NAIROBI, 26 September 2012 – The Kenya Climate Innovation Centre (CIC), a cutting-edge facility to boost locally sourced green technology, was launched today in Nairobi, Kenya. The centre will offer financing and other services to a growing network of climate technology entrepreneurs and innovators.
"I am proud to see the world's first Climate Innovation Centre being launched in Kenya,” declared Mohammed Dawood, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Environment, at the launch ceremony. He also highlighted the “critical role” of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in realizing the centre.
The launch was attended by members of the Kenyan government, private sector leaders and representatives of development agencies.
The Kenya CIC is expected to support up to 70 sustainable climate technology ventures within five years. It is estimated that these companies could create up to 4,600 direct and indirect jobs over 5 years and over 24,000 jobs in total within 10 years,
In addition to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and climate change, the Centre will accelerate business in high-growth sectors such as renewable energy, clean water, agriculture and energy efficiency.
The concept for the Centre was developed in a 2010 report entitled Climate Innovation Centres - a new way to foster climate technologies in the developing world? that was jointly prepared by UNIDO; the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID); and infoDev, the World Bank’s global partnership programme. The UNIDO office in Kenya was part of the winning consortium that set up the CIC.
The CIC is supported by infoDev, in partnership with the governments of Denmark and the UK, and will be seeded by a contribution of US$15 million over five years.
The Centre will serve as a model for six other climate innovation centres that are being established in other developing countries. These centres will be equipped with the necessary infrastructure to work in close connection with each other.
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