Indian Delegation in Armenia for follow up on projects
In a remarkable demonstration of international cooperation and sustainable development, the Indian Economic Trade Organization organizes several delegations across the globe. One such company – GBR ECO PROJECTS Pvt Ltd, as a part of the delegation, has now visited Armenia for the second time to study Armenia's waste management system and explore opportunities for collaboration in addressing one of the pressing issues of our time – waste management to Biogas. The visit is particularly significant following India's announcement of the G20 Biofuel Alliance, as it highlights the country's commitment to sustainable practices and its willingness to share expertise with nations around the world. One of the standout initiatives of this collaboration is the conversion of waste into biogas, a project that holds immense promise for both nations.
India’s recent announcement of the G20 Biofuel Alliance underscores its commitment to leveraging biofuels as a sustainable energy source. This initiative aligns perfectly with the waste-to-biogas project in Armenia. By converting organic waste into biogas, Armenia can reduce its greenhouse gas emissions, alleviate the burden on landfills, and simultaneously contribute to the global effort to combat climate change. Dr Asif Iqbal, President of the Indian Economic Trade Organization expressed, “The collaboration between India and Armenia represents a concrete step toward achieving the objectives of the G20 Biofuel Alliance, highlighting the synergy between international policy and on-the-ground action.”
Meeting with ANIF Chairman
A productive meeting was held with Armenia National Interest Fund (ANIF), CEO, Mr. David Papayan and the Indian Economic Trade Organization leadership team to introduce the details of the study being conducted on waste management and sewage treatment projects. With full support from ANIF, experts such as Dr. Venkata Ramana & Mr. Rama Krishna Raju, Bio-gas and waste management specialists embarked on a comprehensive study of Armenia’s existing waste management practices. They assessed the strengths and weaknesses of the current system, examining waste collection, transportation, recycling, and disposal methods. The delegation also engaged in extensive discussions with Armenian officials, experts, and organizations to gain a deeper understanding of the unique challenges facing the country.
During their visit, the Indian experts shared insights from India’s own experiences in waste management and highlighted the innovative approaches employed in the country. Dr Ganapati, MD of GBR Eco Projects Pvt Ltd said, “India has made significant strides in waste-to-energy initiatives, particularly in the conversion of organic waste into biogas, a clean and renewable energy source. This technology is particularly relevant for Armenia, given its agricultural sector and the potential to harness biogas from agricultural waste.”
Mr. Sebouh who has been actively promoting Indian initiatives to rebuild the economic ties between the nations, said, “This partnership not only benefits Armenia but also provides Indian companies with opportunities to expand their global footprint and contribute to sustainable development on a global scale.”
Furthermore, Indian scientists and researchers have initiated knowledge-sharing programs, and skill development initiatives and even working on setting up a Research and Development Centre in Armenia. These programs aim to train Armenian professionals in the latest waste management techniques, emphasizing sustainable and environmentally friendly practices. This knowledge exchange will empower Armenia to develop its expertise in waste management and reduce its reliance on traditional, less eco-friendly methods.
The G20 Biofuel Alliance Connection
The Indian delegation’s visit to Armenia under the Indian Economic Trade Organization is a remarkable example of nations coming together to address shared environmental challenges. Armenia’s waste management struggles are not unique, and the collaborative efforts between India and Armenia have the potential to serve as a blueprint for other countries facing similar issues.
As the waste-to-biogas project gains momentum and Indian companies and scientists actively participate in Armenia’s journey toward a more sustainable future, the collaboration promises to yield long-lasting benefits for both nations. The shared commitment to environmental stewardship and the utilization of innovative waste management technologies exemplifies the spirit of international cooperation needed to build a greener, more sustainable world.