By Blanshe Musinguzi
East African Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (EACREEE) which will be based at Makerere University has been launched.
Launched on Saturday morning at College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology Makerere University, the Centre will champion promotion of sustainable energy development in East Africa by improving access to modern services, energy security and mitigating negative environmental impacts.
Chief Guest Minister of Energy and Mineral Development designate Irene Muloni revealed that the centre’s core activities will be business and investment promotion, capacity building, policy development, knowledge management and awareness promotion.
“The centre will also create economies of scale as well as a competitive sustainable energy market and business sector in the East African Community in addition to attracting potential public and private investors in the region,” Muloni said.
She noted that EACREEE will focus on activities which will demonstrate high relevancy to energy sector.
The decision to establish the centre was adopted at the 9th Meeting of the East African Community (EAC) Sectorial Council on Energy in April 2014 in Nairobi, Kenya, the Ministers of Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda adopted the project document.
The launch was attended by dignitaries from Austrian Development Corporation (ADC), United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and East African Community.