Rome, 22 May 2017 - On the occasion of the RES4MED 5th Annual Conference in Rome, RES4MED and ARE have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to formalize their cooperation. ARE Executive Director, Marcus Wiemann, and RES4MED Secretary General, Roberto Vigotti, gathered at the event to formalise the MoU agreement in presence of the conference attendants and press.

The MoU is the result of the clear synergies between the two associations and will provide a framework for future collaboration on decentralised renewable energy promotion in developing and emerging markets. “For ARE, as a globally as well as regionally acting business association to promote clean decentralised energy solutions for rural people in the developing countries, it is highly important to be at the forefront of industry trends and innovations. In this regard, it is a great pleasure for us to have signed this MoU with RES4MED as we strongly believe that we share common values to take concrete steps forward to make clean and affordable energy access happen.” – ARE Executive Director, Marcus Wiemann.

ARE & RES4MED’s enhanced cooperation will centre on contributing to each other’s activities or developing joint activities such as policy and business dialogues, knowledge and network exchange, capacity building & training, and outreach activities. “We are very excited to formalise and deepen our partnership through this MoU with ARE. ARE plays a pivotal role in growing the off-grid sector and bringing together public and private sector to scale up energy access and rural electrification in emerging markets. We look forward to join forces and work together with ARE as a key partner.” – RES4MED Secretary General, Roberto Vigotti.

Besides looking back at the highlights of 5 years RES4MED, the Annual Conference provided a platform to discuss strategies for sustainable energy promotion in Africa and centred on the role of innovation as a key enabler to power the continent. ARE Executive Director Marcus Wiemann joined the conference as speaker during the session on “Innovation thinking and innovative business models” where he highlighted the importance of innovative approaches for rural communities to push through electrification and local business creation.


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