The Renewable Energy Association of Sierra Leone has on Wednesday 20th November, 2019 concluded a one day networking event and launching of the organization's website at the Lagoonda Hotel, Aberdeen Freetown.
The event brings together ministers, parliamentarians, renewable energy businesses, banks, travel agencies, NGOs and other international organizations to create partnerships and to familiarise with the various actors in the renewable energy space. Other notable attendees include the Honorable deputy minister of Energy Dr. Eldred Tunde Taylor, the permanent secretary Mr. Morie Momoh, the presidential adviser on Infrastructure Dr. John Tambi, Honorable memeber of parliament Dr. Kandeh Kolleh Yumkella and the Mayor of Freetown Municipality Madam Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr and a host of other eminent personalities.
In his opening remarks, the President of REASL, Mr Kofie Macauley, emphasized on the importance of networking and urged companies to make use of the opportunity and establish regional connections while showcasing their products and services.
Each company/institution present was given the opportunity to give a brief overview of their role in the sector. Representatives of banks such as UBA, UTB and RCB were all invited to witness the progress renewable energy businesses have made in the country and to see how loans and grants can be easily accessible for these businesses.
Former director of UNIDO and founder of The Energy Nexus Network (TENN) honorable Dr. Kandeh Kolleh Yumkella said that next year they plan to organize a bigger event in collaboration with REASL. Having just concluded a two days conference on renewable energy and clean cooking, he said that they treat the issue of renewable energy and clean cooking seriously that is why members of parliament are present in the event.
Dr. John Tambi said that government is ambitious and believe that they can transform the country. He said that they want to be proud and in a few years people will say "look at Sierra Leone" and the whole country will be transformed.
The Permanet secretary of the ministry of energy Mr. Morie Momoh said that government is treating renewable energy seriously that is why all solar products that meets the minimum standards are duty free. He said that government is looking to extend this same courtesy to electrical materials soon.
The Mayor of Freetown city council urged all present to pay their local taxes and used the app Find Me in Freetown to know their wards and councillors. He said that prices are available for communities that perform well in the cleanest zone competition. She said that council is working on introducing cable cars using solar. She said that what is not talked about is pollution. She thanked REASL for staying in the space and said that council is committed to clean energy focusing on sustainable innovation and cleanliness.
Deputy minister of energy Dr. Eldred Taylor expressed his thanks to the former president of REASL Madam Sophie Johnson and the incumbent Mr. Kofie Macauley for organizing such an event. He said that he is very much impressed by what he has seen not knowing how much REASL has put together in such a short period of time.He thank all the private and sector players for their role in the event. He said that everyone has done some exemplary task. Under the vision of President Bio is to see renewable energy transformed into a more sustainable platform. He said for the presidential adviser on infrastructure to be present at such event is not a mistake but a symbol of committment from the highest level and that the government of Sierra Leone treats the renewable energy space very seriously. He thanked the banks for demonstrating their committment to promote renewable energy and said that he looks forward to their unflinching support towards RE companies.
He proceeded to officially launch the website of REASL (www.reasl.com) which he said is another step in the right direction.
Vote of thanks was given by Grace Gaye who thanked everyone for making the event a success.