Francesco La Camera Welcomes President of Burkina Faso H.E. Roch Marc Christian Kaboré

29 January 2020| Press Release

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 27 January 2020 - Mr. Francesco La Camera, Director-General of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) welcomed the President of Burkina Faso His Excellency Roch Marc Christian Kaboré to the IRENA headquarters in Abu Dhabi.

The two discussed opportunities for accelerated renewable energy deployment in Burkina Faso and identified concrete steps to strengthen bilateral cooperation. They exchanged views on the role renewable energy can play in increasing energy access in Burkina Faso, and its potential to bring stable, reliable power to healthcare facilities in the country.

Furthermore, renewable energy’s centrality to sustainable economic growth was also emphasized, with renewable energy positioned as a catalyst for the country’s development strategy. IRENA’s new project facilitation focus and the recently launched Climate Investment Platform – a joint initiative designed to mobilise renewable energy investment and accelerate its deployment – also featured. 
The President was accompanied by a high-level delegation from Burkina Faso including H.E. Alpha Barry, Minister of Foreign Affairs, H.E. Bachir Ismael Ouedraogo, Minister of Energy and H.E. Salifou Ouedraogo, Minister of Agriculture.

At the Tenth Session of the IRENA Assembly earlier this year, Burkina Faso was selected to receive a loan of US$5.5 million as a part of the seventh cycle of the IRENA/ADFD Project Facility. The loan will contribute to the construction of a 3 MW solar PV power plant in the country extending electricity to approximately 40,000 people in rural areas. Burkina Faso has ambitious plans to source 50 per cent of its electricity from renewables by 2030 (excluding biomass).

The meeting took place in the presence of the Ambassador of Burkina Faso in Saudi Arabia H.E. Ountana Mansa, the UAE Ambassador to Nigeria (and non-resident Ambassador to Burkina Faso) H.E. Fahad Al Taffaq, and the Permanent Representative of the UAE to IRENA Dr Nawal Al-Hosany.