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Public-private partnerships for energy and development


The BMZ has set itself the target of not only developing governmental cooperation in the energy sector, but also increasing the involvement of the private sector in development policy activities. To this end the Ministry and its implementing organisations, in this case the KfW Entwicklungsbank and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), have intensified dialogue with various trade associations. This dialogue aims to establish contacts between companies in industrialised states and developing countries. These contacts make it possible for instance to implement projects with solar energy or wind energy companies in which entrepreneurship and development benefits go hand in hand, within the framework of public-private partnerships (PPPs).

In recent years public-private partnership projects of this kind have been supported for instance in Laos, Ghana, Mali, Senegal, South Africa and Tanzania. There, solar power systems have been installed in rural areas.

DEG (the German Investment and Development Company) is actively involved in the renewable energies sector. In India for instance it is supporting the construction and operation of mini hydropower plants. In Brazil, China and Turkey it is involved in the financing of wind power plants. Using funds from the BMZ's PPP budget it is promoting a geothermal energy project in the Philippines.

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