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Tanzanian government is adamant to fulfil Sustainable Development Goal number 7 – providing access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all by 2030.

During a two-day regional meeting on sustainable energy for Least Developed Countries (LDCs) held in Dar es Salaam, minister of energy and minerals, Professor Sospeter Muhongo expressed the government’s commitment.

According to the Tanzania Daily News, experts gathered at the seminar noted that access to finance is vital for Africa’s poorest countries to develop sustainable energy initiatives and build renewable power capacity.

Speaking at the forum Muhongo said in the next five years the government is planning to make considerable improvements on sustainable energy.

It is reported that already the government allocated $500 million for rural electrification projects in the 2016/2017 financial year.

Gov’t implements projects towards sustainable energy

“Sustainable Development Goal number 7 (SDG7) provides for access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all by 2030, and my government has already embarked on implementation of various projects to attain this,” the minister said.

Also speaking at the same event, Under-secretary General, UN Office of the high representative for LDCs, Landlocked Developing States (UN-OHRLLS), Gyan Chandra Acharya, said two thirds of those living in Africa’s LDCs do not have access to electricity, yet the majority of those countries are endowed with vast reserves of renewable energy.

“These opportunities, together with those technologies, offer many solutions for gaining energy access. Therefore I hope this event will inspire new ideas on accelerating reliable access to energy and mobilising finance bringing swift benefits to Africa’s poorest communities,” Acharya said.

Grid connection

Meanwhile, UN Resident Coordinator Alvaro Rodriguez noted that: “Over the past two decades, UNDP has mobilised around $2 billion in grant financing and for sustainable energy projects in more than 110 countries and territories worldwide.”

According to the media the east African country at present is standing at only 36% of households connected to its national grid; however, Tanzania is targeting to increase that number to 75% in the next five years.

According to Muhongo, by 2020 the country is expected to generate about 10,000MW, insuring sufficient capacity to support the population, media reported.