18 February 2013

Tanzania for Green Growth to Cut Energy Shortage

Dar es Salaam — The high cost of maintaining reliable supply of electricity through private generators during black-outs have hindered efforts to keep firms competitive in product production.

Tanzania's Vice President Dr Mohammed Gharib Bilal noted that the high cost of energy through the use of generators has had a negative impact on the prosperity of small firms.

He was addressing a panel of academicians, politicians, diplomatic corps and environmental experts at the second Green Growth Platform held in Dar es Salaam. The Vice president said that records show that around 88% of Tanzania based firms had inadequate electricity in 2006.

This has caused a major problem in their operation, the highest record throughout Sub-Saharan Africa. To minimize the detrimental effect, the Bilal called upon leaders to address energy security.

"We are calling for innovative and forward-looking green growth strategies which can be a reliable energy for proper functioning of every sector of the economy and improvement of the livelihood of citizens, Dr. Bilal said.

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