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AU harps on training in climate fund

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To achieve low emissions and resilient climate, the African Union (AU) has advocated for the training of member states, agencies and academic institutions on the implementation and monitoring of Green Climate Fund (GCF).

According to the organisation, members/officials in charge of climate matters lack the institutional and technical capabilities to attract funds.

The Commissioner, Department of Human Resources, Science and Technology, Prof. Sarah Agbor stated this in Abuja at three-day capacity building workshop for representatives of AU member states, organised by the African Union Scientific, Technical and Research Commission (AU-STRC) in Abuja

About 17 countries participated in the workshop, they include, Ethiopia, Botswana, Kenya, Tanzania, Gambia, Ghana, Egypt, and South Africa.

Others are; Cameroon, Zambia, Mauritius, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Liberia, Swaziland, Uganda, and Nigeria participate in the workshop.

She said: “The key development mechanism has registered a minimal success of less than 2 per cent in Africa in terms of Projects as compared to China alone that has over 80per cent. Some studies attest that this is due to the lack of institutional and technical capabilities, which attract funds in accordance with best practices.

According to her, there is a need for AU’s members to take advantage of the unique opportunity to learn, improve and strengthen their capacity with the requisite knowledge and competencies on the operation of the GCF to develop competitive affordable project proposals.


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