By Justice Lee Adoboe ACCRA, (Xinhua) --
Program Manager for the United Nations Development Program
(UNDP) in China Zhang Weidong has expressed high hopes of African countries
benefiting from the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative to boost their
renewable energy capacities.
an interview with Xinhua on Friday during his working visit to Ghana, Zhang said
the initiative will assist countries along the initiative to develop
infrastructure for electricity and manage the transition from fossil fuel to
renewable energy (RE).
and Road Initiative is for the global wellbeing, not for China alone, and there
is no political condition," Zhang said.
said the initiative is meant for creating jobs and building infrastructure in
the developing world, and also improving the new energy capacity where China is
leading the world.
Zhang was in
Ghana to participate in a workshop organized by the UNDP in collaboration with
Ghana's Energy Commission to introduce Chinese renewable energy institutions to
Ghana's energy industry.
prioritization of projects to benefit from the initiative, he urged African
countries to focus on the three broad themes under the UN Sustainable
Development Goals (SDGs), including poverty alleviation, transitional changes
and also resilience.
that UNDP's role in the implementation of these development initiatives stem
from its nearly 40 years of relationship with the Chinese government.
almost 40 years existence in China, and we are privileged to be assisting the
government of China in doing its opening up and its development. Therefore UNDP
is in the best position to work with the government of China to exchange China's
experience and expertise with other developing countries so they can achieve
similar development in relatively short time," he said.