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In East Africa, the Tanzanian energy department has unveiled its agenda and investment prospectus that is in line with the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative.

The unveiling of the Tanzanian energy department agenda for this universal initiative, was also attended by minister for energy and minerals, Sospeter Muhongo.

Muhongo stated that he has been involved in this initiative for years since its beginning in the UN, which is in line with the country’s energy goals, reports Tanzania Daily News.

The SE4ALL is a global initiative that was launched in the year 2011 by the UN Secretary-General Ban Kin-moon, with a vision of delivering sustainable energy for all by 2030.

Muhongo highlighted that energy is about people and “therefore, when we discuss it at national or global levels, our focus should be on the population.”

Tanzanian energy department targeting population growth

According to the media, Muhongo cited recent figures, which states that the country’s population would increase 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

He added: “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.”

Climate change

During his speech, Muhongo also touched on the importance of considering the issue of climate change as the world and Tanzania implements the SE4ALL’s goals.

The media further reported that he said the ministry was always carrying the agenda to the global meeting over the issue of minimising the emission of greenhouse gases.

He said to ensure that Tanzania maintains minimal amounts of greenhouse gase emissions, the country would focus on natural gas, coal and hydro power as its main sources of energy.

Also at the launch, the African Development Bank country director Tonia Kandiero, noted: “This [Tanzania’s agenda and investment prospectus] requires investment – and we [African Development Bank] will offer technical support to assist the ministry to achieve this initiative.”

 

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