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The East African Community (EAC) secretary general, Liberat Mfumukeko, believes that consistent electricity supply is key for socio-economic growth.

Mfumukeko said this while addressing a council of Eastern Africa Power Pool (EAPP) ministers last week, reports The Citizen.

“The provision of adequate, reliable, affordable and sustainable energy services is a key priority area in our energy sector for realising the vision we have for East Africa as well as electricity interconnectivity across borders to promote the broader EAC objective of attracting investment and promoting competitiveness and trade,” he said.

Eastern Africa Power Pool to link with EAC

It is reported that Mfumukeko has encouraged EAPP to engage with the EAC secretariat and its partner states – which consists of Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya, Burundi, Rwanda and South Sudan – in the formulation of the 10-year Strategic Action Plan.

The Strategic Action Plan will be established to address the underlying challenges within the energy sector across the region.

Member countries of the region have actively been implementing power generation and transmission projects with most of the interconnection projects, which are now progressing so fast that before 2020 all of EAPP’s members -with the exception of Libya and Egypt – would be interconnected by power exchange, media reported.

Media further reported that Libya and Egypt are already connected, adding that the proposed link between Egypt and Sudan is now at feasibility study stage.

Single power line

Meanwhile, an ambitious project that will connect the North and the South points of Africa with a single power line through the Cairo-to- Cape Town grid, was reported to be in the pipeline and may be functional within three years from now.

Tanzania’s minister for energy and minerals, Professor Sospeter Muhongo, revealed the proposed power project during the 24th Eastern Africa Power Pool Steering Committee Meeting, which took place alongside the EAPP meeting.

Muhongo added that a special meeting to lay ground works for the Cairo to Cape main grid will be held in Kampala, Uganda in April.