Friday, 15 April 2011

Geothermal energy discussed at Mexico seminar

CUERNAVACA, Mexico, 15 April - Geothermal energy can help develop innovative productive activities in the rural areas of East Africa, said participants at an international seminar that ended in Cuernavaca today.

The five-day event, attended by representatives of the East African Rift Valley Region,  was organized by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the Mexican Energy (SENER) and Foreign Ministries, the country’s Electricity Research Institute, and the Federal Electricity Commission.

Participants examined Mexico’s experience in geothermal energy development and use, and discussed Africa’s needs and interests in the field. The event also marked the start of a trilateral cooperation programme between UNIDO, Mexico and East Africa on geothermal energy for productive use.

Noting UNDIO’s support, Aldo Flores, SENER’s Director-General for International Affairs, said: “The collaboration in the field of geothermal energy between East African countries, UNIDO and the Mexican institutions is a welcome beginning which, I am confident, will prove to be a useful mechanism”.

Participants at the seminar agreed for the need to introduce an intra-regional programme that would focus, among other things, on human resource development, regulatory support, technical assistance on country level, and on clean energy access.

UNIDO has been actively promoting a South-South cooperation programme for African countries. To date, some 20 African countries have examined and benefited from the experience of Latin American and the Carribean countries in the field of bio-fuels, palm oil, and geothermal energy.

For more information, please contact:

Victor Hinojosa Barragan
UNIDO Head of the Latin America and the Caribbean Programme

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