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Vienna / Abu Dhabi 12 January 2021 - The upscaling of digital technologies presents a host of opportunities for small island developing states (SIDS) to diversify their economies, boost manufacturing, gain greater access to global value chains, and improve disaster preparedness. However, significant obstacles remain, including inadequate digital infrastructure, insufficient training opportunities for women and young people, a growing digital divide, and a lack of data and policy knowledge.


The compliance framework, which is being developed under the EELA Project, will support the implementation of the regionally harmonised energy efficiency standards for lighting products and appliances.


Further to the development of regional MEPS for lighting earmarked for implementation in the EAC and SADC countries; EELA provides short-term technical assistance on-need basis to support the MEPS development process at national level. This is one of the EELA measures to address the challenges triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic on physical meetings for the National Technical Committees to finalise the discussion on the draft regional MEPS.This support has so far been provided to the National Technical Committees for Zimbabwe and Mozambique.


Improved institutional capacity is one of the project outcomes of the Energy Efficient Lighting and Appliances in East and Southern Africa (EELA).This will be achieved by providing trainings to the key enabling institutions such as test laboratories, standard bodies, regulators as well as the private sector.


The EELA project has various stakeholders that need to be engaged at different stages of the project, and through different communications channels and tools. The advent of covid19 has also presented a different dimension to the project execution where physical meetings for agreeing on Drafts MEPS for lighting has been a challenge both at national and regional level.


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