Off-grid electricity providers fear customers who lose jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic will be unable to make payments, while broader financing dries up.

It probably makes sense for AfDB to support international investment companies with grants. But at the moment it is a fatal signal to all local SMEs in the energy sector. Investors follow the best profit opportunities. Local SMEs, however, remain on site, especially in economically difficult times like the current. AfDB should think urgently about their support.

Leading firms have lost an average of 45% of their value since the coronavirus crisis started and are demanding government bailouts, buyouts and regulatory rollbacks that strip away environmental protections.

The device, made by Mr Richard Kwarteng, is to encourage Ghanaians to practice safe washing of hands during this coronavirus pandemic.

The two organisations will focus on innovative solutions to drive the development of renewable energy including decentralised systems, and to increase access to energy across the continent.

Those of us who support microenterprises in low-income countries have long wondered why there has been so little emphasis on providing these entrepreneurs with basic management skills, so they can profitably run their companies. As the COVID-19 pandemic reshapes our work and priorities, we have the opportunity to transform and improve our approach.

Successful, efficient and cost-effective Lithium-ion Battery recycling is a true challenge, mainly due to the complex multi-material structure. However, constant research and development in this field is bringing improvements every day.

Under the project, which is set to run for three years, photovoltaic modules will be installed on the roofs of shrimp greenhouses at a pilot plant in the Mekong Delta province of Bac Lieu.

“The pandemic has exposed weaknesses in the solar energy value chain in Asia and the Pacific,” said Zhai, the head of ADB’s Energy Sector Group.

In the face of unprecedented uncertainty, LMDs are proving to be both nimble and resilient. But – like many businesses – they urgently need financial and technical support to survive this crisis.

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