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RECP Trade Mission to Rwanda and Uganda

RECP Trade Mission to Rwanda and Uganda

State 

completed

Date 

1 March, 2017 to 8 March, 2017

Country 

Rwanda

Uganda

Region 

East Africa

Summary

In Uganda, only 10% of the population have access to electricity and even less than 5% in rural areas. At the same time, only 16% of Rwanda’s households are grid-connected. To reach both governments’ targets of an increase of electricity access in the region, private sector engagement is an important factor. In order to facilitate private sector initiatives, the RECP conducted a trade mission to Rwanda and Uganda from 1 to 8 March 2017.

The mission came as a demonstration of the RECP’s commitment to encourage renewable energy markets in Africa by facilitating strategic partnerships between African and European businesses, project developers, technology providers and investors. Through B2B meetings, networking sessions, panel discussions with policy makers and financier and site visits, participants gained insights on the latest status of the regulatory regime, financing opportunities, as well as they got the opportunity to connect with potential business partners in Rwanda and Uganda.

The trade mission in Kampala (Uganda) welcomed 12 European companies from Austria, Belgium, Finland, Germany and Italy to exchange their knowledge, specifically on off-grid investment opportunities using solar PV and small hydro power, with more than 20 Ugandan businesses. During his opening remarks, H.E. Ambassador of the EU Delegation to Uganda, Mr. Kristian Schmidt, commented that ‘in 2015, the EU was Uganda’s first trading partner; and for the first time since 2005, Uganda exported more to Europe than it imported.’

Similarly, in Kigali (Rwanda), H.E. Michael Ryan, Ambassador and Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Rwanda emphasized the European Union support to sustainable energy development. Seven European companies attended the trade mission in Rwanda to explore business opportunities in the off- grid sector and to further develop the electrification process.

The RECP is planning more trade missions during 2017, with Nigeria’s mission on solar PV and biomass for captive power, scheduled on 3-6 April. Other trade missions to Senegal, Mozambique and Zambia are set.

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