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Oman, Italy pledge to collaborate in green hydrogen
Salim al Aufi (centre), flanked by Manlio Di Stefano (left),  and Federica Favi, Ambassador of Italy in Oman
Salim al Aufi (centre), flanked by Manlio Di Stefano (left), and Federica Favi, Ambassador of Italy in Oman

The Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Energy and Minerals of Sultanate of Oman, Salim al Aufi, and the Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Italy, Manlio Di Stefano, held a meeting on October 26 on the occasion of the visit to Muscat of the Italian Under-Secretary.

The two parties reviewed the existing cooperation in the energy sector and agreed on the opportunity to further strengthen the bilateral collaboration in the field renewable energies with a specific focus on green hydrogen.

The visit stands as a follow up to a joint bilateral dialogue that was inaugurated online by the two undersecretaries on September 29 in the presence of the major Omani and Italian players in the development of technologies for green hydrogen production and its related industry with the goal to explore opportunities for a stronger cooperation in innovation, technologies and investments in this sector.

In the framework of the excellent relations between the two countries, the two Under-Secretaries shared the willingness to promote and develop cooperation between the Sultanate of Oman and Italy in the field of green energy for the mutual benefit and in line with the efforts envisaged by both Oman Vision 2040 and the European Green Deal, both aimed at contributing to the global targets for emission cuts.

The two Under-Secretaries shared the view that collaboration between the Sultanate of Oman and Italy in the green energy field can support the ambition to ensure a safe, competitive and sustainable energy market.

In this regard, they agreed to support institutional, industrial and academic collaborations between the two countries related to green hydrogen, supporting the exchange of best practices on energy policies, as well as stimulating closer connections between universities, scientific research institutions and the private sector of both countries.

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