By Juma Nsubuga
The Minister for Energy and Mineral Development Dr. Ruth Nankabirwa
says as the global community continues with the energy transition agenda, its important for African countries to proactively take part in shaping the narrative.
She says the countries must ensure that the successions and contrast are alive to the realities of Africa and the need to support the continent to maximize its Oil and gas potential.
Nankabirwa emphasized that countries need adequate, reliable and affordable energy to enhance sustainable development and harnessing energy as a key priority.
The minister made the remarks while addressing delegates at the ongoing Africa Energy Forum taking place in Nairobi.
She said that Uganda is well endowed with enormous natural resources such as minerals, hydro, geothermal,petroleum resources and solar among others.
The 3Day summit was organized under the Theme: increasing pace and scale of Africa’s Renewable Energy projects.
“Energy is critical in any country’s economic growth and prosperity” she said adding that Uganda’s vision by 2030 is to increase electricity access from the current 57%-100% through on-grid and off-grid solutions and increasing power generation to 52000MW by 2040 from the current 2000MW.
She outlined government’s key priorities as; increasing electricity generation capacity and transmission network, increasing access to modern energy services through rural electrification and renewable energy development and also increasing consumption of alternative clean cooking energy among others.