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e8, GEF, UNDESA and UNESCAP Collaborate in Capacity Building Initiative on Financing Sustainable Electrification

September 18, 2009

18 SEPTEMBER 2009 | Bankgok, Thailand - The e8 group of electric utility companies, in partnership with the GEF, the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), started a partnership, in the fall of 2008,as a joint human capacity building programme aimed at the transfer of business-oriented expertise for the financing of sustainable electrification projects and the deployment of low-emitting power technologies in developing and emerging countries.

The programme was designed as a bottom-up initiative that will consist of a series of eight region-specific workshops over a period of four years, scheduled to start in the summer of 2009.

Through interactive dialogues between the investment community, power sector counterparts and high-level government representatives from the participating countries, the workshops will attempt to discuss the countries’ current risks for power sector investors and focus on opportunities to enhance their capacity to attract advanced power technology financial flows through the development of key policy strategies and action plans.

The first dialogues, to be implemented in collaboration with the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), took place from September 8-10, 2009, in Bangkok, Thailand, with the participation of eight countries from South and South-East Asia, namely, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Indonesia, Pakistan, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam. For more information visit the e8 website The Bangkok Dialogues.

The second set of dialogues, which will focus on Central, Eastern and Southern African countries, is scheduled to take place from November 10-12, 2009, in Nairobi, Kenya.

Presentation: e8-GEF-UNDESA-UNESCAP Human Capacity Building Programme Initiative: 'Financing Sustainable Electrification Dialogues'