Cairo – The U.S. Embassy partnered with the Egyptian Organization for Standardization and Quality to launch a workshop on global standards and best practices for the solar power industry. Held at the Semiramis Hotel, the one-day workshop with business and government leaders focused on solar power generation safety and performance standards to help strengthen sustainable energy production in Egypt and to make Egypt more globally competitive in the energy industry.
Experts from the U.S Department of Commerce and various U.S. standards organizations flew to Cairo to help conduct the training sessions, which lasted all day today. Fifty participants attended, including representatives from the New and Renewable Energy Authority (NREA), the Ministries of Trade, Electricity and Renewable Energy, Environment and Tourism.
U.S. Ambassador Stephen Beecroft said: “This program is a good example of how we cooperate with Egypt on protecting the environment and on helping generate needed energy. It will help improve the production of solar power, which is an important renewable energy source, and help ensure the delivery of high quality and reliable power through technologies that reduce costs and improve efficiency.”
This event represented a tangible outcome of the U.S. Department of Commerce visit to Egypt that took place last December, during which U.S. and Egyptian officials discussed practical ways to attract investment to Egypt, especially in the field of sustainable energy.
In the past year alone, the U.S. Embassy and Department of Commerce have brought to Egypt four substantial trade delegations of U.S. companies to promote stronger trade and investment between the two countries.