The Energy Minister of China, Nur Bekri, was in Sweden and Gothenburg together with a delegation from the National Energy Administration to learn about Swedish solutions and experience in the energy sector.

Nur Bekri was in Sweden to meet with the Swedish Minister for Policy Coordination and Energy, Ibrahim Baylan, and signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Swedish-Chinese cooperation in the energy sector. Cooperation between the two countries will focus on areas such as research and trade in renewable energy, energy efficiency and smart grids.

Green Gothenburg organized the delegation’s programme for the day with a focus on the theme ‘Smart energy solutions for cleaner air’. The morning began with a two-hour meeting with the City of Gothenburg as host under the aegis of Business Region Göteborg. Various sustainable solutions and innovative companies were presented at the meeting.

“The programme’s focus was on smart energy solutions for cleaner air, and air pollution is a huge challenge for China so we tried to create a programme that offered input on both air and climate change,” says Bernt Svensén, Manager at Green Gothenburg, Business Region Göteborg

The topic generated considerable interest, raising many questions, with a favourable dialogue developing during the meeting between the Chinese delegation and the representatives from Gothenburg, headed by Mayor Anne-Sofie Hermansson.

“I hope my visit will lead to an even higher level of cooperation between us,” said Nur Bekri.

The Chinese delegation’s visit and the memorandum are part of the government’s investment team Sweden Energy, established to promote Swedish energy exports. There are high hopes that the agreement will lead to increased Swedish exports to China, which is planning for investments of more than SEK 3,000 billion in renewable energy.

Sweden and Gothenburg have been invited to China for a reciprocal visit at the beginning of June 2017.

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