Capacity building for Africa especially on the energy sector is one of the key priorities geared toward achieving the aspirations of the African Union Agenda 2063, Aspiration 1- A Prosperous Africa, based on Inclusive Growth and Sustainable Development : Goal 2-Well Educated Citizens and Skills revolution underpinned by Science, Technology and Innovation.
The goal emphasise on Africa to improve its skills deficity in various sectors of the economy, by empowering its citizens with necessary knowledge to ensure they deliver on ‘‘the Africa We Want’’.
Thus, the African Energy Commission (AFREC) and the China Renewable Energy Engineering Institute (CREEI) under the partnership between The African Union and Chinese government conducted a capacity building training on large scale Photovoltaic (PV) Power Stations and PV project development.
The training took place online from 25 -28 October 2022, targeting audiences such as Government Departments, private Sector and academia in Energy sector from African Union Member States and across the world.
The objective of the training was to offer building managerial capacity and professional skills on planning, design, business model, construction, operation and maintenance of PV power stations, and was attended by more than 300 partaking in the training whilst appreciating the importance of the training and the skills they have gained.
” This an important training which emanated from an MOU between African Union and the Chinese government, to enhance skills through capacity building especially for African Member states. The capacity building targets decision maker, planner and technician”, said Rashid Abdallah, Executive Director for AFREC.
Mr. Jiang Hao, Director of International Department at China Renewable Energy Engineering Institute (CREEI) also emphasised that, ‘’the programmes which have been identified through the partnership paves way for our partnership development, enhance efforts and consolidate major programme development and designs”.
Under the two entities partnership, AFREC and CREEI are collaborating in other areas such as: Policies for Renewable energy, Energy data- under the African Energy Information System (AEIS) and Energy Transition, apart from the Capacity Building Programme.
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