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Ethiopia announces $375M “Light for All” programme

Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn on Monday announced a $375 million “Light for All” programme, designed to raise access to energy across the country.According to data from the country’s Ministry of Water, Irrrigation and Electricity, less than half of the over 100 million Ethiopians has access to electricity.

The programme, which will be implemented over the coming seven years with World Bank funding, is meant to expand power to rural areas with no access to electricity.

Ethiopia’s national electrification programme-implementation road map was also unveiled at the same event in Addis Ababa

The electrification programme will allow rural areas to get access to electricity from solar, geothermal and other sources of energy.

In addition to increasing access to energy, the programme will contribute to creating youth employment opportunities, the premier said.


PM Hailemariam called on all stakeholders to do their best for the successful implementation of the programme as scheduled.

Dr Eng Sileshi Bekele, Minister of Water, Irrigation and Electricity, said the programme will reach rural parts of the country with no access to electricity.

It will also help to sustainably address problems of power cuts in urban areas, the Minister added.

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