Last week, a delegation from SolarPower Europe was invited to participate in the launch of the GET.invest Mozambique Country Window at an event hosted by the Delegation of the European Union to Mozambique and the Mozambican Ministry of Federal Resources and Energy in Maputo.
GET.invest will be one of two initiatives implemented under the umbrella of the Energy Project Preparation Facility by the Delegation of the European Union to Mozambique. The multi-donor EU programme will focus on promoting private sector investment in the country through a number of tools, such as the GET.Invest Finance Catalyst, a support and advice mechanism for small- and medium-scale renewable energy project developers in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Together with the Resource Centre – the second initiative under the Project Preparation facility – created to build capacity within Mozambique’s Ministry of Mineral Resources and Energy (MIREME), Mozambique’s Energy Regulatory Authority (ARENE), Mozambique’s Energy Transmission and Distribution Company (EDM), and the Mozambique Energy Fund (FUNAE), GET.invest’s objective is to support the country in its ambition to expand renewables and reach a target of universal energy access by 2030. Mozambique is the first of several African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries benefitting from this initiative. Other countries that will receive support in the future include Botswana, Kenya, Ghana, Senegal and Zimbabwe.
The event was attended by over 100 key stakeholders from Mozambique’s renewable energy sector, including the country’s honorary Minister Max Tonela of Mineral Resources and Energy. It also provided an occasion to announce GET.invest’s official partner associations, including SolarPower Europe and the Mozambican Renewable Energy Association AMER.
The launch took place back-to-back with a Private Sector Day organised by GET.invest and the Energy and Environment Partnership Trust Fund (EEP Africa), an event to inform businesses about support mechanisms available from both instruments and for businesses to receive practical guidance on how to prepare a successful application. In the Private Sector Day, Stefano Mantellassi, Vice-President Energy Solutions, ENI SpA and Chair of SolarPower Europe’s Emerging Markets Task Force, and Máté Heisz, Head of International Cooperation at SolarPower Europe presented SolarPower Europe’s proposed cooperation activities with AMER. These activities include capacity building to be provided to AMER’s newly established secretariat, market information exchange, as well as joint reports and events. Once approved by all stakeholders, the cooperation activities will be supported by GET.invest. The morning session of the Private Sector Day concluded with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the two associations.
Photo: Máté Heisz, Head of International Cooperation at SolarPower Europe speaks at the Private Sector Day organised by GET.invest and EEP Africa. ©Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit – GIZ