STATEMENT
BY
THE HEAD OF TANZANIA DELEGATION,
H.E. BARAKA H. LUVANDA,
HIGH COMMISSIONER OF THE UNITED REPUBLIC
OF TANZANIA TO INDIA AT THE
2nd IORA MINISTERIAL ASSEMBLY,
NEW DELHI NCR, 4th OCTOBER 2018

Honourable Shri. Raj Kumar Singh,
Minister of State (IC) for Power and New and Renewable Energy,


Honourable Ministers from IORA member states,


Madam Chairperson,


The Secretary General of IORA,


Excellencies Ambassadors and
High Commissioner,


Invited Guests,


The Media,


Ladies and Gentlemen;


Namaskaram! Jambo!

On behalf of the Tanzania delegation and on my own behalf, I would like to express our profound gratitude for Government of India for hosting this Special 2nd IORA Ministerial Meeting.

Let me also thank our host for the hospitality extended to my delegation and for the warm reception.

Honourable Ministers,

I know you were expecting your Colleague, the Minister of Energy, Honourable Dr. Medard Kalemani who is unable to join you this time and has sent his sincere apologies.

I kindly ask you to indulge me the honour of representing him, and be “his master’s voice. I can assure you that even though I am a substitute, I will try to be absolutely faithful to his instructions as to what I should speak to you.

Madam Chairperson,

Tanzania’s participation to this august assembly is in compliance with the IORA Charter as one of the 21 IORA Member States. We are glad and hopeful that our collaboration and cooperation with our fellow member states will be further strengthened as we continue to embrace the principles and purpose of our Association.

And for us, this cooperation is a vehicle through which we can achieve our Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and other priority agendain upholding the principles of the Association in the IORA 8 focus areas which are anchored by energy availability.

Ladies and Gentlemen;

As member states, we have the responsibility of championing the development of renewable energy in our respective countries. Our 7 Dialogue Partners are privileged to have advanced in Renewable Energy development and this is an opportunity for us to learn from them.

Indeed, their valuable assistance in the field of technology, environmental issues, the promotion of trade and investment, technical assistance and assistance to our Special Fund have made a significant impact to our Association.

It is a matter of pride that the Indian Ocean provides a wide range of renewable resources from Tide waves, off and on shores projects which could harness almost all renewable energy technologies.

Friends,

Tanzania just like any other members of IORA is blessed with abundance of renewable and other energy resources, including natural gas, biomass, hydro, solar, wind, geothermal, coal and uranium.

However, it is unfortunate that our current installed capacity in the main grid is just 1,319 MW of which 567 MW (41.5%) is Hydro; 670.94 MW Natural Gas (55.8%); Fuel Oil 70.4 MW (2%) and Biomass 10.5 MW (0.79%). The off-grid stations provide 84.13 MW mainly from isolated diesel based plants.

Ladies and Gentlemen;

I am pleased to inform this august assembly that our ambitious plans are underway to develop Renewable energy in a big way. The Solar energy resources in the Country are quite promising. With Solar Home Systems (SHS), most of the rural areas which are not served by the grid are currently served by solar energy.

It is estimated that electricity equivalent to 16MW is available through the SHS technology. Small scale solar mini grids are quite prominent with estimated total capacity not more than 5 MW.

Ladies and Gentlemen; Dear Friends,

Regarding to the utility scale projects, nothing has been fully developed. However, the Government in collaboration with the National Utility Company (TANESCO), has mapped Solar potential in different parts of the Country.

The Competitive bidding framework for procuring of Solar and Wind projects have been prepared and first round of tenders have been advertised both within and outside Tanzania, including in India for procuring 200 MW and 150MW of wind and solar projects respectively from different locations in the period of 2018-2021. The capacity will be increased at later stage based on power infrastructure expansion.

Ladies and Gentlemen;

Tanzania has a potential of 4.7 GW of renewable hydro resources. However, only 12% of this has been developed to date. Out of this, 0.5% is from Mini-hydro operated by Private developers.

The Government through the Ministry of Energy is developing the Rufiji Hydro Power which is expected to generate 2,100 MW. Other hydro projects in pipeline include the Ruhudji (358MW), Rumakali (222MW) and Songwe(340 MW) which are sharing with Malawi.

Friends;

Before I conclude it would not be redundant if I touched on the challenges that we face in our efforts to develop and implement renewable energy projects in Tanzania. Of course, the financing, the technical and limited knowledge are the common ones in most of Developing Countries.

But it has been proven that experience sharing with our colleagues in the IORA is the right approach for us. We hope, through this Assembly, our dear partners will take time to firm up strategic actions which will be of great contribution for rapid acceleration of renewable energy in our Countries.

Finally Ladies and Gentlemen;

As a country, and member of this strong Association, we are determined and committed to continue working with all of you and we believe we can count on your usual cooperation for the fulfilment of our IORA objectives not only in the area of renewable and other forms of energy but also in other spheres of development.

I THANK YOU FOR YOUR KIND ATTENTION

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