EAC

Help EAC energy projects become bankable Dev’t partners urged

KIGALI, Rwanda–The EAC Deputy Secretary General in charge of Productive and Social Sectors Hon. Christophe Bazivamo, has called on development partners to support the EAC region in the implementation of bankable priority energy projects.

“This is a call for strong commitment to ensure that energy is available, accessible and the people of EAC enjoy it. We need also to ensure energy is efficient and affordable to the citizens, and if we are to facilitate industrialization in the region, we need to elevate energy as (human) right for the people of the region,” Bazivamo said.

Speaking at the Sustainable Energy Forum for East Africa in Kigali Rwanda, Bazivamo noted that there is need to come up with revolutionary concepts and approaches to implement projects that focus on enhancing access to energy.

 “It is important that we think of new ways to fast-track the implementation of the various policies and strategies already developed,” he said.

The energy event was organized jointly by The East African Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (EACREEE), in collaboration with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the EAC Secretariat, the Austrian Development Agency (ADA), and Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) and the Ministry of Infrastructure of the Republic of Rwanda (MININFRA and it was hosted by the government of Rwanda from the 19-21 March 2018.

The Forum brought together policy makers, experts, civil society and private sector representatives and development partners to share best practices, identify opportunities and challenges, and find solutions to the energy challenges in East Africa

At the same occasion, Mr. Robert Zeiner, Director at the Austrian Development Agency applauded the East African Community for organizing the forum which he said it provided an opportunity to establish a regional network which will help in that people in the EAC access Energy., He called upon the East African Governments to support the implementation of various energy policies and strategies.

 “We call upon political will as well as the precise identification of concrete steps towards achieving the set objectives,” he noted.

The Representative of Sustainable Energy for All, informed meeting that the institution was currently moving from designing and planning programmes and projects to creating investment for operationalization of bankable projects.

 "We are reaching out to all types companies, be it large, medium or small, we are also reaching out to Government to have their priority bankable projects financed for tangible impact," said Mikael Melin, Sustainable Energy for All Senior Energy Expert.

Tareq Emtairah, the Director, Energy Department at the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) reaffirmed its commitment towards supporting the region’s energy agenda he said that UNIDO, s technical capacity and resources are available to respond to the request of the EAC partner’s states

“It is our hope that the recommendations of the Forum will provide insight on the priority energy projects of the region and guide on where resources should be deployed,” reiterated Mr. Emtairah.

The Forum brought together policy makers, experts, civil society and private sector representatives and development partners to share best practices, identify opportunities and challenges, and find solutions to the energy challenges in East Africa

The Kigali Energy forum focused  on  seven thematic areas: (i) Access to Energy; (ii) Roadmap of a Sustainable Energy future for East Africa; (iii) Financing Sustainable Energy projects in the EAC; (iv) Energy and Gender in the EAC region; (v) Sustainable City development in the region; and (vi) Geothermal Energy.