World Bank enlists Hailulu for Nam energy project

03 November 2020 | Local News

STAFF REPORTER



WINDHOEK

The World Bank has appointed former National Housing Enterprise (NHE) CEO Vinson Hailulu as a consultant for its development of a renewable energy roadmap for Namibia.

Hailulu, a Harvard University graduate, led NHE from 2005 to 2016.

The Bretton Woods institution is assisting Namibia to develop a strategy to maximise national value creation through the development and implementation of renewable energy investments.

The roadmap will spell out a series of utility-scale renewable energy developments, including a combination of wind, solar photovoltaic and concentrated solar power generation as well as battery storage and transmission upgrades.

It will also summarise the technical studies and advisory services the government and NamPower will need to carry out during project preparation and details about the investment to be made – such as capacity, cost, location and technology.

Making Namibia self-sufficient

Hailulu confirmed his appointment as a consultant to the Washington-based bank.

“I am working together with other World Bank consultants to help the Namibian government develop a renewable energy roadmap, whose aim is to place Namibia on a trajectory for developing its own solar, wind, biomass and other renewable resources, thereby making Namibia self-sufficient in producing its own energy resources and reducing supply dependency on the southern African power pool,” he told Namibian Sun.

A holder of a Master’s degree in public management, Hailulu previously worked as the CEO of the City of Windhoek, as well as of the Oshakati municipality.

“My belief is that as long as you possess strong academic qualifications and professional experience and integrity, you always stand a good chance to be engaged professionally by reputable institutions, including the World Bank group, and thus do not need to be employed by government to make a contribution to your country's development agenda,” he said.

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