The Government of Tanzania and the UNDP work towards strengthened capacities in the Energy and Extractive Industries Sectors

Apr 4, 2014

From left, Mr. Philippe Poinsot, UNDP Country Director and Eng. E.C Maswi, Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Energy and Minerals during the launch of the ‘Capacity Development in the Energy Sector and Extractive Industries’ project.

Friday 4th April 2014: Today, the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania through the Ministry of Energy and Minerals and the United Nations Development Programme in Tanzania signed a project document entitled ‘Capacity Development in the Energy Sector and Extractive Industries’ (CADESE).

CADESE is a demand-driven and results-based initiative that aims to support the government of Tanzania in achieving the Big Results Now (BRN) initiative, implementing the UN Secretary General’s Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative, and implementing and promoting the African Union’s (AU) initiative in Tanzania on the “Africa Mining Vision (AMV).” The project will focus on capacity development for the management of the energy sector and extractive industries (EI)/mining sector. The project will also enhance the capacity of the Ministry of Energy and Minerals (MEM) to strengthen the policy environment for inclusive and sustainable management of the energy sector and EI, and support the Rural Energy Agency (REA) in managing rural energy projects and programmes. Capacity development will be conducted through a range of interventions for MEM and REA officials, in collaboration with UONGOZI Institute (UI) and Attorney General’s Chambers (AGC).

“UNDP appreciates the trust and the confidence that the Government of Tanzania has in us and we look forward to working with the Ministry of Energy, Rural Energy Agency, the Attorney General Chambers and the Uongozi Institute to implement the ‘Africa Mining Vision’ in Tanzania. This initiative is a step towards realizing a future for sustainable energy for all and UNDP is committed to support the Government in achieving its development priorities.” said Philippe Poinsot, UNDP Resident Representative ai.

Eng. E. C Maswi, Permanent Secretary for Ministry of Energy and Minerals, stressed that “the extractive industries is a major source of investment and revenue for Tanzania. This project has the potential to contribute to the Government’s efforts in ensuring that the country is well positioned to achieve a reasonable amount of revenue from the benefits accrued through the Energy and Extractive Industries Sectors. We look forward to working with UNDP and other key partners to implement the ‘Africa Mining Vision’ in Tanzania.

UNDP provides a range of services that support reforms of the energy sector including upgrading, local solutions and alternative sustainable options. This includes UNDP support to building capacities of national institutions through technical and financial support or facilitating partnerships between private and public institutions to promote the use of renewable energy sources, energy efficiency, and energy policies. Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative launched in 2011 by the UN Secretary General aiming at ensuring universal access to modern energy services, doubling the rate of energy efficiency, and doubling the share of renewable energy around the globe by 2030. UNDP plays a key role in coordinating the initiative and provide advisory support, technical assistance and implementation support around the three goals of the SE4ALL; energy access, renewable energy and energy efficiency.

The Ministry of Energy and Minerals (MEM) in Tanzania is mandated to facilitate development of energy and mineral sectors. Energy and Minerals resources play an important role in poverty reduction and in supporting socioeconomic development in Tanzania. The Ministry delivers various services related to development of energy and minerals resources through the participation of various stakeholders including public, private, public-private partnerships, local communities, NGOs and civil society.

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