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The government of Senegal aims to provide all citizens with access to affordable and reliable electricity by the year 2025. The objective is part of Senegal’s Emerging Plan, a development model that focuses on accelerating the country’s progress towards market status. emerging.
Senegal has one of the highest electricity access rates in West Africa, corresponding to 76% at the end of 2019. However, access rates for the rural and urban population remain significantly disparate, with rates currently at 94% and 53, 9%, respectively.
“These inequalities should impact the State’s efforts for a balanced development of the territory and, more generally, hamper economic and social development at the national level,” said the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy in a press release.
In order to address these differences and increase access to 100%, the government is redirecting its focus on electrification projects. To accelerate this goal, the government organized a two-part virtual round table – held on Tuesday, April 6 and again on Thursday, April 8, 2021 – which aims to mobilize 732 billion CFA francs (equivalent to US $ 1.3 billion) for the development of projects in rural and peri-urban areas. The round table event was co-chaired by HE Sophie Gladima, Minister of Petroleum and Energy and HE Amadou Hott, Minister of Economy, Planning and International Cooperation, with the participation of public institutions, state technical services, development partners, as well as the private sector.
“The main objective of the roundtable is to present the government’s strategy to achieve universal access to quality energy, in sufficient quantity, at a lower cost and in a sustainable manner by 2025. The country has decided to collect financial commitments from technical and financial partners of the private sector to support its implementation. The roundtable is in line with the actions identified for the implementation of the Complementary Plan for universal access to electricity, ”said the ministry.
In addition, the World Bank has demonstrated its commitment to helping Senegal achieve its electrification goals. On Tuesday, April 6, the World Bank announced a pledge of $ 300 million for two electrification projects, in which a third of this funding will allow electrification of 24% of households currently without access to electricity. Building on the experience of the World Bank, Senegal is on track to achieve universal access to electricity by 2025.
In an attempt to increase international participation and investment in the region, Africa Oil & Power (AOP) is proud to host the first MSGBC Oil, Gas & Power 2021 conference and exhibition on 26-27 October 2021 in Dakar. The event will be organized by AOP, under the auspices of H.E. President Macky Sall, and in partnership with the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy, COS Petrogaz, Petrosen and various energy industry associations in the United States and Canada.