Permanent Secretary of Infrastructure and Transport, Mr Paul Bayly and LEAP Project leader in Fiji Dr Anirudh Singh (centre) with some of the participants of the energy workshop at Tanoa Plaza Hotel.
Fiji needs in excess of FJ$50 million per annum to meet its Sustainable Energy for all targets by 2030.
This was revealed by the Permanent Secretary of Infrastructure and Transport, Mr Paul Bayly, at the Workshop for Project Managers in Energy and Climate Change on 11 May 2016.
The workshop was organised by LifeLongLearning for Energy Security, Access and Efficiency in the African and Pacific SIDS (LEAP) project through The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) School of Engineering and Physics (SEP).
It attracted more than 70 participants with diverse fields of interests including Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), NGOs, academics, students and the Government Sector.
Project LEAP, a three-year ACP-EU funded energy project is undertaken by a consortium of universities that include USP, the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (lead partner) and the University of Mauritius.
In his keynote address, Mr Bayly acknowledged the contributions of the European Union (EU) for their continued support to Higher Education in the region.
“This continuous co-operation between EU, USP and other universities forms a strategic partnership towards providing a steady supply of highly qualified people in our Pacific Countries,” he said.
A participant of the workshop, Ms Katerina Syngellakis took the workshop through the project development life cycle and pointed out, that applying for funding formed part of the conceptual and planning phases of the cycle.
She informed other participants that funding proposals could be either a one-step process or a two-step process that included a concept note followed by the full proposal.
Mr Jay Rathod of the Fiji Development Bank informed the members of the workshop that the Fijian Government has several legislations and programmes to promote the funding of energy projects by SMEs.
A representative of the European Union (EU) Delegation in Suva, Mr Antonio Clemente Hernanadez highlighted EU’s policy for energy and Agenda for Change in the Pacific, with examples from Nauru, Tonga and Fiji.
LEAP Project leader in Fiji and Associate Professor at USP, Dr Anirudh Singh, said the aim of the workshop was to bring together, players in the energy and climate change sectors with current or prospective managers to articulate the requirements for project management from different perspectives and to examine the practices that assure good management of projects.
Dr Singh also talked about some of the future LEAP Project activities, which included an energy audit workshop planned for Suva in July and the International Workshop on Energy – Focus on Access, Security and Efficiency that will be held in Lautoka in the same month.
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