, JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Jun 15 – President Uhuru Kenyatta has urged African countries to forge partnerships that identify and take full advantage of the available opportunities to benefit from the economies of scale.
He said Kenya and other countries endowed with renewable energy can consult and agree on partnering to share the resources.
“We have an unusually large supply of geothermal energy, for example, and Green energy accounts for some 70 per cent of our power generation at present – well ahead of the pack on our continent,” President Kenyatta added.
“For those countries whose resource endowments differ from ours, the answer is not to despair of the path of green growth: rather it is to make partnerships,” he said.
He said Kenya has chosen an ambitious low-carbon and climate-resilient development path with extensive green economy programs to restore degraded ecosystems.
He spoke on Kenya’s interventions in green growth and green financing during a meeting on climate change on the sidelines of the ongoing 25th AU Summit in Johannesburg South Africa.
“The shift to green growth is a mix of both policies and programs touching on investments in renewable energy, promotion of clean and resource-efficient production,” the President said.
President Kenyatta said the country’s commitment to green growth is strengthened by firm policy commitments, key among them the National Climate Change Response Strategy and sound legislation.
He said the government was investing more on agriculture, energy, manufacturing and transport, as key sectors with potentially transformative impact to lift additional 3.1 million people out of poverty by 2030.
President Kenyatta, who had a busy day attending a series of meetings, later held talks with South Sudan President Salva Kiir where they discussed IGAD’s efforts to restore peace in Africa’s youngest country.
The President also attended a meeting of troop-contributing countries in Somalia.
The meeting was presided over by Somalia President Sheikh Hassan Mohamoud and centred on strategies of weeding out Al Shabaab militants.
President Mohamoud thanked countries that are supporting a peaceful and stable Somalia after many years of turmoil.
President Kenyatta also held talks with the Vice President of Cuba Miguel Diaz-Canel where they discussed issues of mutual interest between the two countries.