The African Sustainable Alternative Energy Association, (AFSEA) has always stood out proudly in the right direction towards the facilitation of technology transfer in the energy industry. It was in this regard that it was active in packaging the last two editions of the Nigeria Alternative Energy Exposition, (NAEE) along with Mathesis Consulting Limited, UK.
The first was held at the Shehu Yar’ Adua Centre in Abuja, the Federal Nigerian Capital in November 2011 while last year’s successful hosting edition was hosted by the Ogun State Government, at the Gateway Hill Capital City of Abeokuta, some 120 Kilomtres north of Lagos Metropolis from October 29th – 31st, 2012. About 19 members of represented the AFSEA led its Chair Person, Christopher Udeh and the Chairman of Southern African counterpart, the South African Renewable Energy Association, Mr. Alwyn Smith and both members of the South African Export Development Council. There were more than 30 exhibitors in various stands including the Lagos State Government.
The impact of the ongoing participation in these series trade missions cannot be ever-emphasised because it is a well known fact the much needed exposure from the Southern African Development Community, (SADC’s), the largest economy, South Africa, and its counterpart in the Economic Community of West African States, Nigeria, (ECOWAS) Sub-Region need to be harmonised through these routine trade fairs and exhibitions.
The Nigerian Federal Government, its federating state governments and their South African authorities such as the Department of Trade and Industry and the Export Development Council do appreciate the need to expand their technological leverage, know-how and exposure in the interest of overall economic expansion of their economies.
In the vital energy generating and distribution sector in Nigeria, delegates had warm exposure to the vast areas of cooperation and/or collaboration as vital renewable resources still lie fallow waiting to be tapped to meet the ever expanding economic activities in that country. Exhibitors were officially invited to sign routine participation memoranda of commitment.
During welcome speeches at the Government House reception in Abeokuta, both the Energy Special Assistant, Chief Taiwo Fagbemi and the Governor, Senator, Ibikunle Amosun made it clear that any global investors who are not making concrete efforts to penetrate into Nigeria’s giant economy are seen as not fully ready for effective competitive global business environment as the country warms its way to reach the top 20 industrialising countries in its vision 20-20-20 in the next 12 years.
South Africa and Botswana are the main touch bearers in the economic development in the SADC both thriving in their own right based on their relatively stable political and economic environments and sustainable mineral and agricultural resources exploitation and packaging with advancing technological expertise.
The forthcoming exposition in Gaborone, tagged BREE 2013 in the first week of August to be hosted by the Botswana Government will be the first of its kind in Southern Africa’s sustainable economic of Botswana.
In various models of technology transfer modalities of most rapidly industrialising countries, it was found out that take-off was accelerated on the basis of extensive research and development, (R & D), turn-key projects and/or corporate copy right agreements. This is why these types showcasing of technological innovative exposures during such exhibitions are very essential. The modalities of these ventures as springboards of technology acquisitions are articulated in my books in this genre, namely: ‘Strategic Management – Multinational Corporations and Constraints on Transfers of Technology’ (Onyejeose, 2010); ISBN 978-3-8433 – 5852 – 1 and “Innovative Techniques in Branding and Communication of Mega Event;” ISBN 978-3-659-22904-6 (Onyejeose, 2012). The treatises are fast global memoirs published by Lambert Academic Publishers in Germany by this writer.
Similarly, the international organising committee is liaising with the Cambridge Book Publishers in the UK to publish a documentary of the proceedings of the Gateway trade mission in Nigeria, aka, NAEE 2012.
In the next article on BREE 2013, we take a look on copy right issues on economic growth model.