Rwanda strengthens its energy sector
November 29, 2012
Rwanda is set to improve its energy and power sector, thanks to a project co-funded by the Rwandan Government and ICF.
Four years ago, the Rwandan Government decided that in order to deal with high energy costs and insufficient power capacity the country was facing it was important to allow the private sector to invest in power production and generation.
The country embarked on a project to build its expertise in the energy sector so that it could effectively create an enabling environment for private sector investors while safeguarding public interest.
Today the project has built Rwanda’s human and institutional capacity to manage, procure, monitor and implement energy sector projects. In total, over 200 staff in the energy sector and 50 graduate engineers and technicians were trained. Capacity building interventions took place in the areas of Hydropower, Geothermal and Methane Gas. Amongst other achievements, the project output included development of a national electricity grid code which lay out clear responsibilities for the regulators, transmission operators, and energy service providers. The grid code is now being implemented and will lead to improved electricity sector and grid for Rwanda and the region.
Having been named top performer in the World Bank Ease of Doing Business 2010 report, among the ten most improved economies in 2011 and ranked as the third easiest place to do business in Africa in 2012, Rwanda continues its momentum in making progress towards enhancing its investment climate.