CARACAS, Thursday November 15, 2012 | Update

Venezuela, Germany hold talks on clean energy

The German ambassador also noted that efforts are required for Venezuela to overcome its dependence on hydroelectric energy and oil-fueled thermoelectric energy

Thursday November 15, 2012  01:03 PM
Over the last five years, the European economy has been severely lashed by the economic crisis, yet Germany continues plugging away and relying on its enormous industrial and exporting capacity, as well as its productivity allowing for a more solid financial outcome as against its neighboring countries.

Given the nature of globalization, Berlin has stepped closer to regions that had not been its focus of attention. Germany's Ambassador to Venezuela Walter Lindner has informed that since his arrival in Venezuela four months ago, he has held several meetings with Venezuela's ministers to address Germany-Venezuela bilateral relation in areas such as energy and tourism leading to some initiatives that may pave the ground for mutual benefit.

For instance, Lindner has spoken to Electric Energy Minister Hector Navarro on renewable energy development in Venezuela, including the consolidation of some project, such as the Wind Energy Complex in Paraguaná, northwest Venezuela, which began operations this year. The German diplomat highlighted its country's experience in electric energy supply, the efficiency of the power service, and the fulfillment of environmental standards to avoid polluting emissions such as those from hydrocarbons. 

The German ambassador also noted the efforts required for Venezuela to overcome its dependence on hydroelectric energy and oil-fueled thermoelectric energy.

During his meeting with Venezuelan representatives, Lindner also spoke about tourism and stressed that German tourists rank first around the world and although Venezuela receives a large number of European tourists (from Spain, Germany or Italy) the country must work hard on personal security, infrastructure, and the quality of tourism services.

Translated by Jhean Cabrera
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