Support swells for...

Support swells for a proposed CIC in Ghana

As the Climate Innovation Center (CIC) in Kenya marks its first anniversary, support for a similar center in Ghana CIC is growing.

At a recent stakeholders’ workshop on the proposed Ghana CIC, over 200 policy makers, entrepreneurs, investors, and others voiced their support for such a center.

In a statement read by his deputy, Ghanaian Minister for Environment, Science, Technology, and Innovation Dr. Joe Oteng Adjei, welcomed the ongoing study looking into a proposed CIC in Ghana. Dr. Oteng Adjei explained it was aligned with national climate change policy and said the center would “complement the efforts by the government to strengthen capacities, leadership competencies and transform the institutions and organizations that are actively involved with climate change through innovation in new technologies.”

The Ministry of Trade and Industry and the Ministry of Energy also came out strongly in support of the Center, citing the close alignment with each of the ministries’ green growth objectives.

“Only by greening growth, can Ghana achieve what were formerly understood to be competing goals: robust economic expansion and proper stewardship of the environment,” Ms. Coleen Littlejohn, World Bank Acting Country Manager stated.

CICs are designed to provide climate technology entrepreneurs with the mentorship, financing, networks, and business services they need to scale up their innovations, driving down carbon emissions and creating sustainable, inclusive jobs.

The statements by Ghana’s leaders and the success of the workshop bring us one step closer to expanding our network of CICs. We are also currently designing centers for Ethiopia, India, South Africa, the Caribbean, and Vietnam.

For more information, read the coverage of the workshop and watch the videos below.

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