Angola establishes fund for rural electrification

19 June 2015

Angola is expected to set up a National Fund for Rural Electrification to meet the needs of the country and ensure a continuous supply of electricity to the population, said Thursday in parliament the Minister for Energy and Water.

The proposal is part of the General Electricity Law passed Thursday by majority vote by the Mozambican parliament with 145 votes in favour, none against and 22 abstentions.

Minister João Baptista Borges, answering questions submitted by MPs, said the law recommends creation of the fund, but noted that its establishment and management must be the subject of specific government-approved legislation.

The electrification rate in Angola stands at around 33 percent, but energy and security policy aims to double the population’s access to electricity by 2025.

Baptista Borges said that alongside the fund the government was setting up a National Agency for Rural Electrification, whose composition will include several entities, not just government-run, and emphasised that public-private partnerships were extremely important, “bearing in mind that we are talking about a cost of billions of dollars.” (macauhub/AO)