ASI: Burundi unveils its ambitions for renewable energies

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The Burundian Minister of hydraulics, energy and mines, como Manirakiza defended before the deputies of the National Assembly, Thursday 3 January 2018 a bill authorizing Burundi to ratify the framework agreement establishing the solar Alliance International (ASI) signed in Marrakech, Morocco, during the Conference of the COP 22, on 15 November 2016, which was adopted unanimously. At this event, Mr. Manirakiza indicated that solar photovoltaic power supply appears to be the best and best suited option for the current dispersed Habitat system in Burundi.

"This Bill was initiated with the aim of developing the electrification of rural Burundian areas that are not easily accessible by interconnected networks and social establishments, but also with a view to increasing the rate of access to energy in Burundi, "said Minister Manirakiza.

Indeed, the ASI, headquartered in India, is a global initiative launched in December 2015 in Paris at the World Summit on climate change known as COP21.

This initiative aims to increase "significantly" the production of electricity via a platform of international cooperation between 121 developing countries with high solar potential and developed countries with the technologies Advanced solar panels. For its part, the Government of Burundi signed the framework agreement establishing the ASI on 26 February 2018.

In December 2012, only 10 per cent of Burundian people had access to electricity, a rate considered "low" in comparison with the prevailing situation in four other countries of the East African community, namely Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya .

However, according to Minister Manirakiza, in the face of this energy challenge, Burundi has "considerable opportunities" for international investors in view of the possibilities of electrical interconnection offered by the integration slots Regional.

To date, Burundi has been integrated into the Eastern Africa power pool (EAPP), which is a regional electricity interconnection plan to link all East African countries.

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