Open Africa has announced the support of Alliance for Rural Electrification for its Financing East Africa’s Energy Plans Roundtable in Kigali next month (28 May 2019).
The ARE’s is committed to rural people/communities having access to affordable, secure and clean energy/ services. Africa is a continent where 600 million people lack access to electricity. And where funding is a major challenge to securing energy access.
The private sector is playing an increasingly significant role in providing funding for critical power projects (as African policymakers seek innovative ways to reduce capital expenditure pressure). Funding models underpinning energy project development on the continent are evolving and this event will look at the new procurement & development strategies being used as a result.
The choice of Rwanda (Kigali) as host of the roundtable is particularly appropriate given the country’s recent successful implementation of an infrastructure related public/private partnership (Kigali Bulk Water Supply Project), one of the first in sub-Saharan Africa.