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2014 Training Workshop on Small Hydropower Technology for English-speaking African Countries Concluded Successfully

   ---On 25th November, the "2014 Training Workshop on Small Hydropower Technology for English-speaking African Countries" was concluded successfully. Based on the concerted efforts of all lecturers, participants and HRC training team, this 42-day foreign-aid training program entrusted by the Chinese Ministry of Commerce has achieved fruitful results.

   Accompanied by Mr. Li Yun, Vice President of Nanjing Hydraulic Research Institute, Mr. Li Ge, Deputy Director General of the Department of International Cooperation, Science and Technology, the Ministry of Water Resources attended the closing ceremony and delivered a speech. Mr. Fan Aihua, Division Chief of Foreign Investment and Economic Cooperation, Department of Commerce of Zhejiang Province, and Ms. Cheng Xialei, Director General of HRC addressed the ceremony respectively. Deputy directors of HRC Mr. Xu Jincai, Mr. Huang Jianping and Mr. Xie Yimin were also present at the closing ceremony.

   Ms. Cheng made an overall summary for the activities and achievements of the training workshop, and on behalf of HRC, she expressed heartfelt thanks to the Ministry of Commerce and the Ministry of Water Resource for their great supports, and to the participants for their earnest attitudes and friendly cooperation during the training workshop. Ms. Cheng mentioned that it was very nice to learn that all the participants were satisfied with this productive training and enjoyed their stay in China. It was expected that after returning to their respective countries, all the participants would play more important roles in promoting the utilization of local SHP and other renewable energies, and the development of rural electrification as well, and more concrete Sino-Africa cooperative projects would be undertaken.

   On behalf of the Department of Foreign Aid, the Ministry of Commerce and the Department of Commerce of Zhejiang Province, Mr. Fan extended his warm congratulations on the successful conclusion of the training workshop and his sincere thanks to HRC for the fulfillment of the mission entrusted by the Ministry of Commerce in a scientific and professional way and making immense contributions to the success of the training workshop. Mr. Fan also showed his respect to all the participants as they had overcome barriers on languages, habits and customs, etc. so as to finish all the training courses. Meanwhile, Mr. Fan introduced all the participants the achievements made by Zhejiang Province since China's reform and opening up, and hoped that the participants would often come back to Zhejiang as to strengthen the ties with HRC, exchange expertise and share experience, and promote cooperation in the field of SHP and other renewable energies as well as rural electrification, so as to promote the economic development and lasting peace of African countries.

   On behalf of the Department of International Cooperation, Science and Technology, the Ministry of Water Resources, the Deputy Director General Mr. Li delivered a speech, congratulating all the participants on their achievements. Mr. Li briefed the water resources development and achievement made in China, and introduced that Chinese Ministry of Water Resource had established bilateral and regular exchange & cooperation mechanism with several African countries including Egypt, South Africa, etc, contracted the construction of hydropower projects in over 60 countries and regions including Kenya, Zambia, Angola, etc., and undertook considerable foreign-aid work in the field of small hydropower development, dam construction, water-saving irrigation, sediment control, etc, providing consultancy service on small hydropower technology for over 40 countries and cultivating a batch of technicians and engineers on small hydropower technology for developing countries. Mr. Li sincerely hoped that all the participants will take the training workshop as an opportunity to further strengthen the communication between China and their countries in the field of small hydropower and other renewable energy as well as to further promote the development of small hydropower in African countries, thus bringing light and benefits to more African people.

   On behalf of all the participants, the monitor Mr. Brian Moele from Atha Venture Mining of South Africa, and the vice monitor Mr. Malan Manyundo from the Ministry of Energy and Power Development, Zimbabwe, also addressed the ceremony respectively, expressing their deep gratitude to the Chinese Ministry of Commerce, the Ministry of Water Resources, Nanjing Hydraulic Research Institute and HRC. They promised that all the participants would make contribution to bridging the cooperation between China and African countries, making unremitting efforts to further develop renewable energies and rural electrification in Africa.

   The wonderful speeches and addresses drew enthusiastic applauses. With the solemn national anthems of all the participating African countries, the leaders of Chinese side awarded the certificates from the Ministry of Commerce to the participants.

   The training workshop was concluded successfully and at the time to say goodbye, friendship remains in everybody¡¯s heart. May the Sino-Africa cooperation in the field of SHP be in full blossom in the beautiful Africa in near future! (2014-12-08)



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