Energy Principal Secretary Alex Kamau Wachira welcomed a delegation from Uganda, led by Ms. Irene Pauline Batebe, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Energy & Mineral Development in Uganda.
The meeting, held on Wednesday, aimed to foster collaboration between the two countries in the energy sector and discuss Kenya’s green growth plan.
Taking to his social media page, PS Alex Kamau Wachira shared insights from the meeting, highlighting the importance of regional integration towards a strong East African Power Pool.
He emphasized that this integration would facilitate successful power trade, capacity building, and knowledge sharing among East African nations.
“We had a good interaction during this benchmarking forum with our Ugandan counterparts who praised Kenya’s progress in green energy production,” said PS Wachira.
He added, “we shared Kenya’s green growth plan, our geothermal development and an overview of our energy mix which is predominantly powered by renewable energy sources,’ he said.
In another engagement during the day, the PS addressed stakeholders at the fibre & tower leasing breakfast organized by the Kenya Electricity Transmission Company Limited (KETRACO).
He underscored the vital role played by the State Department for Energy in the digital transformation and the establishment of a digital superhighway.
PS Wachira pointed out that these initiatives align with the government’s manifesto and the Bottom-Up Economic Agenda (BETA).
“This partnership aims at leasing Optical Ground Wire (OPGW) and Tower Infrastructure for Telecommunications services, including mobile networks, fixed wireless access broadband, emergency services, TV and Radio broadcast, and the Internet of Things (IoT),” he stated.
PS Wachira also highlighted the economic benefits of utilizing existing infrastructure, as it not only generates income for the company but also expands network coverage.