By Adama Tine
In a bid to promote and adopt sustainable energy solutions, the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy in collaboration with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), last Wednesday launched the National Energy Nexus Platform at a ceremony held at Metzy Residence Hotel.
Speaking on behalf of the Minister of Petroleum and Energy, his adviser Momodou B Sarr, said the platform is a multi-sectoral group tasked with the responsibility of conducting policy dialogues linking energy with other relevant sectors of Gambia’s economy.
He added that for any country to achieve meaningful development it must be able to provide adequate, reliable and affordable energy service to its people, which is why the government of the Gambia has accorded high priority to the energy sector. He said that the government of the Gambia strives to provide Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) by 2030, cognizant of the importance of energy projects for other key sectors of the economy.
The UNIDO Representative Haddijatou Jallow, said the launching represents a milestone for the government of the Gambia, noting that in the past decades, efforts were made in terms of policies such as on energy, trade and consumer protection.
According to her, in order to support the Energy Nexus issues, the National Platform will facilitate the implementation of incentives to promote the uptake and dissemination of the targeted energy efficiency solutions on large scale in different sectors, geographical areas and target groups. She noted that after the establishment of the platform, it is expected that at least 20 projects will use the Nexus approach to encompass renewable energy and energy efficiency in other sectors and efforts will also be made to use gender mainstreaming during the implementation as 40% of the platform representatives will be women.
“In line with our mandate to promote Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development, we support, together with our partners, the inevitable energy transition and the associated industrial transformation through promoting policy coherence, technology innovation and integrated energy system,” she concluded.