On June 30, a GGGI delegation led by Dex Agourides, GGGI Head of Programs for Africa and the Middle East, had a consultation meeting with Secretary General Sindiso Ngwenya on possible collaboration with the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) to support member States maintain green growth in the region.
The delegation discussed four areas of collaboration which included knowledge sharing platforms for best practices on green growth and development within COMESA and the rest of the world were GGGI is operating.
They also discussed how to strengthen engagement of the business community in green growth through policies and incentives for green investment. The discussions covered development of transformational quick win projects, funding mechanisms including how GGGI can support COMESA and its member States to access climate finance from entities such the Green Climate Fund and others.
Secretary General Sindiso Ngwenya welcomed the GGGI team which included Rwanda Country Representative, Innocent Kabenga, and Ethiopia Country Representative, Robert Mukiza.
“It is important for us to have a business model that crowds in the private sector in financing green projects or green interventions in the region,” said Mr. Ngwenya said while stressing the need to factor in development of potential science, bio and Nano technology. “For success, these green growth initiatives must be coordinated at the highest level in the countries,”
Ethiopia Country Representative Robert Mukiza informed the Secretary General that GGGI has supported Ethiopia to come up a green growth and transformation plan. GGGI, headquartered in the Republic of Korea, is a member driven institute with program in 25 countries including Ethiopia, Rwanda and Uganda.