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Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Joint Sweden-UK Package for Tanzania's Grid

Sweden and the United Kingdom have raised $67 million towards Tanzania's rural electrification programme. 'The main objective of the financing programme is to increase access to modern energy services in rural areas of mainland Tanzania for sustainable social economic development and poverty alleviation,' the official statement read sin part. Sweden through the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida) together with the UK government through the Department for International Development (DfID) last week entered into an agreement in which they would finance Tanzania a total of $67,727,272 (Tsh.241 billion) for energy development. In the agreement, Sweden through Sida will provide Tsh.145 billion while DfID will give Tsh.96 billion all aimed at energy development. According to a joint communiqué between the Government of Tanzania, Sweden and the United Kingdom issued last week, the financing will be channeled through the Rural Energy Fund (REF) which is managed by the Rural Energy Board and apex body of the Rural Energy Agency (REA), state owned firm. According to the Rural Energy Agency (REA), Tanzania's rural power access rate is 21%

Source: All Africa