17 British energy organisations will be visiting Ethiopia next week as part of the Energy Catalyst Mission, the UK Embassy in Ethiopia announced. The organizations will meet their Ethiopian counterparts in the energy sector to understand the opportunities for collaboration between Ethiopia and the UK.
"The key objectives of the mission are to help companies applying for Energy Catalyst Round 7 to get an understanding of the energy access issues in Ethiopia and gain links to potential partners", reads the flier of the program.
Source: UK In Ethiopia@UKinEthiopia
In taking the privatization process further, the Ethiopian government has officially extended an offer to at least 12 global companies to submit financial and technical proposals in order to engage in the power production and operations. The Minister of Finance (MoF), Ahmed Shidie, presenting his Ministry’s 10 month report before the House of People’s Representatives (HPR) said that a feasibility study is being undertaken to implement the Public-Private Partnership framework to allow the private sector step-in selected energy and transportation projects which used to be considered as a strategic area fully controlled by the government.
Currently, the board of PPP is undertaking evaluation of projects which includes six solar projects and three hydroelectric projects. Based on that, two projects named Gad and Deucheto Solar Energy projects which have a combined capacity of generating a 250 MW of electricity are in the pipeline with an estimated cost of USD 265 million. Hence, Request for Proposal – RFP, has been sent to 12 international companies to submit their financial and Technical proposals.
The Office of Public Private Partnership Directorate General announced the issuance of the Request for Qualification (RFQ) for four solar power photovoltaic (PV) projects among the 17 projects which were already endorsed by the PPP board to be procured through PPP arrangement. This round RFQ is issued for Humera, Mekele, Welenchitti, Weranso. An amendment has been made later by adding two additional sites of Metema/ BahirDar and Hurso, and the submission date is extended to July 9 2019
The President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker met with the Prime Minister of Ethiopia Abiy Ahmed to discuss EU support to Ethiopia's reform process and agree to an additional €130 million to support job creation. On this occasion, President Juncker said: "The partnership between Ethiopia and the EU is particularly strong and the meeting with Prime Minister Abiy today allowed us to exchange on how to further deepen it. The EU supports the ambitious reform agenda in Ethiopia and is committed to step up its support to the country".
Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica and Ethiopian Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Workneh Gebeyehu Negewo furthermore signed three new programmes to promote sustainable economic growth and job creation in the country for a total amount of €130 million.