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Afghan delegation participates at solar energy fair in Germany to attract investment

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Afghan delegation participates at solar energy fair in Germany to attract investment

An Afghan delegation led by Deputy Minister of Energy and Water, Aman Ghalib, is attending the world’s leading exhibition for the solar industry in Munich, Germany.

Intersolar has become the most important industry platform for manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, service providers and partners of the solar industry.

The Afghan delegation provides information on Afghanistan’s current energy system and its potentials for power production, including renewable energies.  The delegation also encourages investments by the German private sector.

Deputy Minister of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD), Shaheer Shahriar, and the Head of the Directorate for Construction and Engineering of the Ministry of Defence, Dr Hamid Rahman, as well as Mr Khulmi, Regional Director of Afghan Renewable Energy Union (AREU) are collectively representing Afghanistan at the fair.

By participating at Intersolar, the delegation aims to establish new business relationships in order to increase future investments in Afghanistan’s energy sector. “Our message to the private and the public sector is that Afghanistan has launched its energy revolution. Renewable energies will play a major role in this and we invite all participants of this fair to invest in our country”, Aman Ghalib said. As part of these plans for the energy transition, the Afghan Ministry of Defence for example, has decided to use roof tops of its military camps for energy production by solar power.

The country has tremendous potentials in solar energy (more than 200 gigawatt), wind power (60 gigawatt) and hydro power (50 gigawatt). If Afghanistan succeeds in fully exploiting its resources, it could sell energy to its neighbouring countries instead of buying it.

The Afghan government is aware that an improved and sustainable energy infrastructure is therefore necessary. Thus, it has recently come up with a 100 megawatt renewable energy plan. To achieve the plan, the private sector needs to be strongly involved.

At Intersolar, the Afghan delegation is providing first insights into investment opportunities in Afghanistan’s renewable energy, connecting with relevant partners. The German government provided funding for the delegation’s participation at the fair.

As part of Germany’s cooperation with Afghanistan, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH has supported the Ministry of Energy and Water to promote renewable energy in Afghanistan since 2003. Financed by the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), GIZ provides policy advisory services and technical support for the ministry’s institutional and organisational development.

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