Morocco at the 2024 World Hydrogen Summit: Minister Leila Benali chairs a large Moroccan delegation to participate in the work of the Summit

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A high-level Moroccan delegation, led by Ms. Leila Benali, Minister of Energy Transition and Sustainable Development, represented the Kingdom of Morocco at the 2024 Global Hydrogen Summit in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, from 13 to 15 May 2024.

This international event, organized by the Sustainable Energy Council in partnership with the Dutch government and other local operators, brought together global energy leaders and government officials to promote green hydrogen and accelerate the global energy transition.

Taking part in the 2nd high-level round table of the International Hydrogen Trade Forum (IHTF), held on the sidelines of the said Summit, Ms. Benali highlighted Morocco’s experience in the renewable energy sector. She discussed successful investments in energy infrastructure and highlighted Morocco’s geostrategic advantages as a corridor between Europe and Africa. Focusing on Morocco’s specific green hydrogen offering, she underlined the importance of a solid regulatory framework and long-term win-win international partnerships to stimulate commercial development in this area. Ms. Benali also took part in the IHTF panel alongside Mr. Rob Jetten, Minister of Climate and Energy Policy, Deputy Prime Minister, Government of the Netherlands, Ms. Leonore Gewessler, Federal Minister of Action for Climate, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology, Austrian Government, and Mr. Yoshinori Kanehana, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd. and Co-Chair of the Hydrogen Council, as well as Mr. David Burns, Vice-President of Linde, representative of the Hydrogen Council and Mr. Boudewijn Siemons, Managing Director of the Port of Rotterdam.

During this session, Ms. Benali reviewed the various Moroccan initiatives and projects in the field of energy transition to develop the hydrogen sector, likely to have encouraged Morocco to join the International Trade Forum of hydrogen, including the development of green hydrogen projects and their derivatives by 2030, as well as providing investors with a clear vision on the future of the Kingdom’s infrastructure projects, future gas pipelines and hydrogen pipelines, the strategic ports that Morocco aspires to achieve, as well as the means to expand and connect them and decarbonize various vital sectors, calling for spreading the culture of joint international cooperation.

In the same context, the Moroccan minister also participated in the work of the “Country Spotlight: Morocco” Session of the African Hydrogen Forum, alongside Mr. Tarik Hamane, Deputy General Director of MASEN. In her speech, the Minister highlighted Morocco’s commitment, under the enlightened leadership of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, may God help Him, to accelerate the energy transition in the Kingdom and in the world as a choice policy deliberated for more than 15 years. Ms. Benali underlined, on the occasion, the specificity of the Moroccan experience in terms of acceleration of energy transition projects and development of the Moroccan offer in the field of green hydrogen, noting that Africa and Europe are called upon in the next 18 months to take the necessary measures to accelerate the development of cheaper and more competitive green hydrogen.

On the sidelines of this Summit, Madam Minister had discussions with her counterparts from several friendly countries, in this case, Mr. Sherif Al Olama, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure for Energy and Oil Affairs. in the United Arab Emirates, then with Ms. Leonore Gewessler from Austria, to discuss opportunities to strengthen bilateral cooperation in areas of common interest, particularly in low-carbon energy and green hydrogen.

The trilateral meeting of Ms. Leila Benali, with her Dutch counterpart Mr. Rob Jetten as well as Mr. Christian Maas, Director General and representative of the Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Action of Germany, was an opportunity to the three countries to discuss ways to develop a trilateral cooperation framework in the areas of renewable energy and green hydrogen, particularly in the fertilizer, maritime transport and steel industries.

Note that during this World Summit, Ms. Benali and Mr. Rob Jetten signed their signatures on an action plan dedicated to renewable energies and green hydrogen for the period 2024-2025. This plan establishes a roadmap for bilateral cooperation between the two entities, focusing on strengthening the partnership at the government level, sharing knowledge on strategies and legislation, as well as promoting collaboration between businesses in order to develop joint projects promoting the energy transition and the international hydrogen supply chain. This structured and collaborative approach stems from the implementation of the memorandum of understanding signed between the participants on June 21, 2023.

Finally, it should be mentioned that Moroccan participation during this Summit was distinguished through the Morocco Pavilion which brought together several major actors, including the Green H2 Morocco Cluster, the Moroccan Agency for the Development of Investments and Exports (AMDIE ), the Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy (MASEN), INNOV’X, TMSA, the National Ports Agency (ANP), and the Institute for Research in Solar Energy and New Energies (IRESEN).

The World Hydrogen Summit brought together more than 2,000 high-level participants, including government representatives and private sector stakeholders, to share the latest developments in their projects and announcements on ways to expand deployment. of this future source of energy throughout the world. Thus, more than 15,000 professionals from the sector met more than 500 exhibiting companies to define the global agenda for the deployment of hydrogen.

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