The Tanzania Energy Cooperation Summit (TECS24) brought together key figures in the energy sector for a day of insightful discussions and strategic planning. Here are the day’s highlights, capturing the essence of collaboration and innovation in regional energy development:
- Vibrant Start and Emphasis on Collaboration
- Ministerial Round Table on Regional Power Market
- Tanzania’s Ambitious Energy Goals
- Panels on Green Energy and Infrastructure Development
The 5th Tanzania Energy Cooperation Summit (TECS24) kicked off with a vibrant opening ceremony led by John Mongella, Regional Commissioner for Arusha, Tanzania. Mongella set the tone for an event focused on fostering collaboration and innovation in the energy sector. Attendees were welcomed to dynamic discussions on Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs), Development Finance Institutions (DFIs), and Tanzania’s strategic plans for regional energy dominance.
The Ministerial Round Table, a key feature of the day, honed in on “Building a Regional Power Market.” Distinguished figures, including H.E. Andrea Ariik Malueth, Deputy Secretary-General, East African Community (EAC), H.E. Honorable Dr. Eng. Sultan Welle Ahmed, Energy Development State Minister, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, H.E. Honourable Okassai Opolot Sidronious, State Minister of Energy, Republic of Uganda, H.E. Honourable Ibrahim Matola, Minister of Energy, Republic of Malawi, and Eng. Innocent G. Luoga, Commissioner of Energy & Renewable Energy, Ministry of Energy, United Republic of Tanzania participated in this pivotal session, chaired by Obbie Banda from ATIDI. Emphasizing unity, the discussion highlighted the importance of cross-border collaboration in advancing energy development.
Insightful discussions unfolded around Tanzania’s B+ sovereign credit rating and its impact on the energy market. Eng. Innocent G. Luoga shared the government’s ambitious plan to boost electricity production to 5000 MW by the next year, underscoring Tanzania’s commitment to meeting growing energy demands. Luoga also provided valuable insights into Fitch Ratings’ endorsement and mega-projects, including the $42 billion LNG export terminal and the 2,115MW Julius Nyerere Hydropower Plant, positioning Tanzania as a key player in regional energy development.
The spotlight then turned to TANESCO, where Gissima Nyamo-Hanga, MD of TANESCO, echoed the commitment to progress. Her keynote presentation outlined a vision to increase national connectivity to 50% by 2025 and 70% by 2035, underscoring the focus on expansive energy access.
A thought-provoking panel on Oman’s Green Hydrogen Strategy and East Africa’s aspirations unfolded, featuring experts like Hussein Matar, Rumaitha Al Busaidi, Florian Cammas, Richard Kiplagat, Bertrand Tournier, and François-Xavier Dubois. The panel provided insights into Oman’s visionary plan to produce 8.5 million tons of green hydrogen by 2050 and explored valuable lessons for East Africa.
The day also witnessed significant strides in transmission and interconnection projects, discussed in the panel titled “Connecting the Dots: Public-Private Partnership in Transmission Projects.” Experts like Aleem Tharani, Angela Nalikka, Asano Seizaburo, Joe Corbett, Céline ROBERT, and Moshood Bode Abolade shaped discussions on the future of power infrastructure. The DFI Roundtable, the final panel of the day, brought together industry figures to deliberate on expediting and de-risking financial processes. Notable figures, including Jonathan Berman, Obbie Banda, Birgit Edlefsen, Robert Voskuilen, Audrey Maignan, Richard Warugongo, Maïa Schuh, and Marcus Williams, shared insights into financial strategies and closures.
As the curtains fall on TECS24’s first day, the event set the stage for engaging discussions and highlighted the commitment of regional leaders and stakeholders towards fostering collaboration and sustainable energy development. As the summit progresses, anticipation builds for more insights and strategies shaping the future of the energy landscape in Tanzania and the broader East African region. As attendees eagerly anticipate the second day, the momentum for regional energy dominance continues to build.
Oluoch Were is the Chief Operating Officer for Renewables in Africa.