ARTI hosted the close-out workshop for the World Bank’s Biomass Energy Initiative for Africa (BEIA) from the 18th to the 20th of September at the Hilton Double Tree Hotel in Dar es Salaam. The meeting served as an opportunity to show case the work of BEIA projects across 9 Sub-Saharan African Countries, including Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, South Africa, Rwanda, Gambia, Ethiopia, as well as map the way forward.
The close out workshop was attended by a wide range of stakeholders from the donor community, international NGOs, local stakeholders as well as officials from the Government of Tanzania, all valuable supporters in the process.
Honourable. Dr. Terezya Huvisa, who is Minister of State, Vice Presidents Office, for Environment and President of the African Ministerial Conference on Environment (AMCEN), attended the workshop and gave a compelling closing speech for greater action and involvement in the biomass energy sector. The honourable Minister also committed her support for the scaling up of charcoal briquettes in Tanzania being carried at by ARTI. She demonstrated her commitment following the workshop by visiting the ARTI office and the Bagamoyo Brikwiti Company, a community based enterprise (CBE) established with BEIA funding.
On the final day of the workshop over 20 delegates visited the Bagamoyo Brikwiti Company where they saw the production in full swing from the village level where char powder is made to the process of briquetting in the factory. Delegates completed the day by visiting the Bagamoyo Beach Resort, who purchases briquettes on a regular basis, and who cooked a wonderful meal for the group.