UNDP and GOG launch initiative to facilitate technology transfer from China to Ghana

Sep 8, 2014

Ms. Gita Welch (2nd from left) and Dr. Alfred Ofosu Ahenkorah (2nd from right) sign the agreement; witnessed by Hon. John Jinapor, Deputy Minister of Energy and Petroleum (extreme left) and H.E. Sun Baohong, Chinese Ambassador to Ghana (extreme right). Photo credit: Bossman Owusu, UNDP in Ghana

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and partners have launched an initiative to consolidate the partnership between the Government of Ghana, UNDP and Governments of China and Denmark on Renewable Energy Technology Transfer.

The highlight of the launch was the formal signing of the partnership agreement between the UNDP, the Government of Ghana (GOG) and the Energy Commission for the implementation of a four-year project “China-Ghana-South-South Cooperation on Renewable Energy Technology Transfer” funded by the Government of Denmark with an amount of $2,720,000.

The initiative aims to facilitate the development and transfer of renewable energy technologies from China to Ghana along with the support required to make the technologies actually work on the ground.

Delivering the welcome remarks, the acting UNDP Resident Representative, Ms. Gita Welch said UNDP wants this project to represent a best practice in South-South cooperation and to effectively address Ghana’s need to increase universal energy access through off-grid community-based electrification and increased share of renewable energy. “In a fast-growing economy like Ghana, there are substantive opportunities for private sector investments in the energy sector, in particular in renewable energy and clean technologies”, she added.

In his brief remarks, the Executive Secretary of the Energy Commission, Dr. Alfred Ofosu Ahenkorah, who co-signed the agreement said, the Commission was excited and highly expectant of the project, which will provide tools for a more sustainable renewable energy sector and provide real benefits to Ghanaians.  

The Deputy Minister of Energy and Petroleum, Hon. John Jinapor expressed Government’s commitment to the implementation of this project which, he believes, has come at an opportune time when Ghana is facing challenges with energy supply and as the government is making efforts to diversify the energy mix of the country. He said the project will have a tremendous impact on increasing access to energy for the rural poor in Ghana.

The project, which focuses on technologies such as solar and wind for irrigation, biogas, mini hydro and improved cook stoves, will have private sector development as its centerpiece. The Deputy Head of Mission and Head of Cooperation at the Embassy of Denmark, Ms. Karin Poulsen was upbeat about the involvement of the Danish Government in the project and indicated that the private sector needs support to strengthen their capacity to apply the requisite technologies on renewable energy.

On her part, the Chinese Ambassador to Ghana, H.E. Sun Baohong expressed appreciation to UNDP for their role on the project. She said the Chinese people are committed to support Ghanaians with the right technical expertise to make the project a success.

Also present at the event was the UNDP Country Director, Mr. Dominic Sam, the Head of UN System at the Ministry of Finance, Madam Gladys Ghartey, other heads of agencies and cooperations and the media.

The four-year project, is a key component of UNDP’s support to the implementation of Ghana’s Sustainable Energy For All (SE4ALL Plan) Action Plan. The Plan, adopted in 2012, includes concrete commitments and actions aimed at improving access to modern forms of fuels for cooking and promoting productive uses of energy, with focus on the use of renewable energy resources.

 Some participants at the event. (Photo credit: Bossman Owusu, UNDP in Ghana)

 

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