INEGI and cape verdean center CERMI sign protocol to improve knowledge in the energy area
INEGI and the Cape Verdean center CERMI (Center for Renewable Energy and Industrial Maintenance) signed, on October 14th, a protocol for collaboration in the field of energy, specifically in the area of training, research, and consultancy projects to ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States).
The protocol was signed by INEGIs director of Consulting and Services, Rui Sá, and CERMIs president, Luís Teixeira, during a ceremony in Cidade da Praia, Cape Verde.
The document establishes three areas of collaboration: specialized training for technical staff, resource mobilization for research projects, and joint consultancy projects in ECOWAS countries. On this last point, cooperation will cover a group of 15 countries: Cape Verde, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote dIvoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Senegal and Togo.
According to Luís Teixeira, CERMI will benefit from “INEGIs experience” and support “for high level training, not only in the area of energy, but also in the area of finance and resource mobilization”. Cooperation on the mobilization of European funds has also been identified as an important factor, with INEGI being a Portuguese institute with extensive experience in preparing applications for European funding.
During the ceremony, Rui Sá said that he hopes that cooperation between the two entities will also contribute to the development of relations between Portugal and Cape Verde. By joining efforts, whether in applying for projects developed by ECOWAS or European projects, INEGI and CERMI will be able to contribute “not only to the development of European Union countries, but also of friendly countries such as Cape Verde”, he added.
The collaboration protocol was signed during an institutional mission organized by the Directorate-General for Energy and Geology, which invited INEGI to join the visiting delegation, and aimed to assess the needs and opportunities for cooperation in the area of energy.