Somaliland and UK Sign Energy pact to address high costs of electricity

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Somaliland, UK Signs Energy pact to address high costs of electricity
Somaliland, UK Signs Energy pact to address high costs of electricity

By:Mohamed Duale

Hargeisa(Horndiplomat)-Somaliland President Muse Bihi Abdi received Uk Ambassador to Somalia Benfendor in his office.

Somaliland President and UK Ambassador discussed several issues related to strengthening bilateral relations between Somaliland and the UK, regional security, elections, development projects and talks between Somaliland and Somalia.

Somaliland President and Head of DFID Damon Bristow signed the second phase of UK’S pledge to contribute to the Somaliland Development Fund (SDF).

Somaliland President Muse Bihi Abdi received Uk Ambassador to Somalia Benfendor in his office.
Somaliland President Muse Bihi Abdi received Uk Ambassador to Somalia Benfendor in his office.

On the other hand,President bihi and Head of DFID signed an agreement to develop Somaliland’s energy.

The UK-funded Energy Security and Resource Efficiency in Somaliland (ESRES) programme is giving more people across Somaliland access to affordable, clean and renewable energy.

Through a phased approach, ESRES in partnership with the Somaliland’s Ministry of Energy and Minerals (MoEM) is addressing the high costs of electricity in Somaliland.

 Head of DFID Damon Bristow handshaking Somaliland President Muse Bihi Abdi
Head of DFID Damon Bristow handshaking Somaliland President Muse Bihi Abdi

The second phase of ESRES (ESRES II) (September 2018 to 2021) will expand its investment in renewable energy through the Somaliland Renewable Energy Fund (SREF). This investment will help increase affordability and accessibility through lower tariffs and more connections. ESRES II will partner with local energy service providers to develop hybrid mini grids through a cost sharing arrangement.

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