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African Hydrogen Partnership (AHP) Establishes Representation in India

New Delhi (India), Port Louis (Mauritius) - 16th of October 2023

The African Hydrogen Partnership (AHP) is delighted to announce the establishment of its representation in India and the appointment of Mr. Sandeep Pathak as its Leader. The announcement was made at the World Hydrogen Energy Summit in New Delhi on the 16th of October 2023.

The potential for generating low-cost renewable energy and green hydrogen provides the Indian ocean region with a strong competitive advantage. A close cooperation between Africa and India will be essential for turning the advantages into commercial opportunities and expediting the decarbonization of several hard-to-abate sectors in the Indian Ocean region, including Africa, the Middle East, India and South East Asia and Australia.

Sandeep Pathak, CEO at Hynexa and Leader of the AHP’s Representation in India, stated,

"As we embark on the green and natural hydrogen transformative journey, it is crucial to acknowledge the historic, cultural, and economic ties that have long bound Africa and India together. Africa and India have a shared history of trade, cultural exchange, and cooperation that spans centuries. Today, we stand united, not only by our past, but also by our common commitment to shaping a greener, more prosperous future.

In this spirit of collaboration, on behalf of Hynexa (an AHP member organization), I am proud to announce that the AHP has appointed me as the Leader of the AHP’s representation in India. Together, we are paving the way for the development and commercialization of green hydrogen in Africa, India, the Indian Ocean Region and the Global South. The journey has begun, and domestic markets are already taking shape.

As the global green transition happens, this strategic collaboration with AHP is extremely important, as it opens new avenues for cooperation between the regions. What Africa truly needs now is the industry capability, expertise, and innovation that India possesses. Our collaboration is more than just a partnership; it is a bridge to a future where Africa’;s energy landscape is transformed. Africa aspires to tap into Indian know-how and industry excellence, starting from IT solutions and extending to the manufacturing of cutting-edge Green Hydrogen factories.

It is important to underscore that Africa needs the might of the Indian industry to develop hydrogen markets across the continent. The future belongs to collaboration, innovation, and sustainability, and together, we are writing a new chapter in our shared history. We foresee a long-term involvement, focused on building a global technology and services based value chain for the growing adoption of green hydrogen, thus accruing long-term benefits for both the African continent and India.

Dr Innocent Uwuijaren, AHP Chairman, said,

“The AHP is delighted that an AHP representation has been established in India and that Mr. Saneep Pathak has been appointed as its Leader.

80 percent of the global seaborne trade passes through the Indian Ocean which is at the crossroads of global trade connecting the economic powers of Europe, Asia and Africa. India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in 2019 that the Indo-Pacific region was "an inalienable part of our existence. It has been our lifeline, and also the highway for trade and prosperity." His statement clearly illustrates the importance of the region and India for Africa.

The Indian Ocean region has some of the very best areas worldwide for producing low cost green hydrogen. The countries in this region have young, growing populations eager to develop their societies. Economic development requires renewable energy, food supply and fertilizers, minerals and basic materials as well as shipping and heavy-load long-haul land transport vehicles. The decarbonization of the hard-to-abate sectors requires hydrogen.

The AHP tries to form the strongest possible international alliances in order to expedite the development of clean and sustainable hydrogen technologies. A close cooperation between Africa and India will be essential for the commercialization of clean hydrogen and utilizing its great potential in the Indian Ocean region. The AHP Representation in India will be most valuable for supporting this important development.”

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