ANSOLE Meeting YaoundeFirst ANSOLE meeting in Yaounde Cameroon ("Première Rencontre des Professionnels du Solaire") was held on the 1st April 2011. It was hosted by the Cameroonian ministry of energy and water with the active participation of the German Embassy in Cameroon.
The meeting with the french title : Première Rencontre des Professionnels du Solaire (First Meeting of Professionals in Solar Energy) took place at the premises of the Ministry of Energy and Water (the meeting room has a historic significance : It was the meeting place of the first Cameroonian parlamentarians after independence in 1960). It was a very successful gathering which saw the attendance of 96 persons from politics, academics, businesses and media. The press coverage (TV, radio and written press) of the event was excellent. The event was moderated by Ms Annie Stella Deuni-Kameni, chief of service of communication at the Cameroonian Ministry of Energy and Water.
The meeting started with a welcome speech of the regional representative of ANSOLE in Central Africa, Prof. César Kapseu, which was followed by an opening speech given by the Secretary General of the Ministry of Energy and Water, Fritz Gerard Nasako. He pointed out the drastical increase in demand of electrical energy, which cannot be met by the solely existing electricity company in Cameroon. By promoting the use of solar energy, ANSOLE can greatly contribute to solve the Cameroonian energy problem, he said.
The history of the creation of ANSOLE, its goals and objectives as well as its present structure were the content of the first presentation of the day, held by Pr Dr Daniel A. M. Egbe, the coordinator of ANSOLE. The subsequent lectures focussed on various activities on solar energy in Cameroon (research, business and charity).
The short and spontaneous speech of the 1st Secretary of the German Embassy in Cameroon, Mr. Philipp Rössler, which occurred in between the lectures was followed with great attention. The audience learnt that the german government supports any initiative to vulgarize renewable energies in Cameroon in general and solar energy in particular. The German Embassy together with DENA (German Energy Agency) plans an exposition of German companies involved in solar energy in the Cameroonian capital probably in the first half of this year. During the last part of the gathering the participants reflected on on-coming international ANSOLE meeting to be held in the first half of the year 2012 in Cameroon, which will witness participants from all over Africa and elsewhere coming from academic and economic sectors.
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