Lo­cal in­no­va­tion set for Kazakh expo

Lesotho Times - - Business - Bereng Mpaki

A SMOKE­LESS cook­ing stove is among sev­eral lo­cal re­new­able en­ergy prod­ucts that will be ex­hib­ited at next year’s in­ter­na­tional Expo in Kaza­khstan.

The ACE 1 stove which was man­u­fac­tured by African Clean En­ergy (Pty) Ltd was one of the prod­ucts on dis­play at a re­cent bazaar that was or­gan­ised by the Min­istry of Trade and In­dus­try. The bazaar was or­gan­ised to raise funds to as­sist lo­cal crafters and ar­ti­sans to cover the costs of at­tend­ing the Astana Expo 2017 from 10 June to 10 Septem­ber 2017.

101 coun­tries have con­firmed their par­tic­i­pa­tion.

The Expo will be held un­der the theme “Fu­ture En­ergy” with the aim of cre­at­ing global de­bate among coun­tries, non-gov­ern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tions, com­pa­nies and the gen­eral pub­lic on the cru­cial ques­tion: “how do we en­sure safe and sus­tain­able ac­cess to en­ergy for all while re­duc­ing CO2 emis­sions?”

The ACE 1 is a bat­tery-pow­ered stove that pro­duces vir­tu­ally no smoke and greatly re­duces the amount of biomass fuel used by up to 70 per­cent.

Con­se­quently, the stove is not only en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly but is also more amenable to good health. Re­search shows that over 4 000 000 die from in­hal­ing smoke from in­door cook­ing. Vice Di­rec­tor of African Clean En­ergy, Alice Troost­wijk said the stove has a fan that blows the fire and com­pletely burns the fu­els so that it does not pro­duce any smoke.

Ms Troost­wijk said the stove was “ef­fi­cient and uses a lot less fuel than on open fire does,” adding that it would en­able those who used elec­tric­ity, gas or paraf­fin for cook­ing to “save a lot of money”.

She said the stove was a wel­come con­tri­bu­tion to the fight against de­for­esta­tion, soil ero­sion and global warm­ing as it does not emit harm­ful gases that might cause health prob­lems when in­haled.

An­other lo­cal crafter ‘ Mam­phana Molotsi dis­played beau­ti­ful or­ganic neck, hand and ear or­na­men­tal pieces which she made from chicken byprod­ucts such as feather stalks and nails.

“My prod­ucts are durable, do not lose their colour eas­ily and do not rust. Also they are very light to touch and there­fore can be worn through­out the day com­fort­ably,” Ms Molotsi told this pub­li­ca­tion in an in­ter­view.

She said her prod­ucts ap­pealed to the fash­ion and health con­scious young women. Cur­rently a sole trader, her dream is to ex­pand the busi­ness through train­ing oth­ers to help in­crease her pro­duc­tion and dis­tri­bu­tion.

Mean­while, the Prin­ci­pal Sec­re­tary of the Min­istry of Trade Fusi No­toane said the coun­try’s par­tic­i­pa­tion at Kaza­khstan was mo­ti­vated by the need to find new in­ter­na­tional mar­kets for lo­cal prod­ucts.

“One of the ma­jor re­spon­si­bil­i­ties of this min­istry is to source mar­kets for Le­sotho prod­ucts.

“So we have in­vited the pro­duc­ers (to the bazaar) to show­case their prod­ucts to the dig­ni­taries in­clud­ing the cabi­net min­is­ters, am­bas­sadors, and rep­re­sen­ta­tives of in­ter­na­tional or­gan­i­sa­tions in the coun­try,” Mr No­toane said.

For her part, the min­istry’s Pub­lic Re­la­tions Of­fi­cer Li­haelo Nkaota said the Kaza­khstan Expo would help lo­cal pro­duc­ers es­tab­lish busi­ness net­works with other pro­duc­ers from dif­fer­ent coun­tries.

the ace 1 stove be­ing show­cased at the bazaar.

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