Vi­sion of in­ter­con­nec­tiv­ity

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Se­leshi Bekele, Ethiopia’s Min­is­ter of Water, Ir­ri­ga­tion and Elec­tric­ity, said that global en­ergy in­ter­con­nec­tion of­fers tremen­dous op­por­tu­ni­ties.

“We have worked with Chi­nese com­pa­nies to build hy­dropower sta­tions and power trans­mis­sion net­works, and now we have a steady sup­ply of elec­tric­ity, greatly en­hanc­ing our com­pet­i­tive­ness,” he said.

More re­li­able elec­tric­ity not only sat­is­fies the de­mand of do­mes­tic in­dus­tri­al­iza­tion, but also has been ex­ported to coun­tries such as Dji­bouti and Su­dan, he added. En­ergy in­ter­con­nec­tion, serv­ing as a pow­er­ful driv­ing force of Africa’s re­gional eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment, is tak­ing shape, as more and more power is be­ing ex­ported to more African na­tions like Kenya, Tan­za­nia, Rwanda and Bu­rundi.

“China’s ex­pe­ri­ence in clean en­ergy de­vel­op­ment and uti­liza­tion can pro­vide sus­tain­able so­lu­tions for Africa and boost its green growth, through a se­ries of demon­stra­tion projects, ca­pac­ity build­ing, and fi­nan­cial plat­form build­ing,” Shi Dinghuan, Chair­man of China Re­new­able En­ergy So­ci­ety told Chi­nafrica.

By 2050, Africa could pro­duce 3.3 bil­lion mwh of clean en­ergy and re­duce car­bon diox­ide emis­sions by 2.8 bil­lion met­ric tons an­nu­ally, said Liu Zhenya.

“Through ex­ten­sive de­vel­op­ment of clean en­ergy, and con­struc­tion of large-scale power grids, Africa’s en­ergy pen­e­tra­tion will be up­graded to fun­da­men­tally ad­dress the prob­lem of the lack of elec­tric­ity, while boost­ing cleaner de­vel­op­ment,” said Liu. Com­ments to yu­nan@chi­nafrica.cn

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