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The Indian Ocean Commission (Coi) is far from being a simple forum for discussion and discussion, but it is also, and perhaps most importantly, an organization that creates, builds and lays the groundwork Of the future of our region “. It is with these words that Hamada Madi, Secretary General of the Coi, began his speech on the occasion of the launching of the projects financed in Madagascar, within the framework of the call for proposals of the “Ioc-Energies” program. Hotel Colbert yesterday. One way to recognize the relevance of the Coi initiative through its Energies project, which has chosen 9 projects sharing electricity production from renewable resources.
These include 9 renewable energy and energy efficiency projects selected from the 17 selected by the Energy program in the Indian Ocean region. Projects funded by the European Union (Ue), which, according to the Cg Sg, are of major importance for Madagascar, insofar as they contribute to the social and economic development of the country, by increasing the rate of 15% Of the population who have access to electricity.
These 9 projects using solar energy, hydraulics, biomass with the use of jatropha, or alternating biogas to wood, have the potential to provide rural areas with access to electricity and , Thus constituting essential tools for development. Indeed, the electrification of Madagascar is an absolute priority because, with these tools, it is an entire ecosystem whose population and basic services, namely schools, health centers, town halls and farmers and The winners, and there will be downstream the development of income-generating activities. Projects in tune with the current climate, as they are in keeping with the spirit of the Paris Conference on Climate Change (Cop21).
As an example, the Cg Sg cited the solar photovoltaic project in the village of Ambakivao in the Menabe region, initiated by the Energies de la Coi project, which sent four villagers to India to follow a Training of solar technician. Upon their return to the country, these four women will have the task of equipping the first 50 households in this village with photovoltaic electricity with a final objective of 200 households, but also a community house, a maintenance and repair workshop.
He also recalled that the Coi and the Ue co-finance 17 renewable energy projects for a total amount of 4.6 million euros, benefiting other countries, namely Mauritius and the Comoros.