News 2014

One week International Training Programme on Wastewater Management and Solar Energy

ICPE is organizing an International Training Programme on Wastewater Management and Solar Energy, which will be held between 10 - 15 February 2014 in Ljubljana, Slovenia, European Union.

 

The one-week training programme is co-sponsored by the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID).

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The OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) is the development finance institution established by the Member States of OPEC in 1976 as a collective channel of aid to the developing countries. OFID works in cooperation with developing country partners and the international donor community to stimulate economic growth and alleviate poverty in all disadvantaged regions of the world. It does this by providing financing to build essential infrastructure, strengthen social services delivery and promote productivity, competitiveness and trade. OFID’s work is people-centered, focusing on projects that meet basic needs - such as food, energy, clean water and sanitation, healthcare and education – with the aim of encouraging self-reliance and inspiring hope for the future.

 

Stable access to clean water and energy at affordable prices is the part of basic needs of all. Despite this, even fast economic expansion and advancement of education and technology does not ensure that these needs are met in many countries. On one hand, inappropriate or absent wastewater management deteriorates drinking water sources and natural environment and endangers human health. While on the other, environmentally and economically unsustainable usage of traditional resources for energy production, limited access to the electricity in remote and rural areas, and underexplored available renewable resources creates significant threat to sustain economic growth and rising living standards of the population. As a result, drinking water and access to electricity became one of the major problems in the Africa and Middle East region. Countries in extreme need are Egypt, Tunisia, Yemen, Sudan and Burkina Faso. This impedes development in economic, social and environmental perspective. In addition, the fact that the population is expected to double from about 300 million now to approximately 500 million in 2025 has put a significant burden on the existing infrastructure.

 

Therefore, the major objectives of the programme are, firstly, to introduce and provide relevant information about the new approach to the wastewater management, and, secondly, to present and share Slovenian experience as well as the world best practices in the field of solar energy. Moreover, the programme aims to reach specific goals as followed:

  1. Familiarize the participants with development of new technology and concrete solutions of the wastewater treatments;
  2. Enhance appropriate usage of water and energy resources which will contribute to the wealth of local communities;
  3. Raise the awareness towards the environment, both in dealing with wastewater management and solar energy and energy efficiency;
  4. Introduce with the concept of solar energy and its possible usage for variety of purposes;
  5. Present technological and technical solutions for solar energy that are used in Slovenia and have already been implemented in other regions worldwide;
  6. Analyse the required legislative framework as a solid base for enhancement of solar energy projects implementation and their usage as a source of clean energy;
  7. Establish partnership with participants, programme co-partners, namely, OFID, ICPE as well as counterparts in Slovenia for knowledge transfer and future cooperation; and
  8. 8. Encourage partnership and networking among participants in terms of exchanging information and transfer of knowledge.

International Conference on "Public – Private Partnership: The Need of the Hour”, Hyderabad, India

Between 23-24 January 2014 ICPE organized in Hyderabad, India, the International Conference on "Public – Private Partnership: The Need of the Hour” in cooperation with the Institute of Public Enterprise (IPE), Hyderabad.

The conference addressed the issues of the present status of public-private partnerships (PPP), examined the issues and challenges related to PPP, shared the experiences of countries from all over the world regarding PPPs, drew lessons from best practice examples and suggested measures for the successful implementation of PPP projects. The conference was attended by specialists in the field of PPP, practicing managers, industry professionals and researchers from India and abroad.

ICPE Acting Director General Janez Podobnik addressed the audience during the inaugural as well as the final session, whereas the technical session on financing of PPP/PPP in IT was co-chaired by Tomaž Rogelj, ICPE executive manager, who also delivered the vote of thanks and closing remarks. The presidential address of the conference was given Kusumjit Sidhu, Secretary, Department of Public Enterprises (DPE), Ministry of Heavy Industry and Public Enterprises, Government of India and ICPE Council President.

 

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Prayer song followed by lighting of lamp

 

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Address by Mr Janez Podobnik, MD, ICPE Acting Director General

 

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International Conference on "Public – Private Partnership: The Need of the Hour”

ICPE host state, Slovenia, was represented at the conference by Mojca Hrovatič,  Minister  Plenipotentiary, Embassy of  the Republic of Slovenia to India, while among the group of international experts the representatives of Slovenian technological companies (Robotina, Hidria, etc.) successfully presented individual case studies and viable solutions in the field of energy PPP.