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Fifth meeting of pilot countries participating in the Scaling Up Renewable Energy Program in Low Income Countries (SREP)

28-30 May 2013 | Bandos Island, Maldives

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Highlights for Tuesday, 28 May 2013

On Tuesday, participants from pilot countries, civil society, non-governmental organizations and multilateral development banks gathered for the opening of the fifth Scaling Up Renewable Energy Program (SREP) Pilot Countries meeting in Bandos Island, Maldives. The session was opened by Ahmed Shafeeu, Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture, Maldives, who expressed confidence in the meeting's role to generate greater exposure of the Maldives' energy sector through the opportunities provided in sharing lessons. Patricia Bliss-Guest, Climate Investment Funds (CIF) Administrative Unit Program Manager, applauded the leadership shown by the Maldives in raising awareness about the consequences of climate change and in addressing its mitigation and adaptation challenges.

Pilot countries then shared updates on the preparation and implementation of their investment plans and projects, highlighting new developments, goals and factors contributing to or delaying project progress. In an "Ask the Expert" session, participants from new SREP pilot countries and reserve countries were invited to discuss their lessons learned and share experiences with the other pilot countries present.

After lunch, Zhihong Zhang, Senior Program Coordinator, CIF Administrative Unit, presented on the monitoring and project delivery of the SREP "pipeline," outlining the "traffic light" system used for monitoring project progress, and countries discussed possible reasons for, and actions to, address delays. Zhihong then provided an overview of the new Competitive Set Aside under the SREP, introduced by the CIF Administrative Unit. During the final session of the day, Patricia Bliss-Guest presented the proposed criteria and procedures for selecting the members of the SREP Sub-Committee.

Participants attended a dinner hosted by Mariyam Shakeela, Minister of Environment and Energy, Maldives.

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Opening Ceremony
Ahmed Shafeeu, Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture
Patricia Bliss-Guest, CIF Administrative Unit Program Manager
Participants attending the fifth SREP Pilot Country meeting.


Ahmed Ali, Maldives
Makhbal Tumenjargal, Mongolia
Faith Wandera, Kenya
Christopher Simelum, Vanuatu
Mardia Warner, Liberia
Claudio Alatorre, IDB, (standing) in the "Ask the Expert" session
Alassane Agalassou, Mali
Boniface Kinyanjui, Kenya
Surya Kumar Sapkota, Nepal
Ashish Shrestha, IBRD
Mafalda Duart, AfDB
Zhihong Zhang, Senior Program Coordinator, CIF Administrative Unit
Gevorg Sargsyan, World Bank
Hawwa Raufath, Maldives
Evelyn Bautista, Honduras
Participants exchanging experiences on SREP project preparation.
Country representatives during roundtable discussions


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Related Links
CIF resources

*Meeting website

*Meeting provisional agenda

*SREP website

*Fourth SREP Pilot Country Meeting, 30 October 2012, Istanbul, Turkey

*Third SREP Pilot Country Meeting, 5-7 March 2012, Nairobi, Kenya

*Second SREP Pilot Country Meeting, 20 June 2011, Cape Town, South Africa

*First SREP Pilot Country Meeting, 11 November 2010, Washington, DC, United States of America

IISD RS resources

*IISD RS coverage of the Seventh meeting of the Pilot Program for Climate Resilience (PPCR) Pilot Countries, 1-3 May 2013, Washington, DC, United States of America

*IISD RS coverage of the CIF 2012 Partnership Forum and Associated Events, 30 October - 7 November 2012, Istanbul, Turkey

*IISD RS coverage of the 2011 CIF Partnership Forum, 24-25 June 2011, Cape Town, South Africa

*2011 CIF Partnership Forum Proceedings - Production by IISD in collaboration with the CIF Administrative Unit

*Energy-L - A mailing list for news on energy policy

*Sustainable Energy Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of Sustainable Energy Activities

*Climate-L - A mailing list for news on climate change policy

*Climate Change Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of UN and Intergovernmental Activities Addressing Global Climate Change Policy

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