Hangzhou, China, Wednesday, November 2, 2016: The International Network on Small Hydro Powerâ€™s (INSHP) 2016, Coordinating Committee (CC) has elected COMESA Secretary General, Mr Sindiso Ngwenya, as Honorary Chairperson of the committee for the next three years.
In this capacity, Mr Ngwenya will provide leadership and oversight on small hydro and renewable energy to 80 countries globally. The membership includes countries in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America and Latin America.
INSHP is a member-driven international organization dedicated to the promotion of small hydropower as a clean and environmental sound renewable energy source. Currently, it serves 470 members from 80 countries, including government ministries, hydro development companies, equipment manufacturers, research institutes and development organizations.
The Secretary General takes over from the outgoing Chairperson Mr. Chen Lei, the Minister of Water Resources of the Peopleâ€™s Republic of China.
In his acceptance statement, Mr Ngwenya undertook to work closely with all partners including the 500 companies that are part of the INSHP to promote innovative means of financing both downstream and upstream investments in small hydropower and other renewable energies on the basis of Public Private Partnerships.
â€œHigh cost of operating energy infrastructure facilities and ability to prepare bankable projects continue to be a major impediment to the expansion of the manufacturing sector in many COMESA countries,â€ he said.
He said the total installed capacity for electric power in the 19 COMESA countries was estimated to be around 65,000 megawatts compared to more than one million megawatts for China.
â€œOur energy statistics show that the average percentage of population with access to electricity in the whole COMESA region is around 45 per cent while the Percentage of population with access to electricity in China is 100 per cent,â€ the Secretary General said.
COMESA has identified energy as a priority sector which deserves special attention and has established specialized institutions such the Regional Association of Energy Regulators for Eastern and Southern Africa (RAERESA), the Eastern Africa Power Pool (EAPP). It has also developed and adopted the COMESA Model Energy Policy Framework which has introduced reforms in the energy sector. The aim is to enhance energy security, accessibility, affordability and reliability.
The interim Chief Executive Officer of the Regional Association of Energy Regulators for Eastern and Southern Africa (RAERESA) Dr. Mohamedain E. Seif Elnasr was elected Vice Chairperson of the Coordinating Committee of INSHP 2016,
The Coordinating Committee is the policy and decision maker of INSHP responsible for the examination and approval of the Network’s work plan, financial arrangement and enlisting of membership.
The objectives of the Forum were to deliberate on policies and legal system of green small hydro power development, innovation on technologies and management of green SHP development, global small hydro power (SHP) status and demand; and international cooperation on small hydro power SHP.