ECOWAS gives Cape Verde US$190,000 for flood victims

Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The ECOWAS Commission has donated US$190,000 to Cape Verde in support of victims of the unprecedented flood disaster that displaced many people and damaged property on the country’s Boa Vista Island last year.

According to ECOWAS, the cheque for the amount was presented, on behalf of Commission President Kadré Ouédraogo, by the Commissioner for Human Development and Gender, Dr. Adrienne Diop, to Cape Verde’s Vice Minister for Infrastructure and Maritime Economy Adalberto Vieira in Praia, the nation’s capital, Monday.

She said the 'symbolic gesture of fraternity' was to complement Cape Verde's efforts towards mitigating the suffering of the affected population.

Vice Minister Vieira thanked ECOWAS for the donation, which he described as a demonstration of solidarity with Cape Verde.

Meanwhile, ECOWAS has congratulated the Cape-Verde based Regional Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREE) for its commendable strides in response to the enormous energy needs of Member States.

Addressing staff of the Centre in Praia on Monday, Dr. Diop described energy as the bedrock of sustainable development, noting that within the short period of its inauguration in 2010, the Centre has demonstrated that the region is capable of overcoming its energy challenges.

She thanked the Cape Verde Government and development partners including the Austrian Development Cooperation, the UN Industrial Development Organisation and the Spanish International Development Agency, for supporting the regional project.

The Commissioner encouraged the Centre to partner with her directorate in the conceptualisation and implementation of programmes on energy and gender, given that women and children bore the greatest burden of energy deficiency in the region.

In his presentation to the delegation, ECREE Executive Director Mahama Kappia highlighted the Centre’s programmes and activities aimed at maximising and diversifying the region’s largely untapped huge renewable energy potentials.
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22 january 2013 18:22:44




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