(The National Electrification program, NEP, document):
Adequate, reliable, and affordable electricity access connectivity nationwide is a critical enabler for realizing Ethiopia’s future growth and transformation,economic prosperity, and well-being of all its citizens nationwide. Today, grid connected household connectivity is about 20+ percent of the population. And many priority social services delivery institutions especially in rural areas—schools and clinics—also have limited access connectivity and reliability. There is no time to lose. Following release of the Government’s National Energy Strategy (NES–2016) and reflecting its recommendations, the Ethiopia’s National Electrification Program (NEP)—Implementation Roadmap (IRM) presents the Government’s action plan for achieving universal electricity access nationwide by 2025, in a strategic and comprehensive as well as efficient and transparent manner, for the benefit of all its citizens. Toward this end, the key operational action elements of the NEP-IRM target are:
With support from The World Bank, Ethiopian Electric Utility, EEU, has been working to broaden the opportunities for Women in the Power Sector. What do you think can be done better to realize the programs objectives? What more should be done across the country to promote women's particicpation in the enegry value chain ?
The Key Program highlights are
The Ethio-Kenya Electricity Highway Project is expected to be ready for testing and commissioning at the end of this Ethiopian year, according to Ethiopian Electric Power (EEP). Upon completion, the project will promote power, trade, and regional integration, and contribute to the Eastern Africa Power Pool (EAPP) countries’ social and economic development.
Ethiopian Electric Power (EEP) Communication Director, Moges Mekonnen told ENA that the project is well underway, despite the delay of some construction of transmission lines. According to him, the convertor sub-stations are almost fully completed, and they are at testing and commissioning stages.
The 433km Ethio-Kenya power transmission line has reached over 86 percent, he added. Interconnecting Ethiopia with neighboring countries through energy would play crucial role to elevate social, political and economic integration and development. Moges noted that the completion of the Ethio-Kenya electricity highway project will, therefore, help Ethiopia to obtain foreign currency and integrate the region with energy as Sudan and Djibouti are already connected.
The Economic Commission for Africa’s Third Africa Business Forum ended in Addis Ababa Tuesday with high-level participants agreeing the continent can rise exponentially with good governance and creation of enabling policies for private capital to flow into the energy, health and ICT sectors.
Held under the theme; Investing in People, Planet and Prosperity, the Forum allowed delegates, among them Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa, Mozambique’s Prime Minister, Carlos Agostinho do Rosário, ministers and investors, among them Scott Mather of Pacific Investment Management Company (PIMCO), to share ideas on innovative financing in the energy, health and ICT sectors.
The leaders discussed Africa’s readiness to seize renewable energy by creating the right mix; technologies being pioneered by its youth to help solve problems; and abundant opportunities that can be unleashed through the enactment of the right policies and regulatory frameworks, particularly in these three sectors, with the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) set to become operational in July.