COMESA in collaboration with the Government of Zambia will host the 8th Hydro Power for Today Forum in Lusaka from 6 to 7 November 2018. The biannual event is a joint initiative of the COMESA Secretariat and the International Centre on Small Hydro Power (ICSHP) of China.
It follows a COMESA - ICSHP MoU signed in 2017 which aims at enhancing cooperation in the development of green small hydro power. The two-day meeting is part of the broader objective of promoting the “Belt and Road initiative”, an ambitious programme of infrastructure development to connect China’s less-developed border regions with neighbouring countries.
The meeting will also promote inclusive and sustainable industrial development and the realization of the UN’s 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The theme for this year’s forum is ‘Hydropower Promotes Industrial Development in Africa.’
Other partners in hosting the forum are the Government of the People’s Republic of China and the Sanitation and Environmental Protection.
The COMESA - ICSHP MoU specifically targets collaboration in policies development, legal systems, innovation on technologies, management, regional, continental and global cooperation. It also aims at enhancing the role of the ICSHP in carrying out the project of lighting up rural Africa, with support from the United Nations Industrial development organization (UNIDO).
The ICSHP is a public and non-profit institution directly under the auspices of UNIDO and the Ministries of Water Resources and Commerce of the People’s Republic of China.
One Belt, One Road (OBOR)) is one of President Xi Jinping’s most ambitious foreign and economic policies. The development of a Silk Road Economic Belt and a 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, are collectively referred to as One Belt, One Road which has also come to be known as the Belt and Road Initiative.