China, Ghana and Zambia meet on Renewable Energy Technology transfer in Beijing

Nov 1, 2016

Participants at the maiden meeting in China

The maiden China-Ghana-Zambia joint stakeholders meeting has concluded in Beijing and Chengdu, China from October 12-19, 2016 with significant participation from Ghana.

The event forms part of activities of the China-Ghana-Zambia South-South Cooperation on Renewable Energy Technology Transfer project, which aims at enhancing the transfer of knowledge on renewable energy technologies from China to other African countries including Ghana and Zambia”. The project is funded by the Danish government through the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and implemented by the Energy Commission in Ghana, the Ministry of Mines and Energy in Zambia and the Administrative Centre for China’s Agenda 21(ACCA21) in China.

Through the project, the Energy Commission together with the UNDP seek to provide concrete solutions for energy access for productive use through technology transfer and South-South Cooperation. The project involves a wide range of stakeholders, from the private sector to research institutions, and creates communities of practice in the sphere of renewable energy in Ghana and China that will facilitate project implementation and continued cooperation beyond the project.

More than 200 delegates participated in the meeting, including 40 from Ghana and Zambia. The Ghanaian delegation was led by Mr. Wisdom A. Togobo, Director of Renewable Energy and Alternative Energy at the Ministry of Power. Other members included Mr. Kwabena Otu-Danquah, the Director of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency at the Energy Commission, as well as representatives from UNDP Ghana, Research Institutions and the Private Sector.

“The purpose of the meeting was to bring all the various stakeholders in Government, Research and Private Sector from Ghana to meet their counterparts in China to create understanding between the parties and foster relationships to support the process of technology transfer”, said Eric Antwi-Agyei, the Project Coordinator.

Match-making sessions were held in Beijing and China for the research organizations and private sector.  This process was to foster partnerships between the countries for the transfer of knowledge through capacity building and technical support for sustainable development.

The delegation also visited several research institutes and companies in Beijing, Chengdu and Chongqing, including the Biomass Engineering Center for China Agriculture University where cook stoves were demonstrated and tested; Zhongkexin Solar Company - a Solar PV manufacturing company; and Dongfang Electric Cooperation Limited for demonstration of hydro plants.  Others included the Yousheng Pig Industry Professional Cooperatives at Shibantan Xindu District where waste materials from a 7,000 pig farm is used to generate electricity.  The team also visited the Zhongchuan Wind-CSIC which is based in Chongqing,

The mission offered the Ghana delegates an opportunity to exchange knowledge and sign three Memoranda of Understandings (MoUs) with Chinese organization, on solar energy and clean cook stoves.

China is increasingly playing a significant role as a global development actor. As the world's second largest economy and one of the most prominent South-South cooperation providers, China’s influence on development is highly important, both in recipient countries as well as on the global stage.

Back in 2010, UNDP and the Government of China signed a Memorandum of Understanding to promote South-South cooperation.  Since then, UNDP has positioned itself as a key partner for China in improving development effectiveness and providing relevant policy advice to China. UNDP is also a key partner for trilateral cooperation projects and other initiatives that help China to actively, and practically identify and make further improvements.

The China-Ghana-Zambia South-South Cooperation on Renewable Energy Technology Transfer project is expected to help strengthen the enabling environment for the transfer and use of priority renewable energy technologies in Ghana. It is also anticipated to remove market barriers to the adoption of renewable energy technologies as well as invigorate the Chinese capacity for South – South Cooperation on renewable energy. It promotes the United Nations’ Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative.

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