Energy Forum Discusses Closer China-Africa Energy Partnership

first_imgParticipants at a forum discussing Africa’s electrification challenges held in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa on Monday urged closer China-Africa energy partnership to help meet the continent’s energy needs.According to a dispatch from the Xinhua News Agency, the forum on, “Grid Connection Gearing Up Sustainable Africa” was organized by Global Energy Interconnection Development and Cooperation Organization (GEIDCO), a Chinese non-governmental, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting sustainable development of energy worldwide.Kuang Weilin, Chinese ambassador to the AU, told attendees at the forum China is ready to work with the AU and its 55 member states to meet the needs of estimated 600 million Africans who lack electricity to undertake their daily activities.“African energy interconnection will enhance economic integration, improve African people’s living standards and unleash great potential for intra-Africa trade,” he said.Kuang said China has keenly followed AU’s efforts to electrify the continent through the AU’s Agenda 2063 declarations and is ready to help Africa in its electrification drive through various Chinese-led initiatives.Kuang said the Belt and Road (B&R) Initiative and the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) are two Chinese-led initiatives that can incorporate China-Africa energy partnership in their frameworks.He said the September FOCAC summit will heavily focus on China-Africa partnership in renewable, clean energy sector, with many African countries seeing energy as a key driver of their development.Sileshi Bekele, the Ethiopian Minister of Water, Irrigation and Electricity, said his country’s electricity needs are growing by 20 percent with an annual 10 percent economic growth during the last 15 years.“Ethiopia is building with Chinese assistance 12 industrial parks, several agro-processing industrial parks and is creating a transport infrastructure, including railways that are dependent on electricity from renewable energy,” he told the forum.“Ethiopia is partnering with China on clean energy development as part of its climate resilient green economy strategy and contribute to creating a healthier earth by using clean and safe energy,” said Bekele.Bekele said Africa has only used 10 percent of its hydro power potential and even less from other energy sources.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Slain couple is ID’d

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A husband and wife found dead in their Cravell Avenue home in Pico Rivera early Friday morning were identified Monday by authorities as Jose Freddy Munoz, 41, and Maria Janin Munoz, 38.Maria Munoz died first after being shot multiple times and her husband died later from a gunshot wound to the head, said Lt. Fred Corral of the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Investigation Division.Authorities believe the deaths were the result of a murder-suicide, but an investigation is continuing, Corral said.The couple left behind three children – two teenagers and one minor, officials said.The children were in the home at the time of the shooting but were unharmed, according to authorities.Corral was unsure who would take custody of the youngsters, but their grandparents have been contacted, he said. Deputies responded to a call from the couple’s home in the 8300 block of Cravell at 6:28 a.m. Friday, according to sheriff’s Deputy Ban Nguyen.When deputies arrived they found Jose and Maria Munoz dead.Nguyen said detectives were not certain of a motive for the shootings. [email protected](562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028last_img read more

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