Ethiopia announces $375mln “Light for All” program

Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn today announced a 375 million US dollars “Light for All” program to raise access to energy in the country.

The program, which will be implemented over the coming seven-year with stated sum secured from the World Bank, is expected to reach rural areas with no access to electricity.

In addition to increasing access to energy, the program will contribute a lot in creating employment opportunities for the youth, said the Premier.

PM Hailemariam called on all pertinent bodies to do their level best for the successful implementation of the program as per scheduled.

Dr Eng Sileshi Bekele, Minister of Water, Irrigation and Electricity, for his part said the program will help to reach all rural parts of the country, especial those that have no access to electricity.

Moreover, it will help to sustainablly address problems of power cut in urban areas, the Minister added.

Similarly, Ethiopia’s national electrification program- implementation road map -was also revealed today.

The program will allow rural areas to get access to electricity from solar, geothermal and other sources of energy.

Source: FBC

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