The Southern African Development Community (SADC) Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (SACREEE) was inaugurated on 24 October 2018 in Windhoek, with several high-level interventions by ministers and deputy ministers responsible for Energy of Botswana, Mauritius Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe, SADC Secretariat, the Austrian Development Agency (ADA), United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida).

Dr. Martin Ledolter, Managing Director of the Austria Development Agency (ADA), participated at the official Launch of SACREEE on 24 October 2018. ADA is a core donor to SACREEE and supports the Global Network of Regional Sustainable Energy Centres. In his key note statement Dr Ledolter highlighted the importance of regional cooperation and Austrias support to the establishment of regional sustainable energy centres such as SACREEE.

Within the framework of the official launch of SACREEE, a high level delegation from the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) visited SACREEE at its offices on 22 October 2018. Among the delegation were Mr Philippe Scholtès, Managing Director, Programme Development and Technical Cooperation Division, Mr Khaled El Mekwad, Director of the Regional Office in Pretoria, team members of the South African Clean Tech Innovation Program, the national coordinator of the Bush Value Chain Project in Namibia and the SACREEE team.

Following the launch of the SADC Entrepreneurship meeting in April 2017 in Maseru, Lesotho, the 1st Regional Workshop and Advisory board meeting held in November 2017 in Port Louis, Mauritius and the first call of applications which closed in May 2018, IRENA together with SACREEE and the Government of Namibia convened to present the Entrepreneurship Support Facility to representatives of the Ministries of Energy of the 16 SADC countries and to hold discussions of the Facility’s activities as well as the expected outcomes in the next two years.

Organised by the SADC Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (SACREE), IRENA and the Government of Namibia, this consultative meeting provided an update on the activities so far undertaken through various work streams of the Corridor and collected feedback from the region on the future orientation of the initiative through the identification of concrete activities to be implemented in the short-to-medium run.