Egypt ready to share its energy experience with African countries: Shaker
Friday، 22 February 2019 - 10:46 AM
Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy Mohamed Shaker has expressed Egypt's full readiness to share its experience in developing electricity and energy sectors with all fellow African countries.
According to a statement issued by the Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy on Thursday, the minister's statements came during the 14th ministerial meeting of Eastern Africa Power Pool (EAPP) in Entebbe, Uganda.
The minister pointed out to the great potentials the African countries enjoy in the fields of energy and the African initiative for renewable energy declared in Paris by President Abdel Fattah El Sisi in 2015.
Minister Shaker said the electricity sector has been working on improving and developing the country's power grid at investments worth more than 4 billion US dollars.
He said the development of the electricity sector would contribute to curbing gas emissions, pointing out to 32 agreements signed to establish a solar wind farm near Aswan to get clean and renewable energy.
The gathering is due to discuss power supplies to African countries, reducing energy costs and creating a good investment atmosphere for development in Africa.
Eastern Africa Power Pool (EAPP) is a regional organization adopted as specialized institution of COMESA for the electric power sector.
It was established in 2005 with the signing of an Inter-Governmental Memorandum of Understanding (IGMOU) by seven Eastern Africa countries, namely: Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda and Sudan. In further development, EAPP was adopted as a specialized institution to foster power system interconnectivity by the heads of state of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) region. Tanzania, Libya and Uganda have joined EAPP in March 2010, February 2011 and December 2012 respectively.