Earlier this week Tanzania’s energy and minerals minister, Sospeter Muhongo, introduced the Tanzania Energy Platform (TEP) with a call to energy and gas stakeholders to use it for improvement of the sector.
According to Tanzania Daily News, Muhongo said government seeks to use the platform to improve the country’s energy policy.
He added that the government would work on deliberations reached in the platform for the policy review. Read more…
Media reported that the platform is one of the outputs of the Tanzania-Dutch Energy Capacity Building Project (TDCB) jointly executed by the University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM) and Karume Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) in Zanzibar – with funding from the government of Netherlands.
Expanding on the programme, UDSM Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic), Prof Florens Luoga, said the programme aims at contributing to quality research in renewable energy and gas sectors, as well as producing well trained and competent professionals.
“This will be an ideal platform for pertinent stakeholders to exchange constructive information on energy and gas,” Luoga said.
The Netherlands Ambassador, Jaap Frederiks said: “I hope that with this launch we have planted the seeds for enhanced communication among all stakeholders.”
Frederiks continued: “The fundamental principle of all our efforts is that development is about investing in people, providing education and training.”
As for energy and gas, the representative noted that successful development of the gas reserves would greatly change the economy and society, media reported.
East Africa’s leader in gas sector
Muhongo previously said the country could achieve the goal of being the first in oil and natural gas exploitation in East Africa within ten years.
He was speaking during a handover of scholarship certification to 20 students last year who were set to go to China to complete their Masters and PhD in natural gas and oil.
“Since the sector is new in the country, we intend to have at least 500 trained experts in the area of oil and natural gas in 10 years’ time,” Muhongo stated. Read more…
“The achievement will lead us to become number one in the area throughout East Africa,” he added.