Welcome Speech delivered at the Ministerial Workshop on “Mechanisms of Renewable Energy Utilization & Development for Developing Countries”, Guangzhou, China, 7 November 2013
Energy is the great integrator of development. Cutting across all sectors, it lies at the heart of all countries, industries and communities. Energy powers all human progress, from job generation to industrial competitiveness, from strengthening security to empowering women. Yet, the world’s poorest, those who most need progress, do not have access to reliable and affordable energy.