SADC energy entrepreneurs meet in Windhoek – Latest news

Eleven select entrepreneurs from different SADC countries are participating in a capacity building workshop that began in Windhoek on Monday and will end on Thursday.

The workshop under the SADC Renewable Energy Entrepreneurship Support Fund was organized by the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena) and the SADC Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (Sacreee).

According to facilitator Helena Shipanga, the workshop is a platform for technical support and mentoring to enhance and strengthen the capacity of micro, small and medium entrepreneurs in assessing the business potential of sustainable energy, developing viable business plans and applications. financing, and management and maintenance. their businesses successfully.

“Entrepreneurs are people trained in areas of solar energy, biogas, engineering and other spheres, who are here to acquire more skills in digital marketing for online presence, learn the strategic development of their businesses and improve their leadership skills,” Shipanga said. .

Another facilitator, Wency Ndjitavia, said the focus of the masterclass is to improve interpersonal skills including communication, leadership, decision making and problem solving to improve the competitiveness and business practices of participants hailing from Lesotho. , Malawi, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe. .

“Their first session was held online, but this is the first face-to-face session they have had and we are happy that it is taking place in Namibia,” he said.

Shipanga said the next session will focus on how to present ideas to investors as entrepreneurs face access to financing challenges.

The SADC Renewable Energy Entrepreneurship Support Fund is being implemented in all 16 SADC member countries and is based on the memorandum of understanding signed in February 2017 between Sacreee and Irena, to support the development of the renewable energy market in the region through the development of capacities of small and medium-sized companies. businessmen.

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