29 October 2007 - Energy ministers from Burundi, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Sudan and Tanzania resolved last week to fund the networking for the Eastern Africa Power Pool (EAPP) themselves if donor funding was further delayed.

The objective of the power pool is to increase security of supply and increase access to electricity, and ministers unanimously decided to proceed with the project by the end of 2008, with or without donor funding.

The EAPP secretariat is expecting 2.6 million Euros from the European Commission for the market development plan (up to 2020) and a regional strategic plan. EAPP will contribute 129 600 Euros, brining total funding to 2.7 million Euros.

"The region is endowed with huge natural resources for power generation and what we need to do is fast-track the implementation," energy minister Kiraitu Murungi told a ministerial conference in Nairobi.

"We, therefore, need to pool our resources towards this goal."

Alemayehu Tegenu, Ethiopia's energy minister said that poverty could effectively be fought by using hydro, geothermal, wind and solar energy.