Sweden support to Zanzibar Energy Sector
Launch of Zanzibar Utility Regulatory Authority 5yrs Strategic Plan Photo: .
Hon. Salama Aboud Talib, Minister of Lands Water Energy and Environment Photo: Stephen Mwakifwamba
The Ministry of Finance of Zanzibar and Sida signed a Specific Agreement, through which the Swedish Government is providing funds for the Zanzibar Energy Sector Support (ZESS).
Through this agreement, the Swedish Government through Sida provide a grant amount of 47 million Swedish Kronor, equivalent to TZS 11.3 billion, over the period of four years, for financing the Capacity Strengthening of the Department of Energy and Minerals (DoEM), and Institutional Strengthening, financial turnaround and Technical Activities for Zanzibar Electricity Cooperation (ZECO).As well as Capacity Development of Zanzibar Utility Regulatory Authority (ZURA).
Swedish Government is always support Tanzania´s development efforts, in this occasion the Embassy of Sweden was invited witnessed the launching ZURA's 5yrs Strategic Plan. The Embassy representative Mr. Stephen Mwakifwamba during Embassy remarks, he emphasized that the ZURA support is indispensable, as it is Sida's opinion that supporting ZURA and make it a viable and competent regulator is paramount, as the organization plays the critical role in terms of establishing a financially sustainable energy sector while also protecting customers. Capacitating ZURA makes it competent in executing it mandate to regulate water, and electricity services, in a fair, transparent and professional manner.
The Minister of Land Water Energy and Environment (MLWEE) Hon. Salama Aboud Talib in her opening speech, echoed that Sweden support to ZURA will improve the provision of services which will spur water and energy sectoral growth by enhancing public and private investment, will also guarantee quality service standards to consumers and bring about equitable satisfaction to all parties.
The key development partners supporting energy in Zanzibar are Sweden, Norway, EU, and WB, who are coordinating for better and efficiency use of resources, and the Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar (RGoZ) on the driving seat.