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South Sudan Seek Energy Cooperation With Sudan, Uganda

South Sudan Oil & Power 2017 brought together 400 delegates including Vice President James Wani Igga and ministers of petroleum, energy, trade, roads, and environment.

The event, South Sudan's first ever energy and infrastructure conference, aimed to attract investment into oil, gas, power and supporting infrastructure. Ministry and NOC representatives from Uganda and Sudan attended and delivered keynotes.

CNPC, Petronas, Tullow Oil and national oil company Nilepet and its international joint ventures supported the event as sponsors.

South Sudan's first ever energy and infrastructure conference, endorsed by the Ministry of Petroleum and organized by Africa Oil & Power, launched last week and was oversubscribed by 30 percent.

Four hundred delegates, including the Vice President, the Minister of Petroleum and five cabinet ministers, the presidents of all South Sudan's joint operating companies, representatives from international oil companies CNPC, Petronas and Tullow Oil and ministerial delegations from Uganda and Sudan, attended the two-day event.

Fifty speakers addressed the audience in Juba in a series of keynote speeches, presentations, workshops and panel discussions.

"We were blown away by the attendance and by the level of engagement from participants, which we believe reflects new optimism for South Sudan," said Guillaume Doane, CEO of Africa Oil & Power.

"This is a country with proven below-ground potential and an increasing commitment to resolving above-ground risks. The international investment community is recognizing that the market is ripe for resurgence."

Indeed South Sudan has enormous proven onshore oil reserves, but production has slipped to about 120,000 barrels per day as two oilfields have been shut down due to security concerns. 

The country has a capacity to produce more than twice this amount. Major issues discussed during South Sudan Oil & Power included enhancements to security at northern oilfields, increasing improved and enhanced oil recovery techniques at maturing fields with flagging output and securing financing for power and infrastructure.

During the conference the governments of South Sudan and Sudan met to discuss strengthening oil trade. The governments of Uganda and South Sudan discussed how to upgrade energy infrastructure in the region.

"I can't believe what we have accomplished. With Africa Oil & Power, we have started something big," said H.E. Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth, Minister of Petroleum of South Sudan, during the conference closing ceremonies. "We need to do this every year."

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African Governments To Examine Informal Economy And Climate Change

The City of Praia (Cape Verde) will host the 4th World Forum on Local Economic Development (LED), October 17-20, 2017. Over 1,500 participants from 120 countries are expected to attend the meeting organized by UNDP, United Cities and Local Government, ILO, The Andalusian Fund of Municipalities for International Solidarity and ORU-FOGAR.

 UCLG Africa, the umbrella organization of local governments on the continent, will participate in the event with a delegation led by the Secretary General, Mr. Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi.

The Forum will be a venue for exchange on local economic development. The theme of the 4th edition is, "The contributions of local economic development to the implementation of the 2030 development program." It aims to provide guidance and principles for action to implement SDG 8: Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all and SDG 17: Partnerships for the goals.

The organizing committee's presentation sheet specifies that a special emphasis will be placed on the reduction of inequalities through local economic development. 

The forum will witness the participation of the President of the Republic of Cape Verde; the Prime Minister of Cape Verde; ministers from Ivory Coast, Angola, Mauritania and Bolivia, as well as numerous local and regional elected officials from Africa and other parts of the world.

During the forum, UCLG Africa will organize two sessions on October 18, 2017; the first of which is entitled, "Climate Change and LED: How to mitigate the effects of Climate Change while promoting Local Economic Development."

This will focus on the economic opportunities that climate change offers to people, including the poorest, building on the good practices of some African cities, notably Porto-Novo with the Songhai project implemented in Benin and on the experience of the 11 pilot cities, parties to the Covenant of Mayors for Sub-Saharan Africa.

The second session entitled, "Informal economy between regularization and access during transitional phases," will highlight the issues that need to be addressed with regard to the integration of the informal sector into the local economic development strategies and solutions provided by local governments in Africa and elsewhere.

Baobab+, Mobisol Take Solar Revolution To Côte d'Ivoire

Mobisol, a leading provider of decentralized solar solutions, and Baobab+, a principal solar distributor in West Africa, have joined hands in a partnership to boost the solar revolution in Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast).

Having recently initiated their Ivorian soft roll-out, Baobab+ will be distributing Mobisol’s all-in-one solar system throughout the country. The cooperation combines Mobisol’s strengths in provision of reliable high-tech solar hardware and innovative software solutions with Baobab+’s broad expertise in customer finance and distribution within West Africa.

The partnership with Mobisol as a hardware and software provider enables Baobab+ to focus on sales and distribution strategies. Baobab+ benefits from Microcred's expertise in risk management and its existing distribution network, 20 branches and 100,000 clients in Côte d'Ivoire.

This offer will provide access to real electrification solutions beyond lighting for households and businesses without prior access to the national grid. Ensuring affordability of solar power systems is the first step to financial inclusion: Baobab+ clients, having successfully completed their PAYG purchase, will become eligible to a Microcred digital loan.

Baobab+’s deep understanding of local characteristics and operational experience within the West African market positions them ideally to quickly establish scalable structures for logistics, sales and marketing as well as a comprehensive after-sales network for households and micro-entrepreneurs throughout Côte d'Ivoire.

Mobisol brings into the cooperation their proficiency in engineering and procuring large high-tech solar home and commercial systems – such as the all-in-one solar system. This Mobisol system includes PV panel, inbuilt battery, large flatscreen HD TV with aerial & sat receiver, ultraefficient LED lamps and charges customers’ mobile phones.

By providing robust and reliable solar solutions with compatible DC appliances in Côte d'Ivoire, the Germany-based company builds upon their success story in East Africa, where they have already electrified nearly half a million people to date.

Additionally, the company provides their proprietary software suite SolarHub, enabling convenient pay-as-you-go (PAYG) financing via mobile banking and comprehensive customer experience support.

Klaus Maier, Mobisol’s Head of Partnerships & Expansion, says: “We are pleased to team up and deliver our state-of-the art hardware and software solutions to Baobab+ as an experienced partner on the ground.

This is the first step towards further supporting Baobab+ to provide tens of thousands of Ivorian households and businesses with reliable, affordable and sustainable energy.”

Alexandre Coster, CEO and founder at Baobab+ adds: “We are thrilled to officially launch our  operations in Côte d'Ivoire with larger solar systems that empower entire communities. This way, we will help to vastly boost electrification in Côte d'Ivoire – thus raising households’ quality of life and socio-economic opportunities, while mitigating global climate change.”

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Maldives Hosts Inaugural Island Renewable Energy Initiative With IRENA

Ministers and senior officials representing 30 countries and organizations from across the world met in Malé, Maldives, signalling the determination of small island developing states (SIDS) to strengthen global efforts to address climate change and accelerate renewable energy deployment.

The inaugural meeting of the Initiative for Renewable Island Energy (IRIE) was hosted by the Government of the Maldives, in its capacity as Chair of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), in partnership with the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

Small island developing states have been early and committed adopters of renewable energy, seeking to develop their economies with cost effective, renewables-based energy systems, while enhancing energy security, national resilience and climate adaptation.

Just over two gigawatts (GW) of renewable technologies are already deployed in SIDS, and at least six GW of additional capacity is envisaged under Nationally Determined Contributions. A number of countries have plans to achieve 100 per cent share of renewables in the electricity mix.

“In the wake of a deadly hurricane season in the Caribbean and at a time when the resolve to tackle the climate crisis has been called into question, small islands are sending the world a clear message: we are seizing the promise of renewable energy to grow our economies today and build a better future for tomorrow,” said Thoriq Ibrahim, Energy and Environment Minister for the Maldives and Chair of Alliance of Small Island States.

“As Chair of AOSIS, Maldives has made leaving a lasting legacy of renewable energy infrastructure in small islands a priority and IRIE is how we are fulfilling that vision.”

“Small island developing nations have been frontrunners in the global drive to scale-up renewables,” said Adnan Z Amin, Director-General of the International Renewable Energy Agency, co-organisers of the event. “This meeting is further evidence of their collective commitment to strengthen the momentum of the global energy transition as they pursue economic growth, energy security and increased national resilience.

“This ministerial is also particularly timely as we are just a few weeks away from COP23 in Bonn, where the priorities of small island nations will take centre stage under Fiji’s Presidency,” added Mr. Amin.

“We are committed to supporting the renewable energy ambitions of our island partners, through the SIDS Lighthouses initiative, as they take their energy transformation to the next level.”

Despite progress, SIDS face financial and technical barriers as they transition their power, heating, cooling, and transportation sectors to renewable energy, many of which stem from their size, geography and limited capacity.

Greater international cooperation can help overcome these barriers by enhanced collaboration and knowledge sharing, leading to improved economies of scale, reduced transaction costs and better enabling environments for donors and investors.

IRIE works to enhance AOSIS political coordination and outreach to development partners with a view to mobilizing the resources – finance, technology, and capacity building – required for the transformation of energy systems in SIDS. IRIE also works to amplify the success of SIDS focused initiatives, such as IRENA’s SIDS Lighthouses.

“Small islands contribute a miniscule fraction of global emissions and yet we have taken the lead in committing to some of the most ambitious clean energy plans in the world,” continued Minister Ibrahim.

“IRIE is a testament to island leadership and the important role the Maldives has played in the international effort to tackle climate change for over three decades.”

AOSIS is an organization of 44 low-lying island and coastal nations from around the world that are among the most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. The IRIE meeting was made possible by support from Italy and the European Union.

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