In terms of increasing engagement, a good example is the BRICS platform, which is doing research [BRICS Energy Research Platform, – Ed.]. These studies are very relevant. They should be used. They reflect the joint position within the framework of our interaction on the issues of technological development. And today the assurance of our countries’ energy security depends, among other things, on the access to advanced energy technologies. We see a prospect of introducing technologies for carbon dioxide capture, burial, and use. Implementation of this mechanism will reduce the carbon footprint of conventional energy. The potential of coal has not been fully exploited in this part. Also, hydrogen is still relevant, but we need to determine how far into the future it is — Sergey Mochalnikov, Deputy Minister of Energy of the Russian Federation.
Now it makes sense for us to learn from China. If we talk about high-tech development zones, about one-tenth of one percent of Chinese territory is high-tech development zones, 15% of the country’s GDP. It is a great tool for both technological personnel and commercialization of scientific discoveries. This is something we can follow and learn from. Many people go to BRICS with applications for this kind of technological partnership and assistance. These areas could well be collaborative — Kirill Babaev, Acting Director, Institute of China and Modern Asia of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
Agreements need to be converted into concrete actions. Russian entrepreneurs need to take the courage to work on the African continent. The continent has a real hunger for these technologies. We must also create a platform for young people to act — NJ Ayuk, Chairman, African Energy Chamber.