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UNIDO and Austria pave the way for a global network

Posted by African Press International on December 14, 2013


 

UNIDO and Austria pave the way for a global network of regional sustainable energy centres

 

VIENNA, Austria, December 13, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ – The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Austrian Development Agency (ADA), the operational unit of the Austrian Development Cooperation, today signed agreements to support an existing renewable energy and energy efficiency centre in West Africa and to set up three more centres in East and Southern African and in the Caribbean region. The four project agreements will receive a total of approximately EUR 3.5 million in funding from the ADA.

“The regional renewable energy and energy efficiency centres are another good example of our fruitful partnership with Austria. Local companies and industry will benefit from the growing sustainable energy market opportunities, as well as from regional cooperation and South-South and North-South technology and knowledge transfer,” said LI Yong, the Director General of UNIDO.

“We consider the regional centres to be a powerful way to simultaneously address the challenges of energy access, energy security and climate change mitigation in our partner countries. We are pleased to see that our initial contributions have already leveraged major funding commitments from international donors and generated tangible results and impacts. In this context, we would like to thank the Energy and Climate Change Branch of UNIDO for the excellent cooperation in previous years,” said Martin Ledolter, Managing Director of the ADA.

The ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE), based in Praia, Cabo Verde, was established in 2010 to create favourable framework conditions for renewable energy and energy efficiency markets in the 15 member states of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). The new project will strengthen the ECREEE’s capacity to deal with a rapidly growing project portfolio and expanding external demands for its services.

The two new centres in sub-Saharan Africa will seek to replicate the success of the ECREEE model. One will be established, together with the East African Community (EAC), to serve partner States, Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda; and the other will serve the 15 Members States of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC). It is expected that both centres will be fully operational in 2014.

The third centre will be set up to meet the energy challenges faced by islands in the Caribbean region. Recently, UNIDO was requested by the Sustainable Energy Island Initiative (SIDS DOCK) of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) to assist the island nations in the Caribbean and Pacific in the creation of similar centres. A final agreement on the centres is expected in 2014, which has been declared the International Year of Small Island Developing States.

 

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Austrian Development Agency (ADA)

 

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Harstad: Experiencing Club Kwassa Kwassa featuring DJ 99 – Guttorm Andreasen at the Arts Festival of North Norway 2013

Posted by African Press International on July 7, 2013

In the North of Norway? One will not quickly realise that, due to the type of mixed music by the re-known Norwegian DJ 99. When he plays, you do not want it to end. When he plays you want to dance the night out. When he plays African music, Caribean music and other culturally tasty music you will not know he is a white man from Norway because of the way he mixes the stuff for the revellers to enjoy. He is simply – amazing and you will not regret to be where he is playing because he does it in the spirit of music. Meaning – he is inside the music itself.

DJ 99 Mr Guttorm Andreasen, an international ambiance and magnificent man reigned at Ludo bar/concert hall – hosting his club night “CLUB KWASSA KWASSA”

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http://www.africanpress.me/ – DJ 99 Mr Guttorm Andreasen at the Arts Festival of North Norway 2013

Norwegian Andreasen known from the NRK programme WASABI, plays heavy, sweaty, extremely danceable and happy butt-wagging music from Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, the Balkans, Asia and even more.

Interview with Guttorm Andreasen during the night party at the Arts Festival of North Norway 2013

We apologise the poor lighting – The video was filmed late at night inside the club when the lights were dimmed for the benefit of the guests.

The people dance the night out to all sorts of world music brought to them by amazingly qualified DJ 99!

The audience enjoy music Club Kwassa Kwassa brought and mixed for them by DJ 99 Norwegian Guttorm Andreasen who has specialised in how to mix world music with variety of rich cultures.

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In addition to playing radio shows, the Oslo-based DJ 99 has performed at festivals and clubs in the likes of Barcelona, Sevilla, London, Bishkek and Sofia, not to mention most Norwegian clubs and festivals, from Blå and Oslo World Music Festival to Nattjazz in Bergen and Insomnia in Tromsø.

This is a DJ to count on as we experienced his knowledge in world music mix at the Arts Festival of North Norway to the pleasure of music lovers.

Club Kwassa Kwassa was no doubt a mover of audience at the Festival this year. Those who were present at the dance told API that they hope the DJ will be around next year during the Jubilee festival.
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Afro-Cuban All Stars accompanied by the stunning voice of Solveig Kringlebotn, one of Norway’s leading opera singers, delivers magnificent performance at the Arts Festival of North Norway

Posted by African Press International on June 28, 2013

Catching a glimpse of Cuban music in the future, and enjoying the historic lines in the latin rhythms was to the satisfaction of the audience that filled the hall to capacity Friday 28th June 2013 at 18.00 hours Norwegian time, when Afro-Cuban All Stars performed during the  Arts Festival of North Norway. Accompanied by the stunning voice of Solveig Kringlebotn, this was a unique and memorable event!

Listen to Afro-Cuban All Stars concert at the Arts Festival Of North Norway 2013 in AUDIO by clicking on the link below:

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Afro-Cuban All Stars lay the basis for the hugely successful Buena Vista Social Club, which many will remember from the film and record releases.

Several of the members of Buena Vista made the trip to Harstad and this concert during this season.

Afro-Cuban All Stars consist of the most talented and skilled musicians in Cuban music, but during recent years they have also added new, younger talents to the project, so that the music gives a reliable indication of what Cuban music has to offer in the future.
Solveig Kringlebotn is well-known in Norway as one of Norway’s leading opera singers, but her repertoire stretches far beyond that. This concert wat the Arts Festival of Norway was a good proof!

The Audience at the cultural hall in Harstad got what they expected for their money
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