GSEP concludes joint workshop with Cameroonian energy ministry

April 19, 2018

Today, the Global Sustainable Electricity Partnership (GSEP), in partnership with the Ministry of Water and Energy of Cameroon, UNESCO, Berkeley Energy Cameroon, and Huawei concluded a 3-day joint workshop focusing on skill-building in renewable energy.

“The development of renewable energy requires building a regulatory framework, creating awareness for stakeholders/civil society, research organizations, overcoming economic and technological blockages, and providing enabling support” said Mr. Manaouda Malachie, Secretary General of Cameroon's Ministry of Water and Energy at the opening of the workshop.

As part of the workshop, participants received technical training for RETScreen, a project analysis software used worldwide for renewable energy and energy efficiency projects. Various experts from the Central African community also shared their electrification success stories, including hydro, solar, and wind projects in both connected and off-grid communities across the region. Participants were able to draw key lessons learned from these case studies related to regulatory frameworks, enabling environments for investment, and how government policies can foster electrification. A visit to Bayomen was also organized. The village is one of the sites of Huawei’s electrification project in Cameroon which is supplying electricity to 166 villages in the country.

This regional conference was organized at the initiative of the Ministry of Water and Energy of Cameroon to strengthen the capacities of public and private actors involved in the implementation of its national policy to increase the share of renewable energies (excluding large hydro) in the national electricity matrix to 25% by 2035.

This workshop targeted participants from countries of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), in particular developers, operators and practitioners in renewable energy development and energy efficiency, as well as public decision-makers of the ECCAS.

The presentations are available on our webpage devoted specifically to this workshop.