China commits to renewable sources of energy in Africa

12 November 2009

China’s Prime Minister Wen Jiabao has reiterated his country’s commitment to the African Continent, announcing in particular a partnership aimed at achieving 100 projects involving local energy.

He made this declaration this week at Sharm el-Shiekh, in Egypt, in the course of a forum on co-operation between China and Africa.

The projects relate to the 2010-2012 period, in several sectors such as commerce or health.

According to a press release from the organizers of the forum, in the energy infrastructure sector this will involve in particular the construction of solar energy, hydroelectric, and biogas power plants.

Chinese Minister of Commerce Chen Deming also declared at the forum that “China continues to identify infrastructures as a priority in Sino-African co-operation”.

He identified several areas in which China would be providing its expertise, such as the construction of railways and airports.<br/>

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