The East African Region member states are being showcased modern energy services that may help walk away from traditional cooking fuel.
Germany in collaboration with the East African Community is holding an exhibition on renewable energy initiatives.
This exhibition dubbed Energiewende seeks to increase energy efficiency, protect the climate and the environment. It opened in Arusha at the EAC headquarters in Arusha (July 23rd – 10th August).
The EAC Deputy Secretary General in charge of Productive and Social Sectors, Hon. Christophe Bazivamo, said the EAC Secretariat is mobilising funding to: Formulate the Regional Renewable Energy Master plan as well as Regional Energy Efficiency and Energy Conservation Strategic Plan.
HE said the secretariat will undertake Policy and Standards harmonisation; and Promote information exchange through knowledge management by facilitating the formation of the Regional renewable Energy association.
Dr. Kirsten Focken, the GIZ Programme Manager said the German government decided to fully move to renewable energy over 20 years, adding that it was one of the first governments to undertake the initiative.
“We are glad to demonstrate how to move towards secure, affordable and sustainable energy in a highly industrialized country such as Germany. East Africa is developing rapidly and already deploying sources of renewable energy,” added Dr.Focken.
She pledged Germany’s continued support to the EAC region on renewable energy as a basis for sound and sustainable economic development.