DUAPA AFRICA Holds Maiden ‘CHINA-AFRICA Innovative Industry Forum: Solar Power Session In BeijingMarch 27, 2019
The Maiden Forum for African Diaspora in ChinaMay 21, 2019
Solar Africa was the main focus of the first session ‘Solar Power’, of the China – Africa Innovative Industry Forum that was held in Dongcheng district Beijing on Friday the 22nd of March. What comes to mind when solar energy in Africa is mentioned? Solar energy industry within the China- Africa cooperation scope?
DUAPA Africa, in partnership with SGET, BDK, Poly Solar and Goodhope Insights, organized the first session of the Innovative Industry Forum to give insights into the solar energy industry within the China–Africa scope, by providing a platform for more cooperation between African businesses, governments and individuals with their Chinese counterparts. It was an afternoon of networking, exhibitions and presentations, organized in line with one of DUAPA’s missions; driving socioeconomic transformation and sustainable development of Africa and Africans through innovative solutions.
The following African Embassies in Beijing were represented at the forum alongside major players in the Solar Energy industry in China and Africa; Embassy of the Republic of Namibia, Embassy of Ethiopia, Rwanda Embassy, Embassy of Tunisia, Egypt Embassy and Nigerian Embassy.
The Forum was opened by welcome remarks from Deputy Director of International Department at BDK, Shawn Cao followed by the Founder of DUAPA Africa, Musa Frimpong, Founder of Goodhope Insight, Terrence Zhang and CEO of Shanghai Global and Expertise Talents, Vira Du.
Mr. Negus Kebede
Mr. Negus Kebede Kassaw, Minister Counselor at Ethiopian Embassy in Beijing, presented a keynote speech in which he introduced the Ethiopian solar market. He also highlighted the potential for a major development boost supported by solar energy.
Mr. Siphiene Dridi
In his keynote speech, The Commercial Counselor at Tunisia Embassy in Beijing, Mr. Siphiene Dridi, mentioned that currently the Tunisian Government is carrying out some projects for the production of 500megawatts of electricity with a frame mode of the public private publishing to the construction of the solar energy plant in the south which is the sunniest region in Tunisia.
Mr. Olasunkanmi Olatomide
"About 600 million in population all over Africa are deprived of electricity, therefore the need to tap into solar energy is required." said <i>The Research Assistant at DUAPA Africa, Mr. Olasunkanmi Olatomide Solomon, who followed with a thorough research presentation of Africa’s largest solar markets, Nigeria and Ethiopia, as well as the top solar African countries; Burkina Faso, Kenya, Morocco and South Africa. He gave an overview of the potential that lies in Africa within the solar industry.
Then followed Addresses from President of Poly Solar, Ms Aihua Teng talks about her hope to see Africa developing through partnering with China , From the Egypt Embassy, The Third Secretary, Mr. Tamer Kambashawy explains the potential that the Benban Solar Park . A short break was then observed afterwards where audience were treated to some snacks . During the break , most attendees took the opportunity to socialize and share ideas with others . The Session resumed with the second part of the progrm which was the much awaited panel discussion by industry experts.
Mr. Tamer Kambashawy
Mr. Tamer Kambashawy from the Egypt Embassy also gave a speech focusing on the solar energy trade as he said that Egypt now is establishing Benban Solar Park which is a photovoltaic power station and once completed it will be the largest solar park in the world.
Ms. Aihua Teng,
Ms. Aihua Teng, President of Poly Solar, one of Africa’s major partner in solar energy gave a presentation of the company’s works on the continent, from past to future ventures, emphasizing the need for more partnerships between Africa and China as only Africans can bring sustainable solutions to Africa.
"A panel discussion engaging the audience, and chaired by Mr. Samuel Abikunda, the Commercial Attache of the Rwandan Embassy, Ms. Teng, Mr. Tom Tong, Founder of Xtech Solar and Mr. Olasunkanmi Solomon, was held to further broaden the discussed markets, potentials and future plans of Solar Africa. The topics included, ‘Africa’s future in solar energy beyond consumption’, ‘the future of Africa’s solar manufacturing’ as well as sustainable ways to ensure Africa does not face a problem of solar material waste in the future.
In closing, a quiz was conducted based on the topics discussed that afternoon to gauge whether one of the main purposes of the forum was achieved; to present to the audience Africa’s potential in green energy, solar energy being one of the major ones given that the continent has the highest percentage of sunshine throughout the year. DUAPA Africa handed out prizes to the winners of the quizzes. Some pictures of the event are seen below .