Gambia: Energy and Development

editorial

It is obvious that the language of the contemporary world, following the industrial revolution, is energy. Energy is to industrialisation and economic growth as what life is to a living being. Thankfully, this is a philosophy wholeheartedly appreciated by the government, cognizant of the fact that no meaningful development is possible in the absence of a vibrant energy sector.

And like agriculture, the prominence the leadership attaches to this sector is manifested by the special interest constantly directed to it. The result of what has become a revolution is being felt right across the entire length and breadth of the nation. It has not been an easy task though. But courage, determination and resilience have been crucial in the entire tale.

The developments currently on-going in the energy sector are therefore significant steps in materialising the energy ambitions of the leadership of the country. The developments have come at the right time considering the huge importance attached to adequate and stable energy supply, and given the fact that we are fast approaching the year 2020.

We need not mention how far the country has come in the quest to ensure adequate and reliable electricity supply. Besides, adequate electricity supply across the country particularly in the Greater Banjul Area is fundamental because a principal requirement for realising Vision 2020 is the availability of reliable, efficient and affordable energy services to the populace, since it serves as a vital component of the necessary enabling environment for a private sector-led growth and development. Promoting the idea of renewable energy systems like solar is economically viable and will make the sector more vibrant.

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