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RES4Africa launches Ethiopia Programme

Thursday, October 5, 2017

RES4Africa launches Ethiopia Programme

RES4Africa, an association that promotes the deployment of large scale and decentralised renewable energy in sub-Saharan African markets, launched its Ethiopia programme during a high-level conference in Addis Ababa from 3 to 4 October 2017.

After launching in Kenya last year, RES4Africa now expands to Ethiopia to create dialogue, share expertise and foster skills for renewable energy deployment. The start of the programme was celebrated at the Addis Ababa conference, organised with support of the Africa EU Energy Partnership (AEEP) and sponsored by Enel Green Power, which gathered more than 300 participants, among them representatives from the Ethiopian government, multilateral banks, international organisations, private sector, and academia. Participants discussed lessons learned, identified gaps and proposed solutions for a smooth deployment of renewable energy in Ethiopia.

The event was graced by the presence of: Minister of Industry of Ethiopia, Dr. Mebrathu Meles; Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Dr. Gemedo Dalle; Minister of Finance and Economic Cooperation of Ethiopia, Dr. Amasu Nebebe; African Union Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy, Dr. Amani Abou-Zeid. David Otieno, Head of Secretariat of the AEEP said in his closing remarks: “There is no better place to pioneer a sustainable African energy transition than in Ethiopia. Ethiopia has set an amazing example in Africa in the field of hydropower and geothermal towards a sustainable future.”

The conference aimed to build on the outcomes of the G7 Energy Side event of 9 April 2017 in Rome organised by RES4Africa with the support of the AEEP and Enel Foundation. The conference in Ethiopia follows on by enabling dialogue and the creation of strategic partnerships for resilient sustainable energy development in Africa. As event outcomes, RES4Africa releases 10 position papers that present concrete suggestions on how to move forward. In addition, the Ethiopian Ministry of Industry and RES4Africa signed a MoU – drafted by BonelliErede – to formalise cooperation on potential renewable energy solutions for integrated agro-industrial parks’ (IAIPs) in Ethiopia.

To learn more about the RES4Africa Ethiopia programme, please visit RES4Africa’s website. If you are interested in the conference held in Addis Ababa from 3 to 4 October 2017, please find the press release on the right of this page.