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Extraordinary Session of The ECOWAS Authority of Heads Of State and Government

SESSION EXTRAORDINAIRE DE LA CONFERENCE DES CHEFS D’ETAT ET DE GOUVERNEMENT DE LA CEDEAO

With a view to coordinating and strengthening the fight against the coronavirus disease 2019, otherwise known as COVID-19 in West Africa, the Heads of State and Government of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), under the chairmanship of H.E. Mr. Issoufou MAHAMADOU, President of the Republic of Niger, and current Chair of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government, held on 23 April 2020 a videoconference Summit on the situation and impact of the coronavirus. 

ECOWAS commission condoles with Buhari over Kyari’s death

President of the ECOWAS Commission, Jean-Claude Brou, has sympathised with President Muhammadu Buhari over the death of his Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari.

Mr Brou in a condolence letter in Abuja, described the death of Mr Kyari as a loss to Nigeria and the ECOWAS sub-region.

IRENA's Outlook Shows Path for Resilient Economies

IRENA’s first Global Renewables Outlook shows decarbonisation of the energy system supports short-term recovery while creating resilient and inclusive economies and societies

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 20 April 2020 — Advancing the renewables-based energy transformation is an opportunity to meet international climate goals while boosting economic growth, creating millions of jobs and improving human welfare by 2050, finds the first Global Renewable Outlook released by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

ECOWAS COMMUNIQUE: FIGHT AGAINST THE CORONAVIRUS DISEASE

ECOWAS CONTINUES TO SUPPORT MEMBER STATES IN THE FIGHT AGAINST THE SPREAD OF THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC 2019 (COVID-19)

1. ECOWAS continues to closely monitor the evolution of the Coronavirus pandemic in the world and particularly in West Africa. As of 5 April 2020, the 15 Member States are affected by the pandemic with 1 739 confirmed cases of contamination, 55 deaths and 328 persons who have fully recovered. It should be noted that approximately 95% of deaths are patients with comorbid conditions.

Solar PV Mini-Grid Project for 200 Households at Sare Pateh Jamwelly- The Gambia

  1. Unique Energy Co. Ltd and Unique Solutions Co. Ltd have received part financing from the ECOWAS Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) towards the cost of the “Solar PV Mini-Grid Project for 200 Households/Businesses at Sare Pateh Jamwelly-The Gambia”, and intends to apply part of the proceeds to payments for goods and works services to be procured under this project. The project will be co-financed by Unique Group Co. Ltd.

  1. The project will include the following components:

BURKINA: TOWARDS THE ADOPTION OF A GENDER MAINSTREAMING POLICY IN ENERGY ACCESS

The Ministry of Energy plans to ensure equal access to energy resources. To this end, a workshop to validate the action plan for gender mainstreaming in energy access in Burkina Faso was organized. It was this Wednesday, February 5, 2020 in Ouagadougou.

GENDER PROMOTION: THE ENERGY SECTOR VALIDATES ITS ACTION PLAN

The Secretary General of the Ministry of Energy, Mr. Jean-Paul YANOGO, presided, on Wednesday 05 February 2020 in Ouagadougou, the opening ceremony of the national workshop to validate the gender and energy action plan-Burkina Faso. The objective of this action plan is to ultimately achieve greater participation of women in the energy sector.

ECOWAS Country introduces VAT exemption on PV panels

Benin has introduced VAT exemption on imports of PV panels. The exemption will be applied to the import of materials, equipment and installation accessories for the deployment of PV and solar thermal systems. The new measure is aimed at increasing access to electricity through more off-grid projects.

The Beninese government has included in the 2020 finance law a measure to exempt the imports of solar panels from the payment of the value added tax (VAT).

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