On the 19th January, 2018, the Ministry of Energy Sierra Leone, in conjunction with the United Nations Development Programs (UNDP), launches two energy policies – the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Policies – at the British Council Auditorium Hall Tower Hill, Freetown.
The event was witnessed by stakeholders from different Ministries, Departments and organizations such as the World Bank, UNOPS, EPASL, EU, Ministry of Agriculture Forestry and Food Security, Ministry of Finance and Economic Development, etc. and commenced with an introduction of the chairperson for the ceremony, Mrs. Khadijiatou Jallow, Executive Chairperson, EPASL.
The chairperson opening remarks emphasizes the importance of renewable energy and energy management for efficiency and sustainability. After her opening remarks, statements were made by the Presidential Adviser on Renewable Energy, Mr. Henry P. Serry and representatives from the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food Security, the World Bank, UNDP, the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development and the Renewable Energy Association of Sierra Leone.
After statements from different personalities and representatives, an overview of renewable energy programmes and projects was made by the Director of Energy, Ing. Benjamin Kamara. In his presentation Mr. Kamara highlighted several renewable energy projects and programmes the Ministry has implemented, and as well pointing out the goals for the future. He talked about the different policies that have been developed by the ministry to help them achieve their objectives. He concluded by reechoing the need for strong collaboration between the ministry, the private sector and development organizations.
The Minister of Energy, Amb. Henry O. Macaulay made a brief statement before he launched the policies. In his speech he emphasized that access to energy is deeply interlinked with economic growth and encourages everybody to use the energy productively and efficiently. He underlined the strides the ministry is doing to make reliable energy accessible in the Western Area and to extend its off grid effort to serve the rural population. He concluded with the launching of the Renewable Energy Policy of Sierra Leone and the Energy Efficiency Policy of Sierra Leone.