. ‘renewable energy.
The second initiative will be the establishment of a hybrid renewable energy project in “the Indian state of Gujarat, with a wind and solar capacity of 300 megawatts (MW), complemented by a battery energy storage system” , the joint statement said.
I2U2 leaders emphasize that these two projects are just the beginning of a “long-term strategic partnership that will improve the movement of people and goods across the hemispheres and increase the sustainability of collaborative science and technology partnerships.”