Roundup: UNECA and partners join forces to promote EVs and energy storage technologies in Africa

ADDIS ABABA (Xinhua), 6 June (UNECA) – The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa and its partners launched an initiative in Africa to promote the development and use of electric vehicles and energy storage technology.

In a late-Wednesday statement, the UNECA revealed that the initiative was jointly launched by it and the Global Energy Interconnection Development and Cooperation Organization, (GEIDCO), and Association of Power Utilities of Africa, (APUA), and aims to provide training on EVs and storage technologies in order to support Africa’s sustainable growth.

According to the UNECA, more than 140 participants, including representatives from African transport and energy ministries as well as energy commissions, power firms, academia and other continental development organisations, have attended this training. It was supported by Chinese EV companies and ran virtually from 4-14 June.

Hanan Morsy (Deputy Executive Secretary and Chief Economist at UNECA) highlighted that EVs can have a significant impact on climate change mitigation, energy transformation, and value chain developments.

She stated that the UNECA will continue to support African members states in EV, energy transition, and industrialization, using a value chain approach.

Liu Xiaoming said that China would continue to promote China-Africa co-operation through EVs, energy storage technologies, knowledge sharing, technology transfers, and partnerships with African and Chinese enterprises to support Africa’s transition to a cleaner energy.

The capacity-building program is part of a joint initiative between UNECA, GEIDCO, and APUA, which aims to create a platform to facilitate sharing and collaboration on EVs, energy storage technologies, among manufacturers and research and development centers. The training will be followed by a country-specific analysis, and roadmap planning for EVs and energy technologies.

Wu Xuan said that African countries could advance sustainable development agendas by transforming their renewable energy and mineral resources into industrial advantage through the development and promotion of local value chains, as well as coordinated promotion of industrialization and sustainable development.

The UNECA reports that the modules are designed to cover a variety of topics, including charging stations, network security and energy storage, EV initiatives and standards, electric public transport systems, agricultural EVs, value chains and EV maintenance.

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