The Government of São Tomé and Príncipe through the Directorate General of Natural Resources and Energy (DGRNE) is mobilizing the application process to host the Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency in Central Africa (CEREEAC). This region is the only one in Africa that does not yet have such a center. This region is made up of 11 countries including: Angola, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Republic of Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Guinea, Rwanda, Gabon and São Tomé and Príncipe.
In regional terms São Tome and Principe has been a member of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) since 1983 and has observer status in the Economic and Monetary Community of Central Africa (ECMAC).
The proposal to host CEREEAC is therefore a response to help CEEAC member states achieve established Renewable Energy (RE) and Energy Efficiency (EE) targets, implement established policy commitments, achieve better technical coordination, donor harmonization, and ensure long-term sustainability of project interventions, and also document lessons learned.
In sum, through CEREEAC, the region is expected to better promote sustainable energy investments, facilitate the introduction of appropriate regulations and standards, and deepen the capacity of national institutions and skilled human resources. It is anticipated that CEREEAC's regional approach will eliminate or reduce barriers to full exploitation of RE and EE and thus promote the region's competitiveness and in particular the development of Green Energy in S.T.P.
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