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Premier Wu says Taiwan willing to help Burkina Faso

SOLAR POWER:Analysts say the country is very favorable for developing photovoltaic power, and one Taiwanese company is already building a factory

Staff Writer, with CNA, Ouagadougou

Taiwan is willing to share its experience with Burkina Faso in the development of the photovoltaic industry and work with it to establish the sector in the West African country, Premier Wu Den-yih (吳敦義) said on Tuesday.

Enjoying abundant sunlight, Africa is a good place to develop the industry that creates electricity in the most modern way, Wu said while discussing a visit the previous night to a city road equipped with solar street lamps — a gift from Taiwan.

Lucas Chiu (巨克堅), the general manager of Taiwan-based Speed Tech Corp, who is accompanying Wu on his trip to Africa, said Burkina Faso has an average of six hours of sunlight per day, higher than in Nigeria, Saudi Arabia and its neighbors, and is highly favorable for the development of solar power.

With one hour of sunlight, a photovoltaic product can work for three to four hours, said Chiu, who disclosed that his company is preparing to build a factory in Burkina Faso to produce photovoltaic devices and equipment.

Wu, heading an 18-member delegation, is on a one-week visit to the diplomatic ally. He represented President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) at the inauguration ceremony of Burkina Faso President Blaise Compaore on Monday.

Earlier on Tuesday, Wu conferred the Order of Brilliant Star on his Burkinabe counterpart Tertius Zongo, and Zongo awarded him with a medal in exchange.

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