KAMPALA, Ugandan government officials have held discussions with representatives of German conglomerate Siemens on how to increase access to reliable and efficient energy supply as a key pillar to support Uganda's socio-economic development.

The discussion was held recently during the Lab of Tomorrow, a collaborative design-thinking workshop which seeks to develop innovative solutions for developmental challenges in Uganda's energy sector, at Siemens headquarters in Munich, Germany.

The meeting was an initiative of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Co-operation and Development (BMZ) under the guidance of the German Association for International Co-operation (GIZ) and it generated innovative ideas of increasing access to reliable and efficient energy in the country.

It was attended by representatives from the Ugandan government and private companies, industry experts to generate new business ideas. The workshop was a follow-up from the memorandum of agreement signed at the World Economic Forum on Africa where participants committed to focus on infrastructure investments and partnerships between public and private companies.

African economies are gaining ground and can develop their full potential with the right partner. Siemens wants to support their sustainable development with solutions and projects in Africa, for Africa, says Sabine Dall'Omo, the Siemens chief executive officer for Southern and Eastern Africa.

She explained that the company's goal in Uganda is to assist the government to increase national power generating capacities and to connect the local population to the power grids. According to the 2014 national population census, only 20 per cent of Uganda's population had access to electricity.

A reliable and extensive power supply system is the fundamental prerequisite for sustainable development, economic growth and job creation, said Dall'Omo.

She described Uganda as a stable country which is well integrated into the East African Community (EAC) whose economic development is promising as the government is carrying out policies to attract business and to create an environment that is conducive to more investment.


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