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The opening ceremony for 2009 Seminar on SHP held at HRC

   ---On December 1st 2009, entrusted by Chinese government, the opening ceremony for 2009 Seminar on Small Hydropower Technology was held at Hangzhou Regional Center for Small Hydropower (HRC). Present at the opening ceremony were 18 participants from more than 10 countries, such as Algeria, Guinea, Ethiopia, Seychelles, Uganda, Kenya, Benin, etc. Due to the flight changes, several participants are still on their way to China.

   Ms. Cheng Xialei, director of HRC, Mr. Zhu Xiaozhang, honorary director of HRC, Mr. Xu Jingcai, deputy director of National Research Institute for Rural Electrification, and Mr. Huang Jianping, deputy director of National Research Institute for Rural Electrification presented in the ceremony. Mr. Pan Daqing, chief of Foreign Affairs and Training Division of HRC presided over the opening ceremony.

   On behalf of HRC, Ms. Cheng Xialei, director of HRC, expressed her expectation on this seminar: share and exchange the Chinese experience on SHP, stimulate the exploitation and utilization of small hydropower resources in developing countries, deepen the cooperation between China and other developing countries, and strengthen our friendships.

   Mr. Zhu Xiaozhang, honorary director of HRC gave a brief introduction on the development in SHP Technology in China. He referred to a famous Chinese proverb: "to teach one how to fish is better than just giving one some fish", which is how Chinese government performs to help developing countries. Meanwhile, he encouraged participants that in order to contribute their own strength to the development of SHP, they should consider the actual situation in their own country while learning and exchanging technology on SHP.

   On behalf of all the participants, Mr. Steven from Zambia expressed his gratitude to the Chinese government, the Chinese people and the organizer HRC. The other participants articulated that hopefully through this seminar, they can learn and exchange knowledge and skills on SHP on one side, and acquire financial and technical support to exploit the water resources in their country on the other side.

   It is estimated that 26 participants from 14 countries will attend this 21-day seminar. (2009-12-03)



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