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Afghanistan Gains Membership of the International Renewable Energy Agency

KABUL – After years of efforts, Afghanistan gained the membership of one of the most important international energy organization which is engaged in renewable energy development.

According to an official notification by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Germany which is the depository of the International Renewable Energy Agency as of January 26, 2009, two days ago, the membership procedures of Afghanistan to the International Renewable Energy Agency have been finalized on August 19, 2016.

Afghanistan is one of the signing members of the charter of the renewable energy organization, signing this charter in 2009. The accession of Afghanistan to this agency, as the 150th member, has finally been completed after seven years of the signing of the charter.

The International Renewable Energy Agency, centered in Abu Dhabi-UAE, supports its member countries to gain sustainable and safe access to various renewable energy including hydro, solar, bio, and wind energy in order to ensure a sustainable economic growth, compatible with the environment, in the world.

Gaining the IRENA membership, Afghanistan will not only benefit from technical, counseling, and capacity development assistance for the optimum utilization of the high potential of the renewable energy, especially hydro, solar, and wind energy, but also facilitate and encourage technology transfer in renewable energy development and investment in this area in the country.

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