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ADB provides backing for 100 MW solar project in Cambodia

The development will comprise multiple smaller projects, a first 60 MW batch of which closed its first tender window this month with the results not yet publicized. Cambodia boasts comparatively high ......

  • Cambodia
  • Administration & Marketing
  • 15 Jun 2019
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Description The development will comprise multiple smaller projects, a first 60 MW batch of which closed its first tender window this month with the results not yet publicized. Cambodia boasts comparatively high electricity prices and has been urged by the UN Development Program to use PV to drive down energy bills. MAY 30, 2019 MARIAN WILLUHN FINANCE GRIDS & INTEGRATION MARKETS MARKETS & POLICY UTILITY-SCALE PV CAMBODIA The Asian Development Bank is helping Cambodia diversify its energy mix. Image: shankar s/Flickr ShareIcon FacebookIcon TwitterIcon LinkedInIcon Google PlusIcon WhatsAppIcon Email The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved $7.64 million in loans for a 100 MW solar project in Cambodia. According to an announcement by the bank, the project will help the country diversify its energy mix and boost economic competitiveness. Aside from the ADB funding, the project will receive an $11 million loan from the National Solar Park Project and a $3 million grant from the Strategic Climate Fund, specifically through the Scaling Up Renewable Energy Program. The Republic of Korea e-Asia and Knowledge Partnership Fund will provide a $500,000 technical assistance grant to support the capacity development of national utility Electricite du Cambodge (EDC) and of the Electricity Authority of Cambodia, in terms of solar technology and planning procedures. Preparation financing for the project was provided by Canada and Singapore. The solar park will be built on up to 200 hectares of land and connected to the EDC network near the Phnom Penh demand center – in Kampong Speu and Kampong Chhnang provinces – through a transmission system to the GS6 grid substation. “Having reliable, sustainable, and affordable energy sources is crucial for the economic development of a rapidly expanding country such as Cambodia,” said ADB principal climate change specialist Pradeep Tharakan. “ADB’s assistance will not only help diversify Cambodia’s energy mix through solar power development but also help the country meet its greenhouse gas emissions reductions target, as per the Paris climate agreement.” Solar recommendation The 100 MW National Solar Power Park project will comprise multiple plants, all of which will be tendered to independent power producers through two procurement rounds, the first allocating 60 MW of capacity. The first tender window closed on May 17 and no results have been published yet. “ADB’s office of public-private partnership is working as a transaction advisor to assist EDC to design and conduct an open and competitive bidding process,” the development bank’s announcement added. Almost five million Cambodians are without access to electricity as installed capacity in the nation reached 2,175 MW last year. Of that capacity 62% – 1,330 MW – was supplied by hydropower stations with fossil fuel capacity making up most of the remaining 780 MW, according to the ADB. To date, Cambodia has installed just 10 MW of solar capacity but thanks to abundant solar irradiation, the development bank has claimed 200 MW of PV could be added through 2021 without the need for grid upgrades. In October, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) urged the Cambodian government to use solar to drive down electricity prices which are among the highest in Southeast Asia. “The government is on the verge of committing to an expansion of its hydropower program and coal plants, and this will limit the scope for solar development and potentially lead to additional social and environmental consequences,” the UNDP said at the time.
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Source https://www.pv-magazine.com/2019/05/30/adb-provides-backing-for-100-mw-solar-project-in-cambodia/
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Saudi Arabia receives bids from five countries to build two nuclear reactors

Five countries have submitted their requests for the establishment of two nuclear reactors in Saudi Arabia on the Arabian Gulf coast, after the peaceful Saudi nuclear project meets the requirements of ......

  • Saudi Arabia
  • Administration & Marketing
  • 07 Feb 2019
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Description Five countries have submitted their requests for the establishment of two nuclear reactors in Saudi Arabia on the Arabian Gulf coast, after the peaceful Saudi nuclear project meets the requirements of the International Energy Agency. Khalid al-Sultan, president of the King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy, said the city had asked technical suppliers in the United States, France, Russia, China and South Korea to make initial offers. In the light of the presentations, some of the proposals were sent for further presentations later, in order to establish a contract for the specification of my site to establish the two Saudi nuclear reactors on the coast of the Arabian Gulf. The Saudi measure followed a report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which reviewed the advanced steps Riyadh has taken in developing its nuclear power infrastructure, and laid down a legislative framework and comprehensive studies to support the steps required for the program. The report was received by Dr. Khalid Al-Sultan during a meeting in Riyadh yesterday with the deputy head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Mikhail Chodakov. The report reviewed the development of Saudi Arabias nuclear energy infrastructure, the Agencys recommendations and proposals regarding the completion of the basic requirements before the start of the procurement process and the competition to build the first atomic power station in the Kingdom, according to the agencys methodology known as the Milestones Approach. This was stated in the IAEA Final Report of the Integrated Nuclear Infrastructure Review Mission in Saudi Arabia (INIR), which was held from July 15 to 24, 2018. The report also cited "good practices" by Saudi Arabia, most notably the government support and leadership of the program, partnerships The strategy developed to support the program, the development and maintenance of studies of the construction site of the first atomic power plant in Saudi Arabia and the mechanism for developing the regulatory and legal framework for the atomic energy sector. Turning to the importance of strategic partnerships developed by Saudi Arabia with countries with expertise in the use of nuclear energy, pointing out that Saudi Arabia is conducting negotiations with technology suppliers in a systematic manner consisting of several stages to complete the negotiation process. In a statement, the city said in a statement that the review was a reference to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in assessing the efforts of member countries to introduce atomic energy for the first time in terms of infrastructure development and ensuring that the national atomic energy project is aligned with the International Atomic Energy Agency Support the Agency and the international community for the project, and promote transparency in project implementation. The IAEA report mentioned 20 recommendations related to the completion of the atomic energy infrastructure. It focused on the need for King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy to continue to coordinate the development of nuclear energy policies and strategies, the most important of which are nuclear fuel cycle policies, radioactive waste management, human capacity development and local content. The need to monitor the implementation of these policies. The report also pointed to the need to establish the owner company and the operator of the atomic power station, prepare it and make sure that it is ready for the signing phase of the contract for building the first atomic power plant, the construction and operation phase thereafter, completing the establishment of the nuclear and radiation control authority, and developing the processes in these organizations to be ready in the contracting and licensing stage , With the need to complete the necessary studies, such as the study of site characteristics, environmental impact assessment, and the impact of the introduction of atomic energy on the national electricity grid. The King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy is currently developing a plan of action, in cooperation with business partners from governmental bodies and institutions from various sectors related to the National Atomic Energy Project in the State, including the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, the Ministry of Interior and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. , Ministry of Education, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture, Electricity and Dual Production Authority, Meteorological and Environmental Protection Authority, Saudi Geological Survey, Saudi Electricity Company, State Security Presidency, King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology Technical, to implement the recommendations of the Agency, and work to complete the development of infrastructure for the introduction of atomic energy in Saudi Arabia.
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First projects approved by the China-IFAD South-South and Triangular Cooperation Facility

Eight projects have been approved under the first call for proposals under the China-IFAD South-South and Triangular Cooperation Facility for US$3.6 million. These projects cover a range of issues, fr ......

  • Bangladesh
  • Administration & Marketing
  • 30 Jan 2019
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Description Eight projects have been approved under the first call for proposals under the China-IFAD South-South and Triangular Cooperation Facility for US$3.6 million. These projects cover a range of issues, from water conservation, rural youth innovations, rural business-to-business linkages to bamboo production. Established in February 2018, this is the first Facility in IFAD dedicated to South-South and Triangular Cooperation. Its goal is to exchange expertise, knowledge and resources, and promote business-to-business links and investments across developing countries. Ultimately to enhance agricultural productivity, incomes, and livelihoods of poor people living in rural areas. Read more about the selected projects... Inclusive agriculture and agro-industrial value chain development as an enabler of poverty reduction in Bangladesh This project responds to opportunities created through the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) with a specific focus in Bangladesh, where BRI investments include the construction of the Padma Bridge and the Dhaka-Jessore railway. Investments will link southwestern parts of the country to Dhaka and beyond, creating new opportunities for farmers in these districts to engage in markets, reduce poverty and achieve prosperity. The project will promote the development of the livestock sector. Bangladesh is a low-income economy and the majority of poor rural households raise livestock. The livestock sector is not only a source of income and nutritious food for rural households, but it also generates employment, particularly for young men and women. The project aims to strengthen the dairy and beef value chains and introduce innovative business models to improve productivity of the dairy and meat sub-sectors, especially for smallholder farmers and agro-entrepreneurs in the targeted areas, as well as improve food security and nutrition nationally. Rural Youth Innovation Award This project proposal will create a platform for conceptualising, presenting and sharing information and knowledge. Focussing on youth-led innovative, market disruptive enterprises and highly effective solutions to challenges faced by smallholder farmer, it aims to encourage replication and creativity across the region. It will create a contest mechanism, in collaboration with the private sector, academia and other partners, for financing the most innovative, implementable and scalable rural solutions. Follow-up and dissemination of the winning solutions across the region will be in collaboration with development project staff (including IFAD- funded projects), private partners and development institutions. The grant will be administered by IFADs SSTC and Knowledge Centre in Brazil, which promotes SSTC initiatives throughout the region. Strengthening the Rural Solutions Portal and IFADs IT tracking systems to increase the uptake of rural development solutions The overall objective of this project is to strengthen the Rural Solutions Portal - the web portal that collects and makes available innovative rural development solutions - as well as IFADs South-South and Triangular (SSTC) tracking systems, with a view to increasing the uptake of rural development solutions. The project will promote sharing of innovative rural development solutions, such as by exchanging information and knowledge with similar web-based information platforms. It will improve IFADs capacity to undertake analysis of SSTC activities and facilitate timely reporting through the development of an SSTC database and dashboard. The project will be managed by IFAD with the SSTC and Knowledge Centres in Beijing, Brasilia and Addis Ababa. South-South Cooperation in Green Economy for agricultural development and enhanced food security This project aims to address issues of climate change and the need for increased food production through the combination of advocacy and networking activities, promotion of green investments with a focus on young smallholder farmers, and provision of capacity development support in the green economy for agricultural development. It is expected to target government focal points of 20 countries and up to 450 smallholder farmers. Led by United Nations Office of South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) the project will initially target eight countries and scale up to at least 20 countries. Improving rural livelihoods through South-South Cooperation for bamboo product development The main objective of this project proposal is to enhance the impact of the Inter-Africa Bamboo Smallholder Farmers Livelihood Development Programme by transferring solutions, knowledge, skills and technologies, both within Africa and from China, to target African countries. The goal is to improve the bamboo value chain environment by increasing awareness, facilitating knowledge, technology transfer, improving the policy framework and promoting investment. It will target at least 30,000 poor smallholder farmers and community members, primarily women and youth engaged in degrading forests for agricultural land. The project also aims to enhance connectivity between bamboo technical experts from beneficiary countries for knowledge transfer and the development of high quality standards. Voluntary Guideline Standards will boost a sustainable bamboo trade in and beyond the four beneficiary countries. Three study tours in China and two regional symposia in Africa will be carried out which will have a strong emphasis on fostering linkages with Chinas One Belt One Road Initiative. South-South Cooperation for scaling up climate resilient value chain initiatives The main objective of this project is to generate structured learning across countries based on a consistent approach to climate-resilient value chain (CRVC) analysis, with the engagement of smallholder farmer groups, processing units, and enterprises. In particular, the project will facilitate the identification and development of CRVC initiatives among farmer groups, processing units, and enterprises in the context of IFAD-funded projects in Vietnam, China, Laos, and Cambodia. It will develop capacity and knowledge on climate-smart value chain best practices, replication and scaling up. The project will identify and select CRVC best practices; strengthen awareness and capacities of institutions, project staff, smallholder farmers and agri-businesses, about CRVC techniques and technologies; and develop targeted knowledge products on technologies and practices. Promoting water conservation and irrigation water use efficiency in Ethiopia This proposal builds on the experiences from an existing project funded by IFAD which includes lessons on key innovations to improve prosperity, food security and nutrition in Ethiopia. It specifically addresses the challenges that the country is facing due to climate change: rising temperatures rising, more severe droughts and diminishing water sources. This project aims to deepen the scope of Ethiopia-Kenya knowledge, skills and experience sharing in efficient irrigation water use technologies; effective approaches of irrigation and water user associations and other community based organizations; interaction and learning from poor rural farmers; learning from poor rural farmers who have been trained in sustainable rainwater harvesting; and awareness of policy and legislative regimes. Strengthening business-to-business linkages and investment opportunities through IFAD’s SSTC and Knowledge Centres This proposal aims to support activities of the SSTC and Knowledge Centres in Brazil, China and Ethiopia. With this proposal, IFAD aims to identify and promote opportunities for middle income countries to finance development interventions in other middle and low-income countries. It aims to identify and link private sector companies across countries and facilitate knowledge exchanges and match-making opportunities to strengthen the capacity of private sector organizations in developing countries in their support to smallholder farmers. The project will be managed by IFAD with the SSTC and Knowledge Centres. China-IFAD South-South and Triangular Cooperation Facility
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Source https://www.ifad.org/en/web/latest/news-detail/asset/40983322
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Kenya Power extends street lighting project to Lamu County

In a bid to promote economic development and improve the well-being of the people, Kenya Power has signed an agreement with the county government of Lamu for the installation and maintenance of street ......

  • Kenya
  • Energy & Power
  • 27 Nov 2018
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Description In a bid to promote economic development and improve the well-being of the people, Kenya Power has signed an agreement with the county government of Lamu for the installation and maintenance of street lighting within the county. The two institutions will also co-operate in other areas such as construction, operation and maintenance of electricity infrastructure, trading in electricity, policy formulation in the electric energy sector, human resource and capacity development energy efficiency and conservation. Lamu County joins 16 other counties that have signed agreement with Kenya Power for street and public lighting with the aim of improving security and enhancing a 24-hour economy. Street lighting project The street lighting project started in 2014 mainly to rehabilitate street lights within Nairobi County and later spread to other main towns like Mombasa, Kisumu, Nyeri, Eldoret, Nakuru and Machakos among others. So far 500 towns, markets and centres have been covered. The national government has funded most of the schemes while some counties have funded some schemes from their budgets. Kenya Power is the implementing agent for the street lighting project. Read more: Moi International Airport to operate on solar power The national government has disbursed KShs13.5 billion for this project and so far schemes worth KShs 6.7 billion have been completed. Schemes worth KShs 6.8 billion are on-going.
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Source https://www.esi-africa.com/kenya-power-extends-street-lighting-project-to-lamu-county/
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Kenya Power extends street lighting project to Lamu County

In a bid to promote economic development and improve the well-being of the people, Kenya Power has signed an agreement with the county government of Lamu for the installation and maintenance of street ......

  • Kenya
  • Energy & Power
  • 26 Nov 2018
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Description In a bid to promote economic development and improve the well-being of the people, Kenya Power has signed an agreement with the county government of Lamu for the installation and maintenance of street lighting within the county. The two institutions will also co-operate in other areas such as construction, operation and maintenance of electricity infrastructure, trading in electricity, policy formulation in the electric energy sector, human resource and capacity development energy efficiency and conservation. Lamu County joins 16 other counties that have signed agreement with Kenya Power for street and public lighting with the aim of improving security and enhancing a 24-hour economy. Street lighting project The street lighting project started in 2014 mainly to rehabilitate street lights within Nairobi County and later spread to other main towns like Mombasa, Kisumu, Nyeri, Eldoret, Nakuru and Machakos among others. So far 500 towns, markets and centres have been covered. The national government has funded most of the schemes while some counties have funded some schemes from their budgets. Kenya Power is the implementing agent for the street lighting project. Read more: Moi International Airport to operate on solar power The national government has disbursed KShs13.5 billion for this project and so far schemes worth KShs 6.7 billion have been completed. Schemes worth KShs 6.8 billion are on-going.
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Source https://www.esi-africa.com/kenya-power-extends-street-lighting-project-to-lamu-county/
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ADB inks loans agreements worth $574 mn for various projects in India

New Delhi: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) on Friday signed three loan agreements with the government to provide debt of USD 574 million for on-lending, electricity transmission and water supply infr ......

  • India
  • Financial Services
  • 19 Nov 2018
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Description New Delhi: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) on Friday signed three loan agreements with the government to provide debt of USD 574 million for on-lending, electricity transmission and water supply infrastructure projects. ADB and the government signed three separate loan agreements for USD 300 million, USD 169 million and USD 105 million. As part of the loan agreements, ADB will provide USD 300 million to support lending by India Infrastructure Finance Company Ltd (IIFCL). "ADB funding is expected to fund at least 13 sub-projects through IIFCL, involving roads and renewable power generation, under the last tranche," ADB Country Director for India Resident Mission Kenichi Yokoyama said in the release. The project will enhance availability of long-term finance for PPP projects, improve operations capacity of IIFCL and expand the portfolio of infrastructure financing instruments available to IIFCL, said Finance Ministry Additional Secretary Sameer Kumar Khare, who signed the agreement on behalf of the government. "The loan is expected to compliment governments infrastructure building efforts," Khare said. ADB said that this loan of USD 300 million is expected to help catalyze the financial closing of USD 2.4 billion investments. The project supports the renewed effort of the government of India in accelerating infrastructure growth through increased private sector investment. The project is relevant and responsive to the constraints to bank-based infrastructure financing, fiscal space creation, and repercussions on GDP growth, ADB said. Among others, the USD 169 million loan is the first tranche of up to USD 500 million loan that will be used to develop climate-resilient water supply, sewerage and drainage infrastructure in at least 10 cities in Tamil Nadu. The state has faced recurring droughts and erratic monsoons in the recent past resulting in severe water scarcity and urban flooding. ADBs support will help address these complex urban challenges through innovative and climate-resilient investment and deeper institutional support, Khare said. "The ADB programme forms part of its support to the states Vision Tamil Nadu 2023 to provide universal access to water and sanitation and to develop world-class cities in high-performing industrial corridors," Yokoyama said. The USD 105 million is the third tranche of the USD 350 million multi-tranche financing facility for multi-tranche financing facility (MFF) for Himachal Pradesh Clean Energy Transmission Investment Program approved by the ADB Board in September 2011. It is aimed at developing and expanding the transmission network to evacuate clean and renewable power generated from the states hydropower sources to load centres within and outside the state, ADB said. It is also supporting the institutional capacity development of the state transmission utility, Himachal Pradesh Power Transmission Corporation Limited (HPPTCL), as the executing agency for this project. "This particular loan will help Himachal Pradesh to benefit electricity consumers in the state and throughout northern India, by increasing the transmission system capacity for inflow of the hydropower generated in the state into Indias national grid," Khare said.
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Source https://energy.economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/power/adb-inks-loans-agreements-worth-574-mn-for-various-projects-in-india/66662802
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ADB allots $7B for PH for 3 yrs

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has released its Country Operations Business Plan (COBP) 2019-2021 for the Philippines, with the indicative sovereign lending program for the period at $7.11 billion. ......

  • Philippines
  • Financial Services
  • 17 Oct 2018
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Description The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has released its Country Operations Business Plan (COBP) 2019-2021 for the Philippines, with the indicative sovereign lending program for the period at $7.11 billion. The ADB said the COBP is aligned with the agency’s country partnership strategy 2018-2023 for the Philippines, and its three strategic pillars: accelerating infrastructure and long-term investments, promoting local economic development, and investing in people. It added that it supports the government’s priorities embedded in the Philippine Development Plan 2017-2022 to raise the country’s potential growth trajectory and reduce poverty incidence and income inequalities. The Manila-based agency said it will target larger investments in fewer sectors, closely aligned to the government’s strategic priorities. “ADB rebalances its program to infrastructure in support of the government’s Build, Build, Build program; local economic development; and social investments to help the bottom 50 percent of the population,” the agency said. “ADB’s support will be programmatic – combining policy reforms, institutional capacity development, and ADB-financed investments under each strategic pillar. Gender equality, private sector development, governance, and environmentally sustainable development will be mainstreamed across the three pillars and operations,” it added. The ADB document showed the transport sector will get the target share of the COBP envelope, with 53.73 percent share. “ADB will continue to explore additional financing modalities, financial intermediation, and structured finance projects for the Philippines,” the agency said. “These could include green finance, credit enhancements, viability gap funding, and housing finance,” it added.
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Source http://www.malaya.com.ph/business-news/business/adb-allots-7b-ph-3-yrs
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‘E-Procurement Will Eliminate 90% of Corruption Cases’

The Director, Energy Infrastructure at the Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP), Babatunde Kuye has said the e-Procurement system introduced in the Bureau is yielding good results in the area of address ......

  • Nigeria
  • services
  • 11 Oct 2018
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Description The Director, Energy Infrastructure at the Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP), Babatunde Kuye has said the e-Procurement system introduced in the Bureau is yielding good results in the area of addressing the ills of corruption in the system, insisting that it will eliminate over 90 per cent of corruption cases in the system, when fully automated. Kuye, who spoke to journalists at the end of a three-week conversion training programme in Lagos, organised by BPP for procurement cadre in parastatals, institutions, commissions and agencies of the federal government, said the training would complement the gains of e-Procurement and further expose procurement officers to the basic principles of public procurement and how to use technology in addressing challenges around procurement. Kuye, who represented the Director-General of BPP, Mamman Ahmadu, said the 2018 conversion training, which was designed for procurement officers in government agencies and parastatals that want to convert to the procurement cadre, would help them understand the business of public procurement better and apply the knowledge in their various offices across the country. “They were trained on the basic principles of public procurement and how to use technology in addressing challenges around procurement. BPP has deplored technology solution in its entire procurement value chain and participants were trained on how best to use technology to achieve faster and better results. BPP has a mandate to prevent corruption in government agencies, and the training will help address that and also ensure that procurement officers adhere to BPP rules and regulations,” Kuye said. The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, in his keynote speech, said the importance that BPP attaches to its training programmes, show its disposition to align with government priorities such as public procurement. In his welcome address, Ahmadu encouraged participants to effectively use the knowledge gained from the training to promote the goals and aspirations of BPP in the area of public procurement and accountability. “The commitment of the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari on the change agenda to ensure a sustainable procurement process that will birth the Nigeria of our dream, devoid of corruption, can be achieved through a remarkable hands-on capacity development that will bring to fore, that transparency and accountability needed in the public procurement process. “Public procurement officers have a crucial role to play in national infrastructure development, in terms of the skills and competencies that are critical to delivering a transparent and efficient public procurement system that guarantees good value for money,” Ahmadu said. According to him, BPP had been involved in different capacity building programmes at different levels of governance, which he said, necessitated the need for the Bureau to take the lead in the reform process, while developing the kind of capacity muscles needed for the success of the reform through regular training.
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Source https://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2018/10/11/e-procurement-will-eliminate-90-of-corruption-cases/
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Liberia to improve housing sector policy

The Liberia National Housing Authority (NHA) has signed a four year Memorandum with Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) in a bid to improve the housing sector. Managing Director for NHA, Mr. Du ......

  • Liberia
  • services
  • 09 Oct 2018
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Description The Liberia National Housing Authority (NHA) has signed a four year Memorandum with Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) in a bid to improve the housing sector. Managing Director for NHA, Mr. Duannah Siryon said the MoU signed is meant to facilitate increased access to affordable housing for low income households through an inclusive market approach. Also Read: Nigeria labor unions to provide affordable housing for workers The four-year agreement The Managing Director added that the four-year agreement will ensure the development of policy guidelines in consultation with all stakeholders as well as the construction of community level housing pilots. It will also ensure capacity development for the private sector to play a greater role in delivering sustainable and affordable housing solutions. The four-year agreement will ensure the development of policy guidelines in consultation with all stakeholders as well as the construction of community level housing pilots. It will also ensure capacity development for the private sector to play a greater role in delivering sustainable and affordable housing solutions. Additionaly, the MoU will also ensure the institutional capacity building of NHA’s employees as well as other relevant agencies and communities on Participatory Safe Shelter Awareness (PASSA). Mr. Siryon said the authority was committed to hosting HFHI and will provide the required support for the smooth implementation of its programs through the Slum Upgrading Unit (SUU) of the NHA. “The agreement serves as an impetus to the formal process, reinforcing existing collaboration between the two organizations that began since 2017. This is the first step in the right direction of NHA’s strategic partnerships under the new government,” said Mr. Siryon. Vision for providing adequate, affordable housing HFHI Chief of Party (CoP), Mathew Ndote, said the four main deliverables of the agreement, which are very critical to the work of the NHA, will be achieved through an inclusive Market Systems development approach. “Under this MoU, we intend to develop policy guidelines in consultation with all stakeholders, construction of community level housing pilots, and the capacity development for private sector involvement,” he said. Mr. Ndote further emphasized that both HFHI and NHA share the vision of providing greater access to adequate and affordable housing for low-income and vulnerable communities and plan to achieve this through working with public, private and community sector partners. He added that the Cities Alliance Liberia Country Program provides a platform for partnership and collaboration between communities, public and private sector actors, to contribute towards improving the quality of lives for low-income and vulnerable communities and sustainable urban development.
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Source https://constructionreviewonline.com/2018/09/liberia-to-improve-housing-sector-policy/
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$1.5m grant to assist Ghana’s renewable energy investment drive

The African Development Bank has approved a $1.5 million grant from its Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (SEFA), to assist Ghana’s renewable energy investment drive. The bank stated that this grant ......

  • Ghana
  • services
  • 26 Sep 2018
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Description The African Development Bank has approved a $1.5 million grant from its Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (SEFA), to assist Ghana’s renewable energy investment drive. The bank stated that this grant will support the government’s efforts to overcome technical, financial, regulatory and institutional barriers to scaling-up renewable energy investments in the country. The project, which is part of the Bank-led Climate Investment Fund (CIF) and the Scaling-up Renewable Energy Programme (SREP) Investment Plan for Ghana, will complement the bank’s effort in the Ghana Energy Development and Access Programme (GEDAP). The SEFA grant will fund broad components: the technical/commercial/regulatory and feasibility studies, aimed at providing detailed renewable energy resource studies, grid integration studies and regulatory texts, and resources and public sector skills and capacity development. Renewable energy investment climate In a bid to create an enabling investment climate for renewable energy, the government of Ghana put in place several policies and regulatory measures, including the Renewable Energy Act 2011 (Act 832). However, gaps within the existing renewable energy regulatory framework continue to slow down private investment in the sector. Read more on Ghana: LNG terminal secures China investment “The African Development Bank’s intervention will address the identified barriers and strengthen Ghana’s enabling environment to unlock more private sector investments into renewable energy projects,” said Amadou Hott, Bank Vice President for power, energy, climate change and green growth. Acknowledging AfDB’s ongoing commitment to climate finance, Hott stated that the SEFA grant will fund the preparation of detailed technical/commercial/regulatory, grid integration and feasibility studies, provide resources and tools, and enable public sector actors with the requisite skills and capacity development to maintain renewable energy assets. The technical assistance supports Ghana’s Strategic National Energy Plan, its National Energy Policy, SEforALL Action Agenda targets, the Energy Sector Strategy and Development Plan as well as the ECOWAS Renewable Energy Policy.
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Source https://www.esi-africa.com/1-5m-grant-to-assist-ghanas-renewable-energy-investment-drive/

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