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2014 Seminar on Rural Electrification for Francophone African Countries Inaugurated at HRC

   ---Entrusted by the Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM), HRC conducts the 2014 Seminar on Rural Electrification for Francophone African Countries with the participation of 23 officials from the fields of energy and rural electrification in 13 francophone African countries, i.e. Benin, Chad, Comoros, Cote d'ivoire, Djibouti, Gabon, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Niger, R. Congo, Senegal and Togo. The 28-day seminar, kicking off on 16th May and accomplishing on 12th June, is the 67th China-aid training program implemented by HRC since its establishment.

   The opening ceremony of the seminar held at the multifunctional hall of HRC was presided over by Mr. Lin Ning, the Division Chief of Foreign Affairs and Training of HRC. Ms. Cheng Xialei, Director of HRC delivered a speech, extending the warm welcome to all the participants who came all the way here from Africa for the significant event.

   Director Cheng firstly reviewed the recent African visit of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, and shared with the participants his enlightening keynote speech delivered at 2014 World Economic Forum on Africa. The subject of our on-going seminar is Rural Electrification. Generally, there are three approaches to realize rural electrification, such as extension of national grid, utilization of small diesel generators or other thermal power generation and development of decentralized renewable energy sources including SHP, wind power and solar energy. In China, two thirds of rural electrification is implemented by extension of national grid and the rest one third by small hydropower, which plays a very important role in the construction of rural electrification. The seminar is designated to provide a platform for the francophone African countries to fully discuss and communicate in the field of renewable energy, inclusive of small hydropower, wind power and solar energy, focusing on the exchange of updated technology and management practice. It is highly expected that the seminar will be successful and fruitful, making further contribution to rural electrification development in African countries.

   Mr. Mahdi A. Alroufaye, an official from the Ministry of Energy of Chad, delivered a speech on behalf of all the participants, expressing their sincere gratitude to the Chinese Government for the cordial invitation and to the Chinese Ministry of Commerce for the long-term support and assistance to Africa. All the African officials assured HRC that they would do their best to ensure the smooth implementation of the seminar, and the skills and technologies learnt at this seminar would be applied into practice, promoting the rural electrification development in their respective countries. Finally, the speech was concluded with the passionate expression:"Long life international cooperation! Long life South-South cooperation! Long life African cooperation! Long life HRC!"

   Some of HRC chiefs, lecturers, and staff members from the related divisions and Hangzhou Yatai Hydro Equipment Completing Co. Ltd. (a subsidiary of HRC) were also present at the opening ceremony. (2014-05-23)



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