Ethiopia’s Water, Irrigation and Energy Minister Alemayehu Tegenu said that his country is its partnership with Japan in the area of climate change and renewable energy, reported AllAfrica.

Alemayehu explained that economic development must be supported by reliable access to modern renewable energy and that Ethiopia could benefit from Japan’s accumulated century-old experiences.

Ethiopia considers Japan as a major partner in the realization of sustainable development, he said, adding that Ethiopia has already formulated a climate resilient green economic development strategy that would lead to sustainable economic development.

He also said that the country is working closely with other international partners to adopt renewable energy technologies — solar home systems, improved efficiency stoves, biogas digesters, hydro power, wind and geothermal.

The supreme example of this approach, he said, was the 6,000 MW Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam project.

These remarks were made during second Africa-Japan Business Investment Forum held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The Forum focused on infrastructure, finance, agri-business, commodities, energy, logistics and technology, according to, citing the Ethiopian News Agency.