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Communique of the first nigeria alternative energy expo

  1. 1. 20, Dec, 2011COMMUNIQUE OF THE FIRST NIGERIA ALTERNATIVE ENERGY EXPO 2011 HELD @ SHEHUMUSA YARADUA CENTRE, ABUJA, NIGERIA FROM OCTOBER 17TH–19TH2011 has been a great year of progress for us here at Mathesis, and we hope it has beenequally as successful for you too. Our vision is to make NAEE 2012 even better! Thepremier Nigeria Alternative Energy Expo (NAEE 2011) saw participation from 17countries representing all 6 continents and 147 registered companies. It began with asymposium on day one - October 17th where participants where intimated on theintricacies of the Nigerian and indeed the African alternative energy climate withparticular emphasis on opportunities, challenges and developments in Nigeria. Severalnotable speakers and experts from various sectors of the alternative energy divideprovided insights to set the tone for the exhibitions and business match-making sessionswhich took place subsequently. Topics and papers covered during the symposium can bedownloaded from our site.The objective of the Nigeria Alternative Energy Expo is to:  Create a platform for all stakeholders to network and transfer knowledge and skills.  Raise awareness and educate the public about alternative Energy and climate change in Nigeria and the World.  Showcase both local and international initiatives and technologies that are at the forefront of renewable energy and climate change resilience.  Mobilise Nigerians across all sectors to act on climate change in all aspects of their lives.  Create a platform for Business, Government and NGOs to showcase Alternative Energy solutions and climate change initiatives and technologies.Worthy of note also was the intense participation of the World Bank/IFC programme – theLighting Africa Project, which took the lead alongside partner companies in exhibitingseveral rigorously tested products that represent the effort to ensure that qualitystandards are entrenched, and that the end-user who is often vulnerable, only getsdurable and dependable products. The Lighting Africa Project held an awarenessprogramme on day two – October 18th where they introduced their programme designed toset standards for the fledgling industry, companies and their products which havesuccessfully passed the standards tests, modalities for participation by interestedmanufacturers, and benefits of successfully passing these standards tests including,NAEE 2011
  2. 2. subsidies funded by the World Bank/IFC to ensure affordability at the bottom of thepyramid. More on this can be found on our website www.nigeriaalternativeenergyexpo.orgCompanies from Switzerland, Germany, Uganda, China, India, Japan and of course Nigeriato mention just a few also delighted participants with a retinue of innovative productstailored to meet the subsistence energy demands of Nigerian homes including those off-grid (i.e. not on the national electricity grid). It was estimated that a whopping 30 – 50%of Nigerians are not connected to the national grid.Regulators were also not left out, with the National Electricity Regulatory Commission(NERC), the Energy Commission, Ministry of Power and Renewable energy programme ofthe ministry of environment all participants at the Expo. A goodwill message was alsoreceived from the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) demonstrating thecommitment of all stakeholders to Nigeria’s energy sufficiency. All these culminated inthe award and presentation of certificates to exhibitors and participants at the Expo onday three – October 19th. For a detailed report on the Expo and a comprehensive brochureon the companies that attended, please see our website address provided herein.At the symposium, this Expo established and resolved that: - In spite of concerted action taken by the various governments and their agencies, a lot more needs to be done and as such, government actions must be complimented by an aggressive industry-led revolution that drives the proliferation of energy solutions right across the nation and continent. - A match must be made between manufacturers, their distributors on one hand, and the financial services industry and the end-users on the other to ensure that much needed products get to those who really need them and are affordable. A microfinance perspective was strongly recommended to catalyze this revolution and ensure maximum spread. - The World Bank/IFC Lighting Africa Project presents a viable standardization process that should be leveraged to ensure quality is delivered to the end-user in order to prevent apathy to much needed solutions resulting from past experiences with non-durable and non-dependable products. It is a shared objective that we must rid homes of toxic kerosene-based products which are doing immeasurable damage to the users. It was also agreed that, - The time for inspired action is NOW including a commitment by stakeholders to invest in community enlightenment programmes and other creative corporate social responsibility initiatives to achieve energy sufficiency, as the impact on education, health and the livelihood of beneficiary communities cannot be overemphasized.The next Event is on the 17th to the 19th September 2012.Find out more at www.nigeriaalternativeenergyexpo.orgNAEE 2011
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