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UNESCO Workshop Supported the Local African Entrepreneur
Kumasi, Ghana, 22-26 February ‘99
A new breed of African entrepreneurs is entering the private renewable energy technology (RET) market, where they have a vital role to play in the commercialisation and sustainability of RET. There is a vital need to strengthen these African entrepreneurs. They should also be encouraged to develop manufacturing capability through stimulation of demand for their products and technical assistance from R&D institutions. This was one of the recommendations of the UNESCO Workshop on Renewable Energy in West Africa that was held in Kumasi, Ghana, from 22-26 February 1999. The meeting with the theme “Towards Greater Utilisation of Renewable Energy in the West African Sub-region”, brought together RET stakeholders from West Africa. AFREPREN/FWD, INFORSE regional coordinator, also presented a paper on the status and the prospects. Other recommendations for the region were:
- Efforts should be made to explore mobilisation of financial resources in the informal sector so that these resources can be used to promote the purchase of renewable energy resources;
- Relevant bodies should be encouraged to develop appropriate standards for the import and local manufacturing;
- Universities and R&D institutions should develop their capacity to design projects that could attract financing from donor agencies. In this regard, training in the preparation of project proposals should be organised for university personnel and researchers; and,
- Network projects involving organisations in different countries should be developed. The UNESCO-supported Renewable Energy Network was recommended to facilitate the identification of specific projects that would be implemented by collaborating institutions in different countries.

More information:
F.O. Akuffo or Abeeku Brew-Hammond, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Science & Technology. 48 Okedee Road, Kumasi, Ghana. Ph: 233-51-60231, fax: 233-51-60232/26026,
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