Korea will support Tanzania on renewable energy to enhance industrialisation drive as it focused to strengthen cooperation on clean energy, the Korean Ambassador, Geum-young has said.
He said in Dar es Salaam recently that his country was looking forward to support Tanzania exploit its great potential for production of renewable energy so as to speed up transformation of the nation to semi-industrial economy.
"We are committed to strengthen our cooperation in renewable energy by lending our experience and expertise to support Tanzania's efforts to become a middle-income country by 2025," he said at the 2017 Korea-Tanzania Energy Cooperation Forum. Ambassador Song said Tanzania was at the top of list of priority in partnership because of strong bilateral relations and was looking forward to strengthening the ties for mutual benefit.
Tanzania is leading other African countries in benefitting from Korea's Economic Development Cooperation Fund (EDCF) established in 1987 to channel Korea's support to developing countries. By the end of 2016 the fund had supported 12 projects in infrastructure, energy, water and education with total commitment of 545.10 million US dollars.
EDCF supported projects in Tanzania include Malagarasi Bridge and Associated roads in Kigoma Region, construction of Shinyanga-Singida and Dodoma-Iringa power transmission lines. Others include a water and sanitation projects in Dodoma Region, Kilimanjaro and Arusha transmission line project, construction of MUHAS medical centre project.
Big infrastructure projects under EDCF support include construction of new Selandar bridge in Dar es Salaam that will involve the construction of a seven kilometre road to connect the central business district region and Msasani area.
The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and East Africa Cooperation, Prof Adolf Mkenda said the government appreciated the intention to support Tanzania on renewable energy.
He said the government was pleased with the strong bilateral relations with Korea where Tanzania has so far benefited from the support on various areas including infrastructure, health and ICT.
The support from Korea in various sectors was vital in complementing government efforts to achieve development vision, he said in a speech read on his behalf by Acting Director for Asia and Australasia in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and East Africa Cooperation, Ms Justa Nyange.
"This forum is a vivid example of commitment in our cooperation. It has come at the right time when the government explores ways of promoting renewable energy to boost electricity generation," he said.
He said the government was pleased to extend cooperation between the two countries in renewable energy and was looking forward to gaining from Korean experience in the clean energy sector.
The government looks forward to further strengthening cooperation in energy sector to support growth of the economy and development," he said.