By Sam Pratt
Alhaji Kanja Sesay, Minister of Energy departed for Abu Dhabi ,United Arab Emirates, on the invitation of the Assembly of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). The Minister will participate in the agency’s tenth session and related meetings, to be held from 10 to 12 January 2020.
The tenth session of the IRENA Assembly is taking place at a time when renewable energy is widely acknowledged as the key to sustainable economic development and at a time when Sierra Leone is intensifying efforts to securely and permanently fix its national grid, with renewable energy at the very heart of such strides. The Assembly will discuss ways to accelerate renewable energy deployment and examine the latest trends and key drivers for achieving the energy transition.
Mr Sesay will interface and exchange ideas on important issues on the international renewable agenda with other Ministers from other countries in two Ministerial events. These events will provide unique opportunities for the Minister to frankly engage in discussions and knowledge sharing on Decarbonization and Renewable NDGs, and to provide inputs to guide future national and international work on renewables.
The Energy Minister hopes to make a good case for Sierra Leone at the summit as he is poised to share with colleagues the country’s strides in achieving sustainable energy with specific reference to renewable energy which has been one of the cornerstones of his national energy policy. The Minister will also articulately portray Sierra Leone as a country ready and secure for investment in not only the energy sector but in other sectors.
He is expected to return to Sierra Leone with a deep sense of optimism and hopes for a brighter future as he relentlessly and restlessly continues to not only implement impressive energy projects at home but to search for a lasting solution to the country’s seriously challenged grid.