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AFDB discloses a $12bn power plan for Africa

The African Development Bank (AFDB) has unveiled plan to invest $12 billion over the next five years under its new electrification programme. The fund will support its New Deal on energy for Africa which aims to achieve universal access to Africa by 2025. The plan was born out of the Energy Week conference held in Abidjan, Ivory Coast in March which brought stakeholders together to discuss methods of improving energy access. Until recently, the AfDB and other organisations.... Read more »

Posted on : Saturday , 22nd April 2017

Rwanda launches first peat-fired power plant in Africa

 Rwandans are likely to begin benefiting from more power from their national grid following the latest opening of a new peat-fired power plant in Gishoma, western Rwanda, which is the first of its kind in Africa.   The project, which is said to be valued US $39.2 million, is estimated to begin feeding at least 15 megawatts of power in to the national grid directly.   Another key peat-fired plant, which costs US $350 million, is already under construction in.... Read more »

Posted on : Tuesday , 18th April 2017

Africa: Renewable Energy Could be Cheaper Than Fossil Fuels in Ten Years - UN Backed Report

A new United Nations-backed report has revealed overwhelming consensus that renewable power will dominate in the future, with many experts saying that even large international corporations are increasingly choosing renewable energy products either from utilities or through direct investment in their own generating capacity.   "[The report] is meant to spur discussion and debate about both the opportunities and challenges of achieving a 100 per cent renewable energy future.... Read more »

Posted on : Thursday , 6th April 2017

Kenya: Demand for Electricity Expected to Increase by 7.9 Percent Annually

Kenya's demand for electricity will rise at an annual average of 7.9 per cent over the next decade, the latest research indicates.   BMI Research, a company that provides macroeconomic, industry and financial market analysis said growth would be driven by the rising number of those who are getting connected to the national grid under the rural electrification programme.   "An increase in electrification rates, as the Kenyan government continues to prioritise.... Read more »

Posted on : Thursday , 6th April 2017

Tanzania: EWURA Announces Drop in Petrol Prices

MOTORISTS in Tanzania will pay 3/- less for a litre of petrol effective today while pump prices for diesel and kerosene have increased by 12/- and 7/-, respectively, for the same quantity, according to monthly indicative prices announced by the industry regulator, yesterday.   The Energy and Water Utilities Regulatory Authority (EWURA) attributed the changes to variations in prices of petroleum products in the world market, changes in Bulk Procurement System (BPS) and annual.... Read more »

Posted on : Thursday , 6th April 2017

Tanzania: VP Invites Korean Investors, Pledges to Improve Investment Climate

Vice President Samia Suluhu Hassan has invited South Korean investors to invest in the industrial sector and pledged the government would continue to improve investment climate.   Speaking to the South Korean investment council's delegation at the State House in Dar es Salaam yesterday, Ms Hassan said the ongoing investment in the industrial sector would play vital role in boosting the national income and job creation to Tanzanians.   Tanzania has plenty investment.... Read more »

Posted on : Thursday , 6th April 2017

Ethiopia: Cement Production Transforming Construction Sector

The construction industry is booming in Ethiopia. Years ago, the country had been importing cement at huge costs for its developmental projects. In 2010/11 the country imported 0.3 million tonnes cement by spending millions of USD. However, owing to the growing numbers of cement factories, these days, the country has begun exporting beyond meeting local consumption. The number of cement and chemical producing industries has been increasing from 18 in 2003 to 66 in 2007 E.C..... Read more »

Posted on : Tuesday , 4th April 2017

Africa: White House Choices Shape Africa Policies

Washington, DC - Little has been said about Africa policy by the new U.S. President or his administration, but recent announcements and appointments provide an emerging outline of an approach that gives priority to security concerns. Support for democracy, development and health may no longer be policy cornerstones as they have been for all post-Cold War presidents, Democratic and Republican. On 30 March, the Pentagon announced President Donald Trump's approval of revised combat.... Read more »

Posted on : Tuesday , 4th April 2017

Tanzania: Women, Youngsters Urged to Own Land for Collateral Use

WOMEN and youths have been encouraged to own land that they may use as collateral when applying for business loans from financial institutions such as banks in the country.   The call was made by a member of the Parliamentary Committee on Administration and Local Government Affairs, Ms Halima Mohamed, Unguja Special Seat MP when the committee visited the Property and Business Formalisation Programme popularly known by its Kiswahili acronym as MKURABITA.   Among other.... Read more »

Posted on : Tuesday , 28th March 2017

Ethiopia: Local Cement Production Supporting Construction Boom

The construction industry is booming in Ethiopia. Years ago, the country had been importing cement at huge costs for its developmental projects. In 2010/11 the country imported 0.3 million tonnes cement by spending millions of USD. However, owing to the growing numbers of cement factories, these days, the country has begun exporting beyond meeting local consumption.   The number of cement and chemical producing industries has been increasing from 18 in 2003 to 66 in 2007 E.C..... Read more »

Posted on : Tuesday , 28th March 2017

Pipeline Issues Testing East Africa's Massive Oil Ambitions

JOHANNESBURG: A decade after its first big oil find, East Africa’s emergence as a crude exporter has been hindered by security and cost concerns that left the region building two pipelines instead of one. Uganda and Kenya are developing two new basins and originally agreed to build one line to connect the landlocked discoveries to the coast. That changed last year, when Uganda chose a more southerly 1,400-kilometre route through Tanzania, citing lower transit prices. Kenya will.... Read more »

Posted on : Monday , 27th March 2017

Ethiopia Attracting Investments

Ethiopia is attracting foreign investors. And what’s attracting them is the prevalence of peace, smooth business transaction, a conducive custom and tax system. In addition development of infrastructure such as roads railway and energy is playing a crucial role in encouraging investment flow. Among the investors are, Chinese, Indian and Turkish industries taking the lion's share. Investments from these nations are gaining momentum. For more than a couple of decades, Ethiopia.... Read more »

Posted on : Friday , 24th March 2017



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