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Shell International signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Dubai School of Government (DSG) to establish a long-term cooperation around various energy initiatives, with a focus on energy usage in the UAE and the wider MENA region.
The signing ceremony was attended by His Excellency Tariq Hilal Lootah, Executive President of the Dubai School of Government, Mr. Mark Carne, Shell's Executive Vice-President for Middle East & North Africa, and other representatives from the Dubai Government and Shell.
The 'Energy Initiative' will include organising academic conferences, commissioning studies and other joint initiatives.
An ideal platform
Speaking on the occasion, HE Tariq Hilal Lootah expressed his support for the partnership between DSG and Shell, commenting: "Dubai School of Government is an ideal platform for thought leadership and research. We are proud to collaborate with Shell in addressing a pressing industry objective."
"We are positive that our combined efforts will contribute to driving sustainable energy development and generate a significant economic and environmental impact even if at a micro-economic level. The collaboration additionally offers both Shell and DSG a platform to focus on initiatives that the UAE government has placed as one of its imperative priorities for the long run."
Joint energy initiative
Following the signing ceremony, Mr. Mark Carne emphasised the importance of the agreement between DSG and Shell, especially in regard to sustainable energy development. "We are excited about our partnership with Dubai School of Government. Through our joint energy initiative, we can stimulate the dialogue about the future of MENA energy, grow the consensus about its challenges and opportunities, and promote constructive thought leadership in terms of sustainable economic development and diversification."