Van de Geer, while issuing the booklet titled ‘Empowering Tanzania: Energy for Growth and Sustainable Development’, noted that reliable energy and electricity is essential to reducing poverty in the east African country.
Local media reported that the diplomat also reaffirmed EU’s continued support to Tanzania in achieving the goals to scaling up access to modern energy services in the country, with rural electrification being a priority.
“This booklet aims at providing an overview of EU support to the energy sector, both past, ongoing and future actions that will concretely contribute to meeting target 7 of the SDGs in Tanzania,” he said.
Sustainable Development Goal number 7, targets to provide access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all, and forms part of the Sustainable Energy for all (SE4All) initiative launched by the United Nations in 2011.
It is reported that the EU support scope in Tanzania’s energy development stretches from mini-hydro projects to solar mini grids with the inclusion of improving transmission and distribution infrastructure in bringing sustainable and affordable energy services in rural areas, both on grid and off the main grid.
Partnership to improve investment confidence – Van de Geer
Van de Geer further highlighted that the EU in collaboration with Tanzania seeks to see improved service delivery and transparency of actions that would entice private sector confidence in the energy sector.
He said: “The EU is also a partner to Tanzania in delivering core energy sector reforms towards increasing efficiency and financial viability in the sector that will see improved service delivery, transparency of actions and creating the conditions for greater private sector investment.”
He added that within the existing framework of EU and Tanzania cooperation, the EU is scaling up its engagement further, with energy being selected as one of the three focal areas of EU cooperation for the next five-year period. The other two being agriculture and good governance.
“The support in the next years will focus on access through rural electrification and core sector reforms, with a total allocation of €180 million ($205 million) of grant support,” Van de Geer stated.
The full report can be accessed here: ‘Empowering Tanzania: Energy for Growth and Sustainable Development‘