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Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Exchange of expertise in the field of tourism and air connectivity are some of the areas of cooperation that could be enhanced between Seychelles and Austria. The newly accredited ambassador of Austria to Seychelles Harald Günther was speaking to the local press at State House yesterday after he had presented his credentials to the Seychelles President James Michel. Günther said that Seychelles and Austria enjoy friendly relations and that his discussions with Michel centred on further consolidating ties between the two countries.

Thursday, 13 November 2014

A two-day conference, titled ‘Italy-Africa: Working Together for a Sustainable Energy Future,' was hosted by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. The event engaged high-level officials from Italy, the EU and Sub-Saharan Africa to discuss, among other issues, off-grid renewables, renewable energy technologies, electricity infrastructure and natural-resource-based development. Held under the framework of the Italian Presidency of the Council of the EU, the event, which took place from 13-14 October in Rome, Italy, included a technical workshop, on 13 October, and the ministerial conference, on 14 October. The technical workshop, jointly organized with the Africa-EU Partnership (AEEP), which is co-presided by Italy, convened under the title ‘Dialogue Forum with the Private Sector in the Off-Grid Renewable Energy Market.'

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

The Italian energy company ENI has announced that it has signed a cooperation agreement with the Korean company Kogas to facilitate the development of Area Four of the Rovuma Basin, off the coast of the northern Mozambican province of Cabo Delgado. ENI estimates that Area Four holds 85 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, and the company is working on plans to develop the resource.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

PANA learnt on Wednesday from official sources that Cape Verde and the European Union (EU) have signed, in New York, a joint declaration with the aim of strengthening cooperation in the domain of renewable energy in order to increase access to these sustainable energy sources. According to an EU press release, this agreement was signed with Cape Verde and another group of countries during the General Assembly of the United Nations and the Summit on Climate Change, attended by the President of the European Commission, José Manuel Durao Barroso, and the European Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs.

Thursday, 09 October 2014

European Cooperation Day was commemorated in the Caribbean last month under the theme of "Sharing borders to grow closer".The special day, commemorated on Thursday, September 25, 2014, was marked by highlighting special projects across the French overseas territories in the Caribbean.The Regional Council of Guadeloupe, as the management authority of the INTERREG IV Caraïbes European regional cooperation programme, organized the commemoration in the Caribbean in collaboration with the Regional Councils of Martinique, French Guiana and the Saint Martin local authority.

Monday, 06 October 2014

The head of the European Union Delegation to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, Ambassador Mikael Barfod says if the Caribbean is to fully integrate renewable energy into its development path so that it impacts on its economy, then it must adjust its mind-set to do so. Barfod, who will be participating in the October 6-8 Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum in Miami, said currently, access to renewable energy in the region is much skewed.

Friday, 03 October 2014

Zambia, Tanzania and Kenya will soon enjoy reduced electricity costs following the envisaged completion of the ZTK interconnection power project. Three energy ministers from Zambia, Tanzania and Kenya signed a Cooperation Agreement in Dar es Salaam on Tuesday, binding their respective countries to the implementation of the power project which will also see many rural people accessing electricity. The project will also attract investors.

According to the new agreements made by the Rwandan Government with the European Union(EU), the latter finances Rwanda's clean energy projects to develop sustainable sources of energy to maintain the country's rapid growth. Rwandan President Paul Kagame signed the support agreement in New York yesterday with Jose Manuel Durao Barroso, President of the European Commission, at the sideline of the Climate Change Summit. It is expected that Rwanda will reap benefits worth €3.3 billion ($4b) from project along with five other African nations.

Thursday, 02 October 2014

The European Investment Bank has agreed to provide EUR 23 million (15 billion CFA) to support investment in one of the largest photovoltaic power stations in sub-Saharan Africa. The EUR 70.5 million (46 billion CFA) scheme will be constructed at Zagtouli on the outskirts of Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso and operated by national electricity utility, SONABEL. The new plant is expected to act as a reference for future solar investment across the continent.

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

AREVA signed a contract with South-African utility, Eskom to replace steam generators at the Koeberg nuclear power plant. Under the 4.3 billion rand order (approximately 300 million Euros), AREVA will design, manufacture and install six steam generators in the plant’s two reactors. The group will also provide associated engineering services. AREVA’s technological solutions can permit to increase the plant’s power yield by 10% and optimize its output. This confirms AREVA’s worldwide leadership in steam generator supply and Replacement and nuclear engineering services.