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NEA, sillicon valley technology partners hold open forum

Mar 8, 2010, 12:53 PM | Article By: Bakary Samateh

The National Environment Agency (NEA), in collaboration with the Silicon Valley Technology Partners last Friday 5th March 2010 held a daylong forum at the National Environment House in Kanifing, along Jimpex Road.

The forum was meant to introduce new lightening systems known as "Affordable Solar Light," which is the world’s most affordable high-quality solar LED lanterns. It is a bright and durable replacement for kerosene lanterns.

According to officials, it provides even space lighting for homes, workplaces or on the go and it can function as general lightening source or serve as a primary task light, with an integrated solar panel and multiple setting handle.

It is also AC compatible with a standard 0.5mm Nokia phone adapter.

Speaking at the exhibition, Momodou .B. Kanteh, NEA’s Director of Technical Services asserted that he is delighted that NEA is associated with Silicon Valley Technology partners to fight against the change of climate and even the uses of the energy.

"We at The Gambia National Environment Agency (NEA) are very committed to our day-to-day task in the area of the adaptation of the climate change, we are also committed to reduce the green houses," he stated.

He encouraged people to use environment friendly lightening systems, such as the ones exhibited.

For his part, Mr. Douglas Ricket, the Managing Director of Silicon Valley Technology Partners thanked the management of the NEA for partnering with them.

Mr. Ricket posited that he serves as a teacher in The Gambia from 2003 to 2005 with the US Peace Corps, and then worked as an engineer and manager at Google .com in Silicon Valley. "Our goal is to make all of this available at the lowest possible price, so that most people can afford it. Our job is not complete until when all houses has light," he added.

Sheikh Alkinky Sanyang, the Programme Officer at the National Environment Agency (NEA) moderated the programme.

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