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29 Mar 2011 11:03:08

Promote solar in North Africa

The UNESCO Regional Cairo Bureau has been an active player promoting the adoption of alternative energy in the MENA region. Dr Nazar Hassan, deputy director of the UNESCO Regional Cairo Bureau has been working on a strategy that benefits both the nations within MENA, and the industry heavyweights that can serve the energy demand and contribute to the local economy.

One great resource that can stimulate growth and create the required dynamic societies is the Arab youth (about 30% of the Arab population), but only if they are well-educated and properly employed. But as we have seen the current inability of Arab governments to provide the young with relevant employment after schooling or university education has resulted in regional social upheaval. This has been a contributing factor to UNESCO's proposal for a regional initiative that addresses regional technological advancement and technology transfer through a North-South cooperation.

The European community have a lot to benefit from this initiative as it provides new opportunities to the European solar industry as they can become actively engaged in the growth of the commercial solar market. Dr Nazar Hassan (UNESCO, Cairo) will be presenting this initiative as a guest speaker at MENASOL 2011's webinar taking place on April 6th at 3.30 EET.

Heidi Hafes, event director of MENASOL 2011 said "We are very excited about this interactive webinar, which is titled 'How will solar survive in MENA?'. It is open for anyone who is interested in getting the answers and even better it is free to attend."

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