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“Hydropower is a pillar for Africa's energy security,” Hailemariam

时间:2017年5月9日   来源:Walta Information Center

The 6th World Hydropower Congress (WHC) kicked off in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia today.

The conference is a multi-stakeholder forum bringing together leaders and specialists with hydropower-related responsibilities from government, industry, finance, United Nations agencies, academia and civil society.

The event will chart the course for hydropower development and operation over the next 10 years, aiming to ensure reliable and resilient water and energy systems in the world and to spur sustainable development for all.

In his opening remark, Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, said hydropower is a pillar for Africa's energy security.

“Development in Africa requires investment in reliable energy. Africa won't achieve sustainable development goals without universal access to electricity,” he said.

Deputy Commissioner of the African Union Commission (AUC), Quartey Thomas Kwesi, for his part said the African Union is championing hydropower projects as they are key to infrastructure development in Africa.

Kwesi further called on international investors and scientists to join Africa in developing hydropower for Africa's development.

Acting ECA Executive Secretary, Abdalla Hamdok said addressing the energy infrastructure gap is a key priority of many African governments, development partners and African institutions.

The Chair of the Global Energy Interconnection Development and Cooperation Organization (GEIDCO), Liu Zhenya of China, stated that Africa's energy challenges can be addressed through hydropower development.

Zhenya also called for acceleration of large scale wind, solar power based on Africa's socio-economic needs to solve earnest crisis from the root.

The 2017 World Hydropower Congress is organised by the International Hydropower Association in collaboration with the African Development Bank, the African Union Commission, the Global Energy Interconnection Development and Cooperation Organization, the Economic Commission for Africa and the World Bank Group.

Ethiopian is co-hosting the congress. (FBC)