SkyPower and The Government of Uzbekistan Announce the signing of a landmark 1,000 MW Solar Power Purchase Agreement

First Solar Power Project and Largest Foreign Direct Investment in Uzbekistan’s History

WASHINGTON and TORONTO, May 6, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Global leader in sustainability and utility-scale solar production, SkyPower, has announced an estimated $1.3 billion foreign direct investment in Uzbekistan to build 1,000 MW of solar energy generation capacity throughout the country. This project will bring the largest foreign direct investment in Uzbekistan’s history. Uzbekistan and SkyPower also signed the first Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) in the country’s history, whereby the government will be purchasing power from an international and private company. Uzbekistan’s President Shavkat Mirziyyoyev has signed a decree signifying the government’s full support of the project and sovereign guarantees. SkyPower will be the first independent power producer in the history of Uzbekistan, working closely with state-owned utility company Uzbekenergo. This project is also the first public-private partnership between Uzbekistan and a truly North American company.

François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of International Trade for the Government of Canada, remarked, “Growing Canada’s cleantech and renewable sectors and encouraging the export of locally developed ideas and solutions that benefit the world is a priority for our government. I am pleased to see industry leaders like SkyPower Global help us towards that goal. This historic partnership with UzbekEnergo and the government of Uzbekistan will bolster growth in the region and help establish Canadian expertise in this fast-growing sector. I commend the SkyPower team for thinking big!”

SkyPower Chief Executive Officer Kerry Adler said that, “There are still more than a billion people globally without access to energy services, and our mission is to bring solar power to people who need it most. This is a historic partnership that will benefit both the Government of Uzbekistan and SkyPower, and we are happy to be building Uzbekistan’s first solar power installation. President Mirziyoyev’s forward-thinking vision for Uzbekistan, along with the commitment of the Deputy Prime Ministers and the leadership of the National Project Management Office in concert with Uzbekenergo leadership, together have really helped move this project forward. Uzbekistan is a country that holds tremendous opportunities for foreign investors under the vision for growth and expansion of President Mirziyoyev.”

Uzbekistan President Shavkat Mirziyoyev has been praised for his progressive approach to growing the nation’s economy, and the SkyPower project will be the first ever solar power generation project in Uzbekistan. The project will contribute an estimated $2.9 billion to Uzbekistan’s gross domestic product and create thousands of jobs. This will ultimately bring Uzbekistan to about 10 percent of its total renewable generation capacity, helping Uzbekistan reach its 2030 Paris Climate commitments while bringing power to the people of Uzbekistan.

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With roots dating back more than 15 years, SkyPower’s global team possesses a vast track record of over 1,000 years of combined experience in power and large infrastructure projects.

The experienced and accomplished SkyPower team has built, assembled and acquired an extensive pipeline of over 25 GW worldwide – some of which were recently announced in bilateral agreements, and other contract awards, to be built in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia over the next five years.

SkyPower’s over 30 utility-scale solar Power Purchase Agreements (PPA) and Contracts at various stages of development, construction and operation, representing billions of dollars’ worth of long-term renewable energy sales to leading utilities and governments around the world. For more information please visit our website www.skypower.com.

For further information: SkyPower Contacts: Shamini Selvaratnam, shaminis@skypower.com, (202) 660-8499; Maria Vorobieva, mariav@skypower.com, (647) 965-7187; For Inquiries in Russian: Eva Kazanskaia, evaepicurean@icloud.com, (971) 50 580 0842

Abrefa relishes Tokyo 2020 success

Accra- Ghana’s top table tennis seed, Derek Abrefa, is relishing a successful outing in the upcoming Olympic Games to be hosted in Tokyo in 2020.

Abrefa at this year’s Commonwealth Games in Goldcoast, Australia won all his matches to top his group, which paved way for him in the main draw and surpassed the round of 32 after beating a Mauritius player, but missed out on a place in the quarter finals after Canada’s top seed player, Xu Weng.

According to Abrefa representing Ghana at the 2018 Commonwealth Games offered him a great opportunity to lock horns with the best and top players in world and this has broadened his experience on the international stage.

Abrefa told GNA Sports, “It was a great experience playing highly ranked top players in the world. If we get the opportunity to battle most of these players often, it would enhance our play and take us higher.

“The more you play with many of these players, the more you get a broad idea of the game. I have learnt a lot and after everything, I realised there was a lot to learn and add to my game if I want to become one of the best players in the world and make my nation proud.

Abrefa who is student of the University of Cape Coast and a personnel of the Ghana Immigration Service, believes the future remains bright for Ghana’s tennis despite the changing trends involved in the sport and relishes success for Ghana going forward into future competitions.

“The Ghana team compared to the previous competitions, I would say, we have really improved a lot and if all players will be committed can make waves on the globe because what we played here with them are the same thing we experience outside. They only need to be exposed to the terrain and catch up with the speed of the current table tennis.

“My ultimate dream is to be part of the final African team to represent Ghana and Africa coming Olympics. I couldn’t make my way to the last Olympics due to inadequate support. We tried but for one or two reasons, we couldn’t make it to the final team.

“With what our coaches are putting in place for us, I think Ghana has the chance or making it to the Olympics and also to make waves at that high level,” Abrefa told GNA Sports.

Abrefa further appreciated everyone who supported him at this year’s Commonwealth games and assured his fans of better results in upcoming competitions.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Mine workers Union calls for forum on Contract Mining policy

Accra- The Ghana Mine workers Union has called on government for a stakeholder forum on the Contract Mining Policy to chart a road map for the sector.

The Union expressed concern for government to support the Contract Mining module which jeopardised the future of Ghanaian mine workers, stressing that government should have involved all stakeholders to weigh all the options.

This was contained in statement signed by Mr Prince William Ankrah, the General Secretary of the Union at a get-together and raffle draw for members in Kumasi to mark May Day and copied to the Ghana News Agency in Accra.

Members of the Union won close to 200 items for the raffle draw which included; digital flat screen television sets, refrigerators, gas-cookers, automatic rice-cookers, electric pressure cookers, microwave ovens, electric kettles, among others.

Mr Ankrah said the Union’s fear was that, Mining companies want to short-change Ghanaian mine workers to undermine its effort over the years to improve the remuneration package for Ghanaian Mine workers.

He said indexation of the cedi to the dollar used for the payment of remuneration for mine workers, was a brain child of the Union after tough and fruitful engagement with stakeholders and expected same from managements of mining companies.

We will be tough on companies that want to toy with the plight of mine workers. We are not here to bust any company neither are we going to sit down and allow any company to toy with the future of mine workers through exploitative tendencies for their corporate greed.

As leaders and members of Union, we are not against any company, all we saying is that treat the mine worker fairly, who work hard to make sure we generate the wealth. We as union leadership and members are ready to work with all stakeholders to ensure very serene labour relations. But anything that seeks to exploit the mine worker and the family, the union cannot be part of it.

Mr Ankrah said the Union had at various forums raised concerns about the precarious work environment being forced on the Ghanaian mine worker and it appeared government was not appreciating the dangers of contract mining and the effect it would have on the Pay As You Earn (PAYE) which was a major source of revenue generation for the country.

He cited an example that a permanent worker who earned about the cedi equivalence of 900 dollars a month was likely to receive half of that amount under contract mining when engaged on fixed term, which would definitely have an impact on the PAYE and the pension of the employee.

Mr Ankrah said even though mining sector constituted under one per cent of the job market in Ghana, mine workers accounted for 18 per cent of total PAYE in the country, because there was appreciable salary level in the mining sector.

Why allow work modules that will make hard working Ghanaians go on retirement and live in poverty and misery because of contract mining. Nobody is standing in the way of businesses to make profit, but that should not be at the expense of better conditions of service for employees.

Mr Mensah Kwarko Gyarkari, the National Chairman of the Union described the current appetite for contract mining by some mining companies as an attack on labour and the improved conditions of service for Ghanaian mine workers.

Mr Gyarkari said due to the good package negotiated in the Collective Agreements, by the Ghana Mine workers Union for members, some employers had decided to engage in work modules like contract mining that would undermine the Collective Agreements.

He said the leadership would engage in constructive dialogue with all social partners to do the right thing to save the industry.

Source: Ghana News Agency

“Lets Revisit the tenets of fair play” – Agyemang Badu II

Accra- The Paramount Chief of Dormaa Traditional Area, Osagyefo Oseadeyo Agyemang Badu II, has reiterated the need for all stakeholders in sports to revisit the principles of fair play as enshrined and stipulated in the statues of international sporting bodies.

Football remains one of the biggest sport in Ghana, considering the various honours the sport has brought with Ghana considered as one of the heavyweights on the African continent and the World at large.

But the game in recent times has been engulfed with many shortcomings, that has hindered the progress of the football especially with allegations of bribery and corruption across all divisions in the local game with some football enthusiasts calling for massive probe to clean the menace in the sport.

But the life Patron of Aduana Stars football club, said corruption in sports at large is a vivid testimony with regards to recent happenings but believes the only way to curb this worrying phenomenon in our game is to inculcate the principles of fair play.

Speaking at the 43rd edition of the Sports Writers Association of Ghana (SWAG) awards, Agyemang Badu II stated, ”as we celebrate our compatriots tonight, we need to remind ourselves of the numerous challenges hindering development in various sporting disciplines, ranging from the lack of funding, lack of nationalism, lack of infrastructure and corruption.

”Permit me to highlight corruption as many of us have argued extraneously that there is nothing like corruption in sports. If you belong to that school of thought, the recent allegations of perceived corruption at the Ghana Olympic Committee in our participation at the recent Commonwealth Games in Australia would make us change our perception.

”As we await the premier production of corruption in social life which involves some football persons by ace investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas, we all sit on tenterhooks waiting for the said production to be aired. To verify if either of us is involved.

I wish to entreat everyone that we revisit the tenets of fair play as enshrined in FIFA regulations, to be our watch word to enable us free ourselves of any negative branding in our sports,”

Isaac Dogboe was crowned SWAG Sports Personality of the Year with Black Stars midfielder, Thomas Teye Partey won the best foreign based player for the year 2017 as former Accra midfielder Thomas Abbey also winning the best local player awards

Source: Ghana News Agency

Datalink offers scholarship to Tongu students

Sogakofe (V/R)- Datalink University College has unveiled a full tuition scholarship package for 300 brilliant but needy students from the North, South and Central Tongu districts in the Volta Region.

Mrs Ingrid Ansah, Co-Founder of the University said the initiative was to make tertiary education accessible to the less privileged.

“We want to give hope to young people to further their education and yours is to work towards meeting the requirements,” she said.

Mrs Ansah said this at the launch of the 30th anniversary celebration of The Tongu Youth and Children Evangel (ToYACE), a Christian Non-Governmental Organisation empowering youth in the area.

She said the youth must be encouraged to take advantage of education and skill training programmes and called for increased stakeholder support towards Government’s free education policy.

Mrs Ansah commended the community development initiatives of ToYACE, as well as its vision of youth empowerment, saying such advancements “help to shape and grow our society”.

“Successful countries consist of people who are willing to think, to re-generate and to evolve, and therefore people must seek opportunities to change the destiny of society and must translate ideas into real achievements”, She stated.

Mrs Ansah called on individuals and groups within the communities to embrace ToYACE and encourage it to help the community to prosper and inspire other communities.

Mr Bestway Zottor, Founder of the NGO expressed appreciation for the scholarship and said a committee would be formed to oversee its distribution.

He said the organisation which had trained hundreds of youths would soon establish a technical and vocational training Institute, and a Bible College in the area.

ToYACE has championed entrepreneurial skills development in the Tongu areas, undertaken water and sanitation projects and Evangelistic programmes.

The NGO also has a “Faith Theological and Agricultural school” and a radio station.

Datalink University donated sewing machines and other equipment to the Organisation.

Togbui Damadzi IV, Senior Divisional Chief of Loafe Clan of Anlo asked the people to support ToYACE and take advantage of the education and skill training programmes.

Source: Ghana News Agency