Cleantech Latvia representatives attended the Plenary session “Green Bridge Partnership Programme: perspectives and mechanisms of realization” in Astana, Kazakhstan.

On October Cleantech Latvia and VARAM representative Rudīte Vesere attended the plenary session “Green Bridge Partnership Programme: perspectives and mechanisms of realization” which was held in the framework of the International Forum EXPO-2017 “Energy of the Future: C02 emissions decrease” on October 23rd – 24th, 2014.

The plenary session was the main reason for attending the conference. The “Green Bridge Partnership Programme” project has been directed by Kazakhstan for several years now and Cleantech Latvia has been the participant of this project since December 2013, when the Charter of “Green Bridge Partnership” was signed as a part of the “Green Bridge forum”. As of the signing Latvia became one of the first European countries which has become a part of this Charter (as of now there is only 8 participating countries). Being part of this Charter means that we support and encourage Kazakhstanis’ and other Central Asian county efforts to implement and develop the green technology field in their countries.

The plenary session was dedicated to discuss this programs and planned activities within the project and cooperation possibilities with other European countries. The discussed topic also included questions regarding the management of this organization and deal closing, where clusters representatives contributed the most.

On October 23rd, the first day of conference VARAM representative Rudīte Vesere participated and gave a speech at the one of the conference panels. And on October 24th President of “Green Bridge Forum” moderated conference panel dedicated to “Green Bridge Partnership” institutional contract closing.

The conference was widely attended by companies and organizations who work in the environmental field in Kazakhstan and Cleantech Latvia had the opportunity to meet and get acquainted with several of them. Cleantech Latvia met the Director of Global Green Growth Institue representative Mr. Yvo de Boer from Korea, which is one of the leading countries regarding the environmental issues in Asia, Vice-Minister of environment in Mongolia and Tajikistan ministry representatives. The main issues discussed in these meetings include creating new shared projects, who could be created as a part of European Union, such as Horizon 2020. At this moment Cleantech Latvia is already evaluating one of the possible projects offered by Kazakhstanis’ environmental organization intended to create and develop new technologies for water treatment in Kazakhstan.

Cleantech Latvia project manager Dina Eglīte says: “In my opinion results are very good, because we could show what we are doing in clean technology field in Latvia. And also we had the opportunity to promote our events that are scheduled for next year. If all of the mentioned projects would develop as planned then it would be good future example of how to work with countries in Central Asia as part of EU project framework in order to develop new technologies”.

As a part of the conoference Cleantech Latvia met the delegations of the  “Green Bridge Partnership Programme” participating countries and the speakers of the session from Georgia, Mongolia, UK, Switzerland, Poland, UNEP, ESCAP and ICSD. The meeting noted that this programme is a practical mechanism for promotion green economy and Kazakhstan is ready to be a bridge between the countries of the Eurasian region on the path to sustainable economic growth.

“Green Bridge Partnership Programme” main goal is the strengthening  of cooperation between Asia and Europe in the field of transfer of knowledge, innovations and technologies on the area of “green” economy. Presently, 12 states have joined to “Green Bridge Partnership Programme” initiative. In the framework o f the Plenary session other 3 European countries are expected to join Green Bridge Partnership Programme. During the expert meetings on October 24th, 2014 will be presented draft documents on creation of Association o f Green Bridge Partnership Programme and the “Green Bridge” Institution.

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