Rwanda President Paul Kagame.Photo credit/reuters

Uganda’s representatives will be among several others to attend the Sustainable Energy Forum for East Africa 2018 in Kigali, Rwanda, from March 19-21.

The forum is being organized by The East African Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (EACREEE), in collaboration with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the EAC Secretariat, the Austrian Development Agency (ADA), Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) and the government of Rwanda.

The Forum will bring together policy makers, experts, civil society and private sector representatives and development partners to share best practices, identify opportunities and challenges, and find solutions to the energy challenges in East Africa.

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Organisers said the Forum aims at fostering economic transformation of the EAC Partner States through equitable access to sustainable energy for all. It is further hoped that it will forge effective partnerships for achieving Sustainable Development Goal- 7 targets – Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all – in the EAC Partner States by the year 2030.

Some of the key figures expected to attend are  EAC Secretary General Ambassador Libérat Mfumukeko; Sustainable Energy for All CEO, Rachel Kyte; UNIDO Director of Energy, Tareq Emtairah; Austrian Development Agency Managing Director, Martin Ledolter; International Solar Alliance (ISA) Director General, Upendra Tripathi; International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) Deputy Director General, Sakari Oksanen among others.

The 2018 edition of the Sustainable Energy Forum will focus on the following: Access to Energy, Roadmap of a Sustainable Energy future for East Africa, Financing Sustainable Energy projects in the EAC, Energy and Gender in the EAC region, Sustainable City development in the region and Geothermal Energy.

Article 101 of the Treat for the Establishment of the EAC calls for the EAC Partner States to explore measures to supply affordable energy to the people of the region while taking into account the protection of the environment.