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Tanzania: SE4ALL Initiative to Give New Boost to Energy Sector

Posted on : Wednesday, 13th July 2016

The energy sector got yet another boost yesterday as the country launched its action agenda and investment prospectus for Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative by 2030.

The inauguration of the document means that Tanzania has now shown more commitment to the global initiative, SE4ALL, which is the brainchild of the United Nations (UN).
The SE4ALL is led by the UN Secretary-General Ban Kimoon, the aim being to achieve universal energy access, improve energy efficiency and increase the use of renewable energy by implementing different power projects.
During the launch of the prospectus for Tanzania in Dar es Salaam, Minister for Energy and Minerals, Professor Sospeter Muhongo, said: "For me, I have been involved in this initiative for years since its beginning in the UN; so I find it fit for Tanzania."
Prof Muhongo argued that energy was about people and "therefore, when we discuss it at national or global levels, our focus should be on the population".
He noted that this was due to the fact that population was growing at a rapid pace as the figures show that the country's population would go up to 87.6 million by 2030 from the current 45 million.
"The population is increasing; we have to provide power accessibility. So you can see that the task ahead of us is tough," he said, adding that "if we are wise enough, we are supposed to plan for the 87.6 million population because the increased population requires us to make sure that we create jobs, wealth and services to these people".
Prof Muhongo further underscored the necessity of considering the issue of climate change as the World and Tanzania embark on implementing the SE4ALL. He said the ministry was always carrying the agenda to the global meeting over the issue of minimising emission of greenhouse gases.
Apart from global warming, increases in the different greenhouse gases have other including ocean acidification, smog pollution, ozone depletion as well as changes to plant growth and nutrition levels.
He said to ensure that the country maintains minimal amounts of greenhouse gases, the country would focus on natural gas, coal and Hydro power and its main sources of energy.
African Development Bank (AfDB) Country Director Tonia Kandiero said the SE4ALL was critical endeavour for Africa as a whole. Ms Kandiero said implementation of the initiative require involvement of all relevant stakeholders.
"This requires investment - and we (African Development Bank) will offer technical support to assist the ministry to achieve this initiative," she said.
Resident Coordinator of the UN System, Mr Alvaro Rodriguez, said Tanzania's vision to become a middle-income country could be achieved through the improvement in the energy sector since the SE4ALL assures of providing business opportunities to poor people in the rural areas.
Mr Rodriguez, who is also Representative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), pledged that UNDP would cooperate with other partners, like the AfDB, to make sure that Tanzania achieves the SE4ALL initiative.
He noted that the initiative came at the right time when Tanzania is currently implementing Development Vision 2025 and the Global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Source : allafrica.com
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