Govt. appoints Scottish energy expert to help light up Malawi

malawi5The Scot-Govt has fulfilled a commitment made to the United Nations to support sustainable energy by appointing a Scottish energy expert to Malawi.

Joss Blamire, who works for Scottish Renewables, will be seconded to the Government of Malawi in 2016 to help develop their first national renewable energy strategy.

He will also support a Sustainable Energy Management Programme in Malawi, which guides the activity of the Government of Malawi’s Department of Energy, and the development and implementation of a national SE4All Action Plan.

Humza Yousaf, the Scottish Minister for Europe and International Development, said: “Nearly one in five people around the world do not have access to modern energy services. Twice that number, three billion people, rely on wood, coal, charcoal or animal waste for cooking and heating. In today’s economy, that’s a major barrier to eradicating poverty.

“The Scottish Government has already helped 80, 000 Malawians access renewable energy, but we want to go further.

“Only 9% of the Malawian population currently has access to electricity, that figure falls to 1% in rural areas.

“The Scottish Government made a promise to the UN General Secretary Ban Ki-Moon to deliver on a commitment to second an energy policy expert to the Government of Malawi and I’m delighted that we have now fulfilled that promise.”

A Cooperation Agreement was signed between Scotland and Malawi in 2005. It provides an opportunity for both countries to learn from each other. More than 300,000 Scots and two million Malawian’s benefit from the relationship each year, in areas including education, health, agriculture and renewable energy.

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