16 January 2018 in Berlin: Presentation of a new structure REFA "Renewable Energy for Africa"

Arge Netz, one of the largest German Renewable Energy groups in the Schleswig-Holstein region, has invited the diplomatic representatives in Berlin with a view to present the group, as well as the new structure called REFA "Renewable Energy for Africa". The German Federal Minister of Energy and Economy BMWi, has graciously honored this event.

The REFA, recently created in December 2017, made of companies from the Schleswig-Holstein region, aims to set up adapted structures for the development, construction and operation of wind, photovoltaic and biomass energy on the African continent, in decentralized regions, answering to the real needs of rural communities, with the involvement of the population, mayors and civil society.

 The Federal Minister of Energy and Economy, who visited several African countries in 2017, reiterated the support of her Ministry to German companies in search of African market and Chambers of Commerce and Industry wishing to accompany the countries in their development. Moreover, it is important to underline that Madagascar, as a country selected by the BMWi, benefits from the initiative "Exportinitiative Energy" 2015-2018, extended for 5 years. 

Finally, the President of Afrika Verein recalled some important measures expected by the German companies from their government namely: a special attention of the German government for Africa, a German government support for German companies that want to invest in Africa and better flexibility and ease of export credit guarantee. Strengthening the investment guarantee by African governments was also emphasized

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