IEF Secretary General Aldo Flores was delighted to welcome Australian Minister for Trade & Investment, the Hon Andrew Robb AO MP to IEF Headquarters in Riyadh today. HE the Minister presided over the opening session of a forum on the “Food, Water, Energy Nexus” organised jointly by the Council for Australian Arab Relations (CAAR*) and the IEF.
Dr Alex Wonhas Director, Energy Flagship from Australia’s national science agency, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) set the scene for the forum in his opening presentation which highlighted the intricate connections between energy, food and water security and the complex nature of finding solutions to issues which cut across the three sectors. Noting that Australia, by nature of its physical environment, climate and reliance on fossil fuels for energy, is facing similar challenges to those of the Gulf States Dr Wonhas acknowledged that the complexity of the nexus presented an ongoing challenge for policy makers. Dr Wonhas’ full presentation and those of others at the forum are available for download below:
*CAAR was established by the Australian Government in 2003 to enhance awareness and understanding and promote mutual interests between the peoples and institutions of Australia and the Arab world.