Access to electricity to rise in Mozambique to 3.5 million people

10 June 2009

Maputo, Mozambique, 10 June – Three and a half million people are expected to have access to electricity in Mozambique by 2013 under the terms of a government plan to connect 90,000 new consumers to the electricity grid each year, according to Mozambican newspaper Notícias.

The newspaper reported that if the plan comes together, the overall rate of access to electricity in Mozambique would rise to over 17 percent, as compared to 14 percent currently and 7 percent in 2005, a period in which 340,0000 new consumers were given access to electricity.

Estimated figures presented during a seminar in Maputo for Experts on the African Electrification Initiative, showed that in sub-Saharan Africa less than 10 percent of rural homes have access to electricity and that the overall access rate is below 25 percent.

Speaking at the opening of the seminar, Energy Minister, Salvador Namburete, said that the great challenge faced by African countries was expanding access to electricity on the continent, in order to reach close to 100 percent territorial coverage for each country.

The seminar is attended by representatives from over 42 African countries, and also has some guest delegates from Latin America and Asia, who are considered to have experiences of success in carrying out rural electricity programmes, as well as members of the development aid agencies for the energy sector in Africa and in Mozambique in particular. (macauhub)