China, in partnership with the United Nations Development Program, will be promoting affordable renewable energy in Ethiopia to expand its access to renewable energy in the African country.
UNDP Ethiopia Deputy Resident Representative, Cleophas Torori highlighted the importance of the innovative projects and Solar Trilateral Cooperation – Transitioning to Sustainable Energy Uses in the Agro-Industry Between China and Ethiopia, in promoting the transfer of renewable energy technology to Ethiopia.
“We are very privileged to be working in support of this trilateral partnership under a framework that we value at the UNDP, which is promoting South-South Cooperation,” he said.
He revealed that the project has is based on the technological advancement being implemented in China in recent years in the renewable energy development sector.
“China is advanced in some of the technologies that Ethiopia, as a developing country, could very much benefit from under the South-South cooperation framework, and that is what this project is about,” he said.
As per the recent UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs report, Ethiopia has one of the biggest electricity access deficits. The country is reported to be the top 20 access-deficit countries without access to clean technology and fuels.