Foreign Minister Dr. Tedros Adhanom met his Danish counterpart Foreign Minister Kristian Jensen today (January 27, 2016) at the sidelines of the 28th Executive Council of the African Union. Foreign Minister Jensen appreciated the level of partnership between Ethiopia and Denmark and said "We can still build an even stronger partnership in the areas of our shared interests."
He said, Denmark is keen to work with Ethiopia on renewable energy development. Citing the Turkana wind farm project which is being built through cooperation of Denmark and Kenya, he indicated Denmark's interest is to embark on similar projects in Ethiopia.
He indicated that the two countries need to work on concrete deliverables on renewable energy cooperation to be discussed during Prime Minister Hailemariam's attendance of the upcoming the Global Green Growth Forum.
Dr. Tedros for his part noted that Ethiopia has set an ambitious goal of attaining zero-carbon emission by 2025 and has in put in place a green growth strategy to that end. He noted that Ethiopia is undertaking massive projects in hydropower, wind, geothermal and to lesser extent solar energy development.
He also underlined that Ethiopia's renewable energy development is also meant to serve the region through the East African Power Pool and highlighted Ethiopia's interest to partner with Denmark in energy development. The two sides also exchanged ideas on the need for integration of different sources and ensuring predictable generation of renewable energy.