Zim tech­no­crat lands top hy­dro power job

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Business - Busi­ness Reporter

ZIM­BAB­WEAN tech­no­crat Mr Sindiso Ng­wenya has been elected chair­per­son of the In­ter­na­tional Net­work on Small Hy­dro Pow­ers 2016 co­or­di­nat­ing com­mit­tee.

Mr Ng­wenya, who is also sec­re­tary gen­eral of the Com­mon Mar­ket for Eastern and South­ern Africa (Comesa), was elected yes­ter­day dur­ing the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s top meet­ing in Hangzhou, China.

He will pro­vide lead­er­ship and over­sight on small hy­dro and re­new­able en­ergy to 80 coun­tries glob­ally, Comesa re­ported in a state­ment.

The mem­ber­ship in­cludes coun­tries in Africa, Asia, Aus­tralia, Europe, North Amer­ica and Latin Amer­ica.

The In­ter­na­tional Net­work on Small Hy­dro Pow­ers (INSHP) is a mem­ber­driven in­ter­na­tional or­gan­i­sa­tion ded­i­cated to the pro­mo­tion of small hy­dropower as a clean and en­vi­ron­men­tal sound re­new­able en­ergy source. Cur­rently, it serves 470 mem­bers from 80 coun­tries, in­clud­ing govern­ment min­istries, hy­dro de­vel­op­ment com­pa­nies, equip­ment man­u­fac­tur­ers, re­search in­sti­tutes and de­vel­op­ment or­gan­i­sa­tions.

The INSHP co­or­di­nat­ing com­mit­tee is the pol­icy and de­ci­sion maker of the body, re­spon­si­ble for the ex­am­i­na­tion and ap­proval of the net­work’s work plan, fi­nan­cial ar­range­ment and en­list­ing of mem­ber­ship.

Mr Ng­wenya takes over from Mr Chen Lei, the Min­is­ter of Water Re­sources of the Peo­ple’s Repub­lic of China.

Ac­cept­ing the new role, Mr Ng­wenya ap­plauded the drive to put the small hy­dro power and re­new­able en­ergy on the top of the global agenda un­der the new Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment Goals (SDGs).

China has the largest gen­er­a­tion of power from small hy­dro power of 75 000 megawatts out of the to­tal in­stalled ca­pac­ity of more than 1 000 000 megawatts of power.

Mr Ng­wenya un­der­took to work closely with all part­ners in­clud­ing the 500 com­pa­nies that are part of the INSHP to pro­mote in­no­va­tive means of fi­nanc­ing both down­stream and up­stream in­vest­ments in small hy­dropower and other re­new­able en­er­gies on the ba­sis of Public Pri­vate Part­ner­ships.

He said the INSHP pro­vided a unique plat­form for in­ter­na­tional part­ner­ship in shar­ing ex­pe­ri­ences, ca­pac­ity build­ing, trans­fer of tech­nol­ogy and in­no­va­tion.

The en­ergy or­gan­i­sa­tion en­joys ex­cel­lent work­ing re­la­tion­ship with Comesa.

Mr Sindiso Ng­wenya

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