Wind Wire: Renewables aid

The World Bank, the Italian Foreign Affairs Ministry and the European Commission have launched a new technical assistance program in the Middle East and North Africa region through a $5 million fund promoting investments in sustainable growth based on renewable energy.

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The aim is to "facilitate the development of knowledge and institutional skills in order to face the problems of climate change," with a particular aim to replace fossil fuel use with solar and wind energy. The program, which runs for three years from June, will focus on the region's 14 low and middle income countries and regions: Algeria, Jordan, Tunisia, Djibouti, Lebanon, West Bank and Gaza, Egypt, Libya, Yemen, Iran, Morocco, Iraq and Syria.

It will concentrate initially on "providing analytical and technical work to support large scale development of renewable energy," says the World Bank's Raffaello Cervigni.

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