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4th December 2020: The Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development today launched the first five-year Roadmap for Catalytic Power Sector Transformation Roadmap to improve sector coordination and efficiencies in the sector.
The Roadmap that was developed with the support of Cities and Infrastructure for Growth Uganda, a UK aid-funded programme, aims to align the power sector goals with the national development plan and the electricity value chain.
Speaking at the launch of the Road Map, the Minister of Energy and Mineral Development, Hon Dr, Mary Goretti Kitutu applauded her Ministry and the power subsector for the tremendous progress made over the past to improve the sector. She noted that despite this progress, there are still challenges that hinders the sector from achieving its full potential. These include the constrained transmission and distribution network, inferior quality of equipment on the network, poor power reliability and inadequate coordination of sector players amongst others.
She thanked CIG Uganda programmer for its support in the development of the Roadmap. “The 5-year catalytic power sector transformation roadmap is very timely. It will go a long way to address the coordination challenge that is holding the sector back from achieving its full potential,” she said.
The Team Leader, Cities and Infrastructure for Growth in Uganda, Helena McLeod, commended the Ministry for this milestone and highlighted that electrification is a prerequisite for economic growth, the key to the achievement of Vision 2040 and attainment of middle-income status for Uganda.
“I welcome that the roadmap has emerged from a very consultative process that brought all the sector players together to agree on the medium-term strategic priorities for the sector, in line with the recently launched third National Development Plan (NDP III)”, she said.
She added that the strategic interventions detailed in the Roadmap have the potential to lead to transformational change. “Getting all the key agencies working together to agree to targets and priorities, under the management of the ministry, is crucial in making progress in the sector. It will provide a huge opportunity for Uganda to achieve universal access in 2030”, she added.
The Roadmap, developed through a consultative process, is a deliberate and sequenced set of tasks and interventions that will be performed by the relevant institutions and agencies to address the critical challenges facing the sector.
The Roadmap aims to improve the reliability of supply, sustain financial viability, improve access to electricity and build human capacity of the sector.
The implementation of the Roadmap will last 5-years. The Ministry will work with partners to enhance its capacity to monitor and manage the performance of sector players against set milestones of the strategic interventions set out in the Roadmap.