08 Feb 2017 19:30pm
WINDHOEK, 08 FEB (NAMPA) President Hage Geingob will serve as a board member of the African Renewable Energy Initiative (AREI), representing the southern African region.
Deputy Prime Minister, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah announced this on Wednesday during her breakfast meeting with editors of media houses in Namibia.
Nandi-Ndaitwah, who is also Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, said Geingob was nominated to serve on the AREI Board during the 28th African Union (AU) Assembly in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia last month.
During the assembly, she said, the Namibian president was also nominated as one of the 10 Champions for Education, Science and Technology in Africa, representing southern Africa.
AREI was developed in 2016 and is led by institutions from the continent under a mandate of the AU.
Its Governing Board is composed of representatives of various African institutions such as the Committee of African Heads of State and Governments on Climate Change; the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment; and the African Development Bank.
AREI has set itself the challenging goal of building 300 Gigawatts (GW) of renewable power generation capacity by the year 2030.
In the initial phase, at least 10 GW are slated to be in place by 2020.
This is meant to ensure universal access to sufficient, clean, suitable and affordable energy to all Africans and enable African states to pursue a development path beyond fossil fuels.
Reports have it that more than 620 million Africans have no access to electricity at all and rely on traditional biomass, such as firewood and charcoal, for cooking and heating.