U-3ARC (Union of Associations of African Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Actors), created in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, on September 24, 2020, by 30 Associations of refrigeration and air conditioning actors from 29 countries, represents more than 20 000 companies, then employing nearly 150,000 people. Since then, almost all African states have been represented there. True force of proposals, it nevertheless lacks means.
The importance of the refrigeration sector in Africa, a continent with a hot climate, is well established. Transversal and strategic, it can contribute more to the sustainable socio-economic development of Africa but also to meet the environmental challenges related to the refrigeration and air conditioning sector. Madi Sakandé, UNIDO international expert and no less CEO of NEW COLD SYSTEM, and the members of the office of U-3ARC (Union of Associations of African Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Stakeholders) are sparing no effort to bring together all the refrigeration and air conditioning on the African continent. In addition to meetings, general assemblies and other certifying training sessions or webinars for technicians and managers, this Pan-African Union works for consultation and sets itself up as a force for proposals to those in power. It has a cost! Money being the sinews of war, U-3ARC, which is highly of public utility, like the associations that compose it, requires financial means for its operation, its R&D, its costs of participation in international forums, etc.
Money, money, money
Now is the time to ask the pioneer member associations of Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Comoros, Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Djibouti, Gabon, Gambia , Guinea, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Mali, Morocco, Niger, Nigeria, Uganda, DR Congo, Senegal, Rwanda, Tanzania, Chad, Togo, Tunisia, Zambia and Zimbabwe, and those which have joined the Pan-African Union, with regard to their respective financial contributions.
Remember that U-3ARC represents, at the very least, more than 20,000 companies, employing nearly 150,000 people; SMEs-SMIs that are active in a strategic sector that would significantly reduce post-harvest losses, in a continent where the fight for food sovereignty remains crucial. Both corporations and governments would benefit from supporting U-3ARC by putting their hands in their pockets and ensuring the future of a structure that reaches out to all decision-makers concerned with inclusive development which, moreover, preserves ecosystems, new refrigerants helping. But when an association in a country, which I will refrain from quoting, suggests contributing one dollar per year (01 $ US) - you read correctly - we may be far off the mark. U-3ARC counts first on its members and African States and then on possible sponsors to carry out its projects. There is no shortage of them and it will accomplish them independently, while respecting the interests of Refrigeration and Air Conditioning in Africa.
Precisely, in a massive census of African players in refrigeration and air conditioning, it would be useful to register on the platform: https://www.u-3arc.org/feedbac...