GIS – 30 November 2018: A credit facility agreement to support the Green Climate Fund project ‘Accelerating the Transformational Shift to a Low-Carbon Economy in the Republic of Mauritius’ was signed by the Director of the Agence Française de Développement (AFD), Mr André Pouillès-Duplaix and the Chairman of the Central Electricity Board (CEB), Mr Mootoosamy Naidoo, in presence of the Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Energy and Public Utilities, Mr. Ivan Leslie Collendavelloo, yesterday at Voila Hotel, in Bagatelle.The French Ambassador ,Mr Emmanuel Cohet, and other eminent personalities were also present on that occasion.
In his address, Deputy Prime Minister Collendavelloo, underlined that the signing of the AFD agreement, which provides a financial assistance of USD 18,7 million, bears testimony to the strong bilateral relations that Mauritius and France share. He expressed gratitude to the AFD for its continuous support to Government’s initiatives particularly to strengthen the energy sector for the development of renewable energies and to enhance energy efficiency. He underpinned that the AFD agreement will enable the boosting of production capacities of renewable energy in two CEB sub-stations, namely Hennrietta and Chaumière stations, in the coming years.
He further pointed out that the ‘Accelerating the Transformational Shift to a Low-Carbon Economy in the Republic of Mauritius’ project is aimed at enabling Government to meet its target of using renewables to supply 35 % of the country’s energy needs by 2025. This, he added, is part of a broad strategy undertaken to enable a low- carbon development by reducing dependence on fossil energies and enhancing energy security.
On that score, the Deputy Prime Minister reiterated Government’s intent to strengthen and increase the production of renewable energy, which he underlined is showcased in its major initiatives taken in this regard. According to him, through its staunch commitment, the country has earned the trust of foreign organisations who are willing to support Government in its venture, through climate financing. Major developments and progress are being made in the energy sector and key projects include the Home solar project targeting some 10,000 vulnerable families and announced that eleven solar farms will be operational as from next year, he emphasized.
As for the Director of the AFD , he reiterated the support of his organisation in the realisation of Government’s endeavor to produce clean and renewable energies to pave the way to a low-carbon economy. He pointed out that the organisation is providing technical support to upgrade the network and integration of renewable energies to the Mauritian grid, strengthen CEB’s networks and lines, develop tools dedicated to the management of renewable energy and upgrade CEB’s transport and distribution network and control system. According to him, this endeavor will enable Mauritius to mainstream renewable energy and reduce its reliance on fossil fuels positively impacting its economy.