Fri, May 16, 2014.
Abidjan, Cote d’ivoire.
Good afternoon, Dear
Mr. Adama Toungara, Minister of Oil and Energy,
Mr. Dominique Kakou, Director General of CIE,
Mr. Frans Vreeswijk, Secretary Generalof IEC,
Mr. Claude Kutwa, AFSEC President,
Good afternoon, Ladies and Gentlemen,
On behalf of the State Grid Corporation of China, on behalf of Madem Chen Yueming, the Executive Vice President of SGCC and the head of SGCC delegation, I’d first express the warmest congratulations on the success of the first Africa Smart Grid Forum. During this forum, SGCC shared the ideas, practice and achievements on the design and implementation of the smart grid in China. Experts from different countries and organizations gave us positive feedback and valuable comments and also their specific ideas and experience sharing on this forum are quite helpful to us. We have benefited a lot from the forum and we regard this forum as a high-level and valuable event for the electricity professions.
The practice of smart grid started in China from only several years ago, but the rapid and significant progress has been achieved. One of the most favorable factors for the progress is that China is a developing country and the grid there is also under developing. We could systematically plan the development of smart grid without too many constraints of traditional ways. The second favorable factor is that the power system of State Grid is quite large. We could test different ideas in different areas at the same time and then apply the successful results to the whole grid later.
Africa is the land of hope. Many Africa countries and grids are rapidly developing and facing many challenges as China once faced. When facing the future progress, Africa colleagues are wisely considering the journey of smart grid. It will definitely be a hopeful while challenging journey. SGCC are willing to share our experience continuously, deal with the challenges together and explore the new innovative solutions bravely. We have established our Africa office based in South Africa, aiming to enhance the exchange and cooperation in Africa. Let’s join our hands for wider and deeper cooperation in the development of smart grid in Africa and contribute the most for the takeoff of Africa.
Congratulate the success of the forum again. Welcome you to come to China and visit SGCC.