Project ID: 31099

China grants 5 million M for Solar Street Light Project in Lesotho (Linked to ETCA #1402)

Commitment amount

$ 735219.7324

Constant 2017 USD

Summary

Funding agency [Type]

Unspecified Chinese Government Institution [Government Agency]

Recipient

Lesotho

Sector

Energy (Code: 230)

Flow type

Grant

Concessional

Yes

Category

Intent

Development (The next section lists the possible statuses.)

Commercial

Development

Representational

Mixed

Financial Flow Classification

ODA-like (The next section lists the possible statuses.)

Official Development Assistance

Other Official Flows

Vague (Official Finance)

Flows categorized based on OECD-DAC guidelines

Project lifecycle

Status

Completion (The next section lists the possible statuses.)

Pledge

Commitment

Implementation

Completion

Suspended

Cancelled

Milestones

Commitment year

2011

Implementation

2013

2013-01-01

Actual start

Completion

2013

2013-08-01

Actual

Description

In October 2009 at the 4th Ministerial Conference under the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) Chinese and Basotho government officials signed an unspecified agreement for the solar street light demonstration cooperation project (太阳能街灯示范合作项目) in Lesotho (see: Gov. of Lesotho article, Ambassador Remarks). On 29 November and 7 December 2011, the Chinese Ambassador and Masotho Minister of Finance signed a follow up exchange of letters (see: China Trade Promotion). An article from Energy China Forum says this project is financed by a 5 million M grant from the Chinese government; which most likely came from ETCA #1402 also signed in December 2011. On 25 April 2012, the Lesotho Minister of Natural Resources and ZTE representatives signed the implementation contract in which ZTE would provide and install equipment, and send technical assistance teams as well (see: Energy China Forum). ZTE pledged to sub-contract some of the works to Masotho firms (see: Gov. of Lesotho). The purpose of this project was to install solar-powered street lights in the capital of Maseru and three surrounding districts-- Pitseng, Nazareth, and Mount Moorosi-- covering 4,600 meters of road (see: Solar Info, Gov. of Lesotho). Works began in January 2013 and the project was officially handed over on 1 August 2013 (see: Ambassador Remarks, ECCO Aug '13 article).

Number of official sources

8

Number of unofficial sources

5

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Details

Cofinanced

No

Implementing agencies [Type]

Government of Lesotho [Government Agency]; ZTE Corporation [State-owned Company]