The activities of the commemoration of the 45th anniversary of BOAD started this Wednesday, November 14, 2018 in Lomé with a forum on the theme: solar energy in the WAEMU economies, inventory, issues and policies. During the launching ceremony of this forum, Minister Romuald WADAGNI made a highly appreciated intervention on the financing of projects with strong local content. “In terms of financing renewable energies, I would like to urge BOAD to focus on projects that attach great importance to local content. The various States should be encouraged to ensure that the projects to be financed by BOAD attach importance to the transfer of skills and the development of research and development ”. Minister WADAGNI concluded his speech by recalling that the sun, the main raw material for the production of solar energy, exists in sufficient quantity in our countries. But, if we are not actors in research and development, we will have difficulty benefiting from its spinoffs.