THOMAS KANKAM

I AM A PROJECT OFFICER FOR THE PRIVATE ENTERPRISE FEDERATION, GHANA (WHICH IS THE APEX BUSINESS COUNCIL FOR PRIVATE SECTOR BUSINESS ASSOCITIONS AND CHAMBERS). MY AREA OF WORK IS CLIMATE CHANGE, DEVELOPMENT OF GREEN BUSINESSES, BIODIVERSITY CONSERVATION AND DEVELOPMENT AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

Renewable energy technology transfer

China
Ghana
Sub-Saharan Africa
East Asia and Pacific
15. Dec 2017

I joined a Ghanaian private sector delegation to China as the only representative of the Private Enterprise Federation (PEF) to network and form business partnerships with our Chinese counterparts under the south-south cooperation arrangement supported by the DANIDA. The delegation was led by the Energy Commission of Ghana to visit sites of waste to energy projects and improved cook stove manufacturing facilities. The delegation from Ghana was very much impressed with the level of development of China's renewable energy sector and how government support helped to achieve that. China has enormous renewable energy potential in terms of mini-hydros and solar energy, likewise Ghana has the potential in mini-hydros and solar but less incentives and enabling policy regime.

I was then convinced that with the right incentives and active government support Ghana can also become the renewable energy hub in West Africa if not Africa.  Building local expertise and financing of research will be key to the sustainability and uptake of the renewable technologies. Ghana will be energy sufficient and a net exporter of energy if the right measures are put in place for the private sector to participate and investment. The successful implementation of the Renewable Energy Master Plan which is still under consideration by government will be the turnkey to Ghana's green growth if not one of the pillars. The government's intention to move most public facilities onto rooftop solar as announced in its budget statement for year 2018 is a welcome call and a step in the right direction towards achieving sustainable development and enforcing Ghana's commitment under the Paris Agreement. The private sector in Ghana is ready to partner government and other development partners to ensure that we achieve a sustainable Ghana.