Ugandan manufacturers strained under privatised sector

first_img Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA Finance and Policy In East Africa, the Ugandan trade minister, Amelia Kyambadde says the unbundling of the electricity sector was a bad call. According to the Monitor, the minister’s view corresponds with the high power rates that now face large manufacturers in the country.Before the government liberalised the sector in the early 2000s, large manufacturers paid about Shs100 ($0.027) per unit compared to the Shs370.2 ($0.102) per unit they pay now, media reported. Read more…“We have made mistakes. Number one, over-liberalisation or privatisation of our utilities, for example, energy and telecoms,” Kyambadde said.She added: “[Now] you find the industries cannot afford to pay for the energy. I think we need to have a PPP [Public Private Partnership].”Kyambadde was speaking on Tuesday during a United Nations Development Programme Uganda dialogue about promoting Sustainable Industrialisation in the country.Government ownershipAlso speaking at the event was the special adviser to the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Dr Arkebe Equbay, who attributed Ethiopia’s very end-user power tariff to the government’s ownership of the generation, transmission and distribution utilities.“Transmission and distribution is 100% state-owned. It has to be because we cannot subsidise priority sectors if transmission and distribution is not under the government,” Dr Equbay said. Read more…Power tariffs for manufacturersThis week, the national Electricity Regulatory Authority announced that power tariffs for all end-users will be going down in this quarter as part of the quarterly adjustment.ERA’s new chief executive officer, Ziria Tibalwa Waako, said: “The resultant effect is a positive inflation adjustment factor of Shs1.5 (0.00041) per kilowatt hour (kWh) for domestic consumers, Shs1.2 ($0.00033)/kWh for commercial consumers, Shs1.3 ($0.00036) /kwh for medium industrial consumers and Shs0.6 ($0.00017) /kwh for large industrial consumers…”However, media reported that the new charge for large industries is still two times higher than the $0.05, which President Yoweri Museveni has been promising industrial users.In the arriving at the end-user tariff for the next quarter, it was also noted that the Uganda Shilling appreciated against the US dollar. AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector BRICS RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Generation Featured image: Chamber of Commerce Hawaii UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon development Previous articleNigeria to ramp up power generationNext articleGhana: ECG seeks to construct switching station Babalwa BunganeBabalwa Bungane is the content producer for ESI Africa – Clarion Events Africa. Babalwa has been writing for the publication for over five years. She also contributes to sister publications; Smart Energy International and Power Engineering International. Babalwa is a social media enthusiast.last_img read more

Son Surprises Mom With Her Dream Car (WATCH)

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreSince childhood, Corey Wadden has heard his mom raving about a car she’s always wanted — a copper colored 1973 Saab 99 EMS.It took him a year to find the car, but he says her reaction “made it all worthwhile.”Two years ago she lost her job and has been without a vehicle, after her old one broke down a year ago.(WATCH the beautiful video below)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img