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ECOWAS Regional Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ERC)

The Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS), with support from the Austrian Government’s Federal Ministry of European and International Affairs and UNIDO, is establishing the ECOWAS Regional Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ERC). The ERC, is located in Praia, Cape Verde, with the role of leading and coordinating regional projects and programmes that seek to establish and operationalise markets for renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies and services in the ECOWAS Region. Its activities will contribute to increasing access to modern energy services and improving energy security in ECOWAS Member States, thereby supporting the region’s economic and social development in an environmentally sustainable manner. The ERC will lead and coordinate projects and programmes in line with the operational objectives of: (i) mobilizing funds; (ii) developing and harmonizing policy and assuring quality; and (iii) building capacity, managing knowledge and improving communication, and promoting investments in renewable energy and energy efficiency projects.

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High quality cocoa for finest chocolate from Nicaragua

In cooperation with the chocolate manufacturer Zotter and the “Initiative Eine Welt Braunau” and “HORIZONT3000”, ADC (Austrian Development Cooperation) supports the marketing of high quality biological and Fair-Trade-certified cocoa beans from Nicaragua. This project helps small farmer organizations in certification procedures and provides advice on ways of improving productivity and controlling quality. Technology is transferred from one small farmer to the next with exchanges at the local, regional and international levels.

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Support to the Ethiopian shoe industry

Through funding from ADC, an Austrian company specializing in In soles and heel stiffeners in Europe has partnered with an Ethiopian shoe manufacturer. This type of joint venture initiative, supported by ADA’s Business Partnership Programme, focuses on enabling the transfer of know-how and technology between Austrian companies and Austria’s development partners. In the context of this joint venture, the Austrian company also set up a number of training courses for the Ethiopian Leather and Leather Products Technology Institute. In addition to providing assistance in production techniques, the Austrian company has also provided its Ethiopian partner with support for the setting up of clean technology best practices in line with European standards.

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