Vietnam may join Global Biofuels Alliance

New Delhi: Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla on Wednesday met the Vietnam-India Parliamentary Friendship Group led by Duong Thanh Binh, Head of the Commission for People’s Petitions and Chairman of the Group, at Parliament House Complex in Delhi.

Om Birla said that the parliamentary cooperation between India and Vietnam has a big role to play in the cooperation between the two nations and added that strengthening bilateral parliamentary cooperation will develop multidimensional relations between our two countries, according to the Lok Sabha Secretariat statement.

Highlighting the importance of India’s Act East Policy, Birla underlined the importance of Vietnam as a strategic partner of India in terms of India’s Indo-Pacific vision. He expressed optimism that Vietnam will join the Global Biofuels Alliance (GBA).

In a post shared on X, Om Birla said, “Had a productive interaction with Vietnam-India Parliamentary Friendship Group led by Mr Duong Thanh Binh, Head, Commission for People’s Petitions & Chairman of the Group. Discussed avenues for strengthening bilateral trade & fostering coop. in other areas of mutual interest.”

With the inclusion of the Philippines and Tanzania, the GBA’s membership has now reached 22 countries. This comprises eight G20 countries, four G20 invitee countries, and ten non-G20 nations. The G20 member countries encompass Argentina, Brazil, Canada, India, Italy, South Africa, Japan, and the US, while G20 invitees include Bangladesh, Singapore, Mauritius, and the UAE. The non-G20 countries in the alliance comprise Iceland, Kenya, Guyana, Paraguay, Seychelles, Sri Lanka, Uganda, and Finland.

The GBA is a consortium of governments, international organizations, and industries, introduced as an initiative by India during its presidency of the G20. Its core purpose is to unite the most significant consumers and producers of biofuels to drive the development and deployment of biofuels.

(With inputs from ANI)


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