The Renewable Energy Association Sierra Leone, REASL, on May 3, 2018 hold a networking event for companies, NGOs, Individuals and Government Ministries and Agencies hosted at the Hub Hotel, Wilberforce.
The purpose of the event is to bring together business people and other actors in the renewable energy sector to interact and share information. It was also a call to encourage more companies to sign up to REASL membership and also urging existing members to honour their annual subscription.
The event attracted several companies, NGOs, Government Agencies and individuals who witnessed the occasion. The event was opened with a statement from the newly appointed Executive Secretary of REASL, Mr. Foday Lansana Suma, who expounded on why they have organized such an event and said this is one of a series of such event they will be organizing every year to bring together players in the sector to meet and familiarize with one another.
Several speakers like: Mr. Kofie Macauley (Head of marketing and outreach – REASL), Mr. Wordswoth Cole (Vice President – REASL), Sam Zoker (Board Member – REASL), all took on the floor to narrate the formation of REASL, which was an initiative of the DfID as result of the Energy Revolution that led to the signing of the energy compact between the government of Sierra Leone and the British Government. They also talked on the strides and success the association has been able to achieve since its inception; the association, they said, has been able to dialogue with government to make duty free for all certified solar products coming into the country and this has been included in the Finance Act of 2017.
Aminata Dumbuya, Campaign Manager – Power4ALL, talked on the support the programme has been giving to REASL on restructuring their secretariat which has been through the sponsorship of DfID. She said they expect to see a viable renewable energy sector that makes profit as businesses but also provides modern energy solution to alleviate the lack of access to electricity to approximately five million Sierra Leoneans. She urges SMEs companies to take the opportunity of venturing into renewable energy business as there are lots of funds and support awaiting them.
The event concluded with networking and sharing of contacts amongst those present.