Second Ministerial Session of Petrotech 2019 focussed on providing affordable & accessible Energy to all
The second Ministerial session of Petrotech- 2019, on the theme ‘Energy for all - Affordability, Accessibility, & Livelihood’, witnessed a panel discussion with the panellist including Senior Partner, Leads McKinsey & Co. Mr. Rajat Gupta, Hon’ble Minister of Industry, Commerce and Consumer Protection, Mauritius Mr. Ashit Kumar Gungah, Hon’ble Minister of Energy, Mexico Rocio Nahle Garcia, Hon’ble Minister of Petroleum and Mining, South Sudan Mr. Ezekiel Lul Gatkuoth, Hon’ble Minister of Energy & Mineral Development, Uganda Irene Margaret Nafuna-Muloni, Hon’ble Minister of Mines and Energy, Cambodia Mr. Sok Khavan. The session was moderated by Mr. Rajat Gupta, who while addressing the gathering talked about the significant energy transitions. The focus of his address was on the availability of affordable energy as a form of livelihood. Speaking at the session, Minister of Industry, Commerce and Consumer Protection, Mauritius Mr. Ashit Kumar Gungah said, “Accessibility doesn’t relate to Affordability”. Elaborating on the energy scenario in Mauritius, Mr. Gungah informed that his country is a densely populated where 99% of households have access to electricity and the usage of charcoal & fossil coal is wide. The Mauritius Government hopes to continue to take the support from Government of India with their collaboration to increase efficiency. Mr. Gungah spoke about the four pillars of provision of energy to the common men – energy access, energy efficiency, energy sustainability and energy scarcity. Mr. Gungah further informed the house that Mauritius had an economic miracle in the recent times. 30 years ago in 1980 the rate of employment was 20% but in the past 30 years, it has become 0%. The Govt. of Mauritius strives to reach 35% self-sufficiency in the sector of provision of electricity by 2025. The Hon’ble Minister of Energy, Mexico Rocio Nahle Garcia highlighted the changes in application of the vision of her Government towards an affordable energy. She further informed the gathering that Mexico intends to legislate a reform which privatizes energy production and hence a walk towards clean energy. Mexico also wishes to strengthen the market by implementing new reforms in the energy industry. Hon’ble Minister of Petroleum and Mining, South Sudan Mr. Ezekiel Lul Gatkuoth started with reminding the house that South Sudan is the youngest nation in the world. He said, “We have more cows than people in our country and that is how blessed we are”. He remarked that ONGC is the biggest player in the field of petroleum and thanked ONGC for its help & support to his country and the Government. Hon’ble Minister of Energy & Mineral Development, Uganda Irene Margaret Nafuna- Muloni commenced her speech by saying, “90% electricity of Uganda is renewable and that makes it different from others”. Uganda is now among the fastest growing economies in the world. The Uganda Government has a plan to provide free connection of electricity to those who can’t afford it. The Hon’ble Minister of Mines and Energy, Cambodia Mr. Sok Khavan highlighting the beauty of the Cambodia said, “Cambodia has the longest fresh water lake & beaches over 60 islands”. He said that the story of Cambodia is a remarkable one and the World Bank ranks Cambodia as the sixth fastest growing economy over last two decades. Cambodia has the best potential for solar energy. The Government has an objective to connect 100% households with the electric supply. In the end, he thanked the Indian Government and the Hon’ble Minister for Petroleum & Natural Gas and Skill Development & Entrepreneurship Mr. Dharmendra Pradhan for his stable & continuous support to his country.