Energy rollout vital for development

The round table meeting by the government of Rwanda and stakeholders in the energy sector brought rather commendable results. It has been widely proven that with the energy sector lagging behind, development will remain just a dream and this is what has been observed in Rwanda---with only 6 percent of the entire population having access to electricity. Courtesy of the roundtable, at least 95 percent of the money needed for the country to achieve its five-year agenda of increasing the energy rollout to 16 percent.

The round table meeting by the government of Rwanda and stakeholders in the energy sector brought rather commendable results.

It has been widely proven that with the energy sector lagging behind, development will remain just a dream and this is what has been observed in Rwanda---with only 6 percent of the entire population having access to electricity.

Courtesy of the roundtable, at least 95 percent of the money needed for the country to achieve its five-year agenda of increasing the energy rollout to 16 percent.

This will inevitably play a vital role in increasing the flow of investments in the country because with insufficient energy, definitely investors will be held back.

But the more the flow of investments increases, the more shall we disentangle ourselves from the awful aid dependency syndrome.

Most notable however, is the fact that the Government of Rwanda, did not call the development partners to beg with empty hands just as we have seen in different developing countries.

Rather, the government, together with the National Water and Energy Utility Electrogaz took the first step to announce their contribution with government pledging $40million from the Rwandan population through their taxes and Electrogaz contributing $27million—definitely also from Rwandans.

This vindicates what Rwanda has always maintained that what other countries call donors; to us they are development partners.

Now that we have seen the commitment of both the government and the development partners, let us also see the private sector jumping on the wagon in an effort of making history the energy shortage problem.

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