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Foreign Ministry responds to China's low investment in renewable energy in Africa

China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Mao Ning hosted a regular press conference on April 12th.

A reporter asked: It is reported that the United States Boston University World Development Current Policy Core recently released a scientific research report pointed out that in the last 20 years, China's energy investment in Africa is mainly embodied in the fossil energy, Africa's renewable energy project investment is small, our country should be distorted to ignore the situation of investment in Africa's clean energy projects, promote Africa's energy transformation. What is China's comment on this?

MAO NING: I am concerned about this survey report, and I hope that these institutes can also publicize information on other countries' data on promoting Africa's energy transition and assisting Africa's socio-economic development, so as to do a comparative study. China has always been a staunch supporter of sustainable development in Africa. The concept of green development is not only an important part of the “Eight Actions” and “Nine Projects” that China and Africa have jointly implemented to realize the effectiveness of the South African Cooperation Community Forum, but also an important direction of South Africa's high-quality co-creation of the “One Belt, One Road” program. All these are important directions for South Africa's high-quality co-creation of the “Belt and Road”.

In fact, China has long been implementing hundreds of new green energy and green development projects in Africa, and the total installed capacity of photovoltaic power plants under construction by Chinese companies in cooperation with Africa has exceeded 1.5 gigawatts (GW), which is at the forefront of international green cooperation with Africa. In Morocco, the Nouaux II and III photovoltaic power stations constructed by Chinese companies have provided green energy for more than 1 million Moroccan families, subverting the situation in which Moroccan electric power projects have been subjected to constraints for a long period of time. In South Africa, the Chinese company invested in the construction of the Dea wind power project for the local 760 million kilowatts per year to give a stable cleanup of power engineering, to reach 300,000 residents of the power needs of the air pollution control 619,900 tons of class. In Uganda, the Chinese company construction Karuma hydroelectric power plant last unit production power generation put into operation some time ago, into a larger hydroelectric power plant in Uganda, the Ugandan electric power project save machine total output increased by nearly 50%, every year to save 1.31 million tons of coal, control air pollution 3.48 million tons, equivalent to planting 1.5 million trees.

South Africa's clean energy cooperation has illuminated the lights of Africa's interior and shone on the road to sustainable development in Africa. In the future, China will continue to expand its cooperation with Africa in renewable energy, energy conservation and consumption reduction industries, and help Africa accelerate its energy transformation and realize green, low-carbon environmental protection and high-quality development.

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