On August 18, Liu Zhenya, Chairman of GEIDCO, Chairman of China Electricity Council and member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA) met with visiting Guinean government delegation headed by Ibrahima Khalil Kaba, Minister of State of the Republic of Guinea and Director of the President's Office at the headquarters of GEIDCO. Both sides exchanged in-depth views on accelerating the development of energy interconnection in Africa, and advancing clean energy as well as economic and social development in Guinea, with important consensus reached. Mamudi Camara, Minister of Economy and Finance, Mamudi Conde, Director of the Office of Major Programs and Public Project Supervision of the President’s Office and Ibrahima Sory Sow, Guinean Ambassador to China as well as a dozen of senior officials also attended the meeting.
Liu stressed that on September 26, 2015, Chinese President Xi Jinping put forward the Chinese Initiative on Global Energy Interconnection (GEI) at the UN Development Summit. The GEI initiative was highly praised and actively responded by the international community. The core of sustainable development is clean development. And the key to clean development is to build GEI and achieve “Two Replacements, One Improvement and One Return” and to follow the path of green, low-carbon and sustainable development. GEI is an important platform for large-scale development, allocation and use of clean energy across the globe. It can effectively solve acute problems facing energy development in the world such as resource shortage, environmental pollution, climate change and power-deficient population.
Liu said that though rich in mineral resources and with great potential for development, Guinea cannot meet its need for development relying only on its domestic resources, so it is imperative to strengthen the power grid interconnection. It’s important to develop and utilize Africa's rich and clean energy, accelerate the development of the African energy interconnection, and promote cross-regional connectivity and inter-continental grid interconnection under the premise of meeting Guinea's own energy needs. This will not only transform the country's advantage in resources into economic advantages, but also enable energy transition and sustainable economic and social development in Africa. Liu hoped that China and Guinea will be able to form a synergy in conducting plans and cooperation on technology and programs so as to move faster in implementing specific projects.
Kaba noted that the Guinean government attaches great importance to and supports clean energy development and grid interconnection. The idea of African Renewable Energy Fund (AREF) chaired by President Alpha Condé is highly consistent with the concept championed by GEIDCO, which is to promote a clean and green approach to meeting global electricity demand. The development of GEI provides a feasible solution to energy demand in Guinea. It is believed that Guinea's economy and society will develop rapidly through the development of large-scale hydropower and other clean energy bases in Africa and cross-border and inter-regional interconnection. The Guinean government is willing to exert its role to deepen exchanges and cooperation with GEIDCO, and help reach extensive consensus on GEI in Guinea and Africa at large.