It is a great pleasure and honour for me to attend today's inauguration of Nkusi SHP and to make some remarks on behalf of the German Embassy in Kampala.
Energy is a key development factor and a precondition for several essential sectors like health, water supply, transport, telecommunication and others. Therefore Germany attaches great importance to the energy cooperation with African countries.
Also in the development cooperation with Uganda energy is one of the priority areas Germany is focusing on. Our projects concentrate on energy production, access to the energy networks and distribution including the transmission to regional electricity networks.
In Uganda energy is a scarce commodity, and connection to the existing grids is a big task. The lack of electricity slows down social development and is an obstacle to economic growth. To ensure that Uganda's growing electricity demand continues to be met, KfW is implementing the Get-Fit Programme, a programme which is being supported by the Government of Norway, the United Kingdom, the Government of Germany and the EU through the EU Infrastructure Fund. Under Get Fit 17 small-scale renewable energy projects will be developed, implemented and operated by the private sector. Since the end of last year, all 17 projects in the portfolio are under construction or operational. Nkusi is the 9th power plant to be operated.
Germany is proud to co-finance this important project together with Norway, the UK and the EU. Jointly we will be able to bring electricity to this region. This project is widely viewed as a PPP success story with Uganda being among the top destinations for renewable independent Power Producers on the continent. Uganda has a vast renewable energy potential – hydro, solar, geothermal, biomass and wind – and therefore the possibility to ensure energy security and reliability of supply to all her people.
We are happy to support the expansion of decentralized rural energy supply. This will provide remote villages with renewable power, in this case with clean electricity from hydro power.
Pursuing a climate resilient low-carbon development path will result in growth, poverty reduction and climate change mitigation.
We are proud of the progress already made and look forward to continue working with all of you to make SHPs a success story for rural electrification in Uganda!