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World Bank Reaffirms Support to Electricity Connection

June 2, 2014

Emmanuel Weedee-Conway

The Country Director of the World Bank to Liberia, Madam Inguna Dobraja, has reaffirmed the Bank's committed to supporting the government's effort to increasing access to electricity throughout Liberia.

According to Madam Dobraja, the Bank strongly believes that striking a balance for electricity service provision between rural and urban areas is critical to ensuring inclusiveness for a more equal and just society that the Government of Liberia (GoL) is trying to achieve.

The World Bank Country Manager's statement was contained in a speech delivered the Bank's Senior Operations Officer, Madam Coleen Littlejon, at the launch of the Lighting Lives in Liberia (LLL) project scale-up phase.

The launch of the (LLL) project scale-up phase was held at the Golden Gate Hotel in Paynesville, outside Monrovia recently.

"This solar project is part of the broader support provided by the World Bank to Liberia in bringing electricity to rural and urban areas.

On the urban side, the Bank has supported the government's aggressive commitment to connect new customers in Monrovia. This is done through providing financing for transaction and distribution, for 10 megawatt thermal power plant that will increase the country's current installed capacity to 50% and for the West Africa Power Pool (WAPP) CLGS regional transmission line that will connect Liberia to regional energy markets," said the World Bank official.

"On the rural side, in 2009 the Bank supported the government in establishing Liberia's first-ever Rural and Renewable Energy Agency (RREA) as a functioning agency to bring modern energy services to the country's rural areas," she added.

For his part, the Executive Director of RREA, Mr. Augustus Guanue, said the scale-up phase of the project will build on activities of the pilot phase, which ended on February 14 of this year.

He disclosed that over 16,000 lighting products were imported and marketed during the pilot phase of the project.

He pointed out that the objectives of the scale-up phase is to create the commercial market for modern high quality solar lights, and to commercially market and sell about 100,000 solar lighting products

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Source: AllAfrica

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