The Africa Maritime Technology Cooperation Centre (MTCC) has been launched in Mombasa, in the presence of Nancy Karigithu, Principal Secretary, State Department for Maritime and Shipping Affairs of Kenya, Director of the Marine Environment Division at the International Maritime Organisation Stefan Micallef and Bruno Pozzi, Deputy Head of Delegation of the European Union EU to Kenya.
The Global MTCC Network (GMN) Project is financed by the European Union to the tune of 10 million euros and is implemented by the International Maritime Organisation. It covers the African region. It is expected that the Africa MTCC will become a centre of excellence in promoting cutting edge low-carbon technologies and operations in maritime transport and help participating countries develop national energy-efficiency policies and measures for their maritime sectors. The impact of the Africa MTCC will be important in reducing harmful emissions from ships and navigate shipping in the African continent into a low-carbon future.
Speaking at the launch event, Mr Bruno Pozzi said, “The launch of Africa’s Maritime Technology Cooperation Centre comes at a time when global action against climate change is needed more than ever before. Tragic events, induced by climate change, are witnessed globally. The European Union knows well that Climate Change can bring about an unprecedented reversal in the progress towards poverty eradication and can undermine efforts towards sustainable and inclusive development. Africa is particularly vulnerable –droughts and flooding equally testify to this.”
Pozzi underlined that all countries and regions, and all economic sectors are expected to make their fair contribution to reach the climate goals agreed in Paris in 2015. “The shipping industry is no exception to this. That’s why the European Union supports this center that we are opening today. Mombasa as one of the major ports in Africa is a fitting host city for Africa’s Maritime Technology Cooperation Centre. This opportunity should be seized to the maximum. I invite all African states with maritime shipping activities to collaborate with the Africa MTCC“.
Apart from the Mombasa based MTCC launched today, there are four other MTCCs globally, one each in Asia, Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean, all supported by the European Union. A memorandum of understanding among the five centres was signed on 4 December 2017, officially launching the Global MTCC Network.
The GMN project also supports participating developing countries in meeting three key UN Sustainable Development Goals: SDG 13, which includes a commitment to combat climate change and its impacts; SDG 7, which commits to ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all; and SDG 9 on industry, innovation and infrastructure.
The GMN project promotes international cooperation to facilitate access to clean energy research and technology, in particular energy-efficiency and advanced, cleaner fossil-fuel technology, and fosters investment in energy infrastructure and clean-energy technology.