The government of Ethiopia launched the country’s National Electrification Program 2.0 (NEP) during the Regional Energy Co-operation Summit, that took place from 27-29 March.  


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RECS: East 2019

RECS: East 2019

The Regional Energy Co-operation Summit: East took place from 27-29 March 2019 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The meeting united regional governments from  Djibouti, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Malawi, and Ethiopia, leading utility and regulatory companies from the region as well as international financiers, donor organisations, power developers to focus on what is needed to unlock investment in energy and infrastructure for regional growth and development.

Co-located with the 3rd Off the Grid Summit, the meeting’s agenda provided networking opportunities and open discussions exploring practical solutions geared at increasing investor appetite in East Africa.

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2019 Summit welcomed over 250 stakeholders and was officially endorsed by His Excellency Dr. Seleshi Bekele, Minister of Water, Irrigation, and Energy (MoWIE), Ethiopia. At the Summit the Ethiopian Government launched the National Electrification Program (NEP) 2.0 with the aim of realizing universal access to electricity by 2025. His Excellency Dr. Seleshi Bekele, Minister of Water, Irrigation, and Energy said that the design of NEP 2.0 brings together all stakeholders and development partners to achieve full-fledged integrated electrification. According to Dr. Seleshi, achieving Ethiopia’s development vision of trans-formative growth has required the timely provision of adequate, affordable and reliable electricity access to all.

It was an honour for us to hear from the following key speakers:

  • His Excellency Dr. Seleshi Bekele, Minister of Water, Irrigation and Energy (MoWIE), Ethiopia
  • H.E. Dr. Frehiwot Woldehana, State Minister of Energy, MoWIE, Ethiopia
  • H.E. Honourable Irene Muloni, Minister of Energy and Mineral Development, Uganda
  • Hon. Magna Mudyiwa, Deputy Minister for Energy and Power Development, Zimbabwe
  • Dr. Teshome Tafesse, State Minister responsible for PPP’s and Privatisation of State-owned Enterprises, Ministry of Finance and Economic Cooperation (MoFEC)





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