UK and Uganda sign deal to improve energy access

The UK and Uganda have signed an agreement to improve energy access in the African country. The ‘Energy Africa Compact’ sets out actions that will faciliate a stronger and more […]

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By Jacqueline Echevarria

The UK and Uganda have signed an agreement to improve energy access in the African country.

The ‘Energy Africa Compact’ sets out actions that will faciliate a stronger and more sustainable market for solar home systems.

It also aims to remove barriers to energy markets for private sector investment and innovation so the most vulnerable people will gain access to clean, reliable and affordable power.

More than 30 million do not have electricity in Uganda, according to the UK Government.

It adds lack of energy access is stifling economic growth with power outages, costing the country between 1% and 2% of their annual gross domestic product.

Jennie Barugh, Head of the Department for International Development (DFID): “Energy poverty undermines productivity, job creation and livelihoods, reduces the ability of the state to provide basic services and directly affects health and education outcomes – with disproportionate impacts on women and girls.

“This compact will improve access and innovation in the solar energy market, increasing energy access for all. Access to solar power will save people and businesses money on expensive forms of energy and reduce the time women and girls spend gathering fuel to burn.”

Last month, British High Commissioner Nic Hailey said the UK is well placed and has been supporting the growth of the East African oil and gas sector.